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.
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.