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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 phenomenon 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 urban narratives.
Sana believes that the opportunities offered at MS Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons make the program a breeding ground for innovation. Her long term goal is to establish a research based studio practice in Pakistan comprised of like-minded individuals exploring cross-disciplinary initiatives for innovative design methodologies well-suited for contemporary cities of the world.
Dalia (Class of 2021) is an English halfway architect who graduated from her Undergraduate Bachelor degree at Central Saint Martins, London in 2018. She worked in product design and graphic design firms in Paris and London during her studies, always conserving an underlying passion and fascination for cities and their complexities. She develops interests in science fiction and speculative design within the realm of architecture and urban design. After her move to New York, she seeks to further research and explore the urgent questions tied to the critical nature of technology in becoming an immediate part of our culture and defining new typologies of architecture within future cities.
Saba (Class of 2020) has worked on digital communications and marketing teams as a content creator for both municipalities and organizations that advocate for urban issues and city rights. With a passion for storytelling and community engagement via digital platforms, she hopes to continue to strengthen her technical and research skills in the Theories of Urban Practice program in order to reach, engage, and spark conversations with a wider digital audience around topics such as displacement, resettlement, health care, and much more.
Mariana (Class of 2020), is a Brazilian Architect and Urban Planner who graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. After finishing her undergrad degree in Brazil, she moved to New York City where she joined the Design and Urban Ecologies Master’s Program at Parsons School of Design. She has always been passionate about Ecology and Green Infrastructure. She strongly believes that the ecosystem we live in is a cycle, therefore trash and residues can not be interpreted as the final stage. She aims to change our perspective and connection to environmental waste in order to understand how we can coexist peacefully with natural systems.
Emily (Class of 2021) is an urban strategist with interests in maps, infrastructure, and storytelling. Before coming to Parsons, Emily worked in architecture, real estate, and urban development in San Antonio, Texas. Her academic background in environmental science, GIS, and photojournalism prepared her to study complex systems and their impacts on people. She is interested in using mapmaking and digital multimedia as a starting point for communities to plan for future growth and infrastructure projects.
Jason (Class of 2021) is a community artist, facilitator, designer, and social investigator. He received his BA in International Relations with a (handmade) minor in Sculpture and Placemaking and certificate in Urban Studies from Wheaton College (IL). He has always migrated between the camps of social science and artistic expression, seeking to find the best way to make our Selves alongside our Society. This curiosity leads exploration into public spaces, public and community art, geography, critical pedagogy, collective cartography, and expressive, iterative making practices.
Professionally, Jason has worked assisting in installation art sites, private residential construction and design, arts education and advocacy, surface and textile design, community workshop facilitation, and interdisciplinary curation. Through the Design and Urban Ecologies program he seeks to find this meeting place of hard work and soft science, as well as develop technical skills to make the wonders of geography and place-based development accessible to more creators, more communities.
Jorge (Class of 2021) is a son of Peruvian immigrants who raised him and his little brother in Jackson Heights, Queens. Upon his and his family’s removal from Jackson Heights, he realized that his family and his childhood friends’ inability to maintain themselves in the area was part of a growing city wide trend- expulsion of POC to the margins of the city. In early 2014 he learned of Queens Neighborhoods United, a local grassroots organization doing anti-gentrification work. He immediately joined QNU out of love for his communities and the long term goal of contributing to the larger NYC housing movement.
Jacqueline (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 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.
As an aspiring urbanist-artist-designer, Dani (Class of 2021) studied Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where she explored arts engagement, unearthing the history of parks, and underground systems as subversive sites. She embraced life in Philadelphia as an opportunity to get involved in activism through Philly AIDS Fund, Mural Arts, Urban Nutrition Initiative, and more. Her time at Samaj Pragati Sahayog, a non-governmental organization in Madhya Pradesh, India, was formative in furthering design thinking and grappling with questions of gender inequality, elements of ‘empowerment’, defining liberation, resource distribution, etc.; this opportunity allowed for engagement in thoughtful, intentional design processes that considered sustainability, accessibility and waste with a talented team of designers/local producers. Through a constant rooting/unrooting process, she finds herself continuously drawn to the complex nature of urban environments (Mexico City, Houston, Philly, NYC), and hopes to further delve into environmental justice, combating climate grief, resiliency, collective vs. individual healing and expression.
What can anyone really say other than, Akiera (Class of 2020) is a Caribbean-gyal baddie, saucy community strategist and galactic spatial visionary. Based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, as well as, hailing from Grenada, West Indies, Akiera is a quirky, definition of loving, breathing and all up in your face Black eco-womanist magic. With her many interests both entangled and in conversation with ideas on Spatial Toxicity, Bio-politics, Post-Humanism, genetically designed babies, Environmental Decay, Liberation Politics, Human Geography, Speculative Fiction and Disaster and Emergency Management, Akiera brings to her professional work an array of vibrant intersectional praxis.
Professionally, she has done work in tenant justice and youth organizing; while in the same breath, continues to generate and plan strategic spaces for folks of color to organize, talk intentional tea and love-up on each other. As she evolves and metaphorize as a spatial visionary, Akiera looks forward for this program to provide her with the technical skills that come along with being an untraditional urban strategist.
Daniel (Class of 2021) is a cycling urbanist raised in the transients between Taipei, Shanghai, and Hsinchu. A recent graduate of The New School with honors BA in Urban Studies, he combines his hyper-urban upbringing and curiosity in global geopolitics into his quest to understand our surroundings. During his visit to Bedouin friends in Morocco he became personally in touch with the injustice between climate and governance, and started actively learning pan-Arabic language and culture. His past few years in academics focused on unlearning the current pedagogy on sustainability and reimagining climate resiliency with social justice. He recently worked on various government-related projects including Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York and Clean Heating and Cooling Communities. By continuing his education at The New School, Daniel hopes to deepen his understanding of the different interplays that make up a better urban future.
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.
Sara (Class of 2021) is an urbanist and product designer from Belgrade, Serbia. She researches and writes about architecture and urbanism, trying to demystify the processes that shape urban environments.
After engaging with activist groups in her hometown, she worked in the City administration, mostly participating in forming the Housing Strategy for the City of Belgrade. However, both perspectives revealed the true weakness of the public interest and the inability of institutions to preserve it. They clearly displayed the global issue: the seemingly irreversible conversion of cities from social configurations to investment vehicles. To better understand this process and to seek ways for citizens and urbanists to oppose this, she moved to New York City in 2019 to engage in theoretical work within the MA program Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons School of Design.
Ana (Class of 2020) has an undergraduate degree in Economics, and a 4-year experience in a B-Corporation in Brazil. The discussions about positive impact and sustainability in the business realm have drawn her to pursue the masters of Design and Urban Ecologies. Her personal experience of the water drought in the city of São Paulo in the year of 2015, has led her to more specific research on disaster preparedness and resiliency.
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.
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.
Before coming to Parsons, Regis (Class of 2020) graduated cum laude with a BSc in Governance, Economics and Development from Leiden University Honors College in The Hague, the Netherlands. In addition, he completed a studio-based minor in visual arts and curatorship at the Australian National University in Canberra. Throughout his studies, Regis developed a strong interest in developing urban strategies concerned with sustainable infrastructure planning, public health promotion and democratic spaces for activism in the public sphere.
Next to his academic pursuits, Regis has been involved in community-based work, teaching at a first-generation immigrant language center and local high schools. Following his BSc degree, Regis interned at Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam. During his internship at We Are Public in The Hague, Regis further developed his passion for theater and production work. Regis’s photography and painting has been featured in several local exhibitions.
Amy (Class of 2020) was born in a multi-cultural home: she is half Romanian – half Palestinian. She represents the Fulbright Jordan program in Manhattan. She spent her life experiencing foreign exchange programs in South Korea, Jordan, Germany, Italy and UK. Amy considers 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 strives to get outside her comfort zone and try new things! Studying at the New School, she hopes to enrich her experience in social sciences and urban methods.
Amron (Class of 2021) is from Sunset Beach, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University, where she received her BA in Design Studies. She completed her thesis on the economic and cultural revitalization of downtown Raleigh that has taken place over the last 20 years and is still ongoing. A desire to turn this type of research into a career has led her to the Master’s of Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons School of Design. She hopes to combine her passion for mapping, historic architecture, social justice, and environmental justice in this setting that encourages interdisciplinary work and is excited about the diverse group of enthusiastic urbanists she will be working with over the next two years. Before moving to Brooklyn, NY, she worked as a waitress and airport ramp agent in Charleston, South Carolina.
