I am a researcher and planner, trained in architecture at McGill University in Montréal and development planning at the Bartlett (University College London). I seek to connect the scales of policy, planning and design in cities to optimize efficiency, scalability, and responsiveness in urban processes. I help organizations deepen the value of their work by broadening the remit of design to include the formation of the brief, stakeholder analysis, and the anticipation of second- and third-order impacts of interventions.
The Architectural League of New York, New York, J. Clawson Mills Fellow
Project lead for “The Five Thousand Pound Life” – a multi-year initiative on new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future. Moving away from traditional architectural conversations of “green” building, the project tackles the underlying systemic issues of climate change through the economies and ecologies of the American landscape. Program content is regularly updated at archleague.org/5KL.
International Honors Program, New Orleans, São Paulo, Cape Town and Hanoi, Traveling Faculty
Taught "Urban Planning & Sustainable Environments" and co-taught "Contemporary Urban Issues" to 35 college students on a highly-selective comparative cities course in the fall 2012 semester; the International Honors Program adopts an experiential learning approach to critically investigate how people, planning and politics operate in New Orleans, São Paulo, Cape Town and Hanoi. I also advised 11 students on their individual comparative analysis research across all four cities.
University College London (UCL), London, GB, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Co-taught the core studio that developed alternative strategies and proposals to contest the Dharavi Redevelopment Project in a highly contested informal settlement in Mumbai;
Led fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand, with six colleagues in partnership with the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) to evaluate the Government’s Baan Mankong Collective Housing Programme;
Coordinated the MSc Urban Design in Development program with the program director, and developed the new “Critical Urbanism Studio,” which speculates on the agency of design as research, critique and resistance.
00:/, London, GB, Consultant
Prepared a Strategic Investment Plan for the Government of Ghana (National Democratic Congress) detailing the scope of investment opportunities in cross-sector development.
Smith, Lance, Larcade & Bechtol Architects Ltd., London, GB, Architectural Assistant
Led day-to-day operations during schematic design phase for a 26-flat residential development, including coordination of stakeholder relationships among the developer (client), external technical and planning consultants, local residents’ organization, and the local planning authority toward consensus and planning approval of a highly contested scheme;
Developed design schemes and full planning application for a new build house on a brownfield site in Northwest London.
University College London (UCL), London, GB, Masters, Urban Design in Development
Conducted urban analysis and field interviews for 19 days in Dharavi, Mumbai, hosted by The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), a housing and infrastructure NGO formed in Mumbai in 1984;
Produced a comprehensive design for development report on alternative visions for the future of Dharavi, one of Mumbai’s largest and most productive slums; this included actor mapping/stakeholder analysis, guidelines and principles for action, and detailed design proposals to link policy and livelihoods through design;
Elected focus on housing policy, programs, and project alternatives in low- and middle-income countries.
McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA, Bachelors, Architecture
Pierre Jampen (international competition)
Julia Bourke (environmental design / housing)
Peter Sijpkes (competition)
Michael Carroll (distortion studio)
Ewa Bieniecka (residential addition)
Manon Asselin / David Covo (mood box / japanese pavillion / cardboard chair)
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