University at Albany, SUNY
Department of Geography and Planning
Students come into the classroom with diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as assumptions about purposes, processes, and outcomes of urban and regional planning. My goals are to value this diversity while introducing the foundational building blocks for students’ evolution into critically reflective and ethical practitioners. I do this by structuring their learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom to be relevant, reflective, engaging, and applied. Working in teams, they wrestle with real urban problems, make tough decisions between competing alternatives, and partner with communities to coproduce research for the benefit of empowering and revitalizing neighborhoods. Applied projects expose students to planning with diverse, multiple publics in an ethical and just manner, and require them to apply their new knowledge as reflective practitioners.
Planning Studio Products
Clients: City of Albany, the Community Development Alliance (Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, Albany Community Land Trust, Affordable Housing Partnership, Community Realty) and the Arbor Hill Development Corporation.
Client: Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan Implementation Team.
In cooperation with the Arbor Hill Development Corporation, students in my graduate Urban Community Development course analyzed real estate data and surveyed housing conditions on four blocks in the West Hill neighborhood of Albany while undergraduates in my Community Develoment and Neighborhood Planning Course mapped neighborhood assets and needs.
Urban Community Development team reports from the South End Healthy Communities Project, in collaboration with the Albany County Department of Health and their Strategic Alliance for Health partners
Service LearningIn Spring 2012, students in Housing and Sustainability had the option of completing a service learning project in lieu of a research paper. Students chose to volunteer with organizations such as: