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Khaled Alawadi

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Khaled Alawadi is a native of Dubai and is trained as an architect and urban designer. Prior to his arrival to Austin, Khaled worked as a teaching assistant in the UAE University and as an architect in Dubai Municipality. Khaled’s dissertation work focused on Rethinking Dubai’s Urbanism: Generating Sustainable Form-Based Urban Design Strategies for an Integrated Neighborhood. Khaled conducted a case study analysis of Dubai exploring multiple urban design tactics for a more sustainable development approach to Dubai’s pattern of development. Particularly, his dissertation addressed the question: which form-based urban design strategies effectively deliver greater environmental, social, and economic coherence in Dubai’s neighborhood development? Khaled is currently an assistant professor at the UAE University. His research and teaching are focused on the intersection between urban form and sustainability. In particular, Khaled’s current research interest aims to address and generate dialogue about future sustainable forms for Dubai’s urban neighborhoods.

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Ralf Brand

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Ralf started his PhD under the supervision of Bob Mugerauer. After his departure, Steven Moore kindly took him under his wings. Ralf studied radically innovative approaches towards sustainability and conducted one case study about the amazing mobility concept in the Belgian city of Hasselt and the regionalization of food supplies near Munich, Germany. The title of his dissertation was Co-Evolution Toward Sustainable Development: Neither Smart Technologies nor Heroic Choices, and it underlines the importance of understanding successful innovation as a synchronization between social and technical change. Ralf is currently Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, UK, where he mainly teaches 2nd year architecture students in a course called “Sustainable Urbanism” and supervises BArch dissertation students and PhD students. Most of his time is dedicated to research about Multi-Faith Spaces, Zero-Carbon Homes and the thermal comfort of older people.

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Stacey Bricka

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Stacey Bricka is a Research Scientist in the Austin office of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Her main research efforts center on the analysis of travel behavior data, survey methods, and data collection technologies. She is actively involved in the Transportation Research Board, where she chairs a task force on Understanding New Directions for the National Household Travel Survey, as well as active memberships on Committees for Travel Survey Methods and Travel Demand Forecasting. Stacey’s dissertation topic was “Influences and Implications of Trip-Chaining.” She continues to apply her findings of how the presence of children and the constraints of working full-time influence household travel patterns to her research, extending beyond just the work commute to how these factors influence mode choice and other travel-related decisions. While in the CRP program, her coursework focused on transportation, with outside classes on family policy, transportation planning and travel demand modeling. She credits the UT-CRP program with helping to move her out of the weeds of survey research and back into the mainstream of transportation research.

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Barbara Brown Wilson

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Barbara Brown Wilson is Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia. Her research and teaching focus on community engaged design, the ethics, theory, and practice of sustainable development, and the history of urban social movements. Her research is change-oriented—she engages with real community partners and collaborates to help seek opportunities for engaged and integrated sustainable development. Brown Wilson holds a PhD in community and regional planning and a masters in architectural history, and this urban historical perspective informs both her teaching and her research. She teaches courses on urban planning history and theory, the ethics of sustainable development, sustainable community design and development, methods of community engagement, and urban social movements.

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Alan Bush

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Alan is a second year PhD student and Sustainable Cities Initiative Fellow. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Integrated Global Political Economy. His work since has had the binding thread of community resilience, working on community asset development, technical assistance to communities, and monitoring and evaluation of local and government initiatives in India, southern Africa, and New Zealand. He returned to the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan for an M.S. in Sustainable Systems. Building on his masters practicum modeling local food systems, he worked on an urban agriculture plan for the City of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability before coming to UT in 2010. Research interests include educational institutions for sustainability and anchoring institutions for urban regeneration.

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Kwangyul Choi

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Kwangyul Choi is a native Korean and came to the U.S. in 2009. During his undergraduate, he specialized in Geographic Information System (GIS) at Inha University in Incheon, South Korea. Kwangyul received his Master degree in Urban and Planning (MUP) from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Kwangyul’s dissertation work focused on unpacking the complex relationship between land use, automobile travel, and its associated transportation emissions. Particularly, his dissertation research addressed how various land use intensification efforts can reduce household automobile travel and consequently alleviate the negative impact on our environment. Kwangyul is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on how land use policies influence travel behavior in Calgary, which is one of fastest growing Canadian cities. 

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Sara Hammerschmidt

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Sara Hammerschmidt graduated with a PhD in Community and Regional Planning in May 2015. During her doctoral studies, she was part of the University of Texas IGERT program in Indoor Environmental Quality. Sara's dissertation, Healthy People, Healthy Places: Incorporating a Health Focus into the Practice of Planning, focuses on the need for the field of planning to better understand the impacts of the built environment on health and provides case studies and strategies for collaboration between health and planning professionals. 

