For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Dr. Douglas A. Williams is a past Fulbright scholar in Africa and National Park Service – DSC landscape architect. He studied abroad in the Caribbean and Europe, while completing his B.S. in horticulture at the University of Illinois (UIUC). In addition, he studied abroad in Japan, before finishing his M.L.A. at Cornell University. He earned a Ph.D. in landscape architecture from UIUC, where he was also a postdoctoral research associate in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Recently, Williams joined the distinguished list of Harvard University, Dumbarton Oak research awardees and lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nermin is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Geography at the University of California, Davis. Nermin holds a Bachelor of Architecture and an MSc. in Sustainable Development and Urban Policy from the American University in Cairo. Nermin’s work examines the quest for urban sustainability with a particular interest in monitoring and evaluation. Nermin uses systems thinking to navigate conflicts in design expectations and use values between different actors. Nermin’s work is enhanced with Six years’ experience working for research and development institutions in Cairo and California including the Energy and Efficiency Institute and the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment.
Lauren A. McQuistion is a PhD student in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her work focuses on art museums and their constituent spatiality as sites for the formation of the “contemporary”. Her research engages the inherent tensions between the various entities and institutions which define “the contemporary”, the spaces which frame these processes, and how the resulting periodization of contemporary artistic production plays a role in our historical understanding of the world. She received her bachelor’s of science in architecture at the University of Virginia and her master’s of architecture at the University of California Berkeley.
Shadab Shishegar is a professional engineer, Ph.D. graduate, and former research scholar at the University of Hawaii. Her research focuses on Smart Water Systems, Real-time Control, Optimization Algorithms, Smart Cities, and Artificial Intelligence. She is conducting research on Real-time control of urban stormwater infrastructures in her doctorate which is dedicated to developing intelligent algorithms for adaptive and sustainable management of urban runoff in presence of climate change. She received her M.Sc. in Knowledge integration in mechanical production from ENSAM- ParisTech in France where she designed a relief logistics framework for reliable transportation of injured people affected by natural disasters. She was honored in 2014 as an Exceptional Talent at the undergraduate level and received several funds and awards from FRQNT-Nature and technology, Mitacs-Accelerate, Mitacs-Globalink, and Venice International University during her academic career.
Maryam Kouhirostami is a Ph.D. student in construction management with architectural background. She is working as a Research Assistant at the Powell Center for Construction and Environment, University of Florida. Maryam is involved in a research project that utilize sustainable construction to promote affordable and efficient housing for people and create a cleaner environment, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Maryam has six years of experience in teaching as an instructor and teacher assistant. She also has experience in working on healthcare projects during her internships practice with HDR Inc. and Perkins&Will. Her interests include high- performance buildings, waste management, prefabricated construction, and overall sustainable construction.
Matt Kleinmann is a doctoral student in architecture at the University of Kansas where he leverages community-based participatory research to empower communities and reduce health disparities in the built environment. Matt is a co-founder of Dotte Agency, a University of Kansas community design collaborative, and currently serves as co-director. Dotte Agency received the 2017 Architectural Education Award for Collaborative Practice by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the 2019 PublicScholarship Award from the International Association of Research on Service-Learning andCommunity Engagement. His current research is through Children’s Mercy Hospital where he is exploring participatory design and shared governance with a community-led mobile grocery store.
Loren is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. They received their Masters of Environmental Studies, with a focus in Critical Urban Theory and Planning, from York University. Their research interests include affect, queer geographies, more-than-human geographies, urban politics and planning, and urban theory. Loren's work brings together a combination of qualitative methods to examine encounters with more-than-human spaces during processes of urban redevelopment and gentrification. They are interested in the generative possibilities of research, in experimenting with representational possibilities and forms of engagement, and in using creative methods that can take academic work beyond the university and beyond its typical written forms.
Ashton Schottler is a Ph.D candidate in Human Geography at the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany. Ashton is originally from the United States, her academic and professional history is in architecture influences her interest is understanding the geographic consequences of low income housing development in American cities. Specifically, her dissertation investigates the political economies of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2021 Constructed Environment Conference will be Ashton's third time in attendance, and second opportunity to present her work.
Fatema Jahan Sharna is a Judge from Bangladesh. She is currently working as the Senior Assistant Secretary (Joint District and Sessions Judge) at the Law Commission, Bangladesh. As a Researcher of the Commission, in the last six years, she has drafted several law reports for the Government. She has completed her LL.B (Hons), LL.M. MSS in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and MPhil in Environmental Law from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently she has completed her Research Masters on Climate Change adaptation, gender equity and Environmental Law from the Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Australia as an Australia Awards Scholarship Awardee.
I gained unparalleled knowledge from the presentations from other participants while also gaining confidence and encouragement."
The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity."