Organizing Committee


Don Miller

Professor, Urban Design and Planning

Don Miller

 

Donald Miller, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, jointed the UW faculty in 1970. His primary graduate and undergraduate courses deal with planning theory and practice, applied research design, and planning evaluation. Miller's recent publications in articles and books deal with ways to improve environmental quality through planning, metrics of environmental justice, and evaluating local planning under the Washington State Growth Management Act, including the books: Integrating City Planning and Environmental Improvement (2004), and Beyond Benefit Cost Analysis - Accounting for Non-Market Values in Planning Evaluation (2005), both published by Ashgate, UK.


Alon Bassok

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Urban Design and Planning

Alon Bassok

 

Alon Bassok teaches courses on transport and sustainability. His recent research has focused on reducing conflicts between transportation modes.

Elizabeth Johnson

Symposium Managing Director

Elizabeth Johnson

 

Liz is a first year masters of urban planning student and co-president of the Planning Student Association (PSA) at the University of Washington. Prior to returning to school, Liz was development and outreach manager at the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in Washington, DC. Previously, Liz lived in Prague where she taught English as a foreign language to both adults and children. Liz graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in international studies. While at TCNJ she served as president of the College Democrats and studied abroad at the University of Seville in Spain and the University of Economics, Prague in the Czech Republic. Liz is an avid traveler and has visited Australia, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. In her free time, she also enjoys rock climbing, photography and exploring Seattle by bike.

Cynthia Chen

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cynthia Chen

 

Dr. Chen's current interests range from land use and travel behavior, the innovative usage of GPS in travel surveys, residential search and location decisions, and transportation safety using non-engineering methods. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the field. Dr. Chen currently chairs the subcommittee on Time Use and Activity and Travel Patterns at the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council, which is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. She also serves as a member of the Travel Behavior and Values committee and Telecommunications and Travel Behavior Committee at the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Chen's awards include: the United Technologies Research Center Emerging Scholar Award, she was a NSG CMS Program Workshop Participant, and a Center for Sustainable Engineering Workshop Participant, and received the UC Transportation Center Dissertation Award.

Nancy Rottle

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Nancy Rottle

 

Professor Nancy Rottle brings over two decades of landscape architecture professional experience to her role at the UW, where she has been teaching since 2001. Her work centers upon design as a means to create places that are ecologically healthy, culturally meaningful, and educationally and experientially resonant. Her recent scholarship, including the co-authored book Ecological Design, has focused on the application of theory and new practices to regenerate the health of urban and urbanizing environments. Professor Rottle currently directs the UW's Green Futures Research and Design Lab, which addresses questions and projects related to urban green infrastructure, topics on which Nancy publishes and lectures (www.greenfutures.washington.edu). Collaborative projects and publications include the use of waterfronts to treat and re-use stormwater; urban green infrastructure for city streets and college campuses; public space planning and design; pedestrian and active transport environments; green roofs and walls; metrics to evaluate sustainable design projects; public engagement to envision positive futures; and the role of green infrastructure in mitigating and adapting to climate change. She co-edited the 2007 special journal edition of Places on Climate Change and Place, and researched this topic in New Zealand supported by a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship. Professor Rottle teaches design studio, theory and technical courses and advises on theses that examine the potential of design to positively affect our urban ecological futures, taking a special focus on public space design, water in the landscape and design for environmental literacy. Professor Rottle regularly teaches courses that integrate water into the planning and design process, from watershed to site scales, integrating knowledge of urban water-based projects from around the world. With support from the ScanlDesign Foundation, she leads urban design study tours to Denmark and Sweden, and collaborates with Gehl Architects of Copenhagen to teach interdisciplinary studios at the UW that merge considerations for ecological, economic, social and physical health. As the UW's ScanlDesign Endowed Chair in Built Environments she also facilitates internships and exchanges between the UW and Denmark. A registered landscape architect, Nancy's professional and academic planning and design projects have won local and national awards, including the acclaimed Cedar River Watershed Education Center, and Open Space Seattle 2100, a multidisciplinary planning process to develop a 100-year vision for Seattle's green infrastructure. Her studios, thesis students and work of the Green Futures Lab have also won prestigious college, local, national and international awards. Passionate about sharing ecological design approaches and models, Nancy has lectured in the US, New Zealand, China, Canada, Russia and Europe.

Qing Shen

Professor and Chair, Urban Design and Planning

Qing Shen

 

Professor Shen’s research interests center on understanding changes in the spatial organization of cities, their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, and their implications for urban transportation planning and policymaking. Over the past fifteen years he has developed new methodological frameworks for analyzing urban spatial structure, examined the social consequences of automobile-oriented metropolitan development, and investigated the differential impacts of information and communication technologies on various population groups. His current work focuses primarily on the connections between the built environment, travel behavior, and energy consumption and emissions. In addition, he is engaged in collaborative research on urban land use and transportation development strategies in China with colleagues at Tongji University, where he holds a visiting position as Tongji Chair Professor. Professor Shen was educated in China (Zhejiang University), Canada (University of British Columbia) and the United States (University of California, Berkeley, where in 1993 he earned a PhD in City and Regional Planning). He taught at MIT and University of Maryland before joining University of Washington in 2009. A highly active member of the academic community, he has served on the editorial boards of six academic journals, including Journal of the American Planning Association and Journal of Planning Education and Research. He was a primary founder and former Chairman of the International Association for China Planning (IACP).