Relevant Employment Experience
Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Project Manager / Designer | Chicago, IL | November 2014 - Present
Managing planning projects with multiple sub-consultants and an emphasis on transit-oriented and sustainable development; conducting and leading community presentations and managing design charrettes, including image preference polling to inform future zoning and development standards for municipalities; organizing and implementing tactical urbanism projects; writing and organizing reports in InDesign; creating diagrams to communicate design concepts; drafting site plans based on market analysis reports and zoning regulations, conducting takeoffs (unit density, cost analysis, site capacity), final illustrative site plan renderings for PD documentation and reports; LEED ND documentation.
Beckett and Raeder, Inc.
Project Planner | Ann Arbor, MI | May - November 2014
Developed neighborhood, street, and housing typologies for the Jackson, MI master plan; presented project updates to planning commission; assisted with community visioning sessions; assisted with site plan redesign; assisted in responding to request for proposals.
Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
Graduate Research Intern | Ann Arbor, MI | January - May 2014
Researched global planning and development trends and how they can be applied to Ann Arbor; managed the social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as update the website using WordPress.
University of Michigan UP423 Introduction to Urban & Environmental Planning
Graduate Student Instructor | Ann Arbor, MI | August - December 2013
Crafted and led two discussion sections each week expanding upon material presented in lectures, held office hours to answer questions, guided students through a total of 5 papers throughout the semester, and graded 50% of the papers. This position required me to be organized, provide thorough explanations of topics, and be well versed in current planning theories and practices.
Reviewed region bicycling maps for errors and inconsistencies, wrote articles for local magazines about MDOT training programs, assisted planning and coordinating 6 Walkability Reviews in communities around Michigan, researched other state and regional agencies community outreach practices.
Michigan Sea Grant
Research Assistant | Ann Arbor, MI | September 2012 - April 2013
Researched best practices in coastal conservation in the Southeast Michigan including how these practices can be implemented throughout the Great Lakes area with a focus on the potential for economic development. Coordinated three coastal management fellowships, which required me to be organized as well as approachable and helpful to potential applicants.
Michigan Department of Transportation Intermodal Policy Division
Student Intern | Lansing, MI | June - October 2012
Assisted planning and coordinating Walkability Audits done in seven communities throughout Michigan with Dan Burden. Duties included creating organized spreadsheets and templates for current and future use, working closely with key stakeholders in each community, coordinating details for each event between MDOT staff as well as each community leader. Assisted with the 2035 State Long-Range Transportation Plan.
Designed information boards and meal identification cards for the Dining Hall, as well as assist with other tasks when needed.
Employee of the Month August 2010
International Experience (University of Michigan)
Re-visioning Istanbul | Istanbul, Turkey - Fall 2013
Worked in an interdisciplinary team of architects and urban planners to confront issues of crowding, pollution and unsafe building conditions, looking for alternatives to current practices of design and development toward a more equitable, sustainable and resilient city.
Vertical Cities Asia | Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore - Summer 2013
Worked in a team of three to create a master plan proposal for a sustainable city to house and employ 100,000 people just outside Hanoi, Vietnam under the 2013 theme "Everyone Harvests." Presented the project in front of a panel of design and agriculture experts in Singapore.
Goethe-Institut | Uni Bremen, Germany - Summer 2009
I spent 3 months living in Bremen, Germany fully immersed in the culture and language while studying German as a second language. Upon completion of my courses I passed the B2 Certificate exam showing business-level proficiency in both written and spoken German.
NCI Charrette Management, 2017
National Charrette Institute, 2016
LEED Green Associate, 2015
Goethe-Zertifikat B2, Business level proficiency in German, 2009
Congress for the New Urbanism
CNU IL Board Member (2018 - )
American Planning Association (IL)
APA MI 2015 Planning Excellence Award for Outstanding Student Project
FINALIST - HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Design & Planning Competition
Adobe Creative Suite: Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects;
Digital Design & Analysis: Rhino, SketchUp, AutoCad, ArcGIS, Sefaira;
Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint.
HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Design & Planning Competition Finalist | May 2014
Our team of 5 interdisciplinary graduate students was selected as one of 4 finalist teams in the nation. We presented our designs to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and staff.
Alpha Rho Chi | Vice President 2011-2012
Professional Architecture Fraternity at The University of Michigan. Responsible for recruiting members, updating website, and coordinating events for 50+ people.