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   Photo by Trần Hoàng An, 2018


Photo by Trần Hoàng An, 2018

If you've ever heard of William H. Whyte, you know what I do on a daily basis. 

"Holly" Whyte was, in many ways, an anthropologist by proxy. He observed how people used the public spaces of New York City and came to some impactful conclusions on behavior in our urban environments.

Through direct observations of how people move through space, interact with the built environment, and socialize with each other (physically and now digitally), it was possible to improve urban planning and policy to create cities for people. And it still is.

I strive to continue this work wherever I go, constantly observing my surroundings in order to better understand human behavior in cities. When we think of these places as our habitats as a species the city takes on a new meaning.

Through anthropology, evidence-based design, and user experience research, we can work together to create better cities for all people. 




By applying anthropological methods of direct observation (video and/or in-person), and participant observation, I can formulate the "story" of the place in question. Whether in advance of a project or after a project is completed, this pre/post analysis provides insight into the
successes - and opportunities for improvement - in a public space. 

Bicycle urbanism

active transportation

Building a "city by bike" is one of the healthiest and sustainable things we can do in the 21st century. Providing safe, protected opportunities for people to get around - however that may be - is only beneficial for everyone. Analyzing your city's cycling trends, including anthropological behavioral analysis of current bicycle ridership, sets you up for cycling success.  

human-centered Cities

Advocacy, education, outreach

Whether panels, guest lectures, or workshop facilitation, spreading the word about good urban design is something I feel very strongly about. This kind of culture change can be directed at students, a conference hall, or the general public. Subjects I've talked about include smart cities, urban history, urban observation techniques, and complete streets.