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I am an undergraduate student in my final year in Cornell's Dual Degree Program in Urban Studies (BS) and Art History (BA); I am also minoring in Music. I am currently working with Cornell University Sustainable Design's Sustainable Research Facility division on a feasibility study for the Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island. We will determine which prerequisites and credits can be satisfied in the campus plan in order to attain LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) certification.
I studied Urban Design for four months in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributing an added dimension of sustainability and regional design to my design and cultural interests. I hope to bring these experiences and methods to my future work and studies in the US.
I have experience in urban design and planning, graphic design and marketing, historic preservation advocacy and documentation, analytical writing, as well as transportation planning (rail) and transit-oriented development. Additionally, I have played piano and percussion all my life in both classical and jazz performance settings.
My long-term vision is to work in the field of sustainable design and construction, in the specialties of urban and transportation design and planning, adaptive reuse, and/or historic preservation development.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Student Administrative Assistant
Conduct general office duties including copying, faxing, use of phone, and filing. Assisted in switching to new financial computer system, contacting suppliers and collecting information in order to assemble vendor inventory and directory.
Cornell University, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Ithaca, NY, US, Student Research Assistant
Observed and analyzed the effect of the low-income environment on childhood development in rural upstate New York. Interviewed subjects who have participated in program for four 4-year waves of study by means of questionnaires, brainteasers, and reactivity tests. Collected, processed, and analyzed urine samples for the purpose of measuring stress hormones. Travelled to subjects’ homes to collect data. Also participated in data entry and coding of results.
Kushner Studios Architecture + Design, New York, NY, US, Design Intern
Responsible for computer drafting, site documentation, model assembly. Spearheaded numerous marketing projects in graphic design; led, designed, and constructed office beautification installations. Met with clients and retailers for material selection. Maintained website and social media accounts, maintained and distributed firm portfolio to potential clients. Designed and assembled RFP for Small & Large Projects Competition by the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Prepared and delivered bi-weekly research presentations. Volunteered with staff at summer camp for underrepresented city youths in Upstate New York.
Boston Preservation Alliance, Boston, MA, US, Intern
Conducted research and correspondence for advocacy-oriented presentations, letters and petitions, newsletter publications, and event organization. Maintained press release clips, advocacy, project, and membership files. Contributed to historic preservation manual featuring design and modification guidelines for Boston neighborhoods and districts. Attended bi-weekly meetings working one-on-one with the Board of Directors, graphic designer and event planner to orchestrate annual Preservation Achievement Awards; responsibilities included distribution of mailings, sponsorship, community, and member outreach, database, and website and blog maintenance. Assisted in neighborhood preservation workshop program development and correspondence. Attended presentations and meetings conducted by the Boston Housing Authority, and the Boston Landmarks Commission. Worked alongside planning team for and assisted in event organization for the annual Boston Harborfest.
StudyPoint, Inc., Stoneham, MA, US, Junior Editor
Research and compile informational website pages focused on a breadth of collegiate institutions, aimed to help guide the college search experience of high school students.
Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, Portland, ME, US, Intern/Student Researcher
Led extensive study of ten Maine and Massachusetts communities in which the Amtrak-operated Downeaster train stops to determine economic and social impact of service. Conducted interviews to gather information. Engaged in extensive computer research and data entry and analysis. Worked with Amtrak, PanAm Railways, Federal Railroad Administration, and Federal Transit Administration executives, as well as those from the Maine Department of Transportation, Office of Tourism, and former Governor David Baldacci. Also worked alongside Directors of Customer Relations, Marketing and Publicity, Project Management, and Finance. Assisted in organizing lecture on the Livable Communities Initiative featuring President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Scott Bernstein. Also aided in organizing Rail-Laying/Groundbreaking event to initiate construction of northward extension, partially funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Bachelors, Urban Planning; Art History
I am a dually-enrolled student in both the College of Arts & Sciences, where I am pursuing a B.A. in Art History, and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where I am pursuing a B.S. in Urban Planning. I am also a Music Minor and have participated in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Piano Society.
My interests in Urban Planning include experience in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, urban economic and social analysis, urban design, and sustainable design.