The MS Design and Urban Ecologies and MS Theories of Urban Practice Class 2018 collectively produced a body of work transforming cities across different continents, including Colon in Panama, Christ Church in Barbados, Brasilia in Brazil, Chennai in India, Lahore in Pakistan, as well as San Antonio, Los Angeles, North Carolina, the San Francisco Bay…


The Sunset Park Gazette is a free publication developed by graduate students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies Program in collaboration with community members and local organizations. This neighborhood gazette is the outcome of the second stage of a long-term research- and design-based project focused in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. In this volume particular attention…


Centering on critical urban issues such as gentrification, displacement, housing, property rights, crime, poverty, education, economy, informality and discrimination by race, gender and age, the San Roque Thesis Collective, composed of six students from the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies and two students from the MA in Theories of Urban Practice, dedicated a full…


Student work developed as part of the Global Urban Studio 2016 co-led by Parsons urban faculty Miodrag Mitrasinovic and Victoria Marshall. Students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies, the MFA Transdisciplinary Design and the Master in Architecture participated and collaborated with students from the MDES Urban Environments Design program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.…


The MS Design and Urban Ecologies and MA Theories of Urban Practice Class of 2017 collectively produced a body of work that spans both sides of the world. From India and Pakistan to Colombia to New York and Charlotte, North Carolina, this cohort details extensive information about urban infrastructures around the world.  


The Sunset Park Gazette is a free publication developed by graduate students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies Program in collaboration with community members and local organizations. This neighborhood gazette is the outcome of the first stage of a long-term research- and design-based project focused in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. In this volume particular attention…

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Abby Zan (Class of 2019) is a civic practice artist and urbanist who arrived in New York this year by way of Washington, DC. Before Parsons, Abby worked as an educator, theatre director, and cultural organizer. Recent work includes the Connectivity Associate at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (D.C.), Project Manager at Sheldon Scott Studios (D.C.), and founding member of FYI: For Youth Inquiry (Chicago), an organization that creates participatory theatre about sexual health and violence with and for young people. Abby is interested in questions of urban participation and resilience.


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Alie Kilts (Class of 2019) was born and raised in Portland, OR. She attended The University of Montana where she studied R-TV Journalism, as well as Media Arts and Women’s Studies. After graduating in 2011, she moved to Austin, TX to pursue graphic design in the music industry. She was the Creative Director of a booking company that ran a local venues as well as music festivals. During this time, she became deeply attached to her bike and started working in bicycle advocacy. She, along with a fellow cyclist, ran a successfully funded GoFundMe campaign generating cyclist awareness that combated drinking and driving. After four years, she moved back to Portland to help her family. In Portland, she started a regional chapter of the all-ladies bike ride called, Bikin’ Betties—originating in Austin. During this time, she was the Promotions Manager at the local weekly newspaper, Willamette Week. With a dream of always moving to New York and the fact that she had been eyeing the Design and Urban Ecologies MS at Parsons for quite some time, she took the leap.


Amy (Class of 2020) was born in a multi-cultural house, she is half Romanian – half Palestinian and she represents Fulbright Jordan here in Manhattan. She spent her life abroad experiencing different exchange programs in South Korea, Jordan, Germany, Italy and UK. Amy consider herself a junior urbanist and a passionate architect. She believes in participatory design and in design as a key to alter human behavior. She practiced urban planning and urban design in Munich, Germany and Amman, Jordan for around three years. Through her work she focused on public space design and social equity. Amy always try to get outside her comfort zone and try new things! Within the New School she hopes to enrich her experience in social sciences and urban methods.


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Callan (Class of 2020) grew up in San Diego, California and has an academic background in Environmental Science and Economics from UC Santa Cruz. She has eight years of experience in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on education, social & community development, youth empowerment and social justice. She has lived and worked most recently within urban townships in Cape Town, South Africa, collaboratively addressing education and health disparities in high-poverty urban environments.  Callan is most passionate about working with youth, who, over the years, have gifted her with a hopeful and resilient outlook on life tempered only by a sense of urgency to fundamentally reshape our collective approach to poverty and urbanization that will, in turn, positively impact education, health, and collective well-being. She hopes to gain tangible skills to aid her continued work in Sub-Saharan Africa and believes that, with intelligent design and a fundamental understanding of social and cultural systems, continued urbanization in high poverty environments does not necessitate living without access to basic human rights.


Claudia Rot (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of the Amsterdam University College, where she received her honours BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on environmental sciences and sustainable development. Growing up in a rural town, but moving to Amsterdam for her undergrad allowed her to appreciate the rural as well as the urban. During her semester abroad at Quest University Canada she became increasingly interested in studying cities. She is especially interested in the city as an ecosystem, both for humans and for other species. While she has been studying urban ecology from a non-human perspective for the past year and a half, she came to New York to explore human ecosystems. She hopes to learn more about how we can improve the human environment of cities, both socially and physically, by reconciling the urban environment with its natural history.

