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Aug 2006May 2008

Master of Regional Planning

Relevent Coursework:

  • Principles of Spatial Design - Prof. Roger Trancik:  Introductory spatial design class that required a design model of a 600 unit mixed use project on the last large piece of developable land in Ithaca. 
  • Urban Systems Studio - Prof. Roger Trancik: Application of urban-design and town-planning techniques to specific contemporary problems of city environments. Issues of urbanism were investigated and applied to physical-design interventions involving the street, square, block, garden, and park systems. Topics include urban land-use development, spatial systems and aesthetics, and public and private implementation of urban-design plans. Computer modeling and digital-design media are introduced as tools for urban design.
  • Transportation Engineering - Introduction to technological, economic, and social aspects of transportation. Taught by a progressive teacher who emphasized public transport modeling and implementation.  Also allowed me to do a GIS project related to bicycle transportation planning. 
  • Land Use Planning - Introduction to small and medium scale land use planning.  Deliverable was a land-use plan for an imaginary city that we coined "Sustainiopolis". 
  • Affordable Housing - review of affordable housing policies.  Class project involved a redevelopment proposal for a non-profit owned building in need of a redesign with the inclusion of affordable housing.
  • Critical Urbanism
  • Land Use Regulations
  • Land Use Law
Sep 1996May 2000


Work experience

Jan 2008Present

Research Assistant for Prof. Richard Booth

Cornell University - Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Researched and briefed cases regarding implementation of  cumulative impacts legislation regarding residential development as well as the construction of cell phone towers for the Adirondack Park Agency
May 2007Aug 2007


Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council

Developed detailed GIS maps using existing and self created data (via field research) for the City of Ithaca in aide of the Bike and Hiking Trail development program.

May 2002Aug 2006

Property Manager

  • Solely responsible for initiating, managing, and appearing as owner representative in numerous legal cases involving lawsuits, city sanctions, non-payments and holdovers for all commercial and residential property in portfolio.
  • Supervised superintendent staff of 5 (union [32-BJ] and non-union).
  • Syndicate owner’s representative for the tear down and construction of a single story commercial building;
  • Managed permitting process, environmental mediation and review, and negotiation of payments
  • Negotiated and executed commercial leases and provisions
  • Negotiated insurance policies for all buildings, including umbrella policy for $500 million portfolio.  Conducted qualitative examination and risk and cost-benefit analysis of exposure.


Autodesk 3DS Max
-  Creation and manipulation of structures and floorplans
FormZ 6.1
3-D design platform; used to create Hunterspoint Affordable Housing Development presentation for final project Development constraint studies using F.A.R. Analyst function in software
Adobe Creative Suite
Photo and image editing in Photoshop Publishing design (posters, newsletters) with Indesign Front-end web development in Dreamweaver; website database creation and integration with ColdFusion Collaborative document creation in Adobe Acrobat
Ability to create own data via GPS transponder Spatial Analyst function; some programming ability
Microsoft Office
Powerpoint, Excel, Word Currently learning Microsoft Expression Web


Dec 2004Feb 2005

Certificate in Web Development

New York University School of Continuing Education



References available upon request.


  • Published freelance photographer
  • Bikram Yoga
  • Travel