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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

Gary Hack

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Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning

About

Gary Hack is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is the former dean of the School of Design, stepping down in 2008 after 12 years. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge. Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government’s housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia. Hack has served on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, is a member of the board of the William Penn Foundation, and is active in civic affairs in Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

Hack, Gary. 2011. Urban Flux. In Companion to Urban Design, Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaido-Sederis, eds. London: Routledge.

Hack, Gary. 2011. Shaping Urban Form. In Planning Ideas that Matter., Bishwapriya Sanyal, Lawrence J. Vale, and Christina D. Rosan, eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Hack, Gary, Eugenie Birch, Paul Sedway, Mitchell Silver, eds. 2009. Local Planning. International City Management Association.

Hack, Gary, Zhongjie Lin, and Shi Zhong. 2006. Urban Design in the Global Perspective. Shanghai: Building Industry Press.

Lynch, Kevin and Gary Hack. 1984. Site Planning, 3rd ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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 an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is a landscape architecture historian whose current 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) was recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians with the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award in 2010. Fabiani Giannetto chaired the “Foreign Trends on American Soil” symposium at the School of Design, discussing the range of influences in American garden and landscape design since the eighteenth century. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught landscape architecture at the University of Maryland. Fabiani Giannetto is the recipient of a fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks for the year 2014-15. While at Dumbarton Oaks she will complete her new book project, "From Palladian Villa to American Plantation: Gardens and the Ideology of Country Living."

Selected Publications

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella, 2013. "The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia," in 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, Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee (eds.), Cambridge: Harvard University 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 of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Erick Guerra, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning at University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in transportation planning and quantitative planning methods. He has published recent articles on suburban transit investments in Mexico City, self-reported happiness and travel behavior, the relationship between land use and car-ownership and driving rates, and the role of land use in promoting high ridership and cost-effective transit service. His current work focuses on land use and transportation in Mexico City and Indonesia, public transport policy, land use and traffic safety, and contemporary planning for self-driving vehicles. As a practicing researcher and consultant, Erick has worked on a diverse range of planning-related topics, including housing investment and financial remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa; informal transportation in medium-sized Indonesian cities; and cross-border planning on the Island of Ireland. Erick 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

Guerra, Erick (2015). Planning for Cars that Drive Themselves. Journal of Planning Education and Research, doi: 10.1177/0739456X15613591.

Morris, Eric and Erick Guerra (2015). Are we there yet? Trip duration and mood during travel. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 33, pp. 38–47.

Guerra, Erick (2015). Has Mexico City’s Shift to Commercially Produced Housing Increased Car Ownership and Car Use? Journal of Transport and Land Use 8 (2), pp. 171–89.

Guerra, Erick (2015). The Geography of Car Ownership in Mexico City: A Joint Model of Households’ Residential Location and Car Ownership Decisions. Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 43 (1), pp. 171–80.

Guerra, Erick (2014). The Built Environment and Car Use in Mexico City: Is the Relationship Changing over Time? Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 34 (4), pp. 394-408.

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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Assistant Professor

Secondary faculty appointment in the School of Social Policy and Practice

About

Amy Hillier is Assistant 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 and Practice. She is also Co-Director of the Cartographic Modeling Lab. 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, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Carolyn Cannuscio, Mariana Chilton, Sarah Krasny, Allison Karpyn. 2012. The Impact of WIC Food Package Changes on Access to Healthful Foods in Two Low‐income Urban Neighborhoods. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 44(3): 210-216.

Hillier, Amy, Carolyn Cannuscio, Allison Karpyn, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Mariana Chilton, and Karen Glanz. 2011. How Far Do Low-Income Parents Travel to Shop for Food? Empirical Evidence from Two Urban Neighborhoods. Urban Geography 32(5): 712-729.

Hillier, Amy. 2010. Invitation to Mapping: How GIS Can Facilitate New Discoveries in Urban and Planning History. Journal of Planning History 9(2): 122-134.

Hillier, Amy, et al. 2009. Concentration of Unhealthy Outdoor Advertisements Around Child-serving Institutions: A Three-city Comparison. Health & Place 15(4): 935-945.

Hillier, Amy. 2007. Why Social Work Needs Mapping. Journal of Social Work Education 43(2): 205-221.

Faculty Fellow

Mark Alan Hughes

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Professor of Practice

About

Mark Alan Hughes is a Professor of Practice in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He is Lead Investigator at the DOE's Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In addition to being a Faculty Fellow at Penn IUR, he is 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. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute, and a Senior Adviser at the Ford Foundation. He was the 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 Greenworks plan. He has taught at Penn since 1999, and is widely published in the leading academic journals of several disciplines, including Economic Geography, Urban Economics, Political ScienceQuarterly, Policy Analysis and Management, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, for which he won the National Planning Award in 1992.

Selected Publications

Hughes, Mark Alan. 1995. A Mobility Strategy for Improving Opportunity. Housing Policy Debate 6(1).

Hughes, Mark Alan. 1989. Misspeaking Truth to Power: A Geographical Perspective on the "Underclass" Fallacy. Economic Geography 65(3): 187-207.

Hughes, Mark Alan. 1991. Employment Decentralization and Accessibility: A Strategy for Stimulating Regional Mobility. Journal of the American Planning Association 57(3): 288-298.

Hughes, Mark Alan. 1990. Formation of the Impacted Ghetto: Evidence from Large Metropolitan Areas.

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, which administers the Ph.D. Degree program 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 is serving as coordinator of Penn students’ participation in an advanced master’s degree in environmental management established by the Mines Paris (formerly the Paris School of Mines), and TsingHua University in Beijing.

Selected Publications

 

Keene, John. 2014. “Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development.” In The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, (Forthcoming).

Keene, John. 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.

Keene, John. 1976. Untaxing Open Space: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Differential Assessment of Farms and Open Space. The Council on Environmental Quality.

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.

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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