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Angeliz Encarnacion Burg

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

Angeliz E. Encarnacion Burgos is a first-year PhD student in Community and Regional Planning  from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She completed her BS and  Master’s in Planning at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Before entering to the Program, she was working as Associate Director of Research Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, and as Executive Coordinator of the Caribbean Oral Health Initiative. Previously, she worked for two years as GIS Analyst and Community Planner in the Caño Martín Peña ENLACE Project through the AmeriCops Vista program.
She is particularly interested in gentrification,social determinant of health, political economy, local governments’ development agendas, exclusions and marginalization; and how this issues play a key role in urban development and the city. In the long run, she aims to explore these intersections in the Caribbean Region. 

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Greg Griffin

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Greg is a PhD student in Community & Regional Planning, and a researcher in the Austin office of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. His research explores co-productive planning theory and practice, health and active transportation, and the role of communication technologies in each. Currently, he is coordinating field work for the Active Living Austin study, supported by the National Institutes of Health. Previously, Greg worked as a state park planner and regional transportation planner, and taught Transportation Systems at Texas State University, where he also completed bachelor's and master’s degrees in geography. Greg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a lifelong bicyclist.

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Thomas Hilde

Graduate Research Assistant

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Thomas is a doctoral student in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. His research centers on sustainable and resilient urban development with a special interest in geographic information systems and scenario planning methods. For his dissertation research, he is exploring the utility of scenario planning to better understand how green infrastructure can make communities more resilient.

As a Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development, Tom contributed to several projects, including the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project, the Sustainable Places Project (HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Implementation and Software Development Grant), Project Connect (City of Austin High Capacity Transit) and the NATO Urbanisation Project. He most recently contributed to the development of a Corridor Housing Preservation Index, a replicable methodology to help cities prioritize affordable housing preservation efforts, which will soon be available as part of the Envision Tomorrow scenario planning GIS software.

Tom holds a masters’ in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Meghan Kleon

Ph.D. in Architecture

Meghan Kleon is a PhD student in Architecture, a Sustainable Cities Doctoral Initiative Fellow, and the coordinator of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is focused on the intersection of sustainable design and historic preservation. She has a BA in Architecture from Miami University (Ohio), an MS in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She currently serves on the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission. Prior to her graduate work at UT Austin, Meghan worked as the Architectural Resource Coordinator for the Cleveland Green Building Coalition (now the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council), where she organized and facilitated the Emerging Green Designers symposium for young design professionals; collaborated with partner agencies to fund, design and produce affordable green housing; and coordinated green building educational programming, including lecture series and green building tours.

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Adrian Lipscombe

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Adrian Lipscombe is a Sustainable Cities Doctoral Initiative Fellow and is concentrating her studies on all aspects of sustainable transportation. Her interest is in equity and accessibility to bicycle transportation and the perception of transportation in minority communities. She obtained a BA in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, and she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Associates, Women in Transportation Seminars, and the American Planning Association. After graduating from the master's program she became an adjunct professor in the architecture department at UTSA as well as a Planner for the City of San Antonio. Currently, she is the Project Manager of Bike Share for the City of Austin.

Adam Ogusky

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning

Adam Ogusky’s research interests include the intersection of the philosophy of ethics and planning processes, as well as art and cultural planning. He received a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College in 2004 and an M.S. in Planning from UT Austin in 2010. After graduation, he moved to New Mexico and worked in arts education in Albuquerque, followed by stints as a planner for the local planning department and as a potter in Taos.

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Lynn Osgood

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Lynn trained and practiced as a landscape designer and urban planning in Charlottesville, VA and Austin, TX before she began her doctoral studies at UT. She holds a M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture and a M.U.E.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia. Before starting her studies at UT she worked at the United Nations in New York and in Morocco where she focused on the issue of sustainability education. Her current research focuses on the creation and maintenance of public spaces through various social, political and artistic processes. Within the City of Austin Lynn has served with various panels, boards and workgroups including the Art in Public Place Panel, the Waller Creek Citizen’s Advisory Committee, the CreateAustin Task Force, and most recently she was appointed as Council Representative to the Austin Parks and Recreation Board.

