Education & Experience Michael Maloy began undergraduate studies at the University of Utah in the College of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from the Department of Geography. During his senior year he completed an extended internship with Woods Cross City and accepted a position with Midvale City as Associate Planner in 1998. In 1999, he was appointed as Community Development Director for Tooele City during a period of record growth and difficult planning decisions. In 2000, he resigned his position to serve as City Planner for the City of Taylorsville where Michael prepared for and passed the AICP exam in 2006. In 2007, Michael accepted his current position as Principal Planner with the Salt Lake City Planning Division.
Associations & Memberships In addition to his current and long-range planning duties with Salt Lake City, Michael serves as a Board Member for the North Tooele City Special Service District. He is also a member of the Congress for New Urbanism|SLC 21 Local Host Committee—which national conference will be held in Salt Lake City in 2013. Michael is a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Utah) and co-editor of the Utah Planner—the monthly newsletter for APA-Utah. Since 2007, he has also served as Committee Chair of National Community Planning Month for APA-Utah.
Philosophy & Scholarship Michael has personally striven to become “a better read planner” and encourages students and professionals alike to study planning classics. Urban planners struggle for professional recognition and respect—yet practitioners are often unfamiliar with the great work that has formed the foundation of city planning. Without this knowledge, planners are unable to “stand on the shoulders of greatness” and advance the profession.
In response to this philosophy, Michael has published during the past few years 7 book reviews and 13 articles that promote the planning profession and encourage professional development. Michael has presented at the APA National Conference in 2007 and at the Utah League of Cities and Towns annual conference in 2009. Also in 2009, he was featured as a keynote speaker at the Utah Student Planning Conference. Recently, Michael was invited to speak on planning literature at the 2011 APA National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
Coalescing with these efforts, in 2009 the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning invited Michael and his professional mentor and personal friend, Mark McGrath AICP, to join the Urban Planning Auxiliary Faculty to create and teach a new course entitled City in Literature (URBPL 5962-005, URBPL 6960-005, and REDEV 6960-003).