Rachel is assistant professor of urban design and teaches studio, methods, visual representation and analysis, and select history/theory topics. Her research interests include community sustainable design and development; urban design and planning history and theory with an emphasis on social and environmental factors; and qualitative and quantitative research methods for evaluating urban form and function, including challenges of cross-cultural research. Her current research is focused on the use and politics of public space in city remaking projects as well as on health and mobility as it relates to neighborhood scale urban design. Her work can be found in journals such as Topos, Journal of Planning Theory, Journal of Urban Design, in edited volumes such as Representing Landscapes and Right to the City in the Global South, and in her forthcoming books Learning from Bogotá: Pedagogical Urbanism and the Reshaping of Public Space (U Texas Press, 1/17/2017) and Bicycle Urbanism: Reimagining Bicycle Friendly Cities, an edited volume due out from Routledge in late 2017. She has worked with groups that support community and public space development, including Urban Ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Verde Coalition in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in many municipalities and at the Oakland Museum of California.
Rachel holds a BLA from the University of Washington as well as an MCP and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.