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2023 Urban Expo Ceremony and Student Projects 


On Thursday, March 16, 2023, UC San Diego's Urban Studies and Planning Department hosted the 33rd Annual Urban Expo event with a Keynote, by Mai Nguyen, UC San Diego Professor and Director of the Design Lab, and Awards Ceremony.




The Expo is a unique event that brings together students, faculty, staff, and the San Diego community to celebrate the research capstone projects of Urban Studies & Planning and Real Estate & Development graduating students.


Student Research Exhibits Focus on:

  • Real Estate & Development
  • Architecture & Urban Design
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Food Systems and Urban Agriculture
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Infrastructure and Public Facilities
  • Transportation Planning
  • US Mexico Border


The USP Department is proud to offer a number of awards to both our graduating seniors as well as our continuing students. Award Descriptions are available and indicate which student levels are available for each award type. Most awards are nominated. 

SAVE THE DATE: The 34th Annual Urban Expo will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Here is the link to view past award Expo Winners. 

Past Ceremonies and Project Galleries

The Project Galleries are composed of posters, papers, and media created from by students for their senior projects. 

2022 Urban Expo Ceremony

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2022 RED Student Projects

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2022 USP Student Projects

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Archived Project Galleries
2021 RED Student Projects
2021 USP Student Projects

2023 Urban Expo Award Recipients

Academic Distinction Award
Elinor Oren (RED)
Taylor Kempf (USP)
Meritorious Community Service Award
Bailey Kim (RED)
Asal Dastmalchi (RED) Honorable Mention
Johnathon Lalouz (USP)
Placemaking Award
Ethan Olson
Pete Georgiou Award for Service to USP
John Tavares
Emerging Scholar Award (Brutten Award)
Tienna Chen
Emerging Innovator Award (Brutten Award)
Allison Gable
Emerging Leader Award (Brutten Award)
Lily Keefauver
Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Alelí Andres
Best USP Senior Research Project
Taylor Kempf
Best RED Capstone Project
Pueblo Square: Bailey Kim, Will Campbell, Andrew Guillen, Daniel Traxler, Thong "Tom" To
RED Capstone Project Runner Up
Nexus: Paul Kerby, Elinor Oren, El Lakouni, John Tavares
Digital Storymap Awards
Isabel Pérez (1st Place)
Collin Mullaney (2nd Place)
Lauren Serrano (3rd Place)
USP Poster Awards
Ethan Olson (1st place)
Kushinga Pfende (2nd Place)
Isabel Pérez (3rd Place)
RED Poster Award - Charrette Board
Nexus: Paul Kerby, Elinor Oren, El Lakouni, John Tavares
Alumni of the Year
Gail Goldberg
The Stephen Lew ’01 Civic Leadership Award in Urban Studies and Planning
Manu Agni
The Stephen Lew ’01 Civic Internship Award in Urban Studies and Planning
Isabel Perez
Bailey Kim
Risa Itow