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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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Penn IUR Scholar

Billy Fleming

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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ian L. McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania

About

Billy is a post-doctoral fellow at the Ian L. McHarg Center with a background in urban design and policy development. He graduated with a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas where also served as the Student Government President during his final year – the first design student to do so in the University’s 140-year history. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Senior Citation Award, which honors the top undergraduate man and woman across the entire campus. Billy then practiced as a landscape architect in the Middle East, specializing in the development of afforestation strategies in water-scarce environments before returning to graduate school at the University of Texas. While there, he served as a research assistant to Dean Fritz Steiner and was presented with the award for the top master’s thesis within the UT School of Architecture. After graduation, Billy worked in the White House Domestic Policy Council during the first term of President Obama’s Administration and his portfolio included the Sustainable Communities Initiative and the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (National Parks Service). His dissertation work is focused on the nature of climate change adaptation in coastal cities and it is informed greatly by his work and academic experience.

Selected Publications

B. Fleming. 2015. Towards a Megaregional Future: Analysing Progress, Assessing Priorities in the US Megaregion Project. In J. Harrison and M. Hoyler (Eds.), Megaregions: Globalization's New Urban Form?, (pp. 200-229). London: Edward Elgar Publishing.

B. Fleming. 2015. "Can We Rebuild by Design?"LA+, 1(1): 104-111.

B. Fleming. 2015. "Book Review: Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans." Journal of the American Planning Association, 84(2): 158-159.

B. Fleming. 2015 (in-press). "Double-Book Review: The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong & The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience." Journal of the American Planning Association, 84(4).

B. Fleming 2016 (in-press). "Lost in Translation: The Authorship Structure and Argumentation of Resilience." Landscape Journal, 35(1).

Affiliated PhD Student

Samuel Geldin

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

About

Sam Geldin is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning with interests in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban governance in the Global South. He is particularly passionate about enhancing subnational climate action efforts through policy, planning, and comparative urban studies. Sam previously supported two transnational climate action networks, policy formulation in the California Governor's Office of Planning, and a research initiative facilitated by the UNFCCC Secretariat. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Yale, where his master's thesis investigated the diffusion of adaptation practices through city networks in Indonesia. He also holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography from UCLA.

Faculty Fellow

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

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Assistant Professor

About

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is a landscape architecture historian whose research interests focus on the Italian Renaissance garden, its legacy and historiography, as well as contemporary landscape architecture. Her first book, Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (University of Pennsylvania Press) won the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book of the Year Award in 2010. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught landscape architecture at the University of Maryland and at the Ohio State University. Fabiani Giannetto is currently working on a new manuscript titled Georgic Grounds and Gardens: From Palladio’s Villas to American Plantations, which examines the role of England in the transmission of ideas about gardens and agriculture from 16th-century Veneto to colonial America. An offspring of her research is the theme of conference she will host at the School of Design in November 2017, The Culture of Cultivation: Designing with Agriculture. 

Selected Publications

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2016. Foreign Trends in American Gardens: A History of Exchange, Adaptation and Reception. University of Virginia Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2013. "The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia." Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment 3(1): 102-114.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2011. “Grafting the Edelweiss on Cactus Plants: The 1931 Italian Garden Exhibition and Its Legacy." In Clio in the Italian Garden, edited by Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2009. Paolo Bürgi Landscape Architect, Discovering the (Swiss) Horizon: Mountain, Lake, and Forest. Princeton Architectural Press.

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2008. Medici Gardens: From Making to Design. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Faculty Fellow

David Gouverneur

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Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

David Gouverneur is Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture at the School of Design and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Previously, he was the Chair of the School of Architecture and Professor in the Departments of Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at Universidad Simón Bolívar; Director of Urban Development of Venezuela; Co-founder and Professor of the Urban Design program, and Director of the Mayor's Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas. He is the two-time recipient of the G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching at PennDesign and co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Architecture award in 2000 and in 2016. His professional practice focuses on improvement of existing informal settlements, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, areas of new centralities, new mixed-use districts, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. His main area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, a method to address the rampant Self-Constructed urbanization, the dominant urban form in many countries of the Global South. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin America. He received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980), and B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977). 

Selected Publications

Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City. Routledge 2014.

El diseño de nuevos asentamientos informales. Universidad de La Salle/Universidad Eafit, Colombia, 2016

Editor of Revisiting Urban Renewal: Alternatives for Public Housing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. PennDesign/Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012

Co author of: The Rehabilitation of the Littoral Central, Venezuela, with the support of Universidad Metropolitana/Harvard University,Toddman Editores, Caracas, 2000.

