Kevin Koelbel

Kevin Koelbel

Urban Planner


TST Inc, Consulting Engineers

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wanted to pursue Architecture while I was in high school.
I realized how competitive the architectural field was in college.
I decided to pursue a degree that was real estate and architecture related.
I went to college for urban planning and starting learning the trade.
I did an internship with a municipality to start my career and gain on site experience.
I got the job I am currently at and have been working here for 2 years.

Education

High School
Cherry Creek High School
Bachelor
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Arizona State University

Career

Urban Planner

I review and help design subdivisions and commercial development.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Design
Engineering
Problem Solving

Day to Day

There isnt a normal day of work for me. The typical things that I do every week in some fashion or another is: review subdivisions or commercial development, create maps in GIS, talk with Town residents on concerns, have meetings with current developers or future developers, research into new ordinances, meetings to discuss problems and items for the week.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There isnt much training needed outside of school, but keeping up with training in GIS or CAD is definitely a bonus as it gives you more of an opportunity for a wide variety of work. Experience is a great thing to have because as more time goes on and you are involved in the work the better you become with reviews or design or code knowledge.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I would say the most important step is to either shadow an urban planner or do an internship with a municipality in the planning department to see how exactly daily life is.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You shouldnt be a planner, you dont have the technical mindset for it"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues