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R2G Faculty and Students


R2G’s leadership includes people experienced in engaged education, pedagogy and scholarship as well as in community development, sustainabilty, placemaking, participatory design and planning, social sciences, food systems and more. For the past decade, R2G's 'founders'–Professors Paula Horrigan and Shorna Allred–have taken the lead in guiding its evolution and development both here at Cornell and in Utica and Binghamton.

Shorna Allred is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources whose teaching and research focuses on how human factors and natural sciences impact resource management and conservation and how human behavior can adjust and develop, through open and informed exchange of ideas, to benefit and improve resource conservation and management. Since 2014, she has been spearheading the R2G Binghamton partnership and leading the Living with Water Initiative which focuses on how local decisions and actions can better address the community's  timely and critical priorities related to flood vulnerability and resiliency. With Binghamton partners, and joined by students –serving as R2G Civic Fellows– she has been undertaking a series of interrelated Living with Water projects using community-based research methods.  Dr. Allred also teaches courses and workshops supporting R2G.  She also leads the Global Citizenship and Sustainability service-learning program and in addition to her work in Southeast Asia in Malaysian Borneo, investigates flood resilience in Bangkok, Thailand.

Paula Horrigan is an Emerita Professor of Landscape Architecture working to advance democratic placemaking and the public purposes of the arts, design and higher education through community-engaged education and scholarship. Since 2010, she’s spearheaded the R2G Utica partnership and mentored nearly 200 students who’ve worked with her and Utica partners on community placemaking projects. For 6 years, the R2G Capstone Studio she designed specifically to support R2G, enabled Cornell students to learn and practice democratic design and placemaking while working directly with Utican’s on locally prioritized projects. On campus she served as R2G NY’s Director from 2010-2017,  initiated its move to CaRDI, and helped launch R2G Binghamton in 2014. She is a Registered Landscape Architect, a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and coeditor of Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries (2011) and Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning (2014).

Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman is a Senior Extension Associate with CaRDI who, since 2017, has been serving as the R2G Binghamton partnership's Project Coordinator working on Living with Water and overseeing R2G interns and Civic Fellows working in Binghamton. She is also currently playing a key coordinating role in the R2G Collaborative Evaluation Project. Her work focuses on community and economic development and sustainable communities, including community capacity building, youth retention and attraction and agriculture and food systems.  After co-founding and coordinating the CALS NYS Internship Program, she co-launched Cornell's Community Food Systems Minor and now facilitates student engaged learning through the minor's 10-week summer practicum, providing Cornell students with opportunities to strengthen their civic engagement skills while making meaningful community contributions.  

R2G Faculty and Students  

R2G faculty and student researchers bring expertise in sustainable community development, landscape architecture, design, planning, energy systems, arts, education and in approaches that encourage community-university reciprocity, relationship-­building and equitable knowledge exchanges. Since 2010, they have been collaboratively engaged in projects with partners in the two cities which have been R2G's main focus–Utica and Binghamton NY. 

Cornell Faculty (active*)

  • Shorna Allred*, Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Global Development
  • Robin Blakely-Armitage*, Senior Extension Associate, Community and Regional Development Institute, Global Development
  • Al George, 2014- 2018 Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Monica Hargraves*, Cornell Office on Research Evaluation
  • Claire Hebbard*, Cornell Office on Research Evaluation
  • Paula Horrigan*, Emerita Professor Landscape Architecture and Global Development
  • Rod Howe, 2013-2016 Past Director of Community and Regional Development Institute, Development Sociology
  • David Kay*, Senior Extension Associate, Community and Regional Development Institute, Global Development
  • Richard Keily*, Cornell Office on Engagement Initiatives
  • Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman*, Senior Extension Associate, Community & Regional Development Institute, Global Development
  • Scott Peters*, Professor, Development Sociology
  • Annalisa Raymer*, Director of Cornell Learning and Service Partnership, Lecturer, Global Development
  • Deni Ruggeri, 2010-2011,  Landscape Architecture
  • Norm Scott, 2014-2018  Emeritus Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Jeff Tester, 2014-2018, Director, Cornell Energy Institute and Professor, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Jamie Vanucchi, 2010-2013, Landscape Architecture  
  • Mildred Warner, 2012-2016, Professor City & Regional Planning
  • Nancy Wells, 2012-2013  Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis

R2G Civic Fellows 2010-present

R2G Civic Fellows are both grad and undergrad student researchers working during the semester, summer, or on thesis alongside faculty researchers and community partners, on short and long term projects unfolding in Utica and Binghamton.   R2G Civic Fellows have worked on flood resiliency, park and streetscape design and restoration, communications, green infrastructure, ecological educational curricula, microfinance, food systems, urban wildlife and habitat, refugee issues, sustainable school gardens and sites and neighborhood and community development.

R2G Binghamton Civic Fellows

  • Jacob Kuhn, Landscape Architecture, BS
  • Lily Moran, Environmental Sustainability and Science, BS
  • Sam Morrison, Performing and Media Arts, BA
  • Dana Schmidt, Environmental and Sustainability Science, BS
  • Sophia Clark, Urban and Regional Studies, BS
  • Luna Oiwa, Civil and Environmental Engineering, BE
  • Quan Yuan, Environmental Science and Sustainability, BS
  • Allie Zambito, Policy Analysis and Management, BS
  • Amanda Curtis, Development Sociology and Environmental Sustainability and Science, BS
  • Nadine Fuller, Science of Earth Systems, BA
  • Kevin Reigner, Environmental and Sustainability Science, BS (2020); Systems Engineering, MