The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

PhD Brown Bag Series

Please join us on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (unless noted otherwise)

Bring your lunch and join us for the PhD Brown Bag Series!
Held in the CMP Conference Area of the Architecture Building, this series is an opportunity for PhD students, faculty, and invited guests to present their research and receive feedback from peers, faculty, and industry professionals.

November 6, 2017

Gideon Kossoff, Carnegie Mellon School of Design

October 23, 2017

Lauren Ames Fischer is a doctoral candidate in Columbia University’s urban planning program. Her dissertation explores the implementation of modern streetcar projects as a means for critically investigating the financing, governance and equity aspects of urban transport investments.

Innovations in transport financing: lessons from modern streetcars
Progressive ideas about land use and transportation (i.e. higher density, less parking, more active and collective modes of transport) face substantial barriers to implementation in mid-size American cities. Over the last decade, however, an increasing number of these cities have identified modern streetcars as a solution to achieving the progressive ideals articulated in their planning documents. Streetcar implementation is marked by several innovations; this talk will explore two of them – new financing mechanisms and new governance arrangements – in the case of Kansas City, Missouri. While local innovations have been successful for implementing “starter” investments and facilitating transit-oriented development, this presentation will show how today’s innovations may become tomorrow’s barriers to building inclusive, sustainable urban areas. 

September 25, 2017

David Proffitt, CMP doctoral student, will discuss his latest research findings related to the effects of California and Oregon state laws on Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) and Greenhouse gasses (GHG) reduction.

September 11, 2017

Come to our continuation discussion of peer-reviewed publications and the process of publishing.

August 28, 2017

Come to an open-ended roundtable discussion of peer-reviewed publications and the process of publishing.

April 24, 2017

Susie Petheram
MPPD Doctoral Student and Associate Principal, CRSA

April 10, 2017

Matt Wheelwright
MPPD Doctoral Student and Former Developer

The Developers Perspective

March 27, 2017

Debolina Banerjee
MPPD Doctoral Student and EPC Research Assistant
Green Transportation for Urban Sustainability: A Case Study of Electric Vehicle Adoption

Torrey Lyons
MPPD Doctoral Student and MRC Research Assistant
Coverage vs. Frequency

February 27, 2017

Brenda Scheer
Professor, City and Metropolitan Planning


Matthew Miller
Research Assistant, Metropolitan Research Center


February 13, 2017

Scott Hess
Active Transportation Planner, WFRC
Bret McIff
Utah Department of Health
Introduction to Health and Planning

January 23, 2017

Sarah Hinners
Director, Ecological Planning Center
Economic Impacts of Streetcar Investments in Four US Cities

Pratiti Tagore
Research Assistant, Ecological Planning Center
Can Urbanization Level of a Place act as a Predictor for Water Saving Behavior?

Past Presentations

Robin Rothfeder
Doctoral Student City and Metropolitan Planning
System Dynamics Modeling for Water Resources Management in Clark County, Nevada

Susan Petheram
Doctoral Student City and Metropolitan Planning
Associate Principal, CRSA
Transportation, TODs, and Resilient Neighborhoods – a Case Study of Salt Lake City’s Vernacular Urbanism

Ted Knowlton
Deputy Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Utah’s Growth Inflection Point: Implications for Planners

Danya Rumore
Research Professor, City and Metropolitan Planning
Enhancing Sustainability and Resilience in National Parks and Gateway Communities through Collaborative Regional Planning

Guang Tian
Doctoral Student, City and Metropolitan Planning
Testing Newman and Kenworthy’s Theory of Density and Automobile Dependence

Michael Clay
Associate Proessor of Geography, BYU
The Necessity of Integrating Land Use Forecasting with Travel Demand Modeling

Lindsey Kass
Interviewing Skills and Creating an Elevator Pitch

Joanna Ganning
When it Comes to U.S. Shrinking Cities, What do we Mean?

Keunhyun Park
APA Presentation (Does TOD need a Park?)

Matthew Wheelwright
iUtah – RFA3: Social Vulnerability and Water Hazards

Matt Miller
March 2, 2016
Bus Rapid Transit

George Galster
February 17, 2016
Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Outcomes for Low-income Latino and African American Children

Reid Ewing
January 27, 2016
Rail-Volution Presentation

Matt Wheelwright
December 9, 2015
iUtah – RFA3: Social Vulnerability & Water Hazards

Torrey Lyons
November 11, 2015
Analyzing Factors that Impact Transit Ridership

Matt Miller
November 11, 2015
Retail Near Transit

Mercedes Beaudoin
October 28, 2015
ISOCARP: National Spatial Planning Legal Frameworks

Keuntae Kim
October 14, 2015
ACSP: The Impact of Bus Rapid Transit Development on New Firm Formation

Guang Tian
October 14, 2015
ACSP: Student Travel: Evidence from 13 Diverse Metro Regions of the U.S.