Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary PhD

October 9, 2020

October 13: “Exploring Partnership between Transit Agency and Shared Mobility Company: An Incentive Program for App-Based Carpooling” Research Seminar from PhD Student Yiyuan Wang

Yiyuan Wang, PhD Student

Yiyuan Wang will present recent work performed in collaboration with Professor Qing Shen and Casey Gifford at King County Metro. This study examines the Carpool Incentive Fund program launched by King County Metro in the Seattle region, which offers monetary incentives for participants who commute using a dynamic app-based carpooling service. Through descriptive analysis and…


October 8, 2020

PhD Candidate Lan Thị Nguyễn wins AY 2020-21 UW GO-MAP Fellowship

UDP PhD Candidate Lan Thị Nguyễn has been selected for a 2020-21 University of Washington’s GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship, which will allow her to devote focused attention to her dissertation, titled “Community matters: Local knowledge and social connections for disaster preparedness.”  Congratulations to Lan!  


September 14, 2020

Engage in Equity Week

The Department of Urban Design & Planning EDI Committee will host its first Equity Week October 26 – 30 for students, faculty, and staff to engage in substantive dialogue. Courses will highlight readings, lessons, activities, and online programming at the department level. In preparation, the department recommends reading How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram…


July 9, 2020

PhD Candidate Feiyang Sun Awarded 2020 Urban Design and Planning Faculty Medal

Feiyang Sun has been named the 2020 Urban Design and Planning Faculty Medal winner. Faculty present the award annually to one student who has best demonstrated academic excellence, promoted research or theoretical developments, and shown high promise for future contributions and leadership in the field. Earlier this year, Mr. Sun was also awarded an American…


May 27, 2020

UDP PhD Director Qing Shen on COVID-19 and the Future of Urban Design & Planning

Qing Shen, Director of the Program

For a recent feature story on the Pandemic Urbanism Symposium, Graduate School Communications Specialist Kate Stringer interviewed Professor Qing Shen, Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Design & Planning.  Read the full interview here. 1. How do you see the study of Urban Design and Planning changing for graduate students due to the broad…


Feature Story – Pandemic Urbanism Symposium


May 22, 2020

UW Pandemic Urbanism symposium (May 29) – full schedule announced!

Poster for Pandemic Urbanism

PANDEMIC URBANISM A virtual symposium on COVID-19 and cities Hosted by the University of Washington May 29, 2020, 9a – 5:30p PDT pandemicurbanism.com What does COVID-19 mean for cities? What are the implications of this pandemic for urban form, mobility, sociability, and politics? In recent months, life in our cities has been radically transformed. The…


May 21, 2020

UDP Diversity Plan – Input Welcome!

Diversity Plan Poster

The UDP Diversity Plan, developed by UDP Diversity Committee, is a living document intended to guide changes and create an opening to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into the fabric of the Department. Input is welcome! Send feedback or suggestions to udp4all@uw.edu.


May 20, 2020

Program Faculty Win COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant

Rebecca Walter

Program Faculty Arthur Acolin, Kyle Crowder, and Rebecca Walter were among the faculty awarded a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant by the Population Health Initiative.  The project, titled “Prevailing Impacts of COVID-19 on Rental Housing Markets Across Metropolitan Areas and Neighborhoods,” will model the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing markets in the 100…


May 5, 2020

May 12: “Do poor people also walk in poor areas? Evidence from GPS tracking” Research Seminar from PhD Student Xiao Shi

Xiao Shi

The UDP PhD Research Seminar Series will feature a talk by UDP PhD Student Xiao Shi titled “Do poor people also walk in poor areas? Evidence from GPS tracking.” The talk will be offered 12:30 – 1:20, Tuesday, May 12 via Zoom:  https://washington.zoom.us/j/317692789 Xiao will present her recent work with the Urban Form Lab, in…


May 4, 2020

Pandemic Urbanism Symposium May 29

In lieu of a traditional Annual Symposium, the Urban Design & Planning PhD and the College of Built Environments are sponsoring a special student-run Pandemic Urbanism Symposium, Friday, May 29.  Organizers include current and recent URBDP PhD & BE PhD students Evan Carver, Peter T. Dunn, Katie Idziorek, Lan T. Nguyen, Boyang Sa, Elizabeth Umbanhowar,…


May 3, 2020

Graduate Certificates in Real Estate – Apply By 5/30

The College of Built Environments offers a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (GCRE) and a Graduate Certificate in Housing Studies (GCHS), which are open to all graduate students. If you are interested in learning about real estate and housing production and consumption, consider applying for one of the two certificates. The application deadline is May…


April 22, 2020

May 1 Deadline for Pandemic Urbanism Symposium Participation

In lieu of a traditional Annual Symposium, the Urban Design & Planning PhD and the College of Built Environments are sponsoring a special student-run Pandemic Urbanism Symposium, Friday, May 29.  Organizers include current and recent URBDP PhD students Evan Carver, Peter T. Dunn, Katie Idziorek, Lan T. Nguyen, Boyang Sa, Elizabeth Umbanhowar, and Yiyuan Wang….


April 28: “Mobility Apps and the Politics of Platform Urbanism” Research Seminar from PhD Candidate Peter Dunn

PhD Candidate Peter Dunn will present his ongoing research into the work of pervasive digital technologies in shaping urban actors and the ways they manage competing claims on the city–that is, their politics. His research applies recent theorizations of the politics of platforms and of an emerging “platform urbanism” to qualitative research on practices surrounding…


April 12, 2020

April 14: “COVID-19 and Infrastructure” Research Seminar from Professor Jan Whittington

Professor Jan Whittington

The UDP PhD’s April 14 Research Seminar series will feature a talk by Dr. Jan Whittington on COVID-19 and Infrastructure. Professor Whittington’s research applies transaction cost economic theory to networked infrastructures, such as transportation, water, and communications systems, to internalize factors historically treated as external to transactions. UW students, faculty and staff are invited to…


March 27, 2020

Katherine Idziorek, AICP, Wins Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy and Finance Fellowship

Katie Idziorek

Katherine Idziorek, AICP has been selected by the Eno Center for Transportation for the Summer 2020 Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy and Finance Fellowship. The O’Bryant Fellowship is designed to bridge research and policy while providing a professional development opportunity for aspiring transportation specialists. As an Eno Fellow, Katherine will engage with the transportation policymaking…


March 18, 2020

Research Seminars Resume 4/14 via Zoom

Professor Jan Whittington will be our first Research Seminar presenter to present via Zoom, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, via Zoom.  Details will be posted to our Research Seminars page closer to the event.