Diana became an urban designer because she is passionate about our built environment’s impact on the quality of life of people from different communities. Diana has lived and worked in New York, Dallas, and Detroit and is now making her way to her new adventures in Houston. Her thesis from the University of Michigan focused on practices of co-production, environmental justice, and feminist theories. She is centering her work around practices of engagement, participation, and resilience within historically underrepresented communities. She is excited to practice as an urban designer with Asakura Robinson, to work within different growing communities and at a critical time in Houston and Texas.
Before joining Asakura Robinson, Diana completed her Master of Urban Design at the University of Michigan while also completing a certification in teaching and research. Diana spent a year as a Yale Environmental Fellow with We the People of Detroit, where she worked on water advocacy by designing and constructing a green stormwater infrastructure project. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and a minor in Architecture History and Theory.
How do you have fun at work?
Typically, when it is time to be productive I like to put on a fun podcast or music to keep in the background while I get stuff done! I also always look forward to a snack break or lunch time for some good food and chats.
What’s your favorite community engagement activity?
I enjoy anything that is hands on, interactive and can get people excited! My favorite type of activities usually involve gaming, whether this be analog or digital!