teaching approach

My teaching emphasizes interdisciplinarity by merging insights from the fields of urban planning, urban studies, and urban design. In doing so, I emphasize the connections and disconnections between design-based and policy-based thinking, allowing students to test the strengths and limitations of each approach when contending with urban issues. As a result, my courses often cross-reference the latest insights from each of the traditional design fields (architecture, landscape design, and urban planning) to generate new insights into spatial practices.

history + Theory of envd: precincts

ENVD 3134 covers the history and theory of "precinct"-level design work, covering the fields of landscape architecture, urban design, and small-scale urban planning. The course focuses on the theory and design that connects the built environment to the natural environment. (Taught in Spring 2017; Spring 2018)

global cities seminar

ENVD 4100 introduces students to the basic concepts underpinning the study of and planning for cities. It comparatively examines social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues facing cities around the world. (Taught in Fall 2017)


urban planning studios

ENVD 3100 is a planning and design studio that introduces students to natural and human systems in the urban context and a broad range of associated issues, knowledge, and skills. Students will develop tools to achieve social and ecological goals within a public policy context. (Taught in Fall 2017)