CPRED Announces Shared Program Model and Bihl Annual Fellowship

August 27, 2018

The Clemson University Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development (CPRED) is excited to announce a simplified curriculum between its two departmental programs. Beginning in Fall 2018, students can pursue a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree and a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree as a shared program model.

The shared program model is made possible, in large part, to a recent annual fellowship created by James Michael Bihl (’02) and Jennifer Tropea Bihl (’99, M’ 00) that provides support for students whose professional interests and academic focus will further the integration of the planning, development, and traffic/transportation engineering fields to help build successful and sustainable communities. Students who are concurrently enrolled or enrolling in the MRED Program, and the MCRP Program, are eligible recipients of the James M. Bihl and Jennifer T. Bihl Annual Fellowship.

This fall, CPRED welcomed Kiersten Cedeno as the first student enrolled in the MRED/MCRP shared program curriculum and as the first recipient of the James M. Bihl and Jennifer T. Bihl Annual Fellowship. Kiersten is a June 2018 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in architecture. From her architecture background, Kiersten is in not only interested in how specific architectural choices impact communities, but also how to view communities and their integrated pieces from a holistic lens. Kiersten will complete academic requirements in the MRED Program and then continue her academic requirements in MCRP.

Recipients of the James M. Bihl and Jennifer T. Bihl Annual Fellowship must meet the following residential criteria: 1) Graduated from a high school in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia; or 2) Obtained an undergraduate degree from an institution in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia; or 3) has established residency as defined by Clemson University in South Carolina, North Carolina, or Georgia continuously for at least the previous four years.

Future students interested in learning more about the shared program model, should contact CPRED department chair, Dr. John Gaber.

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