The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

BRT Project Personnel

Project PI: Arthur C. Nelson, PhD, FAICP,
Executive Director Emeritus

Email: acnelson@utah.edu

Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson, is presently (since July 2014) Professor of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development at the University of Arizona. Previously, he served as Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, Adjunct Professor of Finance in the David Eccles School of Business, and Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program. He is also Executive Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Research Center in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah.

Co-PI: Joanna P. Ganning, PhD
Executive Director, Metropolitan Research Center University of Utah

Email: joanna.ganning@utah.edu

Dr. Joanna Ganning is an Assistant Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Research Center. She joined the University of Utah in 2013, after serving on the faculty of Saint Louis University. She holds a doctorate in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on urban and regional economic development, with sub-specializations in rural development, natural resource management, and urban decline.

Martin Buchert, M.A.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Research Analyst

Email: martin.buchert@utah.edu

Martin Buchert is a Senior Research Analyst and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Utah’s Department of City & Metropolitan Planning. Martin has a B.S. in Conservation Biology from BYU and a M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, with further post-graduate schooling in landscape ecology and remote sensing. He has five years of experience as a research analyst using GIS and remote sensing tools to study land cover, transportation/land-use relationships, and urban development at regional scales.

Keuntae Kim, MCRP
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Email: keuntae.kim@geog.utah.edu

Keuntae is a PhD student at the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning and holds an undergraduate degree of architecture from Ajou University, his master’s degree in city planning from Seoul National University, and another master’s degree in urban design from School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has participated in various research projects such as transit-oriented development and housing management plans for steel company towns in Korea. Keuntae has also participated in the Fort McPherson Redevelopment in Atlanta.

Keunhyun Park
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Email: keunhyun.park@utah.edu

Keunhyun is a doctoral candidate in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and research assistant at the Metropolitan Research Center. He completed his bachelor and master degrees in Landscape Architecture at Seoul National University. During that time, he tried to understand the social, economic, and environmental outcomes of public space development. To expand knowledge of urban policies related to public space and contribute to professional research, he joined the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) and participated in diverse research projects of urban planning and design from 2010 to 2014.

Dejan Eskic, MRED
Economic Analyst at GSBS Architects

Email: deskic@gsbsarchitects.com

Dejan participated in this project from January 2014 through May 2015, during which time he worked as a Research Analyst with the Metropolitan Research Center. Mr. Eskic holds a Masters of Real Estate Development from the University of Utah.

Mercedes Beaudoin, MSURP
Research Analyst

Email: mercedes.beaudoin@utah.edu

Mercedes is a Research Analyst for the Metropolitan Research Center. Her passion to develop sustainable human-environments around the world led her to obtain a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Central Florida. During her masters, she studied abroad with the University of Seoul in South Korea, won Best in Category: Social Sciences at a state-wide graduate research symposium, and presented research at National American Planning Association conferences. This fall, she will participate at the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ 51st Congress in the Netherlands.