I am a cartographer, designer, and educator.

My research explores the intersection of urban spaces, social structures, and environmental systems.

I am currently a Senior Map Designer at Mapbox and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. My prior experience includes the NYC Department of City Planning, Apple, and Lincoln Center.

I received my Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University in 2020, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.

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  Apple Maps  
  Climate Migration Map  
  Destructive Interventions  
  Eternal City / Evolving Metropolis  
  Criss-Cross City  


Senior Map Designer
Jun 2024 - Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Columbia University
Sep 2023 - Present

Product Manager
NYC Department of City Planning
Jan 2022 - Jun 2024

Cartographer / Data Analyst
Oct 2020 - Oct 2021

Design Manager
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 2019 - Mar 2020


Master of Architecture
Columbia University
New York City, NY
May 2020

Master of Science in Urban Planning
Columbia University
New York City, NY
May 2020

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
May 2014

Fellowship: Civic Leadership Program
AIA New York | Center for Architecture
Jun 2022 - Dec 2022


Incubator Prize ($10,000)
Columbia University
Oct 2020

Visualization Prize ($1,000)Columbia University
May 2020

Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize ($2,500)Columbia University
May 2020

John Belle Travel Fellowship ($10,000)Beyer Blinder Belle
Mar 2019

Fulbright Scholarship ($18,000)J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
May 2015

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