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UCSD's Real Estate and Development Program's diversity highlighted in NAIOP article

The [UCSD RED] program is significantly more racially and ethnically diverse than most other bachelor’s degree programs in real estate or real estate development in the U.S.: 53.3% of RED graduates in the 2019-2020 academic year identified as Asian American or Hispanic/Latino.  Some of the RED program’s diversity is attributable to the broader diversity of the undergraduate student body at UC San Diego, but the program has also maintained an explicit focus on recruiting diverse students.

Paul Barnes, Mark Gleiberman, and Joseph Wong, RED Advisory Board Members, highlighted in San Diego Business Journal's SD500 Most Influential People in San Diego

From civic and lifestyle champions to pioneers in blue tech, biotech, high tech, life sciences, real estate and finance, the San Diego Business Journal’s SD500 are the human capital powering the region’s unparalleled prosperity.

Paul Barnes is president of the San Diego division of Shea Homes. Mark Gleiberman is the founder, CEO and president of MG Properties. Joseph Wong is the founder and president of JWDA (Joseph Wong Design Associates)

USP's Visiting Scholar, Mor Shilon, PhD, wins "2021 Best Paper Award in Planning and Entrepreneurship"

USP’s Visiting Scholar, Mor Shilon, PhD, wins "2021 Best Paper Award in Planning and Entrepreneurship" from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Mor won for the paper Smart Specialization: A Spontaneous Four-Step Process in the Mixed Arab-Jewish Region of Haifaand Nazareth with co-authors: Dan Kaufmann, Dafna Schwartz and Alessandro Rosiello.  The paper was selected based on the importance of the topic to the study of planning and entrepreneurship, the connections it makes to existing literature, the rigor of research methods used, and the relevance of the conclusions to practice.

Dan Epstein and Mark Gleiberman, RED Advisory Board Members, Awarded UC San Diego Chancellor’s Medal

Awardees of the 2021 Chancellor’s Medal, one of the highest honors given by UC San Diego to recognize exceptional service in support of the campus’s mission, include: Phyllis and Dan Epstein, Hanna and Mark Gleiberman, Gaby and Richard Sulpizio, and Patricia and Christopher Weil.

Since its establishment in 2000, the Chancellor’s Medal has been awarded annually to select community leaders and philanthropists whose longstanding contributions and involvement have supported promising students, furthered meaningful research and helped the campus and local region grow and prosper. 

Three USP Students awarded 2021-2022 CPF Scholarships

The USP Department is proud to announce that three of our students have been awarded California Planning Foundation scholarships this year.

Enrique Arcilla, an Urban Studies & Planning major, is the first undergraduate student to win one of CPF's top awards, Outstanding Runner-up.

Liz Laing, an Urban Studies & Planning major, was awarded one of two San Diego Section CPF awards.

Kamron Williams, a Real Estate & Development Major, is the inaugural recipient of the Black Voices in Planning Scholarship.

The CPF Awards Ceremony will take place via Zoom on Monday, September 13th.

Tiffany English, RED Advisory Board Member, highlighted as a Woman of Influence in Architecture by the San Diego Business Journal

Tiffany English, Principal at Ware Malcomb, has overseen, designed and managed over 5 million square feet of projects, ranging from tenant improvements to full-service build to suit projects, as well as national account management. She is currently serving as President on the 2021 CREW Network Board of Directors.  The San Diego Business Journal highlighted her as a 2021 Woman of Influence in Architecture.

Joseph Wong, RED Advisory Board Member, Profiled by San Diego Business Journal

Joseph Wong, a prominent architect and the founder and president of JWDA (Joseph Wong Design Associates), was profiled in the San Diego Business Journal.

USP Alum, Alex Reep, Reaches Triton Innovation Challenge Semifinals

The Triton Innovation Challenge is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. The fronTERRA team has made it to the semifinals of the challenge where they will present their project in early May 2021. Read more about their project and app development.

USP Major, Enrique Arcilla, wins Strauss Award

Partnering with UCLA history student, Jiseon Kim, Enrique developed a proposal that will preserve the second grade program at the Brentwood Learning Garden Project and expand the valuable services that the garden offers to the rest of Brentwood’s students. At the same time, Enrique and Jiseon will pioneer a model of network-building community garden development that can improve the sustainability of this movement into the future. 

Venice Architecture Biennial Features Professor Shvartzberg Carrió

Professor Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió's piece "The Mission Indian Agency Jurisdiction" was published on the website for the Pavilion of Turkey in the Venice Architecture Biennial. Their theme this year is called "Architecture as Measure". This piece will also be exhibited at the Pavilion itself when the Biennial opens in May this year. Read the full article here

2020 California APA Academic Award Winner

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded the 2019 Pepper Canyon Mobility Hub Designathon and the 2020 Tactical Urbanism Designathon the Academic Award. Both Designathons have been coordinated by the Young Planner's Society in partnership with departments and programs across the UC San Diego campus.

