Helen is a Master’s student in City Planning at the Pratt Institute. She grew up in Far West Texas and moved to the East Coast to study cities. She currently lives in New York City with her dog, Elmer.
As a student of cities and child of the desert, I have lived and traveled everywhere from Far West Texas to Scandinavia. I write about planning, design, and travel. My background is in urban studies, so I’m a fool for great maps, but tend to focus on the soft details in between.
My interdisciplinary academic background and experience working with nonprofits help me approach urban issues with a critical, equity-driven lens. I have conducted spatial and qualitative research on housing policy, affordability, and cooperative living. My current work focuses on how housing policy and social infrastructure can help communities adapt to a changing climate.
“The Co-op Provides: Resident Perceptions of Affordability and Community in Austin, Texas” – Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA (Fall 2019)