The MURP Alumni Association’s mission is to further the enduring educational interests, social diversity, professional development, and charitable support of CU Denver MURP students, alumni, and the communities they serve. MURPAA will encourage participation in the affairs of the College of Architecture and Planning, the University of Colorado Denver, the greater Denver Metropolitan Area, and the Intermountain West.
Our members are involved in many aspects of regional and local planning, including transportation, housing, and sustainability. They are employees of private planning firms, public planning agencies, and non-profit organizations. All of them have dedicated themselves to furthering the success of alumni and students through this alumni association, and the powerful connections individuals and organizations can provide through mentorship, professional support, and scholarship funding.
Membership is open to any University of Colorado (CU) Denver MURP graduate interested in supporting the mission of the Association. The Board of Directors may approve a special membership for non-graduates.
Our Bylaws lay out our mission, requirements for membership, governance structure, duties and responsibilities of board members, and other rules and policies for the organization. You can read our Bylaws here.
Meet our current board. Board members represent a diverse skill set and expertise in the planning field. From housing to transportation, working for local government or private planning firms, and everything in between. Board members are responsible for furthering MURPAA’s mission by creating spaces for student and alumni interaction and fostering powerful connections through mentorship, professional support, and scholarship funding.
Evan came to planning after a career in book publishing, with stints at publishing houses in New York City and Boulder. Working with authors on topics like environmental justice, segregation, and sustainability inspired him to pursue graduate school in planning. Following his MURP (2013), Evan received his PhD in 2019 from the University of Washington. His academic interests focus on individuals’ interactions with their environments and the concept of environmental stewardship, as well as film in the urban context. At the University of Chicago, he teaches courses that explore the politics of public space, urban design, and participation, along with the core Sustainable Urban Development course and a popular new course on Pandemics, Urban Space, and Public Life. He also leads a summer study abroad program to Berlin, Germany.
A Colorado native, Evan returns regularly. When not visiting friends and family on the Front Range and in mountain towns, he is cycling, backpacking, or working on climbing the Centennial Peaks, the 100 highest summits in the state (he’s currently at about 40).