Danielle Zoé Rivera is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, with a focus on community development, border studies, and qualitative methods. Her research examines how labels of "informal" change the expectations and goals of participation during service delivery.
Rivera holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. She has practical experience from nearly five years as a residential designer. Academically, she has over six years of experience on numerous research projects in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. She has also taught first-year architecture studios at The Pennsylvania State University. Outside of academia, she enjoys endless shots of coffee, watercolor painting, and taking care of her Rex Rabbit Mr.B.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Research Assistant and Instructor (GSRA and GSI)
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Instructor and Researcher
Taught PSUs first-year studios and aided two urban design research teams.
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Research and Teaching Assistant
Engaged in two separate research projects and assisting in PSUs third-year studio. The first research project is studying disease dynamics along the Rio Grande in Texas. The second project is in its third phase, which consists of manuscript and grant writing
University of Pennsylvania, Laser Cutter Operator
Aided in the maintenance and operation of the Fabrication Lab's three Universal laser cutters
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Lead Research Assistant
Created GIS-based maps and diagrams while coordinating the work of all the research assistants for the PSU Hamer Center and Pottstown Health and Wellness Center
Studio Morpheus, Architectural Intern
Introduced CAD to the studio’s workflow increasing the construction drawing output; continuously promoted, culminating in the coordination and design of whole projects
2007 PSU Solar Decathlon, Core Team Leader - Architecture
Lead a team of 15 architecture students through the conceptual design phrase of a solar home while coordinating with groups of engineering and landscape architecture students
University of Michigan, PhD, Urban Planning
University of Pennsylvania, MArch, Post-Professional Architecture
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), BArch, Architecture
ACSA - I Am a Second Responder, 1st Place
For the project "Global Forces + Local Factors: Design Responses to Policy Failure" with the Design Response team at PSU
Departmental Five-Year Design Merit Excellence Award, Award
Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest overall architectural studio GPA
Paul Kossman Award, 1st Place
Awarded to the top design thesis at Penn State by an external jury
Discovery Summer Grant, Grant
The purpose of these grants is to promote faculty/undergraduate collaboration as students engage in original research, scholarship, and creative work during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
Charles Thorp Award, 1st Place
For urban design plan with Landscape Architecture student Reid Fellenbaum
PCMA (now the NCMA) Award, 1st Place
Chosen as the best project using concrete masonry out of over 60 projects