Infrastructure and Design / Design, Technology and Urbanism

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Ran Li

Program of Study: Master's of Architectural Studies

Project Title: The Hybrid City

Ran's interests in architecture stems from the nexus between cultural urban context and computational design. Understanding cultural urban context provides insights into local market demands and computational design allows architects to use innovative and efficient building materials to create a more sustainable future. Her interests reflect who she is and what she learned from her multinational working experiences – someone who wants to create a more sustainable future, which can be achieved through performance-driven designs using algorithmic thinking and computation as well as using more efficient building materials, and someone passionate about establishing harmony between human society and the natural environment.


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Natasha Raseta

Program of Study: Master's of Landscape Architecture

Project Title: Vertical Resilience

Natasha Raseta is a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Ottawa. Natasha’s interests lie at the intersection of computational design, geomorphology, and addressing climate resilience through landscape design.




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Rhonda Solomon

Program of Study: PhD in Urban Planning

Project Title: Looking for a Place to Go: Questioning the Lack of Universally Accessible Public Toilets for People with Disabilities in North America

Rhonda is a first-year PhD Urban Planning student. Her research considers accessibility of public toilet spaces in North America through a critical disability studies lens. She will explore how (lack of) provision of public washrooms designed to accommodate the specific toileting needs of people with severe and/or prolonged disabilities intersects with planning practice re inclusive/universal design in the built environment and governmental legislation. The purpose of her research is to counter the critical lack of planning and policy-making with regards to public toilet provision in North American cities, particularly for people with disabilities. Rhonda published “A Comparative Policy Analysis of Public Toilet Provision Initiatives in North American Cities: Recommendations for the Creation of a Public Toilet Strategy in Toronto.”


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Catherine Jimenea

Program of Study: PhD in Geography and Planning

Project Title: Stop Labelling Cities

Catherine Jimenea is currently a 6th year PhD candidate at the department of geography and planning with a research focus on smart cities, specifically, in smart city fundamentals and the validity of cities’ self-proclamations as “smart.” She is interested in global warming and climatic change: she has a Master of Environmental Science from UTSC, has a current collaborative specialization with UofT’s School of Environment’s Environmental Studies, and has taught a global warming course during the summer 2020 term. Catherine is also a LEED AP and is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter.



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Ecem Sungur

Program of Study: Bachelor's of Arts in Architectural Studies

Project Title: FUTUREPROOF: Building Typology of the Future, Analysed from the COVID-19 Lens

Ecem Sungur is an ambitious architecture student and Lester B. Pearson scholar who analyses current issues in urban cities and aims to provide a futuristic lens on the current understanding of architecture. Believing that architecture exists within its context, she aspires to analyse and work on emerging technologies that have the possibility of shaping the future of architecture, specifically adaptive architecture. Internalizing the current issues of cities including crisis management and housing problem, she works on multiple volunteer, mentorship, and leadership projects, involving students. With her future architectural projects, Ecem aims to make a positive impact on society.



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Renee Jagdeo

Program of Study: Bachelor's of Arts in Human Geography and Urban Planning & Development

Project Title: Underground Green Spaces

Studying Human Geography and Urban Planning, Renee has developed a deep interest in how communities can be best served according to their geographies. Her research interests include: behavioural economics, sustainability, circulation and urban geographies. With an appreciation of design and the principles of behavioral economics, Renee seeks to connect these two assets in her work and involvements. Renee is passionate about how sustainability and wellness can be integrated into the developments, projects and ideas she surrounds herself with.