Jackie Chenweilung Apollo

Jackie Chenweilung Apollo


Degree: Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Graduated: 2016

Home town: Taipei City, Taiwan 

Why did you choose the School of Social Ecology? And the MURP program specifically?

My background in urban planning, and specifically in design, was relatively strong before I chose UCI. Mostly, I had been making miniature transit vehicle models and using 3D software to design urban places. I choose the MURP program at UCI not only because of its accreditation, but also because I knew it can help strengthen my knowledge and theories about urban planning so that I can make my design better.

How did you grow interested in your current field of study?

My personal goal is to create a miniature street model or model of city blocks that has the same scale as my transit vehicle models so that I can place buses and trains in it to look more realistic. During my undergraduate studies – I majored in Urban Studies – and during my time in the MURP program, my interest has increased in how a city is planned, as well as the history and purpose behind that planning.

What has been your most memorable or significant experience so far at UCI?

There are many memorable experiences since I did both grad and undergrad at UCI. I was involved in the Urban Studies Student Association board, the Urban Planning Student Association board, as well as doing group projects with my fellow classmates and others. One significant experience so far was taking the Site Planing and Design class. I was able to maximize my skills and knowledge to design an urban space which I'm very proud of. In addition, I can present it to my fellow classmates, faculty members and guests.

How do you envision your degree from UCI opening doors for you or benefitting your career?

The program has changed my perspectives of the urban settings. With the knowledge and experiences I have gained from the MURP program, I will be able to distinguish myself from other candidates and be able to work a planner and designer to influence future urban planning.

Photo: Patricia DeVoe