Hao Pang

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning

Hao’s interests include travel demand modeling and the integration of urban design and land use modes with transportation planning. During his master’s study at UT Austin, he participated in Austin’s MXD study sponsored by the Center for Transportation Research, the Sustainable Places Project, and the Project Connect study sponsored by the City of Austin. He now works at Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on the demographic allocation for Austin MSA’s 2040 long-range transportation plan.

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Alejandra Reyes

Originally from Zacatecas, México, Alejandra received her B.A. in Architecture at UC Berkeley and a M.S, in Community and Regional Planning at UT Austin. Her Master's thesis evaluated recent housing and densification programs in Mexico City which meant to increase housing access and repopulate the urban core. The main focus of this research, which she has presented at a number of academic conferences (Urban Affairs Association, The International Studies Association, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning), was on local governance and how it influenced, either positively or negatively, the drafting and implementation of such programs. As a Master's student, she also collaborated with Dr. Peter Ward on his research on Texas colonias and informal subdivisions, and with Dr. Elizabeth Mueller as a Graduate Research Assistant.

Her current research focuses on the implications of increasingly problematic rates of housing vacancy in various Mexican regions, which are paradoxically coupled with persistent housing shortages. She is particularly interested on studying the roles of the Mexican State and the market in reproducing such conditions, and in driving housing production and urban development in an apparently unsustainable way, in both socioeconomic and environmental terms. A central hypothesis is that housing finance policy, characterized by the liberalization of credit and its support to a monopolistic and speculative real estate sector, may be fostering a mismatch between the private housing supply, and the actual housing needs of the Mexican population. 

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Ariadna Reyes Sanchez

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Ph.D. Candidate for the Doctoral Program in Community and Regional Planning. Civil engineer and Fulbright and CONACYT fellow. She holds an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City where she graduated with honors. The Mexican Environmental Ministry recognized her master’s degree thesis because she developed the first inventory of greenhouse gasses in university facilities in Mexico which had been used as a  reference for other colleges.

Ariadna gave speeches and presentations on strategies to tackle climate change in the built environment for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CCE) of North America. From 2009 to 2013, she worked at the Mario Molina Center as a specialist in sustainable housing and vulnerability to climate change. The Mario Molina Center is a Mexican think tank on climate change and energy which is directly managed by the Mexican Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1995), Dr. Mario Molina. At the Mario Molina Center, she led the environmental assessment of the  "Evaluation of the Sustainability of Mexican Social Housing," which federal institutions and private sector have used to design housing policies and strategies. 

Ariadna presented her doctoral research at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in 2013 and 2016; at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in 2014, 2015, and 2016; at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) in 2015; and at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in 2016.

In her dissertation, Ariadna seeks to unpack sustainability in forms of housing development in Mexico City's Metropolitan Area, particularly in consolidated informal settlements, known as colonias populares.  A sustainable form of housing development enables the urban poor to exercise their right to live in a resilient, compact, and climate just city (Adger, 2006; Agyeman, 2005; Davoudi, 2009; Shrestha, Ojha, McManus, Rubbo, and Dhote, 2014; Steele et al., 2012). 

Ariadna's research interests include climate justice and just sustainability, radical and insurgent planning theory, and environmental life cycle assessment. 

Ariadna serves as Teacher Assistant of the Quantitative Methods class, which is taught by Dr. Jake Wegmann, for the MSc Program in Community and Regional Planning.


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Andrea Roberts


Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Dr. Andrea Roberts is a Community & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation researcher, writer and educator. She is a 2016-2017 Emerging Scholar Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture. Her research and teaching interests include community development, African American Studies,  historic preservation policy, participatory action research, urban finance and development, planning history and theory, and cultural landscapes. Her postdoctoral research explores African American diasporas and heritage through ethnographic study and documentation of the history of African American placemaking and planning in early ex-slave settlements as well as contemporary grassroots planning and social constructions of "free Black " communities. She brings to her research and writing more than a decade of experience in community and economic development, public management, and planning.
While pursuing her doctoral degree, she supported outreach and beta testing for the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, a crowdsourcing architectural survey application. In 2012, she created and served as Project Manager for The Fifth Street Project, a community-based planning initiative and market study conducted under the auspices of the Center for Sustainable Development at UT.  
 Andrea holds a MA in Governmental Administration and Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Vassar College.  She has served as a City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner. 

