MURP Student Research, Projects, and Creative Work

In the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Colorado Denver, students engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. Classes, studios and workshops give students the opportunity to partner with real-world clients on projects focused on a diverse range of planning topics, including riverfront and downtown revitalization, campus enhancements, green and connected infrastructure, affordable housing, mobility improvements, social equity, environmental justice, disaster recovery, adaptive reuse, and much more. 

The Capstone project -- a semester-long endeavor that allows students to work on actual planning projects while still in graduate school -- gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their MURP careers in a real-world professional context. These projects, the culmination of what the student has learned throughout the MURP program, cover a wide range of topics depending on the student's interest. 

Below, read about the exciting work MURP students are doing in class and in their communities. 

Class and Studio Projects

Group photograph of the studio class in Dillion

Summer Planning Studio: Downtown Revitalization in Dillon, CO

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D
Urban and Regional Planning Planning Project Studio Summer 2018
Students in the Fall 2016 Urban Housing class work on a housing design charrette.

Design by Community Charrette

In late September 2016, MURP students in Assistant Professor Jennifer Steffel Johnson's Urban Housing class participated in a community design charrette, which is an intensive, hands-on workshop that brings together numerous disciplines to explore architectural, planning and development options for particular areas or sites.

Planning Project Studio: Creating a Quality-of-Life Plan for RiNo's Arts District

Urban and Regional Planning Planning Project Studio

Capstone Projects

Natural Resources Strategic Plan 2019 Capstone by Dillon Mcbride

Natural Resources Strategic Plan

Student Researchers:

Dillon McBride
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project
Image showing street art in a creative district

Ensuring the Health of the Creative District: Planning and Policy Recommendations to Establish Sustainable Housing and Workspaces for Denver's Creative Class

Student Researchers:

Camron Bridgford
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project
Image Showing Waste Management Issues in Nepal

Sustainable Landfill Redesign in Chitwan, Nepal

Student Researchers:

Alison Blaine, Molly Marcucilli
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project
People playing in the snow with tall hotels in the background

Making Winter Park Sustainable

Student Researchers:

Andrew Williams
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project

Creative Projects

WTS Students Build a Parklet for PARK(ing) Day 2019.

Parking Day 2019

Student Researchers:

Sebastian Montenegro, Annelies van Vonno, Nicole Bush, Stefi Szrek, Bradyn Nicholson, Phoebe Fooks (MURP), and Kristen Gough (Civil Engineering, MSU)
On September 20, 2019, students from the WTS Colorado Student Chapter hosted a pop-up parklet in Larimer Square. The "Larimer's Living Room"-theme parklet was voted "Best Community Parklet" by visitors.
Auraria Vision Zero Installation

Auraria Vision Zero

In January 2019, the WTS Colorado Student Chapter launched the Auraria Vision Zero project as part of Denver’s larger effort to promote safer streets and eliminate traffic fatalities. The project will bring public art, signage, and new lighting to several key areas around Auraria campus to slow traffic speeds and raise awareness of the Vision Zero project.
Urban and Regional Planning students participate in Parking Day 2017.

Parking Day 2017

On September 15, 2017, students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver participated in the annual Park(ing) Day outside of the College of Architecture and Planning at 14th and Larimer in downtown Denver.