What have you been up to since you finished the MURP program?
Since finishing the MURP program, I have begun my career as a military community planner at an international architecture/engineering firm. Our work focuses on planning projects for federal clients, primarily those involved with national defense, ranging from technical infrastructure reports to creative master plans.
How did you become interested in your field?
I became interested in military planning because it was a field that I was unfamiliar with and I felt that it was a great opportunity to learn more about something that is unique within the planning discipline. I have always had an interest in military history and operations, and this interest also drew me to the field.
What have been the biggest challenges in your career?
The biggest challenge is trying to adapt to the "military world", especially the jargon and relatable personal experiences that I have not had as a civilian. Many of my coworkers are veterans or planners who have done military planning for years, so it is easier for them to have conversations with our clients, simply because they are familiar with the specific terminology, processes, and day to day life related to military installations.
What do you find most rewarding about your career?
The most rewarding aspect of my career is that I have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of projects. During my time as a military community planner, I have completed several master plans, but I have also been involved with environmental assessments, infrastructure capacity analyses, cultural resources management plans, resiliency studies, and other documents which broaden my knowledge about planning. Much of this knowledge is easily translatable into a civilian context, and I believe I have a better understanding of cities and small towns because I have been exposed to so many diverse projects on military installations.