Students come into the classroom with diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as assumptions about purposes, processes, and outcomes of urban and regional planning. My goals are to value this diversity while introducing the foundational building blocks for students’ evolution into critically reflective and ethical practitioners. I do this by structuring their learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom to be relevant, reflective, engaging, and applied. Working in teams, they wrestle with real urban problems, make tough decisions between competing alternatives, and partner with communities to co-produce research for the benefit of empowering and revitalizing neighborhoods. Applied projects expose students to planning with diverse, multiple publics in an ethical and just manner, and require them to apply their new knowledge as reflective practitioners.

Courses Taught



Course-Based Projects

Planning Studio Products

1. Neighborhood Planning in Albany’s West Hill & West End (2013)                   DRAFT Neighborhood Plan and DRAFT Neighborhood Plan Appendices

Client: Arbor Hill Development Corporation, in partnership with neighborhood stakeholders

2. Rezoning Albany: A Pilot Assessment of the South End Neighborhood (2012)  Executive Report or Final Report

Client: City of Albany Department of Development and Planning

3. Sheridan Hollow – Steps Forward: Making Redevelopment Work (2010)

Clients: City of Albany, the Community Development Alliance (Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, Albany Community Land Trust, Affordable Housing Partnership, Community Realty) and the Arbor Hill Development Corporation

4. Arbor Hill Community/University Partnership Study (2009)

Client: Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan Implementation Team

Community Research

For links to additional projects conducted through other courses that serve local neighborhoods, please visit my Community page.