2018 Graduate Certificate Participants

Sophia Arbara

Master of Urban Design
Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
Borderwall Urban (core studio)
Advanced Study in Substantive Sociological Fields, Sociology 280
Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Methods and Models for Inclusive Planning and Design, LDARCH C424


Sophia Arbara is a MUD Graduate student at UC Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Before coming to Berkeley, Sophia had the opportunity to work as a Research Fellow in the School of Urban Design and Architecture at the University of Florianopolis, Brazil, working with marginalized communities in informal settlements. Later on, she worked as an intern in the Madrid-based urban design firm, Ecosistema Urbano, in Spain, focusing on the design of public spaces and the development of participatory processes in design. Her previous academic projects examine issues of boundaries, spatial segregation,  interdisciplinary thinking and the intersections among built and natural environment. Currently, through the case of Athens, she is investigating the spatial implications of receiving forcibly displaced populations in cities and examine ways in which design can build towards more inclusive environments.

 

Katherine Bruhn

PhD South and Southeast Asian Studies
2019 Global Urban Humanities - Townsend Fellow

Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
The City, Arts, and Public Space (core seminar)
Art + Village + City in the Pearl River Delta (core studio)
Special Topics in Fields of Art History, History of Art 290

Katherine Bruhn is a PhD Candidate in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the history of Indonesian modern and contemporary art, examined through the lens of a specific ethnic group, the Minangkabau of West Sumatra, as a means to articulate how local, transnational, and global networks have contributed to the production of creative ecosystems, from the early 20th century until now. Katherine’s research stems from a long engagement with artists in the Southeast Asian region, Indonesia specifically. Alongside research she has curated a number of exhibitions in Indonesia and Singapore. Since starting her PhD at Cal, the Global Urban Humanities has acted as an important forum through which to engage with students working across disciplines, contributing significantly to the conceptualization of her current research that seeks to articulate the utility of looking beyond more familiar units of analysis like the city in order to understand, more comprehensively, how artistic production contributes to economic growth and urban development globally.

 


Scott Chilberg

Master of City Planning
Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
The City, Arts and Public Space (core seminar)
Community Development Studio/Workshop, City Planning 268
Special Topics in Architecture Design Theory and Criticism, Architecture 239

 

Scott Chilberg (they/them) recently completed a Master’s in City Planning at UC Berkeley, where they focused their work and research on the interactions between queer and trans* culture creation in the Bay Area and the speculative real estate market and the broad spectrum of institutional (state and non-state) anti-displacement efforts. Scott’s master’s thesis looks at the formation of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, within the context of the growing popularity of cultural districts in cities more broadly as well as the particularities of trans* social and political networks that converge on the Tenderloin. They also work for a QTPOC-led non-profit in the TL that is working at the intersections of housing, economic justice, and the legal system to end incarceration of trans* folks and the prison industrial complex at large.

 

Will Payne

PhD Geography
2019 Global Urban Humanities - Townsend Fellow

Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
Sensing Cityscapes: Sensors, Cities, Policies/Basic Protocols for New Media (core studio)
Urban Theory, City Planning 290
Group Studies, City Planning 298/Geography 254


Will Payne is a PhD Candidate in Geography, currently researching the impact of crowdsourced location-based services (both contemporary digital technologies like Yelp, Google Local, Foursquare, and TripAdvisor, and their analog predecessors like the Zagat Survey) on the way that people experience cities, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, where many of these technologies have been developed and used intensively since the 1980s. Will studies how these services aggregate, shape, and commodify "local knowledge" by harnessing free labor, in tandem with the transformation of urban neighborhoods and housing markets across the Global North. Will is a member of the Designated Emphasis program of the Berkeley Center for New Media, and also co-chairs the New Media Working Group through the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Ettore Santi

PhD Architecture
Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
The City, Arts, and Public Space (core seminar)
Art + Village + City in the Pearl River Delta (core studio)
Seminars in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology 250

 


Robert Ungar

Master of Urban Design
Global Urban Humanities Initiative courses taken:
Borderwall Urban (core studio)
Advanced Study in Substantive Sociological Fields, Sociology 280
Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Methods and Models for Inclusive Planning and Design, LDARCH C424


Robert Ungar is an architect, artist, activist, designer, project manager, teacher, gardener, producer, all of the above and none of them really. He is an independent urban designer who graduated from Bezalel academy in Jerusalem, Israel. He co-founded ONYA Collective, bringing together 15 designers, architects and social activists developing ecological urban interventions that strengthen community involvement and environmental justice within complex urban situations. As a designer, he focuses on collaborative design processes for re-claiming places and putting them to use according to local needs. Robert’s main project in the past years is navigating the grassroot transformation of an abandoned entrance to Tel-Aviv's massive and polluted central bus station, to a green, lively and inclusive community gathering place for underserved communities of Israelis, refugees and migrants.


Graduate Students Pursuing the Global Urban Humanities Certificate

Alexandra Appelbaum, PhD City and Regional Planning

Laura Belik, PhD Architecture

Laura Belik, PhD Student in Architecture is interested in questions of urbanism, politics of space and urban democracy, focusing on Brazil and Latin AmericaSunya Berkelman-Rosado, PhD Anthropology.

