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 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.  






Powering the Modern Metropolis – RANIA DALLOUL

“The contemporary house…has become a ‘machine for living’, that is, it has become an environment that is conditioned primarily by technology…Cut off the power that fuels the machine for long enough and the dwelling must be evacuated.” (Rybczynski, 1983, taken from “Constructing the Modern Networked City, 1850-1960″, p. 72). The modernization of cities was a…

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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.

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Prerna (Class of 2019) was born in New Delhi, India. She has a background in architecture. She completed her bachelor’s from Sushant School of Architecture in Gurgaon before applying for Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons School of Design. She is currently in her final year of the program and is working on expanding her knowledge in the field of urbanism. She is interning at a firm called Hongkun USA with their design and innovation department. She wants to be able to gain global knowledge in order to improve the metropolitan conditions of the cities of India. She also takes delight in studying about different cultures and ways of bringing unity and togetherness among people. This program has taught her theories to understand everyday life in a multi-scalar way. It has helped her recognize the urban conditions of a city like New York, through providing her with a big picture, holistic approach.


Jillian (Class of 2019) is a Registered Architect, urbanist, and researcher investigating digital/physical infrastructures, networks, and their spaces across time. She has worked on the design and construction of several civic projects in the New York City metropolitan region, and in Puerto Rico. Jillian founded and currently leads the Dattner Architects’ R+D Co-Lab, a cross-studio collaboration engaging issues that confront people and cities today, and have the potential to impact the future.

Jillian holds a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her current work is involved with socio-spatial justice, digital equity, and data justice. She has been an active member of American Institute of Architects (AIANY), where she has organized several public programs with the AIANY Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. She has guest-lectured and contributed to publications at Columbia, Pratt, RPI, and Parsons; and has volunteered as a Mentor with the ACE Mentoring Program. Combined with her love of games and belief in the power of gaming experience, she created the blog and podcast “Worlds of Gamespace” to explore the overlaps and productive tensions between video games, architecture, and urbanism.

Jillian is currently researching how the socio-technical relations of cryptocurrencies and blockchains are affecting and altering processes of urbanization.


Jasmine (Class of 2019) is a designer with a 360° perspective on creating holistic brand experiences. She helps businesses build their brand through design. “What is a brand?” You might ask, or “What kind of design?” You might wonder. Well, that’s a whole other story you and Jasmine should discuss over coffee! Some of her clients include WeWork, Interbrand, McGarryBowen, The Met Breuer, brandchannel and more.

Parsons School of Design has been a core foundation in shaping Jasmine’s perspective, passions and growth as a creative thinker and individual. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communication design and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree studying interior and urban design.

Jasmine is always looking for new and exciting opportunities to collaborate and do what she loves! Check out her portfolio at, learn more about her latest passion project at and feel free to reach out to her at


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.

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Kathryn (Class of 2019) is a seamstress and textile artist whose interest in the geography and politics of the fashion industry drew her to NYC where she currently researches fast fashion production in Los Angeles as a part of her graduate thesis. She is passionate about raising the levels of awareness and accountability in the fashion world surrounding the laborers who make the majority of the world’s clothing. Kathryn received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she first learned to be suspicious of institutional power structures that occasionally prioritize celebrating the legacy of their white supremacist founders over the safety of their students. Her passions include collecting scrap fabric, learning new skills on Youtube, and tiny purses. She very rarely writes about herself in the third person.

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Kevin (Class of 2019) is a former architect and current urbanist, artist, and researcher investigating labor, technology, cybernetics and the philosophy of politics. In his past life as an architect, he worked professionally on the design and construction of projects in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York. He has had two art pieces exhibited in London (Hyperatlantis Consortium Extraction Concern) and Prague (Katabasis Springs) and will be showing an as-yet-untitled project on Arctic industrialization and colonization at the Slovenian pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Kevin has a bachelors of art history and an M.Arch from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. His current work is concerned with technology in society, the history (and future) of capitalism, revolution, and forms of urbanism. He has given talks in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and Macau, and he has also founded a science fiction and theory magazine, Aberrator, the first issue of which was released in March 2019.

Kevin is writing his thesis on Georg Lukács’ theory of technology and social ontology as it applies to the smart city.


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

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Gabor (Class of 2019) is a recovering architect, a semi-professional linguist, an urbanist-in-the-making and a lifelong learner. He holds an MS in Architecture and Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His professional experience is dual: as a linguist, he worked on creative and technical translations, and as an architect, he participated in large-scale infrastructure, healthcare and small-scale housing projects while also serving as a housing advocate.

Combining his interests in languages and space making, he seeks to understand the relationship between processes of the discursive space and the physical space. His current research focuses on the material aspects of political and societal transformations in his home country, Hungary.

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Anna (Class of 2019) researches conceptions of nature and their relationship to capitalism as a part of her graduate thesis. She is interested in education as both a reproductive force of capitalism as well as a possible opportunity for critical pedagogy and dissent. Anna works alongside many others in bringing social justice back into the conversation around environmentalism and climate change, and re-configuring practice to address environmental injustices. Prior to attending graduate school at The New School, Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sociology from New York University. Her passions include film editing, cartography as well as dance.