Daniel Bieckmann (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of the Amsterdam University College, where he graduated (Honours) in Environmental Sciences. Throughout his education, he attended schools and universities in a variety of countries and cultures (The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, China, USA), which increased his interest in cities as both a manifestation of global socio-, eco- and political problems and developments, as well as a possible instrument for cooperative, (inter)national change. In combination with the importance of design as a tool to shape the urban environment, he is currently pursuing a Master degree in Design and Urban Ecologies at the Parsons School of Design, with the intention to learn more about addressing global problematic trends and the role of the local urban landscape within those trends.


Dongyao (Class of 2018) obtained a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in China before entering the New School for MS Design and Urban Ecologies program. In her undergraduate career, she was gradually interested in the role of urban landscape in the whole city environment, and broadening the definition of ‘ landscape’ from the perspective of urban. With that in mind, she came to DUE program in Parsons which is located in New York City, which is a good opportunity to get the specialized knowledge on urban issues and learn how to cope with emerging problems during the development of the city.


Gemma Duffee is a New Yorker pursuing an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies (2019). She has a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Green Building and Community Design from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on urbanization as the materialization of, and site for, social and cultural production, the impact of global and informal economies, and the processes that shape domestic and public life in cities. She has previously worked as a carpenter, expeditor, curatorial assistant, and a waitress.

Gillian Chisholm (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of The University of Western Ontario, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Development. She then spent time working for Waterfront Toronto, a company dedicated toward the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront, where she became inspired to delve deeper into learning about the design aspects of built environments. At Parsons, she hopes to learn about how design interventions affect the urban social landscape, and what steps should be taken in design processes to enhance cities social, physical and natural environments.

Grace Paik (Class of 2019) is a social scientist, born and raised in the DMV. She structured her studies and research career in plans to become a physician, but realized, even with intervention, zip codes determine health outcomes and life trajectories. At Parsons, she hopes to learn more about where and how people live in cities.


Isaac, Class of 2019, is a freelance filmmaker and co-founder of a social justice educational non-profit, ENGN (“engine”) Civic Creative Center. His work focuses on cultivating connections and fostering non-violent communication between disconnected but interrelated groups of people who share common ground. Whether through the creation of short film portraits, the implementation of curriculum, the development of new space, the organizing of community events, Isaac’s work aims to strengthen the relationships between different people and the places they live. Currently, Isaac is a member of the Social Justice Committee at The New School, the President of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company, steering committee member of SALT (Sullivan Agencies Leading Together), member of the Sullivan County legislative chairman’s Healthy Sullivan Initiative and steering committee member of Callicoon Community Development. Formerly, Isaac taught at Parsons, The New School, served on the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, Sullivan County Charter Review Commission, was Vice President of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development, member of the Town of Delaware Planning Board, Town of Delaware Fire Advisory Board and was Vice President for the Callicoon Business Association.


Jacqueline Castaneda (Class of 2020) is an urban thinker with an academic background in Architecture and Urban Design. She developed her career between Mexico and Italy, where she worked on urban planning and design, public spaces, sustainable mobility strategies and participatory design at different Mexican Government Institutions, at the international firm MIC Mobility in Chain (Italy) and at the renowned Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy). As a creative urbanist, Jacqueline’s passion focuses on designing strategies and projects with a holistic approach, using both everyday tools and breakthrough technologies to develop a balanced and equitable society and preserve our environment. Jacqueline is now based in Brooklyn, NYC where she co-founded CITAD, a design collective that aims to improve the urban experience for everyone. CITAD is a 2018 Public Access Design Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.


Julianna (Class of 2019) has a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism, from Brazil, and she has a huge passion for public spaces and cities. This passion led her to choose a course that dealt with these matters in a contemporary and innovative way, so that she could build knowledge and a strong basis for her professional development. Extremely passionate, curious and interested about cities, New York was the place chosen to deepen her studies, and consequently, to deepen herself in new experiences and learnings. In this way, she continues to learn day by day, exploring the unknown and growing personally and professionally, within an extremely critical and interesting course, which has awakened new insights and understandings about cities, people and the urban planning processes that occur daily.


Kevin M. Capuno (Class of 2019) is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where he received his and BA (Honours) in International Development and BA in Urban Studies. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, he relocated to New York City to pursue his MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons School of Design – The New School. He is foremost a designer — acknowledging design’s prescriptive role in alleviating pressing social issues. During his undergrad, he became curious about the intersection of urban issues and international development. Kevin aspires to strike a balance between his passion of design methodologies and community engagement, being heavily involved in the realms of student advocacy, civic engagement, campus mental health, and youth volunteerism.

