The application deadline is January 1. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the January 1 priority deadline pending space availability in the program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.

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Alexa is a passionate urbanist, architect, designer, and life traveller. Her current work focuses on urban displacement and land rights in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and explores the role of design in processes of change-making within Rio de Janeiro’s current condition. She hopes to continue to study the complex inner workings of the urban as well as to design alternative ways of thinking about inclusion, cohabitation and co creation in the context of the city’s landscape.


Zanny is motivated by big mountains, people, and the processes of city-making. As a young woman balancing a rich city life with never-ending mountain invitations, Zanny is learning to find a way to let adventure, education and work coalesce and resonate into a single way of seeing and acting in the world. The life she lives, as an elite athlete, urban practitioner, and backcountry traveler, is her launching point.


Bernardo is an urbanist and architect from São Paulo, Brazil. He is mainly interested in the intersection of cities and landscapes, and in the materials and flows that underpin this relationship.


Darcy Bender is a designer currently living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She studied architecture at University of Oregon where her thesis focused on the confluence of mapmaking and the architectural process. She has experience working in affordable housing construction, retail display, museum education and at a DIY maker space. Her current work is focused on housing justice, building social infrastructures, visualizing industrial ecology and creating representations of entangled urban systems.


With roots in Chicago, Denilyn’s fascination with the urban has led her to work, volunteer, and explore 15 countries spanning 3 continents. With an eclectic résumé, her passion has grown around endangered slum communities due to globalization. Denilyn obtained her BA in Architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago and is currently in her second year of the DUE program. What she loves most about it: working with culturally diverse people from different fields gives her the ability to learn more about the global.


Drew is an artist and street performer who has parlayed his theatrical training into a sociopolitical vehicle of urban transformation. He has worked extensively as a director and designer in the NYC downtown theater scene, but now designs for the world stage. Drew believes in love and fun as the antidotes to fear and oppression.


Heming is an urban planner graduated from Beijing Normal University of Zhuhai, in China. After  her internship  in China’s urban planning institute, she realized that Chinese Urban Planning process was totally top-down, which was lacking public participation and engagement. Meanwhile, some Chinese scholars started to introduce new urban planning and design model from other countries into China, so she decided to have a graduate program in America. For now, she is in the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons of The New School. While she pursuing a MS degree in here, she is exploring her interests in Social Justice, Public Space, Public Participation Methodologies, and Criticism of Urban Theory. 


Born and raised in Austria, Jakob holds an MA in Political Science and has worked as a research associate at the University of Vienna, Austria, for several years. His research and academic writing focused on the contentious politics of migration, especially the treatment of human rights in asylum procedures and the accommodation of asylum seekers, as well as the implementation praxes and societal contestation of deportation policies in Austria. Jakob has been living in New York since 2013, working with non-profit art and cultural institutions, namely the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Deutsches Haus at New York University. Most recently, he joined the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons the New School for Design. Prior to that, Jakob interned at 596 Acres, a local land access advocacy organization in New York, working on the history of Urban Renewal, as well as a presentation at the New Museum’s Ideas City festival 2015 focusing on successful examples of neighborhood and community organizing in New York City.His interests in urbanism center on issues of civic engagement and social justice, including the reclaiming of restricted public space.


Kartik is a recent graduate holding a BA in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Philosophy. He was a member of DePauw University’s Honor Scholar program where his senior thesis focused on the urban ecology of slum communities in Chennai, India. His primary academic interests are in urban political ecology, environmental health, and critical theory. He has prior field research experience studying environmental health in urban Atlanta, migrant farm worker camps in the Southeastern United States, and slum resettlement projects in Chennai. He spent his childhood living in four countries and graduated from high school at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. For the 2013-2014 academic year, Kartik was in Kuala Lumpur researching accessibility and agency for the historic blind community of his mother’s childhood neighborhood.


Isabel is an architect (Magna Cum Laude) graduated from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. After working in architecture, public space urban design and landscape, she realized she wants to devote her professional career to the study of urban design, with the purpose of addressing pressing questions: How to design urban spaces that at once improve the quality of life, promote social interaction, and consolidate a city’s own character and voice? How can urban design help bridge the huge inequality gap and offer new opportunities and healthy social relationships? How can different communities coexist and be beneficial to one another? How can a city grow as a synergic healthy organism instead of yielding to gentrification? Currently she is pursuing MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design, New York.


Maria is a Mexican architect that has worked in the design of vertical housing and in the diffusion of sustainable practices for large scale projects in Mexico City. She has been invited to publish and lecture some of them. Now, she is trying to accomplish better social and environmental strategies in a more complex and urban scale through the Design and Urban Ecologies Program.


Mariana Bomtempo is an architect and urbanist who graduated from the University of Brasilia. She has experience working with architecture, interior design, building renovation, graphic design and urban planning in Brasilia, in public and private sectors. As an intern, Bomtempo has worked for the Architecture Department of the University of Brasilia, for the development of the Land Use Law in Brasilia, and for Brasilia-based architecture office Esquadra Arquitetos, where she stayed on as a junior architect. In 2014 started as a junior architect at the Department of Architecture at the House of Representatives in Brasilia, and left upon receiving a scholarship for a Masters Degree in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School of Design, with focus on alternatives of urban development for Brazilian cities.


