I am Course Leader for the MA Urban Design programme and a Lecturer in International Planning and Urban Design. I lead postgraduate modules on the history of urbanism and teach on the main urban design studio, lead the core design studios on strategic city and regional planning, urban regeneration, slum upgrading, neighbourhood planning and urban design in the International Planning and Sustainable Development course, as well as leading the 3rd year design studio on the BA Designing Cities course in the School of Architecture + Cities. I also lead, design and co-coordinate a number of field trips for the MA Urban Design, MA International Planning and the MA Urban & Regional Planning programmes, including joint workshops in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey, Jakarta, Indonesia and Recife, Brazil.
I have been teaching at Westminster since 2012, before which I was engaged full time in urban design consultancy at Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP as a senior designer. Since 2016 I have also been undertaking doctoral research studies. I also have pervious teaching experience at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in New York City, as well as having been a visiting design critic at Istanbul Technical University, Bandung Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia, Tarumanagara University in Jakarta, as well as at INCITY Research and Innovation in Recife, Brazil and ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, Portugal.
I have been practicing urban design, planning and architecture for more than 20 years in the UK and USA, on a range of projects at various scales in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, Africa, Brazil, Europe and the USA. I hold a Masters degree in International Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Westminster, a Masters in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Texas in the USA.
I am currently the module leader for 7PLAN027W Urbanism & Design: Form, Context & Philosophies, 7PLAN006W International Spatial Planning Practice, 7PLAN020W Sustainable Neighbourhood Development & Management, 6PLAN005W Project: Planning Policy & Design Intervention, 7PLAN005W International Planning Field Trip and 7PLAN024W Urban Design Field Trip, as well as acting as dissertation advisor on the MA Urban Design and MA International Planning courses. I previously was module leader for 7PLAN011W Planning in a Globalising World and 7PLAN009W Planning Field Trip.
I currently also teach on 7PLAN010W Planning for Risk and Resilience, 7PLAN021 Urban Design in Context and 7PLAN008W Master Planning. I previously taught on 7PLAN015W Public Realm: Significance, Design, Experience, 7PLAN007W Making and Managing Places and 7PLAN0019W Sustainable Cities & Neighbourhoods; 7PLAN001W Introduction to Planning and Sustainability, 4PLAN002W Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities, 4PRO412 Introduction to Urban Policy and Planning Law and APRO502 Planning Practice.
My current doctoral research seeks to understand the fundamental relationship between spatial development and flooding historically in Southeast Asian Cities, specifically Jakarta. This includes understanding how flooding has influenced development typologies (e.g. informal steelements such as Kampungs or mega developments) and locations for growth, for example the government and commercial retreat over time from the North coast of Jakarta towards the south, initiated in the 17th century, continued in the 19th century, within the current context of a return to the north with a current proposal to reorganise and redevelop the northern coastline that envisages significant land reclamation and flood defences.
My methodology will focus on mapping urban morphologies, spatial development patterns, block typologies, land values, land uses, flooding and water, as well as other spatial and climatic conditions. Other methodologies will include archival and document research and analysis, urban structural and spatial analyses and interviews.