CURRENT STUDENTS

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Huda graduated from the University of Manchester ’21 with a First Class Honors in BSc Planning and Real Estate and has decided to go down the route of environmental awareness and design implementation. She has always been exposed to many cultures, being raised in the Middle East, United Kingdom and currently studying in the United States, providing her with multiple points of views, understandings and strategies. However, she still craves the knowledge and skills needed to understand how to formally involve communities and their active culture and lifestyle being used through design strategies. She has worked in both the private and public sector and has felt this direction of academia needed to address the lack of community and environmental involvement.

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Nicholas is a Greek-Canadian musician and graduate from the University of Toronto. In his bachelor degree, he majored in Environmental Studies and developed a passion for sustainable design, urbanism and the built environment. Nicholas joined the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program seeking an education that promoted designing solutions for environmental issues that urban centres are facing.

Alongside his studies, he has been steadily releasing music under the moniker “Shagabond” through prominent independent record labels including eOne Music and Majestic Casual Records. He has had the opportunity to perform live all across Canada, as well as in the United States and Europe. In 2017, he was sponsored by Red Bull Music and was invited to Red Bull Music Academy: Bass Camp.

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Jiray is a Masters student in the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons School of Design. They have extensive experience in leadership development, dialogue-based problem solving, and administrative coordination. Their academic background is in political anthropology, specifically focusing on Armenian identity formation and transformation in the wake of the Karabakh War. Currently, they are asking questions about urban interstices, the waterfront, and queering notions of time and space in the city. Curious and imaginative, Jiray is adept at identifying points of difference and nurturing community across diverse identities, experiences, and organizations.
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Jonathan (Class of 2023) studied cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City after college and joined his building’s tenant association. Since then, he has volunteered on various campaigns in the housing movement. His goal is to bridge organizing and policy practices, pushing towards land decommodification.

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Jacqueline 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 and participatory design at different Mexican Government Institutions, and at the international firms MIC Mobility in Chain (Italy) and Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy).

As a creative urbanist, Jacqueline’s passion focuses on designing strategies and projects with an integrated 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 was a 2018 Public Access Design Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

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Meera works at the intersection of creativity, community, and business. She has a background in strategy consulting and design with a specific interest in how culture plays a role in development. Her interests lie in the role arts and culture play in developing communities and how we can design sustainable sources of income and spaces for the arts to be drivers of economic growth. Meera works as a strategy, communications, and data designer at ThinkWell and also was a Senior Analyst at Accenture Federal Services She has worked with a range of government, foundation, and nonprofit clients, helping develop policy and technology strategy, analytics, and executing business process re- engineering. She has also been involved in corporate social responsibility efforts across her various roles.

Meera holds bachelor’s degrees in both Music and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a native of Overland Park, Kansas but currently resides in NYC. In her spare time, Meera continues her work as a performing musician, playing flute and collaborating in a collection of world music projects across the globe.

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Irtiza is a Pakistani architect who graduated from the National College of Arts. He has been practicing architecture in Islamabad since 2017, with a focus on corporate, residential, and interior design projects. Irtiza developed an interest in urbanism during his undergraduate degree through working on projects which questioned the state of his urban locality. He had the opportunity to visit ongoing rural development projects during his travels across Pakistan and was inspired by the impact of good design; leading him to the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program. Irtiza is passionate about art, sustainable design, and the environment. He enjoys drawing, being outdoors, hiking, and riding his bike.

Yana Dimitrova

Yana Dimitrova is an artist and a researcher whose work investigates the intersection between visual arts, community centered practices, and activism as linked to the urban realm. Her research spans between issues of forced migration and displacement to the use of craft in alternative pedagogy methodologies. Formally trained in both Bulgaria and the U.S.,  Yana received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2009. Yana has exhibited at various national and international venues. Her most recent exhibits have taken place at The Rockefeler Brothers Fund (New York), Aronson Gallery in Parsons (New York), Wolke (Brussels, Belgium), OAZO (Amsterdam,The Netherlands), Gallery Twenty-Four (Berlin,Germany), NXNW (Manchester, UK), Sofia City Museum and Credo Bonum (Sofia, Bulgaria), Field Projects, Flux Factory, NARS Foundation, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery (New York) to name a few. Yana teaches at Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang, and the Schools for Public Engagement at The New School. She is also a PhD Candidate at LUCA School of Arts, Ghent/Brussels, in Belgium.

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Born and raised in CDA, Idaho, Ella (she/he/they) draws inspiration from home as their endless passions converge in the compulsion to create. Ella graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Sustainability. Currently, Ella is also working towards a minor in Creative Community Development and partnering with The Institute for Transformative Mentoring to give formally incarcerated and systems-impacted individuals the accreditation to work in social service fields throughout NYC. They hope to continue channeling their motivations into art of all mediums, showcasing the beauty of natural ecosystems. Without the continual inclusion of imagery derived from the environment, they believe we will only continue to separate ourselves from nature. Ella wants to highlight this growing disconnect and offer solutions via the reconceptualization of urban infrastructure to better integrate communal prosperity for both people and the planet. Until form and function can harmonize equitably in built space, Ella will continue to use their art to showcase the importance of intersectionality in environmentalism.

