Ucha Abbah is an Urban Ecological Planner based in Austin who is very passionate about how planning and design can serve communities in responding to sociopolitical and ecological stressors. At Asakura Robinson, Ucha focuses on the ways in which built and natural environments can form symbiotic relationships. She works across the planning and design studios on diverse projects related to green infrastructure, ecological restoration, environmental justice, community and small area planning, community and ecological resilience, and landscape ecology.
She is a member of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter and part of the Sustainable Communities Division. She is also on the Natural Systems Advisory Group for Austin’s Community Climate Plan. Recently she was profiled as an active alumni for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Ucha is from Dallas, Texas and completed her Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning with a concentration in Sustainable Community Design at the University of Virginia. Her Master’s Thesis at UVA focuses on how global power dynamics influence disaster response in the Global South and identifying leverage points for mitigating disasters and promoting resilience.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
Housing and resilience planning with coastal communities near Lagos
What’s your creative tool of choice?
My creative tool of choice is probably Pinterest
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
Absorb energy from natural disasters and transmute it for good