The MURP Alumni Association Distinguished Lecture and Award was established by the University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Association (MURPAA) in 2014 to recognize notable individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of urban planning and have brought honor to the University as a graduate of the program or through service to the program.
The award program and associated lecture series serves a variety of goals, including honoring outstanding alumni for their professional achievements, honoring individuals who have serviced the program, raising the visibility and prestige of CU Denver’s Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program to both internal and external audiences, and educating current students about potential career prospects associated with the MURP degree.
The MURP Alumni Association Distinguished Lecture and Award typically hosts one speaker per year. To date, the program has held three CU Denver MURP alumni association distinguished lecturers.
The Distinguished Scholar Lecturer and Awardee is selected annually by the MURPAA Board of Directors in consultation with faculty from CU Denver’s Urban and Regional Planning Department. DLA recipients must be graduates of the CU Denver MURP program or have significant ties to the program through teaching or service. Recipients should have demonstrated professional leadership in the field, worked on innovative projects, implemented novel and forward-thinking planning programs, or otherwise made significant contributions to the field of urban planning through teaching, research, or practice. Typically, we will invite alumni who are at least five years past their degree, though this may vary based on their accomplishments and contributions to the field of urban planning.
Do you know someone you think would make a great Distinguished Scholar? Nominate them using the link to the left!