Masoom is an architect, urban-activist, artist, researcher, dissenter, designer and student organizer from Mumbai. She works on urban issues that involve participation in collaborative and creative struggles for claiming the right to the city for those who are overlooked by the state and its allies.


Mateo Architect in 2011 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects (MPAA) in 2013 from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), where he is now a PhD candidate researching on the political relation between spatial fictions and conflict in the post-democratic city. He is co-founder of Displacements Journal ( and collaborates with Cultural Landscape Research Group (GIPC) at ETSAM. Currently studying a Master of Design and Urban Ecologies (MSDUE) at Parsons The New School for Design, New York.


Michael has worked in policy research and analysis in the public sector on issues including zoning, healthcare, and inter-municipal cooperation. He completed his BA in Urban Studies at Wayne State University. Michael is from Detroit, Michigan. He is a former construction and factory laborer, a local history buff, and sometime blogger of local urban issues.


Max Freedman is a theater artist and urban something-or-other raised in Los Angeles and based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. For the Design and Urban Ecologies program, he is investigating the relationship between neighborhood change and school change, and the intersections of individual and group identity, politics, place, and historical memory. He is a Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and teaches and writes curriculum for the New-York Historical Society. He previously worked in arts administration in New York and Washington, DC. B.A. Northwestern University.


Michaela earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Philosophy from Concordia University in Montreal. She has since interned at Evergreen CityWorks in Toronto and is currently working at Project for Public Spaces in New York City and pursuing a MS in Design and Urban Ecologies. Michaela is interested in the intersection between moral philosophy and urban design, investigating ways that theories of ethics can inform urban interventions and vise versa.


Nadine is a Lebanese interior architect pursuing her MS in the Design and Urban Ecologies program on a Provost’s Scholarship, in addition to completing a post-graduate certificate in Sustainability Strategies. She is interested in the interplay of community engagement strategies and planning processes and their role in shaping the built environment. Prior to her New School studies, she oversaw large-scale interior architecture and design projects in the Middle East and Europe, designing hotels and other structures in Dubai, Amman, Cairo and Athens. She holds a BA in Interior Architecture from Notre Dame University in Lebanon.


A Citizen Architect from Charlotte, North Carolina, Paul received his Bachelor in Architecture from Auburn University, completing his thesis at Auburn’s Rural Studio, a community based design build program. He practiced for 7 years in London working for Grimshaw, Hopkins Architects, and PLP / Architecture. Most recently, he worked for Rogers Partners in New York City before pursuing a MS in Urban and Design Ecologies. Paul is interested in the intersections and connections between communities and infrastructure in cities.


Renata is Brazilian and received her bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Brasilia. She has worked as an intern in different architecture offices in her city and later as an architect of real estate development at Odebrecht Realizações, where she worked on various projects, in multidisciplinary groups. After completing her master program, she plans to engage with innovative urban practices and collaborate with the creation of new ways to reshape the urban.


Ruchika Lodha is an architect from Mumbai, India. After having worked with firms with different ideologies, on projects of different scales, she found herself keenly interested in exploring the dynamics of urban public spaces in different environments- their genealogy, design, impact and appropriation. She is currently pursuing MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design, New York.


Shibani is an architect from India. Her interest lies in the relationship between the built, the unbuilt and the forces that govern these forms. Currently she is exploring the realm of intraregional migration, causes and its effect on the “place” of origin and destination.


Silvia is a Brazilian designer who has worked in wood and furniture industry. Currently living in New York, she is expanding her design practice, shifting from products and services to larger artifacts and systems, focusing on the study of urban infrastructures and material flows.Her goal is to engage in innovative and critical practices to address the continuous development of cities and the landscapes they create.


Sruti earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bangalore,India. After graduating she interned in various cities in India exploring different realms in Architecture. After, interning as a landscape architect in Colombo, Srilanka, she moved to New York, and is currently pursuing MS in design and urban ecologies at Parsons The New School for design. She is interested in investigating the complex diverse layers of public spaces and is keen to explore the nature of human interactions with public spaces.


Tait Mandler works across disciplines and scales to address issues of space, justice, and identity, including research and writing on polar bear sport hunting in the Canadian Arctic, gentrification and displacement in New York, queer nightlife workers in Brooklyn, and a nascent master’s thesis examining property and local autonomy in Quito, Ecuador. They also write more creatively and have had their somewhat farcical abstract prose on the embodiment of sexuality within urban space published in picayune zines and journals. Strongly believing in the importance of pairing academic work with activism, they have been involved in various anticapitalist, anarchist, environmental, radical queer, housing justice, and sex worker movements. Tait hopes to continue irreverently mashing up disciplines and media while pursuing a PhD in the coming years. Sometimes they update their website:


Tamara is an urbanist and earth Scientist. She is committed to designing viable urban projects at the interface of social and natural resiliency. She is currently working on Constellation Project, a network of gathering spaces that are connected by vegetated flows of water infrastructure in Queens.


Walter was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He received a Bachelor (Honors) of Arts at the University of Windsor in 2013, and studied at Concordia University in Montreal in 2010. His involvement in community engagement and his interests in urbanism, art, producing radio and films all emerged to find The New School to undergo a Master of Science degree in Design and Urban Ecologies.