Meet the Interns!

During the Summer of 2017, six graduate students from Portland State University’s Master of Urban & Regional Planning program will intern with planning institutions in China. Assignments include  the Shenzhen Institute of Urban Planning and Design (UPDIS) and the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Beijing.

  Taylor Campi – CAUPD, Beijing

Taylor was born and raised in Indiana, where she completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, with a major in Sociology and minors in Spanish and Italian. Her sociology courses inspired her to explore the ways in which the structure of society impacts public outcomes. She enjoys finding efficient and equitable ways to meet the needs of society, and is passionate about social justice.

Before attending Portland State University, Taylor taught elementary school children in Austin, Texas, and middle and high schoolers in Qinhuangdao, China. She was very interested by the rapid growth and development occurring in China and the contrasts between rural and city life. Now pursuing a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning at PSU, Taylor looks forward to expanding her understanding of China’s changing cities, and working together with China Architecture Design Group to develop strategic solutions for the unique challenges facing China’s urban planners.

  Brandon Crawford – UPDIS, Shenzhen

Hailing from Montana, Brandon received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography a t the University of Montana. His degree included an emphasis in Community and Environmental Planning, which ultimately led him down the path toward pursuing his Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University. Brandon is primarily interested in Environmental Planning, focusing on incorporating ecosystem services and green infrastructure into the urban fabric. Moreover, he has become increasingly interested studying place-based solutions to urban problems and how differing cities and countries approach planning processes. The China Internship therefore provides the ideal opportunity for immersion into a fundamentally different urban planning framework. Brandon is eager to blend his professional aspiration of becoming a planner with his passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Ayano Healy – UPDIS, Shenzhen

Ayano Healy is a native Northern Californian and received her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Georgia. With a commitment to public health and studying the social determinants of health, Ayano strives to understand health issues at their root cause. Before moving to Portland, Ayano worked closely with So noma County school systems and community organizations developing innovative youth engagement programming. Her work in the community, in coordination with regional government agencies, helped develop responsive tobacco-control policy change through land use and zoning code regulations. This work, in part, motivated her to pursue a dual degree Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University. Ayano is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from her planning colleagues in China and find opportunities to collaborate on projects that connect with public health.

  Santiago Mendez – CAUPD, Beijing

Santiago is a trained architect and emerging urban planner with 4 years’ experience in design, planning and community development. His multidisciplinary experience encompasses a variety of projects including interior design, construction management, housing, higher education buildings and touristic developments, and includes architectural solutions for projects in Colombia, Panama, Chile, Mexico and the United States.

Santiago is currently pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at Portland State University, along with a Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design. Santiago is currently employed by the City of Portland where he works to preserve the architectural and historic riches of Portland. Additionally, he is active in the local community by advocating for pedestrian-friendly cities, context-sensitive growth and active public spaces.

  Samuel Roberts – UPDIS, Shenzhen

Samuel Roberts was born and raised in the metropolis of the Inland Northwest, Spokane, Washington.  He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University, with an emphasis in Environmental Planning.  Prior to moving to Portland, Samuel worked for the Environmental Programs Office at the City of Spokane, helping create a greenhouse gas inventory for the City and County.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University, finishing in June 2017.  The past two years he has worked for the Port of Portland in their Land Use and Aviation Planning departments, focusing on industrial development, land use compatibility with airports, and resiliency planning.

Samuel is primarily interested in how China is addressing their climate change impacts.  Being the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, the Chinese government has recently been investing billions into their renewable energy sector, as well as other methods to decrease emissions.  How China weighs these efforts with the rapid growth that is occurring in the country is one of the research areas Samuel hopes to pursue.

  Steve Rosen – CAUPD, Beijing 

Steve Rosen is a city planner and a Californian. He studied City and Regional Planning at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He learned all about urban design, rapidograph pens, and pedestrian malls. He has worked at the planning departments of San Mateo County, Sacramento County, and San Jose in current and long-range planning. He is at Portland State University studying how repair the damage done to the American city in the second half of the 20th Century and how transportation investments drive land use and the urban form. He will spend the summer in China learning how the built environment is planned, initiated, reviewed, and distributed in the Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.

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