Master of City and Regional Planning Student Profiles

The Master of City and Regional Planning program consists of approximately 75 students who come to us from all around the world and from various backgrounds. Below, a sample of our students share their stories of how they came to join the Knowlton family.


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Christian Cervantes

Hometown:  Brook Park, Ohio
Degree(s): B.S. in Geographic Information Science, The Ohio State University

"I chose Knowlton for the wide array of expertise the faculty have. If you have a specific planning interest, chances are good there is at least one professor who is an expert in that field."

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Vincent E. Johns Jr.

Hometown:  Columbus, Ohio
Degree(s):  B.S. in City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University

"...many of the classes are hands-on and interactive which challenges me to think about planning and building communities differently..."

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Juan Sebastian Mendive

Hometown:  Laredo, Texas
Degree(s):  B.A. in Urban Planning & Administration, Texas A&M International University

"...its location in Columbus made it ideal because the city acts as a laboratory for students. Columbus is experiencing growth and new challenges; this makes it a fascinating place to study city and regional planning."

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Ariel Miller

Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
Degree(s): B.A. in Anthropology, The Ohio State University; B.S. in Environmental Science, The Ohio State University

"[Project work] encourages us to think constantly of a real place—with its own residents and history and challenges—as we complete the project, rather than learning through hypothetical examples."

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Christina Neel

Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
Degree(s):  B.S. in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability, Colorado State University

"I knew I loved cities, public transit, historic preservation and sustainable design, but I had no idea I could get a degree (and later a career) doing exactly what I love." 

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Brian Zimmerman

Hometown:  Gahanna, Ohio
Degree(s): B.A. in International Development Studies, The Ohio State University; M.S. Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University

"I was struck by the balance of practice and theory that the program promotes. The Internship and Studio requirements indicate a commitment to give students the essential opportunity to apply what they are learning."

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