Executive Board 2019-2020
Meet the Fall 2019 Design Connect Executive Board:
Naomi Crimm is a second-year masters student in Regional Planning. She has been involved in Design Connect in many capacities since her start at Cornell. She has served as secretary and treasurer of the board, and worked on projects in Clyde, Amsterdam, and Brighton, NY. This semester she is chair of the board.
While in her final semester in the Master’s in Regional Planning program, Hailey is serving as a Project Manager for the Camp Columbus Restoration Development Plan. She is passionate about creating spaces that break barriers to provide inclusive change for all and that is exactly what she hopes for in this project. Hailey has previously served on the Candor Community Park Master Plan in the Fall of 2018 and continues to be inspired by sustainable urban design as well as community collaborations.
Grace is a fourth year Bachelor of Architecture student with a concentration in Architectural Science and Technology. She was a team member of the Elmira Ernie Davis Park Redesign Project in Spring 2017, and this semester she is managing the Chenango County Historical Society Campus Master Plan Project.
Hannah Wilson is a first-year graduate student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. After graduating from Washington and Lee University, she worked in international program management with organizations in Asia and Africa. Her interests include women’s economic empowerment, historic preservation, creative placemaking, and environmental adaptation. Hannah’s current role within Design Connect is the project manager for the Owego North Avenue Art Park project.
Tiolora is a first year masters student in Regional Planning. She is from Jakarta, Indonesia, then graduated from University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Her interests are in water, waste, and transport infrastructure, as well as open space and economic development. She is currently serving as a Project Manager for the Front Street Revitalization, for the town of Vestal.
Jose Zambrano is a first year graduate student in the City and Regional Planning Department majoring in regional/city planning with a concentration in real estate. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Business-Economics and minors in Computer Applications and Geographic Information Systems. His research interests include urban real estate development and transportation. During his free time he enjoys working out, cooking, and learning about entrepreneurship in real estate and hospitality.
Samuel Liang is a junior majoring in Landscape Architecture with minors in business and urban planning. He was previously a member of the Binghamton Rockbottom Dam project team and is now assisting the Design Connect board as the secretary.
Kiki Shinsato is a sophomore majoring in Landscape Architecture with a minor in climate change. She has previously served on the project for the Food Desert Master Plan in Amsterdam, NY and is currently on the Chenango County Historical Society Campus Master Plan team this semester. She is passionate about sustainable design and community engagement.
Josh Rotbert is a second-year graduate student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Coming from a background working in both the municipal and not-for-profit planning environments, his interests are focused on the use of geospatial analysis software for implementation within a variety of analysis, research, and policy contexts–particularly those related to the land use planning and environmental management issues that surround impending climate change. Josh’s current role within Design Connect is as a workshop coordinator, leading software instruction sessions in order to help design connect members better utilize essential geospatial analysis and graphic design tools in support of exceeding project goals.
Lela is finishing her undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Studies, an education which she feels Design Connect has been an integral part of. The interdisciplinary club and its focus on experiential learning has allowed Lela to explore and develop an interest in landscape architecture, a field she intends to pursue going forward. Her final semester at Cornell she hopes to share her experiences as project manager in an effort to reinforce meaningful community engagement practices. Her roles in previous semesters include general body team member, community outreach coordinator, treasurer, board member and two semesters as project manager. Through these experiences Lela has come to the understanding that design is dependent upon process, it’s ability not only to satisfy the form and function of ecological, aesthetic and social needs, but also its ability to navigate a complex and often political range of urban and or rural issues. She often finds the most demanding instances of creativity arise in the patience and ability to synthesize the design process; and a curiosity and attentiveness for this process creates more meaningful experiences for all involved, consequently rendering designs which are both sensitive and lasting.