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On Thursday, March 14, 2024, UC San Diego's Urban Studies and Planning Department hosted the 34th Annual Urban Expo. 

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. New for 2024 Urban Expo also showcased work from additional Urban Studies and Planning Department courses.

Check out the 2024 Urban Expo Event Photos

Capstone Projects Focused 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 2024 Urban Expo included student work and displays from:

  • Real Estate Finance and Development Studio (USP 185B)
  • Urban Studies and Planning Senior Sequence Research Project (USP 187)
  • Urban World System (USP 2)
  • Introduction to Global Architecture (USP 6)
  • Tech with the Community (USP 165B)
  • Green New Deal Studio (USP 165D)
  • Sustainable Development (USP 171)
  • Urban Design Practicum (USP 177A)
  • Urban Design, Theory, and Practice (USP 179)
  • Field Research in Migrant Communities (USP 188)
  • Inclusive Urbanism (USP 189)
  • UCSD Homelessness Hub 
  • Architecture at UCSD 
  • Triton Real Estate Organization (TREO)
  • USP Student Representatives
  • Urban Changemakers
  • Young Planners Society (YPS)


The USP Department is proud to offer a number of awards to both our graduating seniors as well as our continuing students. Most awards are nominated.  Award winners will be announced during Winter quarter finals week and will be celebrated during an Awards Banquet on Friday, April 5th, 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

View Here

Red posters 2022
urban expo 2022

2022 USP Student Projects

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Archived Project Galleries
2021 RED Student Projects
2021 USP Student Projects

2024 Annual USP Department Award Recipients

Academic Distinction Award
    Tienna Chen (USP)
    Alex Patterson (RED)
Meritorious Community Service Award
    Isaac Ing
Placemaking Award
    Monet Bernard
Pete Georgiou Award for Service to the USP Dept.
    John Moore
Emerging Scholar Award 
    Lily Keefauver
Emerging Innovator Award 
    Phu Dang
Emerging Leader Award 
    Zach Bickel (USP)
    Andras Lengyel (RED)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant
    Alelí Andres
Alumni of the Year
    Betsy McCullough
The Stephen Lew ’01 Civic Leadership Award in Urban Studies and Planning
    Emma Berwanger
The Stephen Lew ’01 Civic Internship Award in Urban Studies and Planning
    Isaac Ing
    Emily Martinez
    Liam Winstead

Best RED Capstone Project Award
    Revolucion: Donika Moreno, Alex Patterson, Jillian Sasaki
RED Capstone Project Award Runner Up
    Neon District: Nic Glascok, Joseph Lipp, Jack Lopez
Best RED Capstone Poster Award
    Neon District: Nic Glascok, Joseph Lipp, Jack Lopez
RED Capstone Poster Honorable Mention
    Horizon: Lauren Hsei, Emily Hurley, Jayleen Solorzano-Diaz

Best USP Senior Research Project Awards
    Allison Gable (1st Place)
    Sarah Thompson (2nd Place)
    John Moore (3rd Place)
Best USP Poster Awards
    Isaac Ing (1st place)
    Tienna Chen (2nd Place)
    John Moore (3rd Place)
Best Digital Storymap Awards
    Tienna Chen (1st Place)
    Dania Garcia (2nd Place)
    Johan Fernandez (3rd Place)