Pratt Center

October 11, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Graduate Planning Fellows

Pratt Center is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 class of Graduate Planning Fellows. Each academic year, Pratt Center selects a number of Pratt Institute graduate students to work alongside staff members on urban planning and policy projects.The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the “real world” practice of planning and community development.


Silvia Del Fava


Silvia is in her second year in Pratt's Sustainable Environmental Systems graduate program. She is very interested in the challenges that cities are facing due to rapid changes in population and climate, and in developing resiliency strategies for NYC. Before beginning her Pratt Center fellowship, Silvia had spent time at NYCHA, NYCEDC and Karp Strategies.


Lawrence Hasely


Lawrence is pursuing an M.S. in City and Regional Planning, and is interested in the intersection of community stewardship, environmental justice, and sustainability. As Pratt Center's Energy Planning and Policy Fellow, he is developing and designing educational materials to help low- to moderate-income communities reduce their energy burden. Lawrence is an active member of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and previously conducted policy research on renewable energy deployment for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


Saba Jaberolansar


Saba is an architect and graduate student in Pratt's Urban Placemaking and Management program. She is interested in improving quality of life in big cities to better serve people through the design of buildings, places, products and networks. As an architect, Saba has worked on design and construction of mixed-use projects, high-rise developments and a theme park.


Angie Koo


Angie is in her second year in the City and Regional Planning program focusing on climate and disaster resilience. Her undergraduate thesis examined the impacts of nuclear disaster on Japan's energy policy. Angie has most recently worked with the NYC Department of City Planning in Staten Island on issues of waterfront public access and the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board to develop eco-friendly design guidelines.


Larissa Lai


Larissa is in her second year of Pratt's City and Regional Planning Master's program and is interested in the intersection of housing & health, social equity, and circular economies. She has a Masters in Social Work from NYU and previously worked as a a psychotherapist in program evaluation and design at the Institute of Community Living. Larissa also spent time as an associate at the Centre of Urban Design and Mental Health.

Taylor McGinnis


As Pratt Center's GIS Fellow, Taylor assists with ongoing maintenance and management of data for Pratt Center's Neighborhood Data Portal. Taylor has a Certificate in GIS and Design from Pratt's Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI). She also interns for NYC Planning Labs, were she advocates for open data and works to make planning projects more publicly accessible through developing web applications.