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Kristina Tajchman

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Kristina is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. student in Community and Regional Planning and an IGERT Fellow in the School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. She started her doctoral studies after 11 years working as a systems engineer in the defense industry and a master's degree from Washington University, where she studied international energy policy. Kristina's academic interests include modernization of electric and water infrastructure in and around the state of Texas and she is inspired by the sustainability work of Sir Patrick Geddes. She has two young children and has a strong interest in improving our energy footprint for future generations. Kristina’s work includes international collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and presentation and publication in the Smart Greens Conference, and the Young Researchers in Sustainable Buildings Conferences in the summer of 2013.

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Raksha Vasudevan

Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Raksha is a third year doctoral student in the Community and Regional Planning Program. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social justice, youth geographies and the transformative power of design. Raksha has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, with a specialization in sustainable community development, from Virginia Tech. Prior to re-entering school, Raksha managed the sustainability program at the National League of Cities, working with sustainability directors and local elected officials to progress city sustainability efforts in the United States.

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Andrea Wirsching

Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Christina’s research interests include social and environmental justice in planning and planning processes, especially within marginalized communities; dynamics and implications of dialogue, power, narrative and identity in planning; and diversity in planning education and practice.

Originally from Laredo, Texas, Christina earned her BA in Geography with a specialization in environmental resource management and a minor in secondary science education, and her MS in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin. Her master’s research focused on insurgent historiographies in planning – specifically, within the context of the legacy of the Holly Street Power Plant and surrounding neighborhood in Austin, Texas. Professionally, Christina has worked in undergraduate minority student affairs and graduate diversity student recruitment.

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Juan Yunda

Graduate Research Assistant

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Juan is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the program Community and Regional Planning. He has an undergraduate degree in architecture from the National University of Colombia and a joint master degree in urban design and planning from Bauhaus-Weimar University and Tongji University in Shanghai. For his M.Sc., he conducted research on the subject of urban redevelopment forms and their social impacts in the city of Xiamen, China. During his time in Europe, he participated in research projects focused on airport regions and urban revitalization, and as practitioner, he worked on urban design and architecture projects in China, Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. In Colombia, he has been conducting research and teaching in architecture and urban design at the Pilot University in Bogota. In addition he has worked as urban planning consultant for both public and private entities on transportation, affordable housing and zoning codes. He has been awarded grants and distinctions for his academic research by the Colombian Ministry of Education, Colombian Science and Technology Department, the Colombian Architects Society, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Institute for European Urban Studies and the Fulbright Commission. Juan's research interests include sustainable urban design, urban morphology, socio-spatial segregation and informal settlements in Latin America.

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Stephen Zigmund

Teaching Assistant

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning

Stephen is a PhD student in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, his research explores the effects of urban and regional neoliberalization on public transportation provision, specifically, how public transportation deployed as an urban revitalization strategy effects its use by the transit dependent. His research seeks to contribute to critical theoretical discussions around the "politics of infrastructure" and its impacts on urban governance strategies. Stephen previously worked as Comprehensive Planner for the City of Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a M.S. in Community & Regional Planning from UT-Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University.

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Deidre Zoll

Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

I’m a first-year PhD student in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. My research examines the social impacts of climate adaptation projects in U.S. cities.
Before landing in Texas, I studied Global Environmental Policy and International Development (M.A., 2008) at American University, and Environmental Policy and Planning (B.A., 2003) at Alaska Pacific University. I’ve taken big breaks between educational adventures to ground my classroom experiences in our beautifully messy world.  Work stints have included guiding sea kayakers in the wilds of Alaska, wearing a suit in DC while trying to conserve forests with the World Wildlife Fund, and managing a research institute amongst the rolling green mountains of Vermont.
In Austin, I’m desperately trying to be an urban biker while shunning spandex, fancy bikes, and clipless pedals.  It is both a lovely disaster and a sweaty work in progress. Much like research and life. 

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Andrea Roberts is investigating the heritage of early African American settlements. She is developing a planning practice that bridges present day asset building and descendants’ ongoing efforts to sustain a connection to ancestral communities.