Ree Botts, PhD African Diaspora Studies

Ree Botts is a poet, artist and activist from Philadelphia, PA pursuing a PhD in African Diaspora Studies. She received her MA from UCLA in African American Studies and her BA from Spelman College in Sociology and Anthropology.

Abby Brown, MA City and Regional Planning

Leitia Carpenter, MA City and Regional Planning

Andrea Carranza, MA City and Regional Planning

Chris Chan, PhD Sociocultural Anthropology

Caroline Chen, MA Architecture

Hongxiang Chen, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Marcos Cisneros, PhD Rhetoric

Jacob Colling, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (3D)

 

 

Rachel Cook, PhD Italian Studies

Michael Coulom, MA City and Regional Planning

Annie Danis, PhD Anthroplogy

 

 

Felix de Rosen, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Kamene Dornubari-Ogidi, MA City and Regional Planning

Akilah Favors, PhD Sociology

Laura Ferris, PhD Comparative Literature

Guiseppina Forte, PhD Architecture

Isa Gaillard, MA City and Regional Planning

Isa Gaillard is a Master of City and Regional Planning student concentrating in Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities. He is passionate about addressing the fact that pollution, climate change, and urbanization disproportionately harm certain communities. He sees cities as living and breathing ecosystems, where there are infinite opportunities to strengthen the connections between the seemingly disparate elements that make up our neighborhoods.

Samantha Gebb, M.Arch Option 3

Sam Gebb is a designer and dancer whose work explores human kinesthetic experience and agency in the built environment. She received a BA in Architecture and a Certificate in Dance from Princeton University in 2014 and is currently pursuing Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley.

Efstathios Gerostathopoulos, PhD Architecture

Thomas Gilbert, PhD Interdisciplinary Field Studies

"Tom studies the emerging technical context and political deliberation surrounding automated vehicles in urban landscapes."

Hanah Goldov, MA Landscape Architecture

Beatriz Guerrero Auna, MA City and Regional Planning

Beatriz Guerrero Auna is City Planning Graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities Concentration. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked for Mexican federal and local government, designing, implementing, and evaluating programs related to social development, health and social security. Currently, she is investigating the impact of city planning strategies to address uneven health outcomes among vulnerable communities.

Sourabh Harihar, MA Global Studies

Sourabh Harihar is studying for his MA in Global Studies at Berkeley and holds degrees in civil and ocean engineering from TU Delft (Holland) and the Indian Institute of Technology. In his previous years as a management consultant and a Young India Fellow, he has engaged with projects relating to smart city planning and urban informality in Indian cities. He is pursuing the GUH Certificate as he strongly believes that an urban humanities perspective is extremely critical and valuable to understanding urban development, particularly in the Global South,

Mariela Herrick, MA City and Regional Planning

Lin Huang, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (3D)

Michael Johnson, MA Architecture

Tamara Kerzhner, PhD City and Regional Planning

Natalie Koski-Karell, MA City and Regional Planning

 

 

Xander Lenc, PhD Geography

 

Shanni Liu, MA Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (3D)

Kerby Lynch, PhD Geography

Kerby Lynch is a current PhD student in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley. Their research interests are in archival theory, literary cartographies and black lesbian subjectivities. 

Justine Marcus, MA City and Regional Planning and Public Health

Brieanne Martin, MA City and Regional Planning and Public Health

Jonathan McCall, MA City and Regional Planning

George Moore, PhD Mechancial Engineering

Leilani Nelson, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Lyndsey Ogle, PhD Performance Studies

Joseph Palmer, MA Architecture  (option 2)

Eric Peterson, PhD Architecture

Maria Pettis, PhD Geography

Monica Prakash, MA Urban Design

Julia Prince, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Trude Renwick, PhD Architecture

Trude Renwick is a PhD candidate in architecture with a special emphasis on ethnography of the built environment. Her dissertation examines the relationship between spirituality and commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kerstin Roeck, MA Architecture (option 2)

Ivana Rosas, MA City and Regional Planning

Diana Ruiz, PhD Film & Media

 

 

Manuel Santana Palacios, PhD City and Regional Planning

Tonika Sealy-Thompson, MA Performance Studies

Michelangelo Segretario, PhD Italian Studies

Xuan Shen, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Zhiyao Shu, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Sophia Sobko, PhD Education

 

Preeti Srinivasan, MA Urban Design

Robert Stahl, PhD Anthropology

Madeline Szkobel-Wolff, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (3D)

 

 

Sharifa Taylor, MA City and Regional Planning

Shu-Wei Tsai, PhD Geography

Shu-Wei Tsai is a Ph.D. student in Geography. Her research interests are heritage preservation, urbanization, water culture, and urban history. Her dissertation focuses on the heritagization of the Chinese Grand Canal and how this process relates to the urban processes and interpretation of traditional cultures in Hangzhou, China.

Lindsay Wong, MA Architecture and City and Regional Planning

Ziyuan Yuan, MA Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (2D)

Connie Zheng, MFA Art Practice

 

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