Dr. Danielle Zoé Rivera is Assistant Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professionally, she is an urban designer and urban planner. Her research engages issues of urban informality and decolonization through both design- and policy-based perspectives. These professional and theoretical inquiries frequently draw her to study community organizing and development, environmental justice, and urban theory.
Rivera’s current research examines urban informality in low-income Latino/a communities, primarily Mexican-American and Puerto Rican communities. At ENVD, she teaches courses on physical planning, community engagement, social equity, and urban design & planning theories.
Rivera holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.