May 1, 2010 marked the celebration of 40 years of urban planning at UCLA.
The day started off with a panel discussion on the history of the program with professors and distinguished students from all decades of the program including Professor John Friedman (the first chair of the program) and Stanley Hoffman (from the first graduating class in 1972). Mr. Hoffman noted that there were only 17 students in the graduating class of '72, now we have over 60 each year. In total, 2,500 students have graduated from the program over the years.
The day continued with a great speech and discussion from distinguished graduate Cecilia Estolano who outlined a plan for progressive economic development that includes higher paying green jobs.
After closing remarks from Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris the event moved on to the faculty center for a reception and dinner. Activities included a funny musical performance by current students Dan Caroselli, Lindsey Hilde, and Madeline Brozen; with lyrics from D. Gregg Doyle and a game show spin on the Price is Right, complete with a showcase showdown, hosted by students Jeremy Cogan, Caroline Park, and Michele Go.
The evening ended with an Alumni video and a special tribute to retiring Professor Robin Liggett. By Professor Donald Shoup's calculations, Robin has taught the most planning students of any professor in the country. She teaches the two required quantitative courses in the program, which consist of almost the entire incoming class of students each year. Even though Robin is retiring from the department, she will continue to teach her classes for the years to come.
A tribute video to Robin Liggett, produced by friend, supporter, and alumnus Stan Hoffman.