Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Affiliate Faculty GCSC, Biology
  • Acting Co-director, Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Undergraduate Coordinator, City & Metropolitan Planning



  • B.A., Fine Art, Webster College
  • Loeb Fellow, Advanced Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Honors & Awards

  • Dark Sky Defender Award. International Dark Skies Association, 02/10/2017
  • Career Services Faculty Recognition Award. University of Utah, 03/04/2016
  • Teacher Appreciation Award. Sigma Chi Fraternity, 10/21/2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award. Webster University, 05/11/2014
  • Professor of the Year. College of Architecture + Planning, 05/09/2014
  • Named one of Utah's 15 Most Influential Artists. 15 Bytes Magazine, 04/21/2013
  • Named one of Utah's 100 catalysts of change. Catalyst Magazine, 01/16/2013
  • Award for producing one of the Top 10 Planning Books for 2011 Planetizen, 11/22/2011
  • Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award for the book, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs. Urban Communication Foundation, 11/15/2011
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for student planning project titled, "Listening to Mobridge". Utah Chapter, American Planning Association, 10/04/2011
  • Top Reads of 2010 re:Place Magazine , 01/05/2011
  • ASUU 2010 Students Choice Teaching Award. ASUU, 04/18/2010
  • Award of Distinction for Service to the Field by a non-architect. American Institute of Architects Western Region, 10/06/2008


  • Community Writing Center (CWR), Board Chair, 09/01/2009 - 08/30/2011
  • Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Design (SCUPAD), Board Member, 05/01/2009 - 05/01/2012
  • Center for Urban Watershed Renewal (CUWR), Board Member, 03/01/2006 - present

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Brazil. Provided a Learning Aboard opportunity for students in Curitiba, Brazil, where we spent 10 days exploring advancements in sustainable development, social equity and mobility, affordable housing development and waste management.
  • Ethiopia. Organized a conference of Salzburg Congress for Urban Planning and Development on the topic, "Cities Beyond Tools: Confronting Poverty and Climate Change" Addis Ababa, May 14-17, 2016.
  • Germany. Applied research in implementing sustainable development policy, architecture, renewable energy production and mobility is a focus of my work in Germany where I take students for study abroad.
  • India. Co-PI with Professor Benjamin Cohen on project funded by U.S. Consulate to engage in a 7-month project with students from the U of U and Hyderabad, India to develop market-ready responses to problems of water security and women's rights to sanitation in Hyderbad.
  • Israel. Member of a consulting team working in The Valley of Springs, Israel, invited by the community's Mayor along with other planners, architects and landscape architects to create a plan for the areas community and economic development.