 

Faculty Fellow

Erick Guerra

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Assistant Professor

About

Erick Guerra is Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning in the School of Design, where he teaches courses in transportation planning and quantitative planning methods. His research focuses on the relationship between land use, transportation systems, and travel behavior with an emphasis on rapidly motorizing cities, public health outcomes, and transportation technologies. He has published recent articles on land use and transportation in Mexico and Indonesia, public transport policy, land use and traffic safety, and contemporary planning for self-driving vehicles.

As a practicing researcher and consultant, Guerra has ongoing or recently completed projects on accessibility and transportation affordability for the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, the OECD, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley, a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a BA in Fine Arts and French from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon from 2002 to 2004.

Selected Publications

Dong, Xiaoxia, Matt DiScenna, and Erick Guerra. 2017. “Transit User Perception of Driverless Buses.” Transportation May: 1–16.

Landis, John, Erick Guerra, and David Hsu. 2017. “Intersecting National Climate Change Policy with Local Development Trends, Travel Patterns, and Building Forms.” Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Guerra, Erick and Adam Millard-Ball. 2017. “Getting around a license-plate ban: Behavioral responses to Mexico City’s driving restriction.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 55: 113-126.

Guerra, Erick. 2017. “Electric vehicles, air pollution, and the motorcycle city: A stated preference survey of consumers’ willingness to adopt electric motorcycles in Solo, Indonesia.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 

Guerra, Erick. 2017. “Does Where You Live Affect How Much You Spend on Transit? The Link between Urban Form and Household Transit Expenditures in Mexico City.” The Journal of Transport and Land Use 10(1): 1–24.

Emerging Scholar

Albert T. Han

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Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

About

Albert Tonghoon Han is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. His research focuses on studying how growth management, land use planning, and environmental policies affect the natural environment in metropolitan areas in the North America and other fast-growing cities around the world. He is also interested in studying how planning efforts based on market-based approaches can mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly in regards to improving building energy efficiency in cities. Albert received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Prior to Penn, he worked on various global environmental projects at the Korea Environment Institute from 2011 to 2012. He obtained his master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 2011 with specialization in environmental planning and spatial analysis. His devotion to studying land use and environmental planning originated from his background in Life Science and Biotechnology from Korea University where he received his bachelor's degree in 2009.

Affiliated PhD Student

Sa Min Han

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Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennslyvania

About

Sa Min Han is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a BA degree in Landscape Architecture from the Seoul National University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her arrival, she worked as a certificated landscape architect and urban planner at Samsung C&T in Korea for 8 years. She also interned at AECOM in Hong Kong. Ms. Han’s research interest lies in resilient and sustainable planning. She eagerly hopes to study mapping process related to vulnerability indexes and regional assessment, for use when engaging in site prioritization and preparations for natural hazards caused by climate change. Her goal is to support policymakers, planners, and urban designers hoping to better understand how coastal cities should respond to natural hazards caused by climate change and to help them to establish appropriate policies for mitigation and adaptation.

Selected Publications

Korea Water Resources Corporation. “Application and Management Plans for the Flood Control Plains in Korea” (2007)

PennDesign Urban Planning Studio. “Alternative Futures for the New Jersey Shore: Climate Change Adaptation & Natural Hazard Mitigation Strategies”, IFLA World Congress (2014)

11st ULI / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, honorable mention (2013)

Faculty Fellow

Amy Hillier

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Associate Professor

About

Amy Hillier is Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design, with a secondary faculty appointment in the School of Social Policy & Practice. She teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and community development in city planning, urban studies, public health, and social work. Her research focuses on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities and has included GIS applications in redlining and housing discrimination, affordable housing, and public health. Her dissertation, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), considered the impact of the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation on lending in Philadelphia. With her focus on public health and the built environment, she frequently collaborates with colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine and at The Food Trust.

Selected Publications

Hillier, Amy and Benjamin Chrisinger. 2017. “The Reality of Urban Food Deserts and What Low-Income Food Shoppers Need.” In Social Policy and Social Justice, edited by John L Jackson, Jr. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Lapham, Sandra C, Deborah A Cohen, Bing Han, Stephanie Williamson, Kelly R Evenson, Thomas L McKenzie, Amy Hillier, and Phillip Ward. 2016. “How important is perception of safety to park use? A four-city survey.” Urban Studies 53(12).

