Carrie Makarewicz

Carrie Makarewicz PhD

Associate Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department

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Primary Phone: 303-315-1008

Office Hours: Tuesdays: 1:30p ā€“ 3:00pā€‹

I am an associate professor in the Department of Planning & Design in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. My research focuses on the consequences for human development and well-being from community development, affordable housing, and transportation investments. Specific studies in this area include the impact of urban systems on parent engagement and school quality; planning equitable multi-modal systems; understanding household transportation costs in relation to urban form; regional approaches to preventing and solving homelessness; and the impact of gentrification on the arts and music industries. I am currently conducting research on mobile home park recovery from disasters, the interaction between urban systems and parent engagement, and strategies to design ADUs and respective ordinances to support affordable housing, household wealth building, and neighborhood sustainability.

Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, I worked as a practicing planner and researcher in various organizations in Chicago, including the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and Office of Management and Budget, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. From 2008 to 2014, I was a technical advisor to equity committee for STAR Communities, a national rating system to provide sustainability and assessment tools for local governments. From 2018 to 2020 I was a member of the Meow Wolf Denver community Advisory Committee.

I received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a M.U.P.P. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of Expertise

Community development, affordable housing, transportation equity, equitable public education, regional planning, and disaster recovery

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, City & Regional Planning. University of California, Berkeley Dissertation: Examining the influence of the urban environment on caregivers' time, energy and resources for engagement in their children's learning and development.
  • Master of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. University of Illinois-Chicago. Concentrations: Community Development, Economic Development Masters Project: Chicago City Outlook: The city's fiscal condition 1985-2000.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Liberal Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor