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Welcoming New Faculty and Staff

January 13, 2022

The College of Architecture and Planning is delighted to announce the addition of 6 outstanding new faculty members to the college this year, along with 4 promotions, 2 new positions, and 1 new staff member.


Headshot of Dr. Sarah Hearne

Dr. Sarah Hearne is joining the Department of Architecture as an Assistant Professor this Fall. Professor Hearne is an architect, educator, and curator based in Los Angeles. She earned both a PhD in Architectural History and Master of Architecture II from the University of California Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney, and has taught at California Polytechnic State University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Technology Sydney. She has practiced architecture at PTW in Australia and Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Copenhagen and Paris. Dr. Hearne’s research focuses on questions of architectural working procedures including media, design instruments, and the professional structures around authorship. She has extensive experience in exhibit curation, and has been invited to speak and review at schools including SCI-Arc, Princeton University, Taubman School at the University of Michigan, University of Technology Sydney, and the AA. Her work has been supported by the Elain Krown Klien Foundation, Graham Foundation, the UCLA Graduate Division, and the Center for Contemporary Design Research (CCDR) at the University of Technology Sydney.

Headshot of Assia Crawford

Assia Crawford will be joining the Department of Architecture as an Assistant Professor in January 2022.  Professor Crawford is currently completing her PhD in Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. She earned a BSc in Architectural Studies from Cardiff University, a RIBA Part 1 Certificate from the University College London, and an M.Arch and RIBA Part 3 from Newcastle University, and is an ARB registered architect in the UK.  Professor Crawford is an expert in the development of biological material alternatives and their integration into the urban realm. During her time at Newcastle University, she has been a contributing member of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), an £8 million project for the development of living technology in architecture.  In addition to her research, she is also the Architect for the HBBE and a Resident Artist at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research.

Headshot of Sarah Aziz

Sarah Aziz is joining the Department of Architecture as the first JEDI Visiting Assistant Professor at CAP this Fall. Professor Aziz was most recently the Fitzhugh Scott Innovation in Design Fellow at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her work explores ways of circumventing existing, ineffective modes of information distribution and cultural production through fringe research and the creation of temporary discursive spaces, and includes her directorship of MOOCH Series, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and exhibitions in Tokyo, London, and Chicago. Prior to UWM, Professor Aziz served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of East Lubbock Art House (ELAH), an organization that supports underrepresented artists and communities. Professor Aziz holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Liverpool John Moores University and a Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Headshot of Mira Woodson

Mira Woodson will be assuming two new roles within the Department of Architecture: Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track and Associate Chair.  Professor Woodson holds an MFA in Experimental Art + Technology with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Textile Narratives from Fairhaven College in Western Washington University. She was a 2015 SITE Scholar and presented artwork in the third annual ArtsUnexpected and Currents New Media New Mexico 2016 exhibitions. She was co-creator of Westbund West, a design collective that operated a fabrication workspace, gallery, and storefront.  Professor Woodson has taught both the undergraduate and graduate Studio I and the Professional Practice courses at CU Denver as well as visualization and communication at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning and UNM College of Art and Art History.

Headshot of Rick Peterson

Rick Petersen, FAIA, is assuming the newly created John B. Rogers Professor in Practice position for the 2021-22 Academic Year.  This position is underwritten by the John B. Rogers Endowment for the Advancement of the Practice of Architecture, generously established by former RNL (now Stantec) principals Rich von Luhrte and Joshua Gould in honor of their late colleague John Rogers.

Urban & Regional Planning

Headshot of Dr. Priyanka deSouza

Dr. Priyanka deSouza is joining the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as Assistant Professor this Fall. Professor deSouza completed her PhD (May 2021) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to pursuing the PhD in Urban Planning, she obtained a Bachelor and Master of Technology in Energy Engineering (with a minor in Physics) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, as well as an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and an MBA from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.  As a Presidential Scholar, Professor deSouza applies Smart City technologies to study air pollution and its effects on health, the environment, and cities. Her research focuses on new methods to develop granular maps of air pollution in areas with limited access to regulatory monitors as well as the environmental justice implications of social disparities. 

