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I am


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I am


 

I am a planner, urban designer and advocate for awesome cities and healthy landscapes. I create, coordinate and advocate for triple bottom line solutions that build thriving, sustainable and equitable communities. 

 

 
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Public Realm


The public realm

Public Realm


The public realm

 

I specialize in planning and designing for the public realm: parks, plazas, sidewalks, streetscapes, public spaces and anything else that happens between buildings. I am interested in fostering community ownership over shared public places and natural resources.

I create experiences that encourage interaction between people and each other and their environment. I take the process of city-making into streets and parks through temporary events and interactive installations. I believe that transparent information and interactive environments empower people to take ownership of their public spaces and natural resources. I also design and lead wide-reaching community engagement campaigns and I coordinate networks of stakeholders for public and private projects.

 I wrote  a report on how other cities might inspire Boston  to create a vibrant public realm and a  guide to placemaking  adopted by the Boston Transportation Department.

I wrote a report on how other cities might inspire Boston to create a vibrant public realm and a guide to placemaking adopted by the Boston Transportation Department.

 I led a team of pro bono professionals to write a  feasibility study for a permanent swimming facility  in the Charles River.

I led a team of pro bono professionals to write a feasibility study for a permanent swimming facility in the Charles River.

 I was part of a tactical urbanism group that  built a bicycle corral  in Roslindale Village.

I was part of a tactical urbanism group that built a bicycle corral in Roslindale Village.

 I launched proposals with the  Anacostia Waterfront Trust  to deploy a series of pop-up installations along the Anacostia River in DC as part of the 2018 “Year of the Anacostia.”

I launched proposals with the Anacostia Waterfront Trust to deploy a series of pop-up installations along the Anacostia River in DC as part of the 2018 “Year of the Anacostia.”

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Development


Sustainable infrastructure &
equitable
development

Development


Sustainable infrastructure &
equitable
development

 

The city of the future is diverse and resilient: mixed-use, mixed-income, multi-modal. Trained in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, art, math and communication, I am able to mediate and translate between the many professions that need to collaborate to make complex multidimensional projects become a success.

Access to sustainable urbanism should not be a privilege. The enhancement of cities should not just bring features like quality design, sustainable infrastructure and efficient transportation but also ensure that everyone benefits from development. I pursue and advocate for strategies that increase diversity and reduce displacement caused by gentrification.  

 I was an urban designer for  the largest real estate development project in New England , a 3200 unit mixed-income redevelopment of public housing.

I was an urban designer for the largest real estate development project in New England, a 3200 unit mixed-income redevelopment of public housing.

 "No displacement of current residents" is a guiding principle for the redevelopment of public housing into mixed-income communities like  Friendship Court in Charlottesville.

"No displacement of current residents" is a guiding principle for the redevelopment of public housing into mixed-income communities like Friendship Court in Charlottesville.

 I helped write the  plan for the transformation of a suburban Ohio retail strip corridor  into a dense, walkable and mixed-use neighborhood.

I helped write the plan for the transformation of a suburban Ohio retail strip corridor into a dense, walkable and mixed-use neighborhood.

 I led a  community coalition project  to submit amendments to DC’s Comprehensive Plan to address equitable development and access to quality public waterfront parks.  

I led a community coalition project to submit amendments to DC’s Comprehensive Plan to address equitable development and access to quality public waterfront parks.  

 Trends in real estate lead to  new opportunities for downtown revitalization  in places like Brockton, MA.

Trends in real estate lead to new opportunities for downtown revitalization in places like Brockton, MA.

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Sustainable Future


A resilient future

Sustainable Future


A resilient future

 

The world is rapidly evolving. I watch trends and ponder the future: How will development shape my neighborhood over the next 10 years? How will transportation patterns shape my city over the next 20 years? How will technology advance in 30 years? What game-changing events could happen in the next 40 years? Asking questions like these helps us to anticipate future paradigm shifts.

When the projects of planners, designers, developers, builders and policymakers have lifespans of decades, it is crucial for us to envision the future and prepare for change. Doing so allows us to proactively create the future that we want, rather than react to unforeseen shifts. 

 A decrease in shipping industry and increase in tourism creates  opportunities for riverfront towns like Winona, MN to reimagine their downtown economy .

A decrease in shipping industry and increase in tourism creates opportunities for riverfront towns like Winona, MN to reimagine their downtown economy.

 I was the  keynote speaker at a Public Forum on the Future of the Anacostia Waterfront  alongside the DC Office of Planning and the National Park Service.

I was the keynote speaker at a Public Forum on the Future of the Anacostia Waterfront alongside the DC Office of Planning and the National Park Service.

 Remediation of toxic sites in areas with rising land values could be leveraged as a tool to empower residents to take ownership over their neighborhood and avoid displacement by gentrification ( full report ).

Remediation of toxic sites in areas with rising land values could be leveraged as a tool to empower residents to take ownership over their neighborhood and avoid displacement by gentrification (full report).

 Tracking government spending on parks and trails compared to population and economic trends helps  identify strategic locations for future investment .

Tracking government spending on parks and trails compared to population and economic trends helps identify strategic locations for future investment.

 Rising sea levels and economic revolutions could lead to  transformation of light industrial landscapes like the Duwamish Waterway .

Rising sea levels and economic revolutions could lead to transformation of light industrial landscapes like the Duwamish Waterway.