Professor Sue Peerson receives 2019-2020 Distinguished Teaching 

The Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate members was presented to USP Continuing Lecturer, Sue Peerson. 

The San Diego American Planning Association has awarded the 2019 Pepper Canyon Mobility Hub Designathon and the 2020 Tactical Urbanism Designathon the Academic Award

Spearheaded by the Young Planner's Society, the Designathon brings students, staff, faculty, and community mentors together to tackle urban planning challenges on the UC San Diego campus.

Young Planner's Society Won 3rd Place for the 2020 APA Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award!

For coming in third place, YPS will receive an APA online spotlig as well as blog feature and will participate in the Fall 2020 PSO Town Hall meeting. Check back for links to the APA spotlight. 

Current USP Senior, Erik Mumm, is Running for CPF Board

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) Board is filling two vacancies. CPF Board members are responsible for all aspects of fundraising and awarding of scholarships to California planning students. They serve four-year elected terms.
Every member of APA California is a member of CPF and is entitled to vote. Student APA membership is free. Check your APA registered email for your ballot. Deadline to cast your ballot is Monday, December 16, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Recent Alum, Lesly Figueroa, Quoted in the Los Angeles Times

Recent Alum, Lesly Figueroa, highlights the need for equitable development in the Coachella Valley. Lesly currently serves as a policy advocate with the Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability which organizes with communities in the eastern Coachella Valley.

LAI Highlights New Real Estate and Development Major

The first BS in Real Estate and Development in the UC system, housed in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, kicked off last academic year and now has more than 100 students.

USP Student, Erik Mumm, Speaks at Design and Innovation Building Groundbreaking

Erik Mumm, a senior double-major in Urban Studies and Planning as well as Data Science, shared how this interdisciplinary approach to design and innovation has prepared him with the tools to address important societal issues.

Three USP Faculty Named Inaugural Changemaker Faculty Fellows

Keith Pezzoli, Leslie Lewis and Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell were named UC San Diego Inaugural Changemaker Faculty Fellows for proposing two projects: one, an evaluation of an existing and highly successful two-quarter practicum course series (Life Course Scholars Program), and two, the development of a new two-quarter, experiential learning course series called Urban Challenges: Homelessness in San Diego. 

Alleys in Action! wins California Chapter APA 2019 Academic Award of Merit

Vincent Page II, Julia Lave Johnston, President of California Chapter APA and Sue Peerson, AICP accept Academic Award of Merit for Alleys in Action! UC San Diego. Sharing this moment with our partners the Adams Avenue Business Association and ArtFORM. Department of Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego

Alleys in Action! wins San Diego Chapter APA 2019 Academic Excellence Award

The Urban Studies and Planning (USP) Program won the 2019 Academic Excellence Award from the San Diego Chapter American Planning Association (APA). It is an honor for USP and Alleys in Action! to be recognized by the local planning community and colleagues.

Between January 2017 and February 2018, USP faculty member Sue Peerson worked with 19 undergraduate students in USP to conduct research and create a toolkit on best practices focused on how to revitalize San Diego's underutilized alleys.

At the APA event the award was introduced by Mirle Bussell, USP faculty member and Associate Director, Bioregional Center, and given to Sue Peerson, USP faculty member who led the research effort. Sue was joined on stage by the talented students who made it all possible: Vincent Page II, Joyce Lee and Dmitriy Goncharuk.

YPS is name New Student Organization of the Year!

The Young Planners' Society was recently awarded the 2018-2019 New Student Organization of the Year by UCSD's Center for Student Involvement. They are extremely proud of the org's first year efforts in expanding opportunities and community involvement for students in urban planning! To get involved, please reach out to co-chairs Elizabeth Owen or Erik Mumm at for GBM times and leadership opportunities.

Linh Tran wins NAIOP Diversity Scholarship

Real Estate and Development Major Linh Tran has been awarded the NAIOP Diversity Scholarship. Students were selected based on their academic achievement, involvement in NAIOP, commitment to a career in commercial real estate, financial need, and a recommendation letter from an instructor or professor. Congratulations to Linh on this wonderful achievement!

Professor Sue Peerson Appointment Chair of the City of San Diego Planning Commission

On February 11, 2019, Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointment USP Professor, Sue Peerson as chair of the City of San Diego Planning Commission.

Three Students Awarded NAIOP Scholarship

We would like to congratulate Ella Li, Daisy Romero and Daniel Amar who were all awarded the NAIOP San Diego Foundation - UCSD Scholarship for 2018-2019.