HUPO serves the urban planning students at the GSD by organizing a wide variety of events and resources to enhance the educational and professional development of Master of Urban Planning (MUP) students.
Shout out to all the second-year MUPs who finished option studio reviews yesterday! From Detroit to Tallinn to San Francisco, great ideas for a brighter, more sustainable, and more equitable future abounded! #urbanplanning#studio@harvardgsd @ Harvard Graduate School of Design
We had a blast last night at our annual HUPO Beer n Dogs! Big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the end of the semester with us, and a special thanks to our very own MUP DJ Cat for getting everyone moving with an amazing live set! #harvardgsd#cardsagainsturbanity#urbanplanning
“Hi! I'm Cat. I grew up in Durham, NC and moved to Massachusetts in 2010 to attend Wellesley College. I graduated with a double major in Architecture and Biology. It's a long story how I ended up with that seemingly strange combination of majors, but I became fascinated by studying the intersection of the built environment with the natural environment and how biological processes shape and are shaped by urbanization. This led me to pursue urban planning as a career. For my first year out of college, I worked at an affordable housing non-profit in Boston called JPNDC as a Project Assistant on the Real Estate Development team. I left the position for a new role at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority) as the Assistant to the Director of Planning. While there, I worked on the Strategic Planning Area Studies for JP/Roxbury and Glover's Corner in Dorchester, as well as on Imagine Boston 2030, Boston's citywide plan. I chose to come to the GSD because I wanted to strengthen my design background and advance my education in urban planning. I am mostly interested in ecological restoration projects, the adaptive reuse of post-industrial sites, parks and open space, and improving the health and sustainability of urban environments.” - Class of 2019 MUP Cat McCandless (Durham, NC) on her #Path2MUP. #harvardgsd#urbanplanning
“I came to the GSD after spending three years working with an NGO that built pre-fab schools and community centers for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. As the son of refugees, I had an instinctive calling to work on the relief efforts taking place in wake of the Syrian conflict. My work dealt with the embryonic stages of community building, which led me to an interest in urban planning. Now that I’m at the GSD, I hope to gain the necessary training to work on large scale infrastructural projects, as well as master planning of tourism sites. The GSD seemed like the place where ideas are put into action, rather than just discussed. As someone who learns by experience, I’ve found ample opportunities to pursue my visions – whether in research or in working with a client on a project, such as the joint collaboration HKS/GSD Community Development Project that I’m a part of.” - Class of 2019 MUP Firas Suqi (Chicago, IL) on his #Path2MUP