Cannuscio, CC, A Hillier, A Karpyn, and K Glanz. 2014. “The social dynamics of healthy food shopping and store choice in an urban environment.” Social Science and Medicine 122.

Mayer, Victoria L, Amy Hillier, Marcus A Bachhuber, Judith A Long. 2014. “Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Access, and Food Assistance in Philadelphia.” Journal of Urban Health 91(6).

Faculty Fellow

Mark Alan Hughes

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Professor of Practice

Faculty Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

About

Mark Alan Hughes is Professor of Practice in the School of Design and founding Faculty Director of Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. He is also the founding Faculty Director of the Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts and Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn’s Fox Leadership Program. Hughes has published in the leading journals of economic geography, urban economics, political science, policy analysis, and won the National Planning Award for his research in city and regional planning. He was Chief Policy Adviser to Mayor Michael Nutter and the founding Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, where he led the creation of the city’s Greenworks Plan. He has designed and fielded national policy research projects in a variety of areas including the Bridges to Work program in transportation, the Transitional Work Corporation in job training and placement, the Campaign for Working Families in EITC participation, and the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub in regional economic development. 

Selected Publications

Hughes, Mark Alan, Cornelia Colijn, and Oscar Serpell. 2017. “Comparative Pathways to Regional Energy Transition.” Kleinman Policy Digest available at http://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/pathways.

Hughes, Mark Alan, Cornelia Colijn, and Oscar Serpell. 2017. “Managing Risk in the Energyshed.” LA+ Journal 6(Fall).

Hughes, Mark Ala. 2017. “No Acceptable Alternative to Paris.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 15. http://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/blog/2017/06/12/there-no-acceptable-alternative-paris.

Faculty Fellow

John Keene

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Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning

About

John Keene is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. His teaching and research interests focus on the legal aspects of city and regional planning, land development regulation, strategies for sustainable development, environmental planning and law, legal and policy issues relating to brownfield remediation, and management of urban growth. Keene has advised local governments on the legal aspects of environmental and farmland protection. Keene chaired the Department of City and Regional Planning from 1988 to 1992 and served two terms as Chair of the Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning. During 1999, 2000, and 2001, he served consecutively as Chair-Elect, Chair, and past Chair of the Faculty Senate of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as University Ombudsman from 1978-84 and 2006-09.

Selected Publications

Daniels, Thomas, and John C. Keene. 2018 (forthcoming). The Law of Agricultural Land Preservation. American Bar Association.

Keene, John. 2015. “Environmental Planning.” In The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 7. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Keene, John. 2006. “When Does Regulation Go Too Far? The Supreme Court’s Analytical Framework for Drawing the Line Between an Exercise of the Police Power and an Exercise of the Power of Eminent Domain.” Penn State Environmental Law Review 14.

Keene, John. et al. 1997. Saving American Farmland: What Works? American Farmland Trust Publications Division.

Coughlin, Robert E. and John C. Keene, senior authors and editors. 1981. The Protection of Farmland: A Reference Guidebook for State and Local Governments. National Agricultural Lands Study.

Affiliated PhD Student

Maryam Khojasteh

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

About

Maryam is a PhD student in the City and Regional Planning program at PennDesign. She is interested in community-based research that explores the intersection of public health, community food system and community economic development. She received her master degree in Urban Planning from SUNY at Buffalo. Prior to coming to Penn, she worked as a research associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab in Buffalo NY. She worked toward building the capacity of non-profit organizations and local governments to strengthen community food systems as well as coordinating on the ground health interventions to promote active living among school-aged children. Her current project explores the ways that immigrant food entrepreneurs impact the health and well-being of immigrants and receiving communities. 

Selected Publications

Khojasteh, Maryam, and Samina Raja. 2016. "Agents of Change: Role of Immigrants in Creating Healthier Food Environments." Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 1-29

Baek, So-Ra, Samina Raja, Nathan Attard, and Maryam Khojasteh. 2016. "Acculturating into (In)active Commuting to School: Differences among Children of Foreign-born and US-born parents." Children, Youth, and Environment 26 (1):37-55

Affiliated PhD Student

Chaeri Kim

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Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

About

Chaeri Kim is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on sustainable design. Prior to coming to the University of Pennslyvania, she worked at an architectural design firm and as a real estate investment analyst. She received her Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University and her B.A. in English Literature, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

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