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 Brooklyn with her dog, Elmer.

About Me

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 love a good map, 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 public spaces help communities become more resilient and climate adaptive.


“The Co-op Provides: Resident Perceptions of Affordability and Community in Austin, Texas”Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA (Fall 2019)

Research Intern HousingWorks Austin (June 2019 – August 2019)

Housing Policy Intern Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (January 2018 – May 2018)

Research Assistant Johns Hopkins University (June 2018 – August 2018)