The gender gap historically seen in professions that shape the built environment is narrowing. A recent census of alumni from UMD’s architecture program found that, since its founding in 1967, over 1,200 of the 3,000 graduates from the program are women. MAPP’s faculty has changed too. Today, 33% of faculty in MAPP’s four programs are women and two of which—Sonia Hirt and Margaret McFarland—hold prominent leadership roles.
The University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development honored four regional trailblazers in real estate development this week at the third annual awards dinner for “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Awards.” The event recognized Elinor Bacon, Davor Kapelina, Douglas Lashley and Scott Plank for their successes and achievements in one or more aspects of real estate development and their “fearless” approaches to innovative and sustainable growth in the nation’s cities.
In the digital age of the selfie, photography is so prolific, accessible and widely shared that, often, the medium dilutes what can make it special and unique. A new exhibit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation flips the phrase “look at me” to “look at what I see,” proving that some of the most compelling pictures are not of people, but of everyday things. The show, #nothingisordinary, comprises over sixty photographs of everyday occurrences from the lens of Cindy Frank (M.ARCH ’87), the school’s librarian and go-to photographer.
The most recent issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research ranked The University of Maryland's Urban Studies and Planning (URSP) program one of the top programs in North America for faculty scholarly productivity. The findings are based on the results of Google Scholar Citations data among ninety-nine Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) member schools in the United States and Canada through 2014.