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Linda Samuels

Title: Project Director, Sustainable City Project, University of Arizona
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference

Linda Samuels is the Project Director of the Sustainable City Project for the University of Arizona. Samuels received her doctorate in 2012 in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on infrastructure as public space as well as the barriers architecturally-inspired infrastructure reinvention projects face on the path to implementation. She taught in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC), Woodbury University, and in the Integrated Learning Department at Otis College of Art and Design. Prior to her time in Los Angeles, Samuels was an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). At UNCC, she co-taught the graduate thesis program and started two curricular initiatives: The Mobile Studio and Architecture as Activism. Her recent publications include “Stitches and Insertions” in Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman’s Fast-Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture’s Engagement with the City (2011), “Infrastructural Optimism” (2009) and “Working Public Architecture” (2010) both published in Places journal. Her work has been widely supported including grants from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, UCLA, the Graham Foundation, ACSA and the LEF Foundation.

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