The department alumni advisory body is the Planning & Landscape Architecture Advisory Council (PLAAC). This body helps faculty, staff, & students stay connected to our broad alumni base & the fields of planning & landscape architecture.



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Alumni Updates

  • Distinguished alumnus Michael McCarthy (BSLA ’68, MSLA ’70, PhD ’73) passes away

    Michael Martin McCarthy (10/1/1944 – 5/30/2021) was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the son of Marvin L. McCarthy and Mary F. (Martin) McCarthy, and grew up along the shores of Lake Winnebago. He is survived by his …

  • Alumni John Bryson received the 2020 John Gaus Award for lifetime scholarly achievement

    John Bryson, M.Sc. 1974 and Ph.D., 1978, in urban and regional planning, received the 2020 John Gaus Award for “lifetime scholarly achievement in the joint tradition of political science and public administration” from the Public …

  • Anthony James Catanese PhD 1969

    Anthony James Catanese, PhD ’69, FAICP, recently retired as President of the Florida Institute of Technology. He previously served as President of the Florida Atlantic University. Within the field, he was Dean of the College …

  • Kevin Ford MSURPL 1982

    I was in the master’s program from 1980 to 1982 with Jerry Kaufmann as my advisor (I was saddened by Jerry’s death a few years ago).  As a native Clevelander, the first thing he gave …

  • Gene Rankin, MSURPL 1973

    As an URPl alum I have done the following since 1973: 1. Housing & Human Resources Planner, Dane County RPC; 2. Vice chair, Dane County Housing Authority; 3.Director Dane County Land Regulation & Records; 4. …

  • Miles Toder PhD 1986

    Former URPL Student’s High Stakes Balancing Act on the World Stage! Seasons Greetings to planning colleagues at UW-Madison. I would like to offer an addition to the storied history of the department and, during these …

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