Student Planning Association

About SPA

The Student Planning Association (SPA) is a student-run, faculty-supported organization within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP).  All students in the URP program, and any student interested in planning, are eligible members and are welcome to become involved throughout their studies.  Students in URP are offered a variety of professional development opportunities and events organized by SPA each semester.  SPA also serves as a voice for the URP cohort by representing all students, and by providing a place where students can bring ideas, concerns, and requests.  

2018-2019 will mark the 93rd Anniversary of the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at UF.  The team of SPA members is proud to be supporting the department as they undergo accreditation review during the 2018-2019 school year.

All Urban and Regional Planning students are highly encouraged to be involved with the Student Planning Association to motivate group learning, to gain networking opportunities, to learn from professionals in the field and become involved in current trends in Florida.  Many SPA members take advantage of joining the San Felasco Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, which is the local section of the American Planning Association.  Through the San Felasco Section, students are able to meet with and learn from professional planners in the local area by attending lectures, meetings, and socials.  

Through SPA, students are assisted with funds to attend such conferences and take trips to learn about planning and design in other cities.  SPA members volunteer to help plan and assist at the Florida Chapter of the APA Annual State Conference.  The association also helps organize attendance for the APA Annual National Conference.  Recently visited were the cities of West Palm Beach, FL, New Orleans, LA, Hollywood, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Seattle, WA, Orlando, FL and Atlanta, GA.  The association welcomes new travel proposals and embraces new connections.

In addition to collaborating with local organizations to organize events, SPA works to engage with individuals about all things planning related within the College of Design, Construction, and Planning. Other functions of SPA include; a mentoring program within URP that provides newer students in the program with a place to ask for advice and make connections, and a newsletter for the URP students featuring planning articles, highlighting professor achievements, informing students about upcoming events.  SPA also helps to coordinate the Department’s end of the year banquet and recognizes an Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, through a vote by the students. 

Join the Student Planning Association on Facebook to be up-to-date with events and meetings, and to contact a SPA officer for more information.

2018-2019 EBoard for the Student Planning Association:

President:  Austen Dole, austenemily123@ufl.edu

Vice-President:  Daniel Sobczak, dansobczak@ufl.edu

Treasurer:  Aastha Patel, aasthapatel@ufl.edu

Secretary:  Rosemarie Fusco, r.fusco@ufl.edu

Social Chair:  Nathaniel Chan, nchan1@ufl.edu

Ambassador:  Ruchen Zhou, ruchen.zhou@ufl.edu