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The sustainability emphasis area draws on transdisciplinary research and methods to solve complex problems promoting the integrity of human and natural ecosystems, raising the quality of life in human settlements, building community resilience and sustaining equitable development. Students in this area often work closely with the College of Architecture’s research centers and associated research units, including the Institute for Sustainable Communities (Chaired by Forster Ndubisi).

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Relevant Faculty

Core Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
Taga Goddard Assistant Professor Vulnerable road user safety, partial and/or conditional autonomous technology and driver behavior, driver cognition and attention, transportation planning, traffic safety and crash reduction, and design for sustainable transportation
Dawn Jourdan Executive Associate Dean; Professor Land use law; growth management, on premise signage; relocation grief, climate change, historic preservation, intergenerational planning
Dongying Li Assistant Professor Urban nature and children's health, individual's activity space, access to salutary environmental factors, and health equity
Wei Li Associate Professor Sustainable and active transportation, environmental economics, and socio-economic and health impacts of emerging transportation technologies (e.g., autonomous vehicles)
Michelle Meyer Director; Associate Professor Environmental sociology; sociology of disaters; socical stratification; community sociology; green energy and sustainability; environmental migration
Forster Ndubisi Professor Ecological design and planning; community design; growth management; interdisciplinary design education
Walter Peacock Program Officer; Professor Urban planning; sustainability and resiliency issues; natural hazard, hazard mitigation and adaptation; long-term disaster recovry; quantitative methods
Hope Hui Rising Assistant Professor Water-centric urban design, spatial cognition; place attachment, environmental adaptation, climate adaptation, flood and drought adaptation
George Rogers Professor Sustainability, risk analysis and planning, technology and society, quantitative methods
Andrew Rumbach Associate Professor Household and community risk, recovery and resilience to environmental hazards and disasters
Shannon Van Zandt Department Head; Professor Equity issues related to the spatial distribution of housing opportunities for low-income and minority populations
Jane Winslow Assistant Professor Intersection of green infrastructure and human health, with a concentration in multifunctional landscape areas
Sierra Woodruff Assistant Professor Climate change adaptation, resilience, ecosystem services, plan integration, planning networks, multi-level governance, hazard mitigation
Siyu Yu Assistant Professor Community resilience, plan integration, land use and environmental planning, social vulnerability, hazard mitigation

Affiliate Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
John Cooper Director; Associate Professor of Practice Principles of inclusive planning and plan quality
Bruce Dvorak Associate Professor Sustainable design, planning, and construction. His areas of research includes green roof and wall technology
Chip Winslow Professor of the Practice Pedagogy of teaching design implementation and planting design courses