I am currently a PhD student in Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Research Assistant at the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC).   My overarching interests are social / environmental sustainability and international comparative urban studies.  I enjoying observing, reflecting and writing about how humans interact with the built environment.  I hope my work will to contribute significant "food for thought" that will lead to enhancement of the physical environment (and planning processes), while simultaneously improving residential quality of life.