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Two UCSD RED Majors, Elinor Oren and Bailey Kim, awarded Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation scholarships

Two UCSD RED majors, Elinor Oren and Bailey Kim, were awarded Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation scholarships. The scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Each student will receive $5,000 for tuition and books, a paid internship opportunity, a six-month mentoring opportunity, a complimentary 24-month CREW Network student membership, and a complimentary registration to the 2022 CREW Network Convention, Sept. 21-23 in Chicago, Illinois. Bailey and Elinor are two of the first San Diego recipients to receive this award in a number of years. CREW San Diego is proud of their achievement and feels this demonstrates both the impressive accomplishments of upcoming leaders. Congratulations to Bailey and Elinor and thank you to CREW San Diego for their ongoing outreach to San Diego's local universities!


Two Gifts Help Establish San Diego’s First Large-Scale, University-Based Resource on Homelessness

The University of California San Diego is launching the region’s first large-scale, university-based research and data hub focused exclusively on homelessness, thanks to campus friends Phyllis and Dan Epstein and Hanna and Mark Gleiberman. Each couple has donated $1 million to the university to establish the Homelessness Hub at UC San Diego. The new program, in the university’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, will serve as a non-partisan hub for research, education, policy and action on homelessness.


UCSD RED Major Highlighted for being one of UC San Diego men's rowing's coxswains and team captains & on NAIOP Team

 

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 It might be hard to imagine real estate and rowing having much in common, but for Bailey Kim, the two worlds are bound together by a common thread: competition. One of UC San Diego men's rowing's coxswains and team captains, Bailey is also a member of the university's team for this year's NAIOP University Challenge real estate development competition. Despite having plenty to prove in her two competitive arenas, she has earned respect in both of them through hard work and caring for her teammates.

 

 


Inaugural Climate Justice and Resilience Fest held Spring 2022

On March 30th, 2022, the UCSD Climate Justice/Action Scholars* held the inaugural Climate Justice and Resilience Fest in alignment with a Global Teach-In on Climate Justice. Over a thousand schools and universities around the world participated by hosting panels and integrating climate and climate justice into their teaching for the day. The aim of the CJ&R Fest was to broaden how people think about climate justice and action, helping them to see that solutions need to go beyond technological strategies to encompass human and systemic solutions of repair, restoration, reconnection (with our land, ecosystems, other people, ourselves), justice, and equity, alongside a radical rethinking of care and inclusion. 

RED Major Scott Nunes awarded NAIOP Diversity Student Scholarship

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NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association,  has selected Scott Nunes as a recipient of its annualDiversity Student Scholarship. The  scholarship program supports students who are pursuing a degree in commercial real estate and  is a key component of the association’s pledge to advance diversity in the industry. Scott Nunes is an undergraduate student at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Real Estate and Development, and a member of NAIOP San  Diego. He worked as an intern for real estate broker Mayram Kavosi. In this role, Nunes found  leads, wrote contracts, learned databases related to listings and tax databases. He also wrote lease options for purchases and worked with industrial leases. His previous work experience includes being a division sales leader for 24 Hour Fitness; he  earned the distinction of being the top producer worldwide in a salesforce of 5,200 people.

 

Susan R. Peerson Named to Prestigious Planning College of Fellows

Sue Peerson at FAICP Induction Ceremony Sue Peerson has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for her outstanding achievements in urban planning. Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of their achievements as planners and as individuals whose efforts have led to demonstrably significant and transformational improvements to the field of planning and the communities they served.

“Individuals who make up the College of Fellows are the true leaders of the planning profession,” said past AICP President Valerie Hubbard, FAICP. “These individuals have made lasting contributions to the profession. They are truly awe-inspiring.”

Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession. Ms. Peerson is one of 53 inductees in the 2022 College of Fellows; she is one of 7 inductees from the state of California. Inductions are done biennially. This year’s formal induction took place during the American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference in San Diego, on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Betsy McCullough, FAICP, an alum of the then Urban and Rural Studies Program at UC San Diego, who was a long tenured City of San Diego planning manager was on Sue’s interview panel that hired her to her first professional planner position at the City of San Diego. Ms. McCullough states, “Sue represents the finest attributes of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the planning profession to her students, peers, community, and those of allied professions. Former students attest to success gaining entry level jobs and acceptance into graduate school due to the impact of her classes.”

Ms. Peerson is a Continuing Lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at University of California San Diego and has more than 30 years of planning experience. She brings together planning, law, urban design, and landscape architecture to her portfolio of public and private sector work. With experience in a large city agency and running her own consulting practice, she knows how to integrate physical plans within the political, social, and environmental context. Her teaching focus is on community-engagement and the public realm where she applies this understanding in her innovative courses teaching urban design practicum, site analysis, graphics & visual communication and advanced urban design. In public service, appointed by two mayors, she served eight years, her last year as chair, on the City of San Diego Planning Commission. She is a passionate educator committed to teach and mentor the next generation of planners.

Congratulations Sue on this outstanding professional achievement.


2021 Mildred C. Hanson, SIOR, Memorial Scholarship Awarded to RED Major Elinor Oren

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The SIOR Foundation is proud to announce that Elinor Orden (University of California- San Diego) is one of the tworecipients of this year’s  Mildred C. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Elinor Oren is a junior at UCSD pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Development. She is currently attending a study abroad program in Real Estate/Planning at University College London and will be a real estate acquisitions intern at Prudential (PGIM) this summer. She was a Girls Who Invest Scholar and is Vice President of Triton Real Estate Organization at UC San Diego.

 
 

First ‘Wise Elder Changemaker’ Awards Celebrate San Diegans Age 65+

Born out of a desire to highlight the life work and current accomplishments of San Diegans 65 years and older “who have had a significant impact on people, land, communities and movements for change across our region,” the inaugural awards recognize change-making work that ranges from food justice to housing advocacy, from the arts to gender and racial equity, to community healing. Nominations for the award were solicited and then selected by students in the Life Course Scholars Program. Now in its seventh year, the LCS program is co-directed by Anthropology doctoral alum and Urban Studies and Planning continuing lecturer  Leslie Lewis. The program brings together UC San Diego students with elders in the region for project-based learning in order to design communities that are accessible and friendly to all ages.


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 J WDA (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 ucsandiegoyoungplanners@gmail.com 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.