Distinguished Planner Award & Lecture Series

The MURP Alumni Association's Distinguished Award and Lecture was established by the University of Colorado Denver’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Association (MURPAA) in 2014. This award recognizes notable individuals who have made significant contributions to urban planning and have brought honor to the University as a graduate of the program or through service to the program.
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2024 Distinguished Planner Award and Lecture

Gil McNeish

MURPAA is proud to honor Gil McNeish as this year's MURP Distinguished Planner awardee and to celebrate Gil's 50-year tenure teaching Urban Planning Law to all MURP students since the program was established. 

Join us Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for the award ceremony and a presentation by our honoree, Gil McNeish. 

The 2024 MURPAA Distinguished Planner Award and Lecture will be held in the Tivoli Turnhalle event space located on the first level of the Tivoli Building on the Auraria Campus. Appetizers and beverages will be available. 

Space is limited. So please register to attend.

Register Here to Attend


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City and Regional Planning Professor Emeritus
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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 this link!

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