Sara received a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in May of 2000 and spent eight years in the tech industry in Austin. Sara received a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas in May of 2009. Her Master's Report ("Creating an Open Space Network in Downtown Austin, Texas"), which focused on redeveloping the urban alleys in downtown Austin into usable public and green spaces, won the award for Outstanding Professional Report, awarded to graduate students whose terminal research projects deserve special commendation. 

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Leah Hollstein

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Leah is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is teaching Land Use Planning courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, a seminar course on Green Infrastructure, and a graduate course on Physical Planning Analysis. Dr. Hollstein’s dissertation, titled "Planning Decisions for Vacant Lots in the Context of Shrinking Cities:  A Survey and Comparison of Practices in the United States," focused on the issues facing Shrinking Cities in the United States, particularly ameliorating or restructuring the strained physical form of cities undergoing shrinking processes. Her research continues to be focused on shrinking cities in the U.S., urban redevelopment, planning practice, and planning research methods.
While at UTSOA, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in both the Planning and Architecture programs as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for faculty in Planning and Architecture as well as for the Center for Sustainable Design. Prior to matriculation, she worked in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, in both landscape architecture and town planning studios for an architecture and planning firm. Dr. Hollstein holds a BA from Rhodes College in International Affairs and Economics and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Kathryn Howell

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Kathryn graduated with a PhD in Community and Regional Planning in December of 2013. She is an assistant professor in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond ,Virginia.  Her research focuses on affordable housing, neighborhood change, and urban history. In addition, she studies the equity implications for sustainability and participated in the Sustainable Cities Initiative. Her dissertation, Transforming Neighborhoods, Changing Communities: Collective agency and rights in a new era of Urban Redevelopment in Washington, DC, examines the impacts for long-low income residents of remaining in a rapidly gentrified neighborhood in Washington, DC. Kathryn received a Masters degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 2001. Prior to coming to the University of Texas she worked for the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia Departments of Housing and Community Development where she focused on policy issues around green building, affordable housing preservation, and Inclusionary Zoning. She also has worked in the nonprofit sector in rural housing in Central Appalachia and immigrant healthcare in Colorado. Her work in Washington, DC was profiled in the February, 2014 edition of Governing Magazine.

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Andrew Karvonen

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Andy Karvonen received his doctorate from the Community and Regional Planning Program in 2008. In his dissertation, he combined ideas from environmental history, science and technology studies, and environmental governance to examine the political and cultural aspects of urban runoff in Austin and Seattle. The work was subsequently published in an MIT Press monograph, Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology, and the Sustainable City, and in academic articles in Environment & Planning A and Progress in Planning. Andy currently works as a lecturer in the Manchester Architecture Research Centre at the University of Manchester (UK) where he teach courses on various aspects of sustainable urban development and conducts research on the social and political aspects of urban infrastructure.

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Jin-Oh Kim

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Jin-Oh’s primary interest in CRP was ecological planning and natural resource management. His dissertation titled “An Integrative Area Selection Method for Biodiversity Conservation in the DMZ and CCZ of South Korea” investigated opportunities and limitations of methods for ranking areas for biodiversity conservation, and proposed a new method that integrates a computer-based area selection algorithm and qualitative data from focus group and in-depth interviews. After a 2-year post-doc at University of Minnesota, he returned to South Korea and has been working at Korea Environment Institute, a government-funded research institution that reviews EIA documents and develops environmental policies. His primary responsibility is reviewing EIA documents focusing on ecological and visual impacts of land use plan proposals. He received a Master of Environmental Planning from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kyung-Hee University in South Korea.

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Jennifer S Minner

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Jennifer is Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Her dissertation research was on preservation, adaptation, and redevelopment along commercial corridors in Austin. She also researched the use of information technology in historic preservation and planning, including geographic information systems (GIS). She is past president of the Mid Tex Mod Chapter of Docomomo US. She served as Project Manager for the Austin Historical Survey Wiki. Prior to moving to Austin, she worked in planning and institutional research in Oregon and Washington. She was a Heritage Commissioner and Chair of the City of Olympia Heritage Commission. She earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University in 2000 and a BA in anthropology from the University of Washington in 1995.

Selected Publications:

* Minner, Jennifer. (2012) "Enduring Debates and Multiple Values in the Controversial Restoration of an Early Twentieth-Century Texas Landscape." in Vol. 4, Preservation Education and Research.

* Minner, Jennifer. (2010) "Westgate Tower: An Elegant and Controversial Vision for High-Rise Living in Austin" National Trust for Historic Preservation's PreservationNation Blog.

