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Published onMar 30, 2018



Hannah M. Teicher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT working on the urban politics of adaptation to climate change. She is currently researching how urban/military collaborations shape adaptation in governance and built form. In a previous project, she examined the role of large real estate firms in developing autonomous adaptation strategies. Before coming to MIT, she taught courses on design history and sustainable design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and conducted applied research on electric vehicle infrastructure with the UBC Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space lab. Previously, she practiced architecture in Vancouver, BC, taking a leading role on green residential and community buildings including the award-winning Ecoheritage multi-family residential project with Shape Architecture. As an urban design critic, she wrote for Canadian Architect, Tangential Vancouverism, and Vancouver Matters considering the outcomes of large-scale sustainable development projects.


Aria Finkelstein is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a guest student at the Marine Policy Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where she researches coastal and offshore urbanization and development processes. Before returning to school at MIT, Aria worked as an urban designer and planner in and around Atlanta. There, she facilitated participatory planning processes, helped Georgia communities create comprehensive, land use, and development plans, and conducted site and facility assessments for private, municipal, and military clients. As a planner at the Georgia Conservancy, she also helped design curricula and hold workshops training government officials, building professionals, and the public on urban design principles and practice. Aria holds an M. Arch and an M.S. Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia.



Rouzbeh Akhbari is an installation and video artist currently based in Toronto. His practice is situated within a postcolonial discourse that is mainly interventionist in approach and addresses the public realm. His ongoing research engages with global socio-political conundrums that translate into architectures of conflict, defensive urbanisms and the semiotics of imperial architecture. Akhbari is a founding member at ADL collective and the co-director of Centre for Counter Monumental Activities. He has exhibited projects at la Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs (Casablanca), Birch Contemporary (Toronto), 8-eleven (Toronto), Art Museum of Nanjing University (Nanjing) and YTB gallery (Toronto), as well as co-authoring a chapter for the Unsettling Colonial Modernity edited volume in Cambridge, UK. He received the departmental medal upon graduation at OCAD University and is currently a graduate MVS fellow at University of Toronto’s School of Architecture, Landscape and Design.


Jim Allen is a Research Civil Engineer and Program Manager with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, a Faculty Instructor for the Army War College, and a PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois.  He is a licensed professional engineer, certified National Highway Institute instructor, Colonel in the Army Reserves, and recognized technical expert. In his current position he applies a combination of professional engineer knowledge and extensive military and transportation planning to provide innovative solutions to unique problems for the Department of Defense. Jim has previously worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and as an Assistant County Engineer.


Simin Davoudi is Professor of Environment Policy & Planning and Director of the Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University and the Associate Director at Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS). She is past President of the Association of the European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Simin has been expert advisor for national and local government bodies, has chaired and been a member of numerous research assessment panels, and has led and participated in tens of research projects on spatial planning, environmental governance, and climate change and resilience. Simin is co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, founding member of the editorial team of 21st Century Society (Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences) and member of the editorial boards of 9 other international, peer-reviewed journals. She has published dozens of academic articles and ten books on topics including urban resilience, climate governance, and justice in spatial planning. Her recent books include: The Resilience Machine (forthcoming, 2018), Justice and Fairness in the City (2016), and Planning for Climate Change (2009).


Brian Deal, associate professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaches courses in physical planning, sustainable planning theory, energy systems in planning, and a multi-disciplinary workshop on the application of sustainable planning principles. He also teaches course material on-line that contribute toward a better understanding of sustainability in planning and the USGBC's LEED rating system. His research activities have focused on developing and deploying planning tools that engage the profession of planning and ultimately help communities make better decisions. His current research includes urban land use transformation and modeling, the development of useful decision support tools, and research into energy systems and planning for climate change. He is the Director of the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Modeling (LEAM) Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. He is also one of the primary authors of the University of Illinois' climate action plan (iCAP), is a faculty mentor to the Student Sustainability Committee, and chairs the facilities committee for campus sustainability planning efforts. Previous positions have included a decade of professional practice in architecture and as a senior researcher with the Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), where he focused on issues of sustainable design and development utilizing spatial simulation modeling techniques for military facilities. Professor Deal received a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois with a specialization in land use planning, modeling and analysis. He also holds a Master's degree and professional license in architecture.



Cate Fox-Lent works for the R&D arm of the US Army Corps of Engineers in Risk and Decision Sciences. As an engineer in decision science, she uses methods such as life-cycle assessment and multi-criteria decision analysis to help the Corps assess and evaluate alternative courses of action for adaptive management, dredged sediment management, asset management, resilience management and disaster response. Cate holds a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.



Jim Goudreau is currently serving as the Head of Climate at Novartis, and is focused on global corporate strategy and policy to increase climate and energy resilience through investments in mitigation and adaptation actions. These efforts include efficiency through technology and behavior change as well as business process changes focused on an internal price of carbon and external energy procurement strategies.  Jim recently joined Novartis having retired from the U.S. Navy, culminating his career in the U.S. Pentagon working on energy and climate resilience issues. While attached to the Secretary of the Navy’s staff (including serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy) and the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff he focused on a holistic application of technology, partnerships and behavior change to improve capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities globally across the Navy and Marines Corps. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Norwich University, a Masters in Management degree from Troy University and has completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business.



Paul Holland is an independent environmental planner. His expertise lies at the nexus of land use planning, climate change, resilience, conservation, and environmental security. He has served as an expert advisor and consultant to senior leaders within the Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Holland previously worked as a Legislative Fellow in the office of Congressman Bobby Scott, advising the Congressman on energy and environmental policy. Mr. Holland received his AB in History from Princeton University and his MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy from Oxford University.  He is a former Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2014 he was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.


