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MCRP Program Ranked One of the Top Small Programs by Planetizen

The Master of City and Regional Planning program appears as a Top Planning School in the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Planning Programs, 4th Edition, in 2014. The Catholic University of America was listed as one of the 15 top small programs in the country. Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, editorials, book reviews, announcements, jobs, education, and more.

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MCRP Professors Speak at the Ecodistricts Summit in Washington, DC

September 2014

Prof. Edwards and Prof. Hostovsky presented their research on "Revitiatization Without Gentrification in Washington DC". Also on their panel was Reyna Alorro from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development and Kerry L. Smyser from the District of Columbia Housing Authority. The EcoDistricts Summit is dedicated to the global movement to promote sustainable neighborhood development.

Each year the EcoDistricts Summit convenes leading municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, architects and community leaders – people with decision-making power – to share best practices and shape the growing EcoDistricts marketplace. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other well known urbanists gave keynote addresses to the several hundred attendees.

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MCRP student among CUArch’s participants in the Interschool Design Competition at the National Building Museum

CUArch participated in an Interschool Student Design Competition at the National Building Museum September 12-15, 2014. Teams of students from the Washington, DC metropolitan area's six collegiate architecture programs participated in a day-long design competition held in the Museum’s Great Hall. The program is a collaboration of the Museum, local universities, and the leadership of the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Schools Connections Committee, and are offered as part of AIA|DC’s Architecture Week.

CUArch students were members of every team that was recognized in the Interschool Design Competition. They included Marisa Aschettino, Marisa Colligan, Madeline Kil, Emily Pierson, Martin Paddack, Tom Soldiviero, Chris Urban, and Kristen Weller. A joint M.Arch2+MCRP student, Emily Pierson, was a member of the team that received first place.

MCRP Student Wins Award from the Local Planning Group

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAC-APA) held its bi-annual awards ceremony on November 10, 2012. The awards ceremony took place at the Pryzbla Center on the campus of Catholic University. A CUA MCRP student was among the thirteen awardees that day. Mary Beth Dreusike, received the Sherwin Greene Distinguished Leadership Award for a Student Planner. This award recognizes a student for outstanding achievement during the nominee’s academic career in planning.

MCRP Student Wins 2012 Paul A. Goettelmann Best of Thesis Award

Leslie Jean received the Paul A. Goettelmann Best of Thesis award for her written thesis entitled, ‘Integrating City Planning and Urban Design Techniques into Standards-Based Learning’.  Leslie was one of 17 students who received a unanimous 'Commend' from their Advisory Group in Thesis Design or Thesis Written in the 2011-2012 academic year.  Receipt of a Commendation makes a student automatically eligible for participation in that year’s Super Jury.  The entire Thesis Faculty convened at the conclusion of the Final Juries to determine which of these students would be honored by presenting at the Super Jury.  A distinguished panel of locally and nationally recognized designers reviewed seven projects on May 4, 2012.  At the conclusion of the Super Jury, the guest jurors convened to determine the top three thesis prizes for the year.  An announcement of the finalists was made during the reception following the Super Jury event but the specific awards were not revealed until graduation. The 2012 Super Jury presentations were reviewed by Audrey Matlock (Audrey Matlock Architect), Kiel Moe (Harvard University Graduate School of Design), Andrew Zago (Zago Architecture, SCI-Arc), and Bassam Komati (Rafeal Vinoly Architects).  This is the first time that a planning student had received the award since it was initiated in 2004.

In 2013, a second MCRP was advanced to the finalists for the Super Jury. Robert Klosowski was one of the three Super Jury finalists. His written thesis, “Temporary Urbanism: A New Planning Strategy for Modern Planning Departments” received a unanimous Commend from his committee.