2013 Graduate Scholar Awardees

Andreas Brück is a doctoral candidate at the Advanced Research in Urban Systems” (ARUS) Program at University Duisburg-Essen. Andreas’ research focuses on visions of future cities, on their possible interpretation. The goal is to put together a compendium of ideas and visions and discuss the social, environmental, economical, political consequences for future urban design. Therein he focuses on the role of technology as a catalyst of change and its role in urban transformation. He is originally trained in Geography – with specialization in Anthropology and Urban Planning – (Uni Bonn) and holds a master degree in “International Cooperation & Urban Development” (Mundus Urbano) from TU-Darmstadt as well as a master degree in architecture from UPC Barcelona. Since 2011 he works as a lecturer and researcher at TU-Berlin, after having worked in a set of positions in academia and design practice. His teaching focuses on tools for analysis and communication of planning and design. During his studies he has had the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as climatology and ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), transport studies, architectural projects, as well as consulting, business development and management, public relations, marketing and communication.

Katherine Burnett is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Victoria, with interests in political theory, political economy, and urban governance. Her MA research focused on the role of urban redevelopment in the changing governance of everyday life, and on activism and political resistance in response to gentrification and neoliberal urbanism. Currently, Katherine is researching global cities and studying cultural, social, and political thought.






Susan Carruth is a PhD candidate at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark. Originally from Scotland, where she received her Bachelors and Masters in Architecture, she practised as an Architect in London with Piercy & Company before relocating to Copenhagen in 2012. Her PhD – “Resilient Landscapes of Energy in Greenland” – employs research-through-design to explore alternative energy futures in west Greenland, using the terra-cultural agency of landscape as a model to suggest that energy planning can learn from local practices, traditions and ecologies.






George Carter is currently pursuing both an M.Arch and an M.S. in Design Health at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. His research embraces the interplay of science and design methodologies, exploring the intersection of Mathematics, Architecture, Complex Systems, Urban Studies, and Computation – envisioning cities and infrastructure as both aesthetic objects that embody identity, memory, and place, but also as organisms within a larger infrastructural ecosystem. He has a B.S. in Physics and a B.S in Mass Communications with a concentration in Photography and a Minor in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University.



Joshua Edward is a PhD candidate and doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land & Food Systems. Joshua’s work concentrates on the integration of diverse viewpoints, perspectives and communities into food system research and scholarship. From his career origins in public health and epidemiology, Joshua became interested in the role of built environments and the sociology of space(s) in community self-determinism and self-efficacy. Joshua completed his Master of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, where his thesis focused upon establishing risk and benefit frameworks for both informal and formal agriculture production in urban areas. As a doctoral candidate, Joshua is exploring ecologies of difference and formal and informal urban agriculture production within the queer communities of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia.

Joshua grew up as a 4th generation farmer in rural Montana, and as a gay man experienced personally the tensions between nature, sexuality, agriculture and place. His current experiences as a queer farmer in a large metropolitan environment have informed the development of his research area, specifically in questioning how urban farming within queer communities creates both cultural and ecological heterotopias within predominantly heteronormative urban environments. Joshua’s research interests also focus upon participatory methods of urban food system measurement, the role of GIS in participatory research, and nonfood issues within queer ecology. Joshua lives with his husband Bradley and their two dogs in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Larissa Miranda Heinisch is pursuing a degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Recently, she has been accepted at the Science without Borders UK program and is attending the course of Urban Regeneration and Planning at the University of Liverpool as an international sponsored student. Furthermore, she was a member of Group PET Arquitetura/UFSC where she developed research in the areas of open spaces, accessibility and urban design. Currently, she is involved with studies of Favelas, informal areas and the relation between people and cities.




Brian Jordan Jefferson recently received his doctorate at the New School for Social Research in the Department of Politics. He focuses on applying theoretical tools from critical geography to criminology, and examining how criminal justice policies mediate social and material space in US cities. He currently lectures at Brooklyn College CUNY in the Political Science and Sociology departments.



Lidia K.C. Manzo is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy. She holds a MA in Political and Social Communication from the University of Milan where she conducted ethnographic research and produced a social documentary on Milan’s Chinatown. As a Visiting Researcher at The City University of New York she has conducted field and other research on the 40-year process of gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood. Her interests in urban studies are presently focused on analyses of socio-cultural boundaries in super-gentrified neighborhoods, working reflexively on ethnographic experience using visual methods. Lidia has just published her first book «The Neighborhood: our Playground» Towards the ‘Spatial Turn’ in Social and Urban Theory (in Italian). Her last article in English appeared on the journal Cidades: “On People In Changing Neighborhoods. Gentrification and Social Mix: Boundaries and Resistance. A comparative ethnography of two historic neighborhoods in Milan (Italy) and Brooklyn (New York, USA)”.

Thanh Nguyen is an architect and he completed his MSc in Urban Environmental Management in Thailand. In 2005, Thanh was a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Viet Nam. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at The Radboud University Nijmegen, focusing on property rights. His interest include urban design, real estate investment, and GIS.



Agnieszka Anna Olszewska, born in 1986 in Warsaw, Poland, completed her Engineering and Master studies in Landscape Architecture at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. During the Master course she selected the specialization “Landscape and Garden Art” and since then her interests have been directed towards the theory and philosophy of space and the human aspect in creating and perceiving designed landscape.

In October 2010, Anna decided to continue with her research abroad and began a program in Portugal in the PhD LINK Program, which joins forces of the three biggest Universities in the country (Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon). Her PhD thesis is entitled “Contemplative values of urban parks and gardens”, and is supervised by Prof. Paulo Farinha Marques from the Faculty of Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture (U.P.) and co-supervised by Prof. Fernando Barbosa, head of the Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology of Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (U.P.). After her first year, her research was awarded with the Individual Doctoral Grant by the National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Lakshmi Priya Rajendran has obtained her Masters in Architecture (M.Arch) from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. She is currently a Ph. D. student under the supervision of Dr .Stephen Walker and Dr. Rosie Parnell, at School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Sheffield, United Kingdom .Her ongoing research aims towards developing a spatial-behavioural model for studying identity construction in multicultural urban spaces in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her research interests include Global cities and identity, Urban and cultural studies, Architectural theory and philosophy, Vernacular architecture, Phenomenology and Perception.





Maciej Stasiowski is a PhD student at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at Jagiellonian University, Poland. He received a Master's degree in cultural studies (specialization: film studies). His thesis was on the experimental literature underpinnings (postmodern novel, Nouveau Roman, metafictions) of Peter Greenaway's cinema: "Atlas of All Things Inconstant". His present research interests are aimed at the convergence between cinema and architecture in the theoretical projects of deconstructivist architects, and cinematographic strategies in films. He is associated with the film & new media academic magazine "EKRANy". Previous publications include, devoted i.e. to the architectural attributes in Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' and '12 Monkeys' (published in "Wunderkamera: The Cinema of Terry Gilliam"), spatial memory in Pedro Costa's "Letters from Fontainhas" trilogy and the tradition of speculative drawings and utopian projects (Piranesi, Sant' Elia, Abraham) in architecture (published, subsequently, in "Film Quarterly" vol. 79 {2012} and vol. 82 {2013}).



Amanda Winter is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University, Budapest. Her research interests include environmental politics and philosophy, political ecology, urban environmental sustainability, and consumer culture. She holds a Master of Art in International Political Economy from the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies. While in Brussels she was also a Communication Assistant for the European Cyclists' Federation and a volunteer for the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium.