Areas of Focus:
Built Environment Resilience + Climate Change Adaptation
Sustainability (Built Environment Resilience)
In relation to the UN’s perspective on “sustainability,” (sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”), I’ve been focused on sustainability in terms of conducting research that assists communities to become more resilient to climate change impacts (flooding, heat, etc.), and to develop strategies that support thriving amidst long-term change.
Andrea is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture. She is also a research affiliate with the UF Shimberg Center for Housing Studies and Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER).
Andrea’s passion is to advance climate resilient design and planning in teaching and research. She teaches foundational coursework and interdisciplinary design studios with a concentration on issues of climate change, equity, and other critical topics.
Andrea’s research explores the nexus between climate change and affordable housing. Her research has been supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program (NASEM GRP), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Sea Grant (FSG), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), and others.
Previously, Andrea worked in Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to develop the state’s 50 year/$50 billion Coastal Master Plan to protect and restore the coast in the context of a changing climate. She also taught at Louisiana State University (LSU) focusing on research-based design of landscape infrastructure along the Louisiana coast.
Andrea has a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She has transdisciplinary Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Ph.) degree in “Human Ecology” from Penn State University. She currently lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband, two children, a dog, two cats, and a revolving flock of suburban chickens.