Brandon Shaver

Brandon Shaver

MURP 2014

Planner

City and County of Denver

Denver, Colorado

What have you been up to since you finished the MURP program? 

After graduating from CU-Denver, I spent two years working for local firms specializing in land use economics and the creation of special taxing districts. This experience gave me new insight at the local level and ultimately became a stepping stone for my current position at the City and County of Denver.

As part of Denver’s Citywide Planning team, I focus on comprehensive planning and plan implementation. This work includes updates to the zoning code, zoning map, and the approval of comprehensive signage plans in the downtown area. Currently, my biggest undertaking involves being a part of the team to update Blueprint Denver, an integrated land use and transportation plan, that will provide policy direction to strategically guide growth and ensure that Denver remains a livable, diverse and inclusive city for the next 20 years.

In what ways has your MURP degree had an impact on your career and who you are today?

My MURP degree has had a profound impact on both my career and who I am today. The MURP program opened my eyes to key processes, policies and community relationships that are necessary to create and shape an urban environment that allows us to thrive. The MURP program contributed not only to my knowledge and understanding of the importance of planning, but it also showed me how to relay that information to residents from different backgrounds and experiences.

What would you say to a prospective student that is considering CU Denver’s MURP program?

While talking to prospective students, I would emphasize the quality and professionalism of the faculty, and the close attention and advice they offer each student. Additionally, the location of the campus, and the city itself, offer the perfect urban laboratory to explore the many facets of planning.

What was your favorite part about your time at CU Denver?

My favorite memory from CU Denver is my first day of the program. I was impressed by the diverse educational backgrounds of my cohort and the stories that led them to Denver to study planning.