Khadija Munir (Class of 2019) recently moved from Islamabad to New York to pursue her graduate studies at Parsons. Having earned her Bachelor’s in Architecture from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan, she has also practiced as an architect for 2 years on various scales of mixed-use design and development and the first LEED(USGBC Certification) Office building in Pakistan. An architect by profession and an aspiring urbanist, she is particularly interested in exploring transportation and infrastructure as skeleton of the megacities today and studying them through lens of pressing issues like sustainability and resiliency. Coming from a country where mass transit planning is only just blossoming, she aspires to gain skills that enunciate sensitivity towards transit design and advocates the repercussions of unplanned mega projects on the city’s spatial and non-spatial structure. She aims to continue her research on the inter-dependencies of the fabric of buildings, landscapes, public centers and the social phenomenon that shape them.


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Maha Al Khater (Class of 2019) is a Qatari Graphic Designer and Snapchat documentary filmmaker who came to this program to learn about urban systems. Coming from Doha, a rapidly urbanizing city, she hopes this new field of study will provide a foundation in her future and research.

Manon (Class of 2019) is an urbanist-turned-activist by way of living in cities under severe housing crises. Prior to joining Parsons, she worked as a tenant organizer and helped develop a childcare worker cooperative in Brooklyn. She firmly believes that directly impacted communities are expert problem-solvers and that her work should follow their leadership. While in the MS for Design & Urban Ecologies, she hopes to develop research and multimedia tools to support grassroots organizing efforts. She also hopes to deepen her understanding of how neighborhood displacement patterns are the result of global neoliberal forces and speculative real estate.


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Obi (Class of 2020), originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in Civil Engineering. Having spent significant time staying in Nigeria with her extended family, she became inspired to pursue urban design and green infrastructure from a young age. Now, Obi is pursuing her Master’s in the Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design. She hopes to develop city planning skills that promotes economic and housing justice and challenge conventional planning theory. Through curriculum, leadership in student organizations supporting professional civil engineers, and experience taking diverse humanities classes while studying abroad, she has an interdisciplinary outlook on urban design and looks forward to pursuing this with her cohort this coming fall.


Rosella Sorevia (Class of 2019) is an Urban Planning, Design and Management Undergraduate who grew up in Vienna, Austria and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 where she finished boarding school in 2012. She has been living in different cities ever since and has always been fascinated by how different each city has developed and why all those cities have grown in such ways. As a result she decided to take on a gap year where she worked in different sectors of the built environment in order to help her decide what subject to pursue for her studies, settling on urban planning in the end. After her undergraduate, she was eager to practice urban planning further and was enthusiastic to dive into the more ecological subject matter. She hopes to deepen her understanding for the future of cities and what valuable roles networks play in them. Furthermore the struggle of affordable housing and homelessness particularly fascinates her. She hopes to  work with these vulnerable groups more to unravel and understand their housing struggle.


Sana (Class of 2020) is a Fulbright Scholarship Grantee from Pakistan interested in exploring the notion of an architect as a ‘storyteller’. Belonging to the culturally diverse and historically rich city of Lahore, her experiences and observations from childhood through Architecture School led to multi-faceted questions over ‘image of the city’, the inevitable changes to it with time, the repercussions these changes bring forth within the character of the city and how this phenomena influences people; their identity and a sense of belonging. This coupled with an interest in theatre, photography and ‘architecture in performance’ culminated in her desire to study the urban narratives. Sana believes that the opportunities offered at MS Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons makes it a breeding ground for innovation. Her long term goal is to establish a research based studio practice in Pakistan comprising of like-minded individuals exploring cross-disciplinary initiatives for innovative design methodologies well-suited for contemporary cities of the world.


Sarah Kontos (Class of 2019) most recently lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA as a data visualization specialist, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst and briefly in tech before moving to New York. She has served on volunteer boards related to pedestrian and bicycle advocacy, community-oriented public space, and Complete Streets. Sarah is interested in the ways that the urban form and public life of cities can be changed from the bottom-up by amplifying voices that are often ignored in traditional development schemes, and she hopes to turn a critical eye to the ways cities and person-to-person interaction will be shaped by emerging technologies. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and History (dual-major) from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School.


Steve (Class of 2020) is a graduate student at Parsons School of Design (MFA Design + Technology and MS Design & Urban Ecologies). Before coming to Parsons, Steve spent two years working at a maker-space, and gained hands on experience working with prototyping and custom fabrication. He loves metal work, wood work, welding, CNC operations, and lasers. He also loves drawing cartoons. Steve is a veteran of the USMC infantry, where he did lots of cool stuff but got rained on a lot.