Inquiry via Action. Action via Inquiry

I am a resilience and preservation planner driven by the participatory praxis of project-based teaching and community-based research.

 
 

RESEARCH IN PRACTICE

Comparative research explores who has the right and responsibility to produce, plan, maintain, manage and safeguard their community, and its critical infrastructure. Employing a mixed-methods approach, I undertake and advise case studies and comparative studies of:

  • community and corporate philanthropy in planning, policy, and preservation

  • the agency of nonprofits in design and development as well as management and maintenance of green infrastructure

  • public-private partnership in historic and cultural preservation 

  • hazard mitigation and disaster recovery grant programs, esp. rehabilitation and revitalization funding

  • comparative research of community resilience and cultural preservation, e.g. legacy businesses and legacy homeowners

  • ;best practices’ of rebuilding and rehabilitation post-disaster


research consulting

To advance equity in stewardship of the public realm and private property, I advise and facilitate:

  • plan, policy, and program evaluation and design

  • co-learning amongst "friends" of streetscapes, greenways and other infrastructure for mobility

  • capacity building amongst neighborhood associations, who often-times lead historic district nomination and preservation 

  • data storytelling (oral histories, interviews, surveys, asset mapping)


community-engaged learning/ design & preservation studios

I currently teach urban design, planning and preservation in the Planning and Urban Studies department of the University of New Orleans, after years of teaching in the Architecture departments of Northeastern University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and MIT. The development and decline of American cities and suburbs—from colonization to globalization—are my areas of expertise. The studios I coordinate and seminars I lead encourage students to think critically about the role of planners and preservationists in creating resilient, just cities and contesting injustice and inequality. I place the projects, practices and problems of practitioners—past and present—at the core of planning and preservation education to ensure emergent address vulnerabilities and inequities of the built environment.