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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

John Landis

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Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning

About

John Landis is Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design, the faculty advisor for the MUSA program, as well as the faculty coordinator for both the Real Estate Design and Development Certificate and the GIS Certificate. He served as the Department Chair of City and Regional Planning 2009 to 2017. Prior to arriving at Penn in 2007, he was on the planning faculties of the University of California-Berkeley (1987–2007), Georgia Tech (1985–1986), and the University of Rhode Island (1983–1984). Professor Landis serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Housing Policy Debate. His research interests span a variety of urban development topics; his recent research and publications focus on gentrification and neighborhood change, affordable housing, sprawl and growth management, metropolitan economic resilience, and smart cities technologies. Professor Landis currently serves as Penn’s team leader on the joint University of Texas/University of Pennsylvania Transportation Center on Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions.

Selected Publications

Landis, John, Erick Guerra, and David Hsu. 2017. “Intersecting residential and transportation CO2 emissions: Metropolitan climate change programs in the Age of Trump.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 1-21.

Landis, John. 2017. “The end of sprawl? Not so fast.” Housing Policy Debate 27(5): 659-697. 

Landis, John. 2016. “Tracking and explaining neighborhood socioeconomic change in U.S. metropolitan areas between 1990 and 2010.” Housing Policy Debate 26(1): 2-52.

Faculty Fellow

David Leatherbarrow

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Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture

School/Department

Areas of Interest

    About

    David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture in the Department of Architecture in the School of Design. He teaches courses in architectural theory and design studios in the graduate and undergraduate programs, supervises research, and directs the Ph.D. program. His primary research interests include history and theory of architecture and the city. Prior to coming to Penn, Leatherbarrow taught theory and design at the Polytechnic of Central London and Cambridge University, England. He is the recipient of the Visiting Scholar Fellowship from the Canadian Center of Architecture (1997-98). 

    Selected Publications

    Leatherbarrow, David. 2004. Topographical Stories: Studies in Landscape and Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Leatherbarrow, David. 2002. Uncommon Ground: Architecture, Technology, Topography. Cambridge: MIT Press.

    Leatherbarrow, David. 1993. Roots of Architectural Invention: Site, Enclosure, Materials. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    Mostafavi, Moshen, and David Leatherbarrow. 1993. On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time. Cambridge: MIT Press.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Jae Min Lee

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    Doctoral Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

    About

    Jae Min Lee is doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Trained as an urban designer in international and domestic contexts, Jae Min seeks to challenge the "placelessness" of modern urban design practice around the world. His research focuses on defining the healthy and sustainable urban form and helping architects and planners to design places that actively incorporates local and climatic contexts using urban simulations. Jae Min has worked on a range of city building projects as an urban design associate at both Chicago and New York offices at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Planner and has also collaborated on several community projects with Open Lands, a Chicago-based land preservation organization.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Sirus Libeiro

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    Doctoral Canidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennslyvania

    About

    Sirus Libeiro is a doctoral student in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
    Emerging Scholar

    Theodore Lim

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    Global Environmental Data Scientist, Monsanto

    About

    Theodore Lim is Global Environmental Data Scientist at Monsanto. He received his PhD in City Planning focusing on urban stormwater management and green infrastructure implementation in 2017. He is particularly interested in the intersection between city-scale hydrological effectiveness of decentralized stormwater Best Management Practices, and the policy interventions and market mechanisms that best encourage diverse actors to adopt decentralized infrastructure. Prior to starting at Penn, Theo worked as a civil and environmental engineer in Beijing, New York City and San Francisco, specializing in integrated water resource management, ecological land use planning, and district-scale infrastructure solutions. His projects included the conceptual design of the water and wastewater management system for Google's high profile Bay View campus development, the Langfang Smart Eco-City master plan, and engineered and ecological rehabilitation plans for sea-level rise in the San Francisco Bay and the Pearl River Delta. Theo's previous research has also included immigrant community domestic violence survivor support services in Philadelphia, migrant workers and HIV/AIDS risk while on a US Fulbright Grant in northeast China, and ecotoxicity and persistent organic pollutant contaminant fate in the environment. While he is currently focusing on stormwater management, he hopes to utilize quantitative analysis to improve urban infrastructure planning and policy practices for a more sustainable urban world.

    Faculty Fellow

    Ken Lum

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    Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Fine Arts Undergraduate Program

    School/Department

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Ken Lum is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts in the School of Design. Prior to coming to Penn, Lum was Head of the Graduate Program in Studio Art at the University of British Columbia, Visiting Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Graduate Professor at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College. He is co-founder and founding Editor of Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Lum was made a Guggenheim Fellow in 1999 and awarded a Killam Award for Outstanding Research in 1998 and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award in 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the The PowerPlant (Toronto), Annie Wong Art Foundation (Hong Kong), Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Centre A (Vancouver). He was co-curator of Shanghai Modern: 1919-1945 and Sharjah Biennial 7. He recently co-curated Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project in Philadelphia.

      Selected Publications

      Lum, Ken. 2016. “The Figure in the Carpet.” Catalog essay for the exhibition Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, curated by Dr. Cornelia Lauf for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.

      Lum, Ken. 2009. “Dear Steven.” In Art School: (Propositions for the 21st Century), edited by Steven Madoff. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

      Lum, Ken and Hubert Damisch. 2008. Ultimo Bagaglio. Paris: Three Star Books.

      Lum, Ken. 1999. “Canadian Cultural Policy: A Metaphysical Problem.” In Conference 1: Inside Out: Reassessing International Cultural Influence. Wroclaw, Poland: Apexart.