Headshot of Dr. Carrie Makarewicz

Dr. Carrie Makarewicz, Associate Professor, will be assuming the position of Chair of the Urban & Regional Planning Department beginning January 2022. Please join me in congratulating Carrie and in thanking Dr. Austin Troy for his outstanding work as Chair for six years. Professor Troy will continue to serve as Director of the CU Denver Presidential Initiative for Urban and Place-Based Research.

Headshot of Samantha Suter

Samantha Suter has been promoted to Assistant Professor Clinical Track in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning this Fall.  Samantha is the owner of Metta Urban Design, specializing in implementation-ready, community-oriented planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Previously, Samantha worked as an urban designer for MIG and Denver’s Community Planning and Development department. Samantha holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from CU Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Samantha is teaching Visualization for Planning, providing instruction in Trimble SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Headshot of Eugene Howard

Eugene Howard has been promoted to Assistant Professor Clinical Track in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning this Fall.  Eugene serves as a Senior City Planner for the City and County of Denver. As a member of the Neighborhood Planning Team, Eugene manages the development of area plans for the city’s Neighborhood Planning Initiative.  He is also a certified planner with the American Planning Association. Eugene holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from CU Denver, and a Bachelor in Telecommunications and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Landscape Architecture

Headshot of Dr. Louise Bordelon

Dr. Louise Bordelon has been promoted to Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department this Fall.  Professor Bordelon has undergraduate degrees in Architecture from the University of Cape Town and in Landscape Architecture from University of Pretoria, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University (where she studied under a Fulbright Scholarship), a PhD in Geography and Anthropology, also from LSU, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Geography at Stellenbosch University.

Headshot of Nancy Locke

Nancy Locke has been teaching as a Lecturer since 2015 and will be assuming a new role as a Visiting Assistant Professor within the Department of Landscape Architecture for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. Nancy is an urban designer and landscape architect with 29 years of experience creating culturally, economically and ecologically resilient places. Her focus is on shaping a viable and dynamic public realm for a broad range of project types, including urban mixed-use developments, hospitality, master planned communities, civic institutions, and parks and open space. Nancy believes places of enduring value are a result of an integrated approach to design and planning, where infrastructure, architecture, and landscape are seamlessly brought together to create a public realm that is community-focused and human-scaled.  Currently, she leads the urban design and landscape architecture studio at Stantec in the Denver office.  Professor Locke holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature from Middlebury College and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.

Interior Design

Headshot of Susan Melsop

Susan Melsop is joining the College of Architecture and Planning as a Visiting Associate Professor during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 to oversee the launch of a new Interior Design Program in CAP.  Professor Melsop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University.  Her areas of expertise include Interior Design, Sustainable Building Practices, Human-Centered Design, Technology and the Environment, and Design Build.  She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor in Architecture from The Ohio State University, and has taught design studios and graduate seminars at OSU’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Professor Melsop is the creator of Design Matters, a course that brings students together with community youth to co-design and build small scale structures, furniture, and landscape elements.

Classical Studies

Headshot of Steve Turner

Steve Turner is the new Director of the Classical Studies Program, beginning Fall 2021.  He will continue to serve as Director of the Historic Preservation Program. Please join me in congratulating Steve on assuming this new role and in thanking Mike Nulty for his outstanding leadership of the program over the last year

Fab Lab

Headshot of Nick Stawinski

Nick Stawinski began his role as Design Fabrication Labs Professional on August 16, 2021.  Nick comes to CAP from the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Architecture and Design where he was the Fab Lab Woodshop Supervisor.  Nick is an artist, furniture designer, and fourth-generation upholsterer!  He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, and Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee.  Nick has taught courses and workshops at the College for Creative Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts, Tennessee Tech University, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and most recently University of Tennessee.  Nick earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.