Re:Creating Tuskegee: Building Community with Recreation Graduate Thesis, Auburn University (Fall 2011)

This project aimed at creating a community development plan for the city of Tuskegee which focused on recreation facilities and programming. Worked with city staff and residents to develop a strategic plan that promotes community engagement, partnerships and volunteerism in order to develop an holistic and community-responsive recreation plan.

Research Assistant | Auburn University  (Fall 2010- Spring 2012)

Awarded a research assistant position to explore minority representation in the design profession, as well as designed documents that communicated these statistics. Researched the works of Arch Winter, a local planner who contributed to the Department of Planning at Auburn University. Also researched the history of the Shiloh Rosenwald School, located in Notasulga, Alabama. Organized academic support opportunities.

Experiencing Poetry: Translating Spoken Word Poetry into Space | Undergraduate Thesis, Tuskegee University  (Spring 2010)

This project explored the process by which spoken word poetry can be translated into form in order to produce an poetic spatial experience. My research focused on the history, concepts and rhythm of spoken word poetry. This research was used in the design of a performing and visual arts high school in Jackson, Mississippi.

Social Consciousness: The Relationship between People, Culture and Design | Independent Study, Tuskegee University  (Spring 2010)

With the goal of exploring how to be a “designer for the people,” a phrase coined at a Harvard University Graduate School of Design Inclusion Conference, I arranged for an independent study course to research the sociological aspects of design. The final paper examines two important relationships: between society and space, and between social behavior and space, in order to identify the sociological effects of design and consider design methods that are more “people centered.”