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Tori began her studies in Religious Studies and Media Arts. After her undergrad, she started a landscape design business in Los Angeles, California. Tori is an oil painter, tree enthusiast, and guardian of an extensive sock drawer. She hopes to work in ecological design and continue her studies of metaphysics and theology.

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Elene is a Georgian graduate student who acquired her B.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Stuttgart in Germany. She has worked with award-winning architects and interior designers in the US, Germany and Denmark. During her career she sought to relate design to urban issues and understand the social and environmental factors shaping the building context. She has lived in 5 different countries and has always been interested in urban and community development. Her goal is to acquire the necessary expertise to design strategies that will help governments transform the cities into more sustainable, accessible and socially and environmentally just habitats. She intends to use mapmaking and data-driven research as tools for planning future growth and infrastructure projects. She is an advocate for women’s involvement in political decision-making and city planning.

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Maude received a BS in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she developed an interest in environmental and social justice. She is now exploring ways in which art and mapping can contribute to solutions for spatial inequities in urban environments. She is largely influenced by creativity and craft, as well as nature and the importance of outdoor access.

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Juliana is a Brazilian architect and Urban Planner graduated from Universidade de Sorocaba, where she contributed to the organization of seminars, lectures, projects and political and social activism associated with discussions on the right to housing, education and culture, in addition to having worked in architecture and interior design offices, seeking to relate design to urban issues.

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Jordan (Class of 2023) is an urban sociologist interested in public space, civic engagement, and housing. She received her B.A. in sociology and urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego, where she conducted her senior thesis on social stratification within higher education. Prior to attending Parsons for her M.S., Jordan taught adult and youth ceramics classes, served as a board member for MECCA, a community arts non-profit, and studied the gendered barriers to engineering faculty positions as a research associate for the Center for Research on Gender in STEMM. Currently, Jordan is interested in using open data to examine neighborhood demographics, wealth, and displacement over time.

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Drake is a nomadic urbanist with a background in grassroots housing advocacy. He received his B.S. at Towson University (‘15), in Baltimore Maryland. After college, he developed an interest in social anthropology and redlining in racially segregated cities. Since then he has lived in San Francisco where he worked in housing development and attained a post-baccalaureate (‘19). He believes racially conscious infrastructure will focus on the needs and evolution of black and brown neighborhoods. He is interested in using photography, illustrations, and data visualization to reimagine the built environment. His current research addresses the necessity of a radical shift in affordable housing, which he envisions through centering blackness and all of its dimensions.

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Emily is a Bahraini-Swedish urbanist and researcher living in New York City, with a B.S in Economics from Northeastern University and a professional background working in print publishing and with art institutions. She is passionate about understanding the ways in which economic and political tensions manifest in cities across the world. Emily currently writes about technological integration into the built environment throughout history and the politics of emerging technologies in our urban futures. 

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Mick (they/them) has spent time working in a few different capacities before joining the DUE program. Such has included teaching in outdoor neighborhood spaces with children, urban farming, and stormwater mitigation and rain garden projects in Seattle, WA. During undergrad they went to Cascadia College in Bothell, Wa and completed their Bachelors of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices focusing on environmental education (Class of 2017). They hope to continue focusing on environmental justice, community, urban food systems, and transportation, multi-generational design, in both their work and everyday life. Along with these professions and study they also spend time as a digital artist, as well in trans and queer spaces, and club + rave communities when able to.

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Roberta has worked for over three years as a notable Graphic Designer in the insurance company field. You may know her from her work as the lead graphic designer at Experta Seguros Insurance Company, but Roberta can also be credited with contributions to Modo Río Project (University of Buenos Aires), Ht contenidos, communication agency designer, and Besingular, publicity agency designer.
Roberta has been honored with exhibiting the design “Modo Río” project in “Rethinking Vicente Lopez” exhibition within the 4th Design Biennale at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). It is an Illustrator featured project in Behance, selected by Adobe Curators. She holds a BA in Graphic Design at The University of Buenos Aires and currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons School of Design at The New School. Roberta has a significant interest in creating branding/brand image, logo design, and poster design, all her work is dedicated to these fields. Presently, she conveys a fascination in urbanism, community based work and social phenomenons related to urban planning.

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Molly thrives off of finding ways to support a future where building collective community spaces is accessible to all, where all landlords are abolished, and where all land is returned to indigenous communities. They focus primarily on Appalachia.