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Nicholas Chen MURP 2015, AICP, Urban Designer and Community Planner, Kimley-Horn and Associates

What is your current position, place of work, and daily duties?

My duties include creating inclusive, walkable, thriving communities through long-range planning efforts such as specific plans and strategic planning as well as working closely with landscape architects and engineers to design pedestrian-oriented public and private spaces.

What did you gain from your time in the MURP program and how did it help get you where you are now?

The MURP program provided me with a structure and understanding of the planning profession that I was missing. I came into the program with a design background and technical skills, but the MURP program helped to shape me into a well-rounded planner. Ultimately, this balance helped me get to the position I’m in now.

Why did you choose the MURP program at UCI?

I chose the MURP program at UCI because of its reputation as a policy-oriented program. I also spoke with professors prior to attending and was extremely impressed with the welcoming culture of the program.

What were some of your favorite classes and why?

While there were some great planning theory classes in the MURP program, my favorite classes were actually accessible through the flexibility of the MURP program. I spent a year in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic at the UCI School of Law helping community groups and under-represented populations to navigate the planning process.

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