MUD Studio Receives Outstanding Student Project Award

MUD student Dhay Aldhawyan (center) accepts the Outstanding Student Project Award.

Posted by November 12, 2015


Master of Urban Design students from last summer's Global Urbanism Studio received the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association's 2015 Outstanding Student Project Award for Global Urbanism[s]: Public Life Survey, Johannesburg South Africa Project.

The award recognizes a student or group of students in a Missouri planning program for an outstanding paper or class project that demonstrates the contribution of planning to contemporary issues, best applies the planning process, or demonstrates applied planning research.

Global Urbanism[s] investigated the remaking of post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa. Through research and their experiences living in the city, students examined a government-led mega-infrastructure project to overcome social and spatial inequalities.

Led by John Hoal, PhD, professor and chair of urban design, and lecturer Matthew Bernstine, the 13-week Global Urbanism Studio explored commonalities among, and differences between, some of the world’s most important urban centers: Johannesburg and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Participating students included Dhay Aldhawyan, Melisa Betts, Siobhan Glass, Andrea Godshalk, David Leitman, Deena Saeed, Tianyue Shi, Sminu Sudhakaran, and Bin Yan.

The project award was presented during the 2015 American Planning Association Quad State Conference, which took place October 21-23 in Kansas City. During the conference, Hoal organized and presented a session entitled Building Complete Communities: Urban Sustainability at the Local Scale, which explored the design components of complete communities, the development of community infrastructure for a sustainable future, and the public-private partnerships and leveraged investments that have been used to create complete communities in St. Louis. Other panelists were Raymond Lai, AICP, deputy director of economic and community development for the City of University City, and Brian Phillips, executive director of the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation.