To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the 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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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.

Jorge Cabanillas

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.

Sara Devic

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.

Vincent Perez

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 Roberts

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.


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.


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