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Four winners of 2018 Plan Off

Plan-Off!

Every April, students from the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program present their ideas for a better community in the annual Plan-Off! competition.

Students compete for a prize by pitching their solution to a real-world planning, public policy or management problem before a panel of expert judges. Students have three minutes to present their plans, which will advance through a series of rounds until a champion is named. The event is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to Jesse Harris, the winner of the 2018 Plan-Off! Runners up were Matt Becker, Max Ewart and Zhaokai Liu.

The 2018 Plan-Off took place on Friday, April 27, at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center. Also receiving awards were Cassandra Patterson, Best Urban Design Plan; Max Ewart, Best Public Outreach Plan; and Jesse Harris, Best Overall Plan.

The students and their presentations were:

  • Max Ewart, “Increasing Access to the James River Park System for Richmond's East End Residents”
  • Lara McLellan, “Safe Routes To School Development for Richmond Public Schools”
  • Cassandra Patterson, “Scotts Addition Complete Streets Plan”
  • Jessica Russo, “Citywide Policy Plan for Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation”
  • Matt Becker, “Creating a Framework for the MWCLT Lank Bank”
  • Mariah Williams, “Finding Homeplace: Exploring How Black Women Experience the Urban Environment in the city of Richmond”
  • Hannah Moore Cameron, “Contesting the Commemorative Narrative: Planning for Richmond's Cultural Landscape”
  • Nate Manning, “Myers Street Redevelopment Plan”
  • Grace Marie Leonard, “Relational Creativity in Highland Park: Learning Revitalization Through Innovation Together”
  • Zhaokai Liu, “The 4th District Police Station Plan”
  • Jake Elder, “Small Area Plan for the Route 36 Corridor”
  • Soumaya Ben-Miled, “Building Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction”
  • Jesse Harris, “VCU Stormwater Management Plan”
  • Ben Leach, “The Carter G. Woodson Regional Stormwater and Nature Park”

 

The judges panel consisted of:

  • Cheryl Groce-Wright, executive director, Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Kelly Hall, director of planning and community development, Colonial Heights
  • Pamela Harris Lawton, associate professor, VCU Department of Art Education
  • George M. Homewood, interim director of economic development, Norfolk
  • Marianne Pitts, urban planner, Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review
  • Erica Sims, senior associate, development and programs, HDAdvisors
  • Jackie S. Stewart, strategic relations officer, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
  • Mario Wells, real estate development officer, Communication Preservation and Development Corporation