To view Robin's paper, Greenfield Subdivision Case Study--Lemont, IL , click here. The paper was prepared for the required specialization course UPP 558, Spatial Planning I: Theoretical Foundations.
What is your academic and work background? What did you do before enrolling in the MUPP program at UIC?
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and spent time practicing fine art and jewelry design before deciding to return to school.
What attracted you to planning and made you decide you
wanted to be a planner?
I became interested in urban form during travels to Germany and Italy to study art. The experience of urban places abroad, especially urban environments that were in great contrast to the southern U.S. where I grew up, planted the seed that eventually led me to pursue a degree in planning.
Why did you want to study planning at UIC?
I love living in Chicago. It’s a great place to study planning. If you need a planning topic for a class or project, you don’t have to look far for subject matter.
What are some of the highlights of your time as a student--classes, projects, internships, volunteer involvement?
My internship with the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter has been a standout experience. I’ve gained valuable insight into the world of sustainable development and green building. I’ve also met wonderful people that are passionate about building better spaces and places.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
If someone had told me five years ago that I would be enthusiastic about things such as stormwater management and parking I would have laughed. I hope that where I find myself five years from now is equally surprising.