Efadul Huq is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology (minors in Mathematics and Creative Writing), Georgia Southern University; Master of Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work focuses on urban informalities, transnational solidarity networks, and insurgent planning that uphold housing and labor rights of marginalized communities. He has worked with several community and student organizations that focus on issues of affordable housing, immigrant-friendly communities, economic justice, and human rights. Currently, he is working on a project to study and document the insurgent Midwest.


Sarah Light is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Environmental Management, Law, and Policy. She has also taught at Penn Law School and Columbia University.Light’s research examines issues at the intersection of environmental law and business and technological innovation. Her articles have addressed the regulatory implications of the rise of transportation platforms like Uber and Lyft, as well as autonomous vehicles; and the U.S. military’s role in stimulating private technological innovation to reduce fossil fuel use in what Light has called The Military-Environmental Complex. Previously, Light served for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Civil Division, and for four years as the Chief of the Office’s Environmental Protection Unit. Light earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in Politics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an A.B. in Social


Andrea holds a MBA from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil, a diploma in Communications from the University of Paris II, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Andrea returned to school in 2015 for a Master in Design Studies in Risk and Resilience at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In this program, she investigated how large-scale infrastructure projects are reshaping the social and spatial fabrics of the Amazon. Currently, she is responsible for facilitating and cultivating long-term collaboration between the MIT Media Lab Collective Learning Group and corporations, governments, foundations, communities, academia with the goal of democratizing data analysis and promoting informed decisions. Before joining the Media Lab in September 2017, Andrea led the Environment Program of the Roberto Marinho Foundation in Brazil where she created a forest management education platform for the Amazon region, contributed to the development of the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, and managed the Young Scientists Award. She also worked with Conservation International for seven years leading the knowledge management initiative and working with governments and local organizations to create and implement networks of protected areas in the Tropics.


Henry Mochida is the Communications Specialist of Intergroup Relations, Spectrum Center, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (ISM). He guides the development and implementation of strategic communications processes for the three units and beyond. Henry completed his master’s degree and was a Ph.D. student in Urban Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi with a focus on media advocacy and participatory action research methodologies. While there, he worked with the Globalization Research Center, innovating the application of digital storytelling as a social justice tool for communities internationally. Henry brings over a decade of experience advancing multimedia praxis with students, faculty, and staff in-service of marginalized communities. In his spare time, Henry follows news events, publishes articles analyzing the urban condition, enjoys listening to podcasts, and is a photographer and experimental filmmaker.


John Morton is the former White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council. He brings more than twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. Mr. Morton had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, Mr. Morton was the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. At OPIC, Mr. Morton managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, including its 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over 100 countries. Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Morton was Managing Director of Economic Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before Pew, he served as director of National Security Policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign. Previously, Mr. Morton was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, where he oversaw global investments in environmental infrastructure projects. Mr. Morton began his career as a strategy consultant with Mercer and managing World Bank projects in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Morton received an MBA from Wharton an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Harvard.



Sharon Rooney is Chief Planner for the Cape Cod Commission, a regional planning and regulatory agency serving 15 towns in Barnstable County, MA. With professional training in both planning and landscape architecture, her work focuses on improving the function and character of communities, managing growth, and restoring ecological functions in a sensitive coastal environment. Ms. Rooney manages the Planning and Community Development Department that provides direct local planning and design services to Cape communities and is responsible for the five-year update and implementation of the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan, which guides the Commission’s planning activities and regional regulatory review.  She has been actively engaged in land use planning efforts with Joint Base Cape Cod and the surrounding communities for over 15 years. Ms. Rooney holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Regional Analysis/Environmental Design from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently 1st Vice-Chair of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division of the American Planning Association. She is a Registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2007.


Born in Uganda, Sham grew up in various prairie towns in Southern Saskatchewan and now calls Boston his home. He was fascinated with photography and film from an early age and knew that he was destined for a career in one or both of these fields. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a degree in Media Arts and developed a studio practice for seven years. Eager for a new challenge, he moved to Asia for three years. In that time, he managed a ten-person video production unit in Daegu, South Korea and co-founded a non-profit that helped imprisoned photojournalists around the world. Needless to say, travel has been a huge part of his life. You can see more of his photography at



Damian White is a sociologist and political theorist with teaching and research interests in the sociology of design, architecture and adaptive reuse; urban and environmental sociology with a particular interest in urban political ecology; historical and political sociology; critical theory, urban studies and photography. He earned a BA (First Class) in Political Science and American Studies from the University of Keele, an MSc in Political Sociology and Political Theory from Birkbeck College, University of London and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex. White has published four books to date: Bookchin: A Critical Appraisal (Pluto Press, UK/University of Michigan Press USA, 2008), Technonatures: Environments, Technologies, Spaces and Places in the Twenty-First Century (Wilfred Laurier Press, 2009), Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader (AK Press, 2011) and The Environment, Nature and Social Theory: Hybrid Approaches (Palgrave Macmillian, 2015) with Alan Rudy and Brian Gareau. He is presently working on The Future by Design: A History and Sociology of Design Utopianism and Design Futurism, which is under contract with Berg.


Lizzie Yarina is a designer and researcher with the MIT Urban Risk Lab. In 2017, she was a Fulbright New Zealand research fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington, where she examined the spatial implications of Pacific Islander climate change migration. Lizzie holds a dual Masters of Architecture and Masters in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Her research on the relationships among design thinking, territorial politics, and climate risk has been published in JAEArchitecture and CulturePidginThe Plan Journal, and Arch+. She is the winner of the 2017 Jacques Rougerie Competition on Architecture and Sea Level Rise. Lizzie was born and raised on a sheep farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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