Ashley (Class of 2021) is a native New Yorker living in Park Slope with a background in performing/visual arts and media production. After working as a Set Decorator and Production Designer for seven years, she began her career transition from the entertainment industry to urbanism and sustainability as a program manager for Habitat for Humanity revitalizing community spaces throughout the five boroughs. Due to the immediacy of current ecological issues in urban spaces, her goal is to acquire the necessary expertise to become a force in pushing NYC toward sustainable policies and practices. A fundamental component that inspired her to pursue the Design and Urban Ecology program at Parsons is the need to shift environmental responsibility from the consumer to supplier. She is eager to expand and redefine the realm of potential approaches to the social and environmental concerns of today’s urban framework.
Matthew (Class of 2020) is a disappointed person, but in a way that drives him to push forward and work towards better cities for all. Having pursued a BA in Archaeology and Art History from Dickinson College, and an Advanced Diploma in Cities and Urban Development from NYU’s School of Professional Studies, Matthew has put his varied studies into pursuing a career path centered around the urban environment. Professionally, he has worn many hats and held positions in fields such as urban archaeology, public art, and historic preservation. Matthew is hoping to use his time at Parsons to explore how issues of the urban can be better addressed at the grassroots and community level, with a particular emphasis on parks and outdoor public spaces. Additionally, he has been spending the last four and a half years living and working in NYC and considers himself a bit of a reluctant gothamist, but hopes to draw from this background and perspective to better pursue his academic and professional goals.
Aditi (Class of 2020) is a Community Architect and Urbanist from India. She has previously worked with Urbz, Nivasa Ngo, MESN and MHSCity lab on housing issues in urban and rural areas across India. She is passionate about housing rights and access in low income neighborhoods, rental laws, housing policy and regulations. She is currently pursuing a degree in the Design and Urban Ecologies program to gain a nuanced understanding of shelter needs around the world. In her free time Aditi is mostly seen conversing with imaginary worlds run by all genders and aspires to be there one day.
Vince (Class of 2021) is a designer and researcher from the Philippines. Before beginning this program, he worked with foundations, non-profits, and other social good organizations through Fennel, a design agency he co-founded. His experience there gave him the opportunity to do community research and program design for a wide range of projects, with a focus on participation and shared power.
His current research continues this focus by asking questions about collaboration and methods for reclaiming interdependence. He is interested in examining relationships and interactions in the city and how these are accommodated for, affected by, and pose a challenge to the production and reproduction of urban space.
Blake (Class of 2021) is a graphic designer and writer. After completing his undergraduate degree — a BFA in graphic design — he relocated to Seattle where he began working with community programs and organizations, turning his focus toward visual communication’s role in place-making and fostering belonging in cities. His research examines the power of design as a cultural anchor and invitation for connection in hyper-dense, diverse spaces. During his time at Parsons, he intends to continue researching the boundaries and perceptions of an urban aesthetic and how it works to develop a sense of identity in the people who live in urban places.
Jessica (Class of 2020) grew up in rural New Jersey and was always fascinated with New York City. Today, she live in Manhattan and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons School of Design. While she may have left the dairy cows and corn fields behind, she seeks to bring a little more green into urban spaces. As she continues on her professional and academic journey, she will explore how cities can better prepare for their future and the ways in which good design can propel them.
Jessica hopes to further examine how we can move American cities forward and address issues such as climate change, population growth, and quality of life in an urban setting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Hartwick College in 2012 and currently works as a Development Associate for Parsons School of Design. To learn more about her work, please visit her online portfolio at https://www.jessschwa.com/
Maanasa (Class of 2020) is a formally trained architect turned service designer and strategist. She aims to develop her career at the intersection of public sector innovation, strategic design, and technology. Before joining The New School, Maanasa worked for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS, Bangalore) as a researcher. One of the projects she worked on, as a part of IIHS, was a Healthcare Infrastructure Guideline Book for the Government of Karnataka, India. Public health centers across the state used the guide-book to design-build Primary Health centers without having to invest in architects or developers for each project eventually helping to cut costs. As a design strategist, Maanasa’s passion lies in creating economically feasible design solutions for the growing problems that cities face. Maanasa is currently working as a research assistant at parson’s Healthy Materials Lab.
Alfonso (Class of 2020) did not consider himself academically successful while growing up, so he decided to make up for it by pursuing two bachelor degrees: a Bachelor of Science with a Business major in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Adamson University and De La Salle University respectively. It is quite a feat for someone who could barely keep his attention at schoolwork. He knew that education is and will always be the greatest equalizer.
Alfonso worked for five and a half years as a Special and Confidential Assistant to the Chairman and Administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a former US Naval Base converted into a premier Freeport and economic zone in the Philippines, serving two successive administrations. After gaining plentiful experience in this position; he realized that he needed a new challenge in his life and joined Parsons.