What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?



Alejandro Ramirez

What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?



Andrew Pei

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What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

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Brandon Harano

What are you most curious about?
Economic and community development in small municipalities

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
Ron Finley Project, Skate For Change, Hotdogs for Homeless

What problem concerns you most?
The rising homeless population and the increasing cost of living/ affordability of housing in cities



Carolina Bushman

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What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

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Chanju Yang

What are you most curious about?
How urban design can enhance people's lives.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
that the good wins the evil in the end

What problem concerns you most?
Gentrification



Cheryl Lim

What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
Issues related to homelessness and food insecurity most concern me. Working at Feeding San Diego as a CalFresh Capacity Intern, I have noticed that the problem of food insecurity is a much larger problem that affects so many people. I am committed at FSD to finding and providing solutions to alleviate hunger. My SRP relates to homelessness and the built environment. In my work at FSD I have...



Ching Yu Huang

What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
The problem that concerns me most is how we can integrate sustainable landscape and infrastructures into our built environment in order to mitigate for climate change and disaster events.



Chris Chen

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What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

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Eduardo Kawanishi

What are you most curious about?
Sustainable Development

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
Affordable Housing



Erica Hong

What are you most curious about?
I am most curious about the population living without shelter.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The Big Sister League in San Diego is a non profit dedicated to providing transitional housing for young girls and women.

What problem concerns you most?
Homelessness is a big concern of mine.



Farrah Bulacan

What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The project that I find currently inspiring is located in Shenzhen, Hong Kong--here "urban farms" are integrated within the city's landscape. This project displays the scale of how much land and food is required to proportionately support the population in the city. The project demonstrates the urgency to realize the problems cities worldwide are facing, in this project scale is...

What problem concerns you most?
What concerns me the most in the Urban Studies and Planning field, are issues relating to housing, transportation and infrastructure planning and ways current planning methods can be improved in order to cope with the growing population in most cities, especially in the San Diego region.



Fatima Kamil

What are you most curious about?
Institutional racism

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
Student activism & student-initiated projects; particularly - SPACES at UC San Diego

What problem concerns you most?
Educational inequity



Genesis Hill

What are you most curious about?
I am most curious about healthy aging.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The WHO's age-friendly cities is an initiative that most inspires me.

What problem concerns you most?
Gentrification and the socio-economic impacts it has on the elderly population.



Gustavo Camacho

What are you most curious about?
I am the most curious about the future. How is it going to be different to today?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
Transportation and the progression of technology; will it be for the best or the worst?



Gyesoo Chase Ahn

What are you most curious about?
I am most interested in how architecture affects people within a community to enhance their quality of lives. Such implementing social housing and green architecture are big issues to consider for the future development. More than small-scale development scope, furthermore, how architecture can be used as a tool for social achievement? What kind of policies and design solutions should be adapted...

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Henry Ajanel

What are you most curious about?
I am most curious in understanding what efforts are being done to assist at-risk youth. Specifically, I want to understand how at-risk youth are overcoming obstacles in a society that seeks to keep them oppressed and marginalized.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
Initiatives that seek to solve an issue are very important because it is a new way to address an issue that has been going on for far too long. Initiatives that incorporate education are beneficial in figuring out the best solution to the achievement gap, and the disparities that exist in the system.

What problem concerns you most?
The fact that there are entities with power who choose to harm the education system instead of helping it. In many cases, education is a way for individuals to gain social mobility so targeting this system will prevent individuals from acquiring the tools needed to succeed.



Huan Chen

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Ian Francis Yu

What are you most curious about?
My most prevalent research interest is gentrification studies and the capacity for communities to direct their own narrative as it pertains to future growth and development. There must exist a balance between growth that account for the sustained future of our communities, but also agency for our communities to shape that growth.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
Grassroots efforts of communities fighting the ills of gentrification. Orgs that I have been fortunate enough to work with and continue to do amazing work community advocates (Community Heights CDC, Casa Familiar, Center on Policy Initiatives). Orgs that work to reshape the story of gentrification as we know it and give power back to the community (L.A. Mas, Faimount Arts Collaborative).

What problem concerns you most?
The effect of globalization on urbanization. The trends and future of housing in our cities.



Iliana Perez

What are you most curious about?
Im most Curious about understanding and being a part of what drives public transportation.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The initiative inspiration for this project was understanding if TOD (transit oriented development) can cause displacement and gentrification in neighborhoods.

What problem concerns you most?



Isabel Ignacio

What are you most curious about?
I am most curious about what motivates people within a community to take up their arms and try and spark change. I believe community involvement in decision making is extremely important, and I would like to further understand how people choose to participate or not within a movement.

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john delmer

What are you most curious about?
Community-based approaches to healthy aging.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
Aging in community / The Village Model to aging / Naturally occurring retirement communities / Tierrasanta Village / Age-Friendly Communities

What problem concerns you most?
Social isolation in older adults.



Katie Rios

What are you most curious about?

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
I am most inspired by dual language schools. Dual language schools teach students in two languages: native & majority language. Instruction is divided equally between both languages, allowing students to develop their language skills in both languages equally.

What problem concerns you most?
I am most concerned with the lack of linguistic support available for English Language Learners in schools. English Language Learners are expected to learn their core subjects in English, despite not knowing the language of instruction. These settings create a "sink or swim" environment in which ELL students either learn English quickly or get left behind.



MacSwayne Muralt

What are you most curious about?
The impact of California's drought-influenced water policies on a local/ residential level.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The H2OME water consultation organization seems to employ an interesting and unique business model and I would like to explore it more. Additionally I like that the City of San Diego is offering rebate programs for installing water conservatory irrigation systems.

What problem concerns you most?
Issues created by the drought. i.e. Water supply shortages, Water restrictions, Water conservation, Recycled Water



Mary Masters

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Mathew Sterling

What are you most curious about?
How to improve the efficiency of systems which effect every day life.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The shift towards complete and reliable transit systems in increasingly dense neighborhoods.

What problem concerns you most?
Air pollution, which contributes to climate change on a global level and to heart and lung diseases on a local one.



Michael Peck

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Naera Meza

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Nicklaus McGuire

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Robyn Wong

What are you most curious about?
My main areas of interest are housing and social assistance policy.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
I am interested in understanding the interplay between poverty, gender, and housing unaffordability.



Sean Hernandez

What are you most curious about?
International models of urban design that incorporate local heritage and promote transit use.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?
The revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles.

What problem concerns you most?
The proliferation of unsustainable and non-transit friendly suburbs in California and the alienation of American planning practice from international models.



Spencer Richard

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Victoria Ortiz

What are you most curious about?
I am interested in real estate development, and how public-private partnerships can be used to develop better projects to benefit the community.

What positive trend, initiative or project most inspires you?

What problem concerns you most?
Watershed management and pollution prevention are both areas of Urban Development that I feel passionate about. I think that as planners, we need to be aware of our environment as well create new developments for our cities.