I am a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the PhD in Geography, Planning, and Design at the University of Colorado Denver, where I have been a faculty member since 2007. My research looks at how planners, designers, and city dwellers can help create more socially and environmentally just places. I am particularly interested in the relationship between the built environment and social equity, and my recent work examines issues of "green gentrification," shrinking cities, disaster justice, and transportation equity. My current projects focus on how planners can build more immigrant-friendly neighborhoods, and how COVID-19 rates have been shaped by legacies of redlining and other historically-racist urban policies. I have published several dozen peer-reviewed articles and my work has been highlighted in outlets such as the New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today, and The Guardian as well as NPR, Colorado Public Radio, and ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC affiliates. I also write editorials for the Denver Post and other newspapers and frequently produce articles of popular interest, such as a recent piece with Sarah Rowan published by the US News & World Report and PBS News hour. I am dedicated to community impact, and I currently serve as a TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholar, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the Denver metro region through community-engaged scholarship.” I am in the midst of a five-year term as a Fulbright Specialist, and in 2015-16 was a Fulbright Scholar at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre and a Visiting Professor at the University at Autónomade Barcelona. In the College of Architecture and Planning, I previously served as Chair of the Department of Planning and Design from 2012-15 and Director of the Master of Urban Design program from 2008-15. I have taught a number of courses at CU Denver including Planning History and Theory, Social Justice and Planning, Parks and Public Spaces, Planning Capstone, Planning Project Studio, and Form and Formation of Cities. I sit on and have chaired a number of dissertation and thesis committees for students in planning, landscape architecture, geography, and environmental design. I received my PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University, an MSc in Development and Planning from University College London, and an AB in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. For more information about me, visit my website.
Areas of Expertise
Urban design, urban politics, land use planning, land use conflict, politics of public space, environmental justice, shrinking cities
Education, Licensure & Certifications
- PhD, Planning and Public Policy - Rutgers University (2007)
- MS, Planning and Development - University College London (2001)
- BA, Architecture - University of California Berkeley (2000)
2019-2024. Fulbright Specialist. US Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
- 2019. TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholar. University of Colorado Denver.
- 2018. Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2016. U.S-Italy Fulbright Scholar. Department of Architecture, Università degli Studi Roma Tre.
- 2015. Public Health Hero Award (for Department of Planning and Design). Tri-County Health District.
- 2012. Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2011. Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2010. Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference Travel Award. Stipend for travel to annual conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- 2008. American Planning Association(APA) Colorado Student Project Award. Supervisor. “Denver Union Station public space study”.
- 2007. Urban Geography Graduate Student Fellowship. Association of American Geographers.
- 2006. Fannie Mae Foundation Travel Award. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Kansas City.
- 2005. Alumni Scholarship Award. Rutgers Association of Planning and Policy Students.
- 2005. Book review in Journal of the American Planning Association chosen by editor as a “Best Review” for Volume 71. 2004-7. Graduate Research Assistantship. Full tuition/stipend. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.
- 2003. Pre-Dissertation Research Travel Grant – Havana. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University.
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
- 2020. Open streets, for whom? COVID-19 responses, active living, and social equity. Office of Research Services, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2020. Diversity, social capital, and resilience: How can diverse communities resist gentrification? EVOLVE Grant Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2018. Designing for difference: Planning for integration in immigrant arrival neighborhoods. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Research Innovation Seed Programs (CRISP), University of Colorado Denver.
- 2018. Designing for difference: Planning for immigrant integration in Metro Denver’s arrival neighborhoods. EVOLVE Grant Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2017. Green gentrification in Chicago: Development, displacement, and community activism. Office of Research Services, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2016. Bringing Stein back in: Regional planning and equity in the 21st Century American West. Clarence S. Stein Institute, Cornell University.
- 2013-15. Tri-County Health Department, Health Impact Assessment Grant, funded by Pew Trust.
- 2015. Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism. Gates Family Foundation.
- 2012-2015. National Park Service internship program. Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2014. Sustainable Communities Initiative: Outcome Assessment and Knowledge Sharing. Denver Regional Council of Governments.
- 2014. NSF (RAPID): Affordable Housing and Equitable Recovery: A Study of the 2013 Colorado Flash Floods. National Science Foundation.
- 2014. Income, Community Development, and Transit Quality in the Denver Region. Office of Research Services, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2014. Toward Equitable Recovery: Affordable Housing after the 2013 Colorado Floods. Office of Research Services, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2013. Understanding Household Recovery Following Colorado Flash Floods. Natural Hazards Center.
- 2011. Privatization of public space: Incentive Zoning programs in the US. Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2010. Spatial inventory training using various geospatial technology platforms. Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2010. Development of sustainable joint urban design studio with Tongji University. Institute of International Business (IIB) CIBER program, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2009. Perceptions of publicness in NYC’s privately owned public spaces. Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University.
- 2008. Lost space: Security zones and the shrinking of public space. Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2008. Denver Union Station public space studio course. Open Space Initiative Group, Denver. **Winner of APA Colorado Student Project Award**
- 2007. Control by design: Encouraging diversity in Denver’s public spaces. Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver.
- 2007. Inner ring suburb design/redevelopment study. Wheat Ridge 2020.