      Faculty Fellow

      Christopher Marcinkoski

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      Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

      School/Department

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Christopher Marcinkoski is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in the School of Design. He is a licensed architect and founding director of PORT A+U, a leading-edge urban design consultancy with ongoing projects in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment at Penn, Marcinkoski was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in New York where he led that office’s large-scale urban design work including the QianHai Water City in Shenzhen and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Marcinkoski’s current research uses the urbanistic crisis that emerged in Spain over the first decade of the 21st century as a platform for considering the increasingly speculative nature of contemporary urbanization, and in particular, the disciplinary implications for the design and planning professions engaged in the work that comprises this phenomenon. 

        Selected Publications

        Marcinkoski, C. 2016. The City That Never Was: Reconsidering the Speculative Nature of Contemporary Urbanization. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press.

        Marcinkoski, C. 2014. “Notes on the Horizontal: Landscape-Driven Strategies for the Vertical Cities Challenge.” 2013 Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition + Symposium. National University of Singapore and World Future Foundation.

        Marcinkoski, C. 2013. “Re-Cultivating the Forest City.” American Collegiate Schools of Architecture 101st Annual Conference.

        Faculty Fellow

        Randall Mason

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        Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Historic Preservation

        School/Department

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Randall Mason is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation in the School of Design. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban conservation, history, and cultural landscape studies. Mason’s research interests include theory and methods of preservation planning, cultural policy, the economics of preservation, historic site management, the history and design of memorials, and the history of historic preservation. He leads the Center for Research on Preservation and Society, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. Previous positions include Assistant Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland, and adjunct faculty in landscape architecture at RISD. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice and co-founding the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners (which develops projects to strengthen the connections between heritage conservation and social development). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and was the 2012-13 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize winner at the American Academy in Rome.

          Selected Publications

          Mason, Randall. 2012. “Broadway as a Memory Site.” In The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, edited by Hilary Ballon. New York City: Columbia University Press.

          Mason, Randall. 2009. The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City. University of Minnesota Press.

          Page, Max and Randall Mason, eds. 2004. Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. Routlege.

          Faculty Fellow

          Anuradha Mathur

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          Professor

          About

          Anuradha Mathur is of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is an architect and landscape architect. In collaboration with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice. 

          Selected Publications

          Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2014. Design in the Terrain of Water. Philadelphia, PA: Applied Research + Design Publishing.

          Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2009. Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary. National Gallery of Modern Art/Rupa and Co.

          Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2006. Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain. Rupa and Co.

          Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2001. Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

          Emerging Scholar

          Simon Mosbah

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          Consultant, U.S. Advisory Services Group, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff

          About

          Simon Mosbah is an incoming Consultant with WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff in Washington D.C., in the U.S. Advisory Services Group, focusing on transit project development and finance. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on airports, airport expansions and employment in U.S. metropolitan areas. He published an article on the topic of airports and economic development in the Journal of Planning Literature, with Dr. Megan Ryerson: “Can US Metropolitan Areas Use Large Commercial Airports as Tools to Bolster Regional Economic Growth?”. He worked on the Sustainable Communities Indicators Catalog, a project between the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development) between 2013 and 2015, with Dr. Eugenie Birch as PI and funding by the Ford Foundation. He was specifically responsible for the selection and definition of transportation indicators for the catalog. Originally from France, Simon is a graduate of the Sorbonne (majoring in Classics, with minors in History and Linguistics), and the Ecole Normale Superieure; he holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School (majoring in Corporate Finance and Diversity Management). He previously worked as a business strategy consultant in France, specializing in rail transportation, and taught French at Amherst College (Massachusetts).

          Selected Publications

          Mosbah, S. 2013 “Rethinking transit projects in high-income neighborhoods.” Panorama. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, School of Design.

          Affiliated PhD Student

          Kimberly Noronha

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          PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

          About

          Kimberly M. Noronha is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Prior to her arrival at Penn, Kimberly worked extensively in India on a wide variety of urban issues including: urbanization policy, poverty, livelihoods, education and water and sanitation. In more than 15 years in the development sector, she has worked with governments, NGOs, implementing agencies and research institutes to formulate policy, coordinate programs and conduct research. She has an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Delhi and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

          Selected Publications

          Noronha, Kimberly and Shubhagato Dasgupta. 2016. Monitoring Open Discharge-Free India: A Comprehensive Sanitation Matrix. CPR Research Report. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research. Available from: http://cprindia.org/research/reports/ monitoring-open-discharge-free- india-comprehensive-sanitation-matrix. [DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33228.41607]

          Naik, Mukta and Kimberly M. Noronha. 2016. “Leveraging National Schemes to Support a Heritage Agenda in India”. Context: Special Issue on Asia and Urban Heritage XII:79-81

          Shubhagato Dasgupta, DTV Raghu Ramaswamy, Kimberly Noronha, Smitha Rao, Seetharaman R., Nikhil George, Amandeep Singh, Tripti Singh, Swati Dhiman, Aditya Bhol. 2015. Swachh Bharat: Industry Engagement – Scope & Examples. SCI-FI: Sanitation Initiative, Research Report. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research [DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4724.3287]

          Affiliated PhD Student

          Mary Rocco

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          PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

          About

          Mary Rocco is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Her dissertation research explores the role of philanthropic foundations in the urban revitalization of Legacy Cities. Other research interests include community development institutions, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and poverty policy. Currently, Mary serves as the project manager for the Mellon Foundation funded Humanities, Urbanism and Design Initiative (H+U+D) at Penn. She teaches in the Urban Studies program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also adjunct lecturer in urban studies and urban planning at Hunter College in New York City. More broadly her research interests include: urban revitalization, community and economic development, and urban institutions

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