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URP Programs Faculty

Below you will find a list of the faculty for the Urban and Regional Planning programs. Please call the main planning programs office at 509.828.1218 if you have any questions.

  • Dick Winchell FAICP
    Dick Winchell FAICP
    Professor and Department of Planning & Public Administration Chair
    SEWC 379
    Phone: 509.828.1205
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Education: BA, Wartburg College; MURP, University of Colorado-Denver; PhD, Arizona State University.

    Specializations: Comparative Urbanization, Sustainable Cities (Europe, Asia, North America), Urban Morphology, Tribal Transportation, Community Development, Tribal Planning, Neighborhood Planning, Housing.

  • Kerry Brooks
    Kerry Brooks
    Associate Professor and Director, Urban & Regional Planning Program
    SEWC 375
    Phone: 509.828.1230
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    Website: Documents/

    Education: BA Western Washington University; MUP, PhD University of Washington.

    Interests span land use and environmental planning, GIS and modeling, image processing, visualization, and research methods.  Foci include open space, land use & morphology, watersheds, and networks. Theoretical interests are connectivity/accessibility, landscape ecology, public participation GIS.  Brooks collaborates on GIS and planning research with a broad range of disciplines and scales.

  • María Verónica Elías
    María Verónica Elías
    Assistant Professor of Planning and Public Administration
    SEWC 320
    Phone: 509.828.1236
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Education: BA, National University of the South, Bahia Blanca, Argentina; M.A. Geography and Urban Planning, University of Akron, OH, USA; Ph.D., Urban Studies and Public Affairs, University of Akron, OH, USA.

    Specializations: Neighborhood Planning, Participatory Planning, Community Organizing, Democratic Theory, Public Administration, Comparative Planning.

  • Margo Hill
    Margo Hill
    Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
    SEWC 380
    Phone: 509.828.1269
    Fax: 509.828.1275
    Website: Documents/

    Education: BA, University of Washington; J.D., Gonzaga University; MURP, Eastern Washington University.

    Specializations: Tribal Law, Community Development, Tribal Planning and Management, Planning Law, Tribal Economic Development.

  • Alex Mann
    Alex Mann
    Practicing Professional Planner
    SEWC 378
    Phone: 509.828.1216
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Alex Mann has a Master of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington.  He received his bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University, where his senior thesis, Produce, Place, Patterns: Finding a Place-Based Pattern Language Through Bioregionalism, Rhizomic Association, and Food, won the 2010 Washington Chapter, Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award.  At the University of Washington, Mr. Mann directed a grant-funded, online psychotherapy intervention study for individuals with alcohol addiction and suicidal ideation.  He has also developed and conducted industry research for companies such as Intel Corporation and Microsoft.  Mr. Mann has a wealth of professional experience in project planning and landscape design.  He has served in various clubs and committees, including as Organizer of the Manito/Cannon Hill Neighborhood Clean-Up project.  He has also been involved in many professional community planning projects in and around Spokane and Seattle.

  • Rowena Yeahquo
    Rowena Yeahquo
    Director, Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP)
    SEWC 382
    Phone: 509.828.1410
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Education: BS Environmental Design, University of Oklahoma Norman; MURP University of Oklahoma Norman 

    Specializations: Tribal Planning, Grant Writing, Hazard Mitigation Planning, Community Development, Transportation Planning 

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