Kelsea Dombrovski, PhD Candidate, received her BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College and her MS in Community Development from University of California, Davis. Prior to completing her Master’s degree she worked for the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and as a program manager for arts and social service nonprofits in St. Paul, MN. Kelsea’s academic interests include human-environment relationships and the benefits of urban greenspaces, and she hopes to explore these topics in the context of changing Midwestern cities.
Yuanqiu Feng, PhD Candidate, received her concurrent BA Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015. Prior to entering the PhD program at SNRE, she was an instructor in the MLA program in NUS, where she assisted in teaching design studio and urban ecology courses. She is broadly interested in issues surrounding urban green space, and ecological design approaches for tropical cities. Yuanqiu's studies are supported by the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship.
Rachel C. Boswell, Dual Masters Candidate Landscape Architecture and Urban planning, received her BFA with a focus on industrial design and public art from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and studied product design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. To merge this background in design with her interests in cultural sustainability and community development she worked in programming for the Center for Educational Outreach at the University of Michigan and served as a Health Extension Agent for the Peace Corps in rural Tanzania. Rachel is interested in community participation, environmental psychology, and global and comparative issues in the planning and design of healthy, vibrant, socially just communities.
Alex de Sosa Kinzer, Masters Candidate Landscape Architecture, is an MLA candidate from Sugar Land, Texas. Alex received her B.S. in Environmental Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Alex spent two years in Kenya working for a conservation organization focused on community-based conservation efforts. She also has experience as an agricultural consultant working on projects related to her hidden passion—insects! Alex is interested in habitat restoration in East Africa, where she hopes to bring the needs of communities and ecosystems together through sustainable design.
Sanaz Chamanara, Masters Candidate Landscape Architecture, is an MLA candidate at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). She received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. She worked on the subjects of green infrastructure, urban agriculture, multi-functional landscapes and sustainable landscape design during her time at Shahid Behest University. She is the recipient of the 2016 LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli from the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). She is interested in capabilities of regional infrastructure, Green Infrastructure and making Architecture as part of natural and ecological processes.
Lanfei Liu, Masters Candidate Landscape Architecture, received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the Beijing Forestry University with a focus on Chinese Classical Garden History and Eight Sight of Old Beijing. Before entering the MLA program at the University of Michigan, Lanfei worked for AECOM's Beijing office on design development and construction documents for residential and commercial landscape projects. With broad interest in interdisciplinary study, she is enthusiastic about applying statistical methods, programming, and business insights to the process of landscape design and planning. Now a Dow Sustainability Fellow with the Graham Institute, she is working with an interdisciplinary team and Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economy to propose communication strategies to increase the availability of affordable housing in local neighborhoods.
Dhara Mittal, Masters Candidate Landscape Architecture, is a an MLA candidate at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). She received her Bachelor's in Architecture at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat, India. To pursue her interest in alternative building practices and vernacular landscape, she worked as an Architect for Tapasya Design Studio at Auroville. She followed her passion for the natural vignettes in her city through her work with saa synergies an ecological design firm in her city. Dhara is interested in the interactions between landscapes and culture. Upon graduation she intends to work on other natural systems related projects in India. Her imediate interest is to work on the national river interlinking project. Through her work she intends to bridge the gap between community involvement and decision making related to natural systems.