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For the past 25 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has provided more than 2100 preservationists the opportunity to continue their study and practice by funding trips to their annual conference, PastForward. The Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) aims to diversify the preservation movement through a broad range of economic, racial, ethnic and cultural perspectives, by targeting these scholarships to leaders of underrepresented communities. 


Posted on 04/18/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Terps edge out area universities to take first in $10,000 development competition

Posted on 04/10/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Since 2011, Sustainable Maryland has empowered the state's 157 municipalities to create more vibrant, green communities. Administered by UMD’s Environmental Finance Center, Sustainable Maryland offers training, financial incentives and support to communities striving to build resilient and tailored programs that can improve quality of life. Six municipalities were certified in 2016, bringing the roster to 36 statewide; a total of 67 are now registered for the program, representing over 40% of Maryland’s towns and cities.

Posted on 04/04/2017 by Maggie Haslam

First Annual Social Justice Day: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stamp Student Union

Event begins at 9:00am


The all-day event brings together faculty, staff and students from the entire College Park campus to showcase UMD’s commitment to social justice through research, teaching and community engagement. Topics include: 


Posted on 04/04/2017 by Maggie Haslam
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The Colvin Institute at the University of Maryland is proud to present the 2nd Annual Colvin Case Study Challenge. The Challenge is a national real estate paper competition for students enrolled full or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate real estate program. Additional details and forms are attached.

Posted on 03/28/2017 by Carrie Chard

For the past 24 years, Barbara “Cookie” Kerxton, John Torti and Tom Gallas have met each spring at the Torti Gallas office in Silver Spring, Maryland, to interview finalists for the Jack Smith Kerxton Memorial Scholarship. The legacy of Cookie’s husband, Jack, is kept alive through the scholarship program and it has impacted generations of University of Maryland (UMD) students. This year’s Kerxton recipient, Ryan Banger, is a student in the Master of Architecture program.

Posted on 03/28/2017 by Maggie Haslam

The gender gap historically seen in professions that shape the built environment is narrowing. A recent census of alumni from UMD’s architecture program found that, since its founding in 1967, over 1,200 of the 3,000 graduates from the program are women. MAPP’s faculty has changed too. Today, 33% of faculty in MAPP’s four programs are women and two of which—Sonia Hirt and Margaret McFarland—hold prominent leadership roles.

Posted on 03/21/2017 by Maggie Haslam

The University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development honored four regional trailblazers in real estate development this week at the third annual awards dinner for “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Awards.” The event recognized Elinor Bacon, Davor Kapelina, Douglas Lashley and Scott Plank for their successes and achievements in one or more aspects of real estate development and their “fearless” approaches to innovative and sustainable growth in the nation’s cities.

Posted on 03/09/2017 by Maggie Haslam

In the digital age of the selfie, photography is so prolific, accessible and widely shared that, often, the medium dilutes what can make it special and unique. A new exhibit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation flips the phrase “look at me” to “look at what I see,” proving that some of the most compelling pictures are not of people, but of everyday things. The show, #nothingisordinary, comprises over sixty photographs of everyday occurrences from the lens of Cindy Frank (M.ARCH ’87), the school’s librarian and go-to photographer.

Posted on 03/09/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Preservation Course Examines Social Networking in the Pre-digital Age

Posted on 03/08/2017 by Maggie Haslam