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City and Regional Planning studio projects win awards from the American Planning Association PA Chapter

Author: Tracy Purdy
Pickett Scholarship recipients recieve award

Students in the MS City and Regional Planning spring 2016 studio were recipients of this year’s first and second place American Planning Association PA Southeast Section John Pickett Student Scholarship Award.

The event was held this year in Conshohocken, where several presenters shared projects from around the area, after which the students were presented with their awards, which included a cash award for the top three papers. Temple MS CTRP graduates Michelle Atherton, Leonard Bonarek, Corey Brown, Michelle Goddard, and Ted Mullen were all in attendance. Mark Huber was not able to attend. Several Temple alumni also were in attendance at the event, many of whom now work in the Philadelphia area.

The papers, entitled “Community Engagement North of Lehigh, Kensington” and “Division Street Revitalization” won the First and Second Place Award for a Group Paper, respectively. 

Michelle Atherton, who works as the Associate Director of the Institute for Public Affairs at Temple, said, “It was great to see Temple's program rake in the top two spots.  I certainly learned a lot about Kensington doing the project, and how to facilitate productive community engagement on development. With Lynn Mandarano (instructor) leading the way, we were lucky to be guided by the master.”

Of the Division Street Corridor project in Harrisburg, Corey Brown said, “The group was guided by David Butcher (instructor), who ensured that we diligently made progress with our substantial report. We used our strengths and experience in InDesign, GIS and Sketchup in putting together the report.  It was a great way to use the skills I've learned in the program in a near real world project. The project was one of my favorite to work on and overall was my favorite course through my time at Temple.”

The papers can be found on the APAPA Southeast blog along with more information on the event. http://www.apapase.org/

This is the sixth time in a row that student projects from the graduate Planning Studio course with Jeff Doshna as the lead instructor have received external recognition from the local chapter of American Planning Association.