Carrie Makarewicz

Carrie Makarewicz PhD

Associate Professor & Department Chair
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department


Primary Phone:303-315-1008

Dr. Makarewicz is an associate professor and department chair at the University of Colorado Denver. She joined the faculty in 2013 and. Her research focuses on how the interactions among public investments, development, and public policies affect human development, through their effects on household income, accessible and safe neighborhoods, housing affordability, individual health and well-being, access to regional opportunities, and environmental quality. Her work has examined access to public transportation and active modes, affordable housing outcomes, how the built environment affects families’ daily lives, public-private initiatives focused on arts and sustainability, and post-disaster housing recovery. In her five years at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), she co-developed the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index and worked on programs for equitable approaches to carsharing, energy efficiency, green buildings, and transit-oriented development. She has been an active member of several committees focused on equity in planning, including STAR Community Index’s Affordability and Equity Technical Advisory Committee for eight years; the Task Force for the American Planning Association’s Planning for Equity Policy Guide; the Public Schools Interest Group in the American Planning Association, Meow Wolf Denver’s Community Advisory Committee to guide and track the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitments; the City of Denver’s COVID Mobility Task Force; and the Auraria Campus’s Gentrification and Urban Displacement Task Force. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of Expertise


Equitable approaches to multi-modal transportation planning Regional sustainability Affordable housing Planning for public schools and implications of school reform Community benefits agreements, including for artists and musicians.

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • PhD, City & Regional Planning. University of California, Berkeley Dissertation: Examining the influence of the urban environment on caregivers' time, energy and resources for engagement in their children's learning and development.
  • Master of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. University of Illinois-Chicago. Concentrations: Community Development, Economic Development Masters Project: Chicago City Outlook: The city's fiscal condition 1985-2000.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Liberal Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor




2020-2021 University of Colorado, Excellence in Leadership Program, Denver Cohort 2019 Distinguished Service Award, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) 2017 Excellence in Leadership & Service campus award. University of Colorado Denver ($1500) 2015 American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter, Honor Award for Recent Student Project. Supervision of Studio Project: “Transit Zone Evaluations” 2013 University of Colorado Denver Faculty Council, Service Award

2020 Planning Advisory Service Report on Public Schools and Planning for the American Planning Association, Lead Editor and Chapter Author($3,000), 2021 Undesigning the redline and reimagining mobility investments to equitably link jobs, affordable housing, and services PI ($50,000). The National Science Foundation Civic innovation Challenge, 2018 Modeling the Vulnerability of Mobile Home Parks to Disaster: A Longitudinal Study of Affordable Housing Loss After Hurricanes Harvey and Michael. The National Science Foundation co-PI ($439,711). Total project budget with Texas A&M($667,105), 2016 Bringing Stein back in: Regional planning, growth, and equity in the 21st century American west. Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies, co-PI ($16,000), 2016 Baseline Evaluation for Sustainability Goals. Centro, RiNo Arts District, PI ($23,000), 2016 Neighborhood Study, Before and After Affordable Housing Development. Boulder Housing Partners and Boulder County Housing Authority PI ($24,292), 2014Outcomes Assessment and Knowledge Sharing, and Gold Corridor Affordable Housing Study. Sustainable Communities Initiative, Denver Regional Council of Governments and Department of Housing and Urban Development, Co-PI ($119,000), 2014 RAPID: Understanding Household Recovery Following the 2013 Colorado Flash Floods. National Science Foundation, Co-PI ($34,700), 2014 Bringing Stein back in: Regional planning and equity in the 21st Century American West. Clarence S. Stein Institute, Cornell University, Co-PI. ($20,000, declined), 2013 Understanding Household Recovery Following the 2013 Colorado Flash Floods. The Natural Hazards Center, Co-PI ($3,000).



2019-2021 Vice President, Faculty Women’s Interest Group, American Collegiate Schools of Planning 2017 Policy Equity Guide Task Force (and author)for the American Planning Association 2020- Steering Committee Chair for Reports and Research, Public Schools Interest Group of the American Planning Association 2015-2020 Founding Co-chair, Public Schools Interest Group of the American Planning Association 2014-2017 Advisory Board, Mile High Connects, Denver, CO 2016 Awards Committee, Metro Vision 2035, Denver Regional Council of Governments 2015 Awards Selection Committee for Dialog 6: Right to the City, articles authored by members of ACSP-accredited institutions 2014-2015 Awards Committee, Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association 2015-2017 Women in Transportation Advisory Group, West Central Region of the US DOT 2008-2016STAR Communities Sustainability Index, Technical Advisory Committee on Equity and Empowerment, and Technical Advisory Group. Sponsored by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, U.S. Green Building Conference, and the Center for American Progress.

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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