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Andrea Roberts


Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Dr. Andrea Roberts was a 2016-2017 Emerging Scholar Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture. Her research and teaching explores African American diasporas and heritage through ethnographic study and documentation of the history of African American placemaking and planning in early ex-slave settlements as well as contemporary grassroots planning and social constructions of "free Black " communities. She brings to her research and writing more than a decade of experience in community and economic development, public management, and planning. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she supported outreach and beta testing for the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, a crowdsourcing architectural survey application. In 2012, she created and served as Project Manager for The Fifth Street Project, a community-based planning initiative and market study conducted under the auspices of the Center for Sustainable Development at UT.  
 Andrea holds a MA in Governmental Administration and Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Vassar College.  She has served as a City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner. She is currently Assistant Professor Urban Planning and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A & M University.  

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J. Rosie Tighe

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Rosie is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University where she teaches courses on poverty, housing, and other urban issues. Her research focuses on affordable housing policy and planning as well as equity planning in “shrinking” cities. Rosie’s PhD program focused on Housing Policy and Planning, and her dissertation, Public Attitudes toward Affordable Housing: How Perceptions of Race and Class Influence Views, was directed by Elizabeth Mueller. She also holds a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. She and Elizabeth Mueller also co-edited the volume, The Affordable Housing Reader, published by Routledge. She credits UT’s CRP faculty, students, and alumni with giving her the resources needed to secure grants, attend conferences, publish, and – most importantly – create a close network of friends and colleagues.

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Marla Torrado Fernandez

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I have always been interested in the environment and nature. As a result, I completed a B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Puerto Rico, analyzing the hydrologic impacts of development projects in a small watershed of Río Guaynabo through a time-series analysis of satellite images. Interested to combine environmental studies with community engagement, I moved to the field of aGeography. My work as a Master’s student looked at the social and environmental impacts that could follow the construction of a national road in southern Guyana, area home to the Makushi indigenous communities. Able to return to Puerto Rico after my studies, I worked with the International Institute of Tropical Forestry of the U.S. Forest Service as a researcher. My work looked at the future impacts of sea level rise and global warming on the coasts of Puerto Rico, specifically on coastal ecosystems and population centers. Lastly, as a researcher in the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, I worked in the Mapa de Vida project, and initiative that brings together scientists and volunteers from around the island to learn about different ecosystems, the problems they currently face, and how to minimize impacts.

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Elizabeth Walsh

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Elizabeth is a doctoral student in the Community and Regional Planning Program and the interdisciplinary Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program. Her dissertation research investigates the potential of low-income home renovation programs to enhance environmental justice and sustainability in centrally located, gentrifying neighborhoods. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Austin Housing Repair Coalition, a group of 17 public, non-profit, and private organizations dedicated to improving the health and environmental performance of low-income housing through home renovations. Prior to her doctoral work at UT, Elizabeth earned a BA in Peace and Justice Studies with an Economics minor at Wellesley College, studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Northeastern University, and worked at the Urban Ecology Institute where she managed Boston's first city-wide, volunteer-based, street tree inventory. As a master's student in CRP at UT, Elizabeth worked with classmates and community members to develop the East Austin Environmental Justice Project, a community mapping and information system. In her free-time, Elizabeth volunteers her time with UpLift Austin, a nonprofit that educates youth in the fundamentals of sustainable design through renovation of their own schools.

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Jane Futrell Winslow

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Jane Futrell Winslow is a doctoral candidate and Sustainable Cities Fellow in Community and Regional Planning. A landscape architect and certified planner with extensive practice experience throughout the United States, Jane’s professional contributions are clearly multifaceted and substantive. Her passion and purpose are deeply rooted in the responsible stewardship of public lands – promoting community identity and values, protecting our natural resources, and preserving a legacy of responsible land management to be carried forward for future generations. Her research interests include environmental planning and design, healing environments, historic preservation, and urban ecology. Most recently, her research addresses the intersection of public health and public space in the development of healthy sustainable communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. In 2011, she was selected for the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows in recognition of her professional accomplishments.

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Wenjia Zhang

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Wenjia (Kavin) Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Community & Regional Planning program inside the School of Architecture. Before coming to Austin, Kavin earned his Bachelor's degree in Geography at Nanjing University and his Master's degree of Human Geography at Peking University, both in China. During his master’s studies, Kavin had focused his researches on the relationship between urban form and activity-travel behaviors under the context of rapid urbanization in Beijing, China, partly supported by the fellowship of PKU–Lincoln Institute Center (PLC) for Urban Development and Land Policy. Wenjia’s hobbies are soccer, bicycling, tennis, web design, movie and reading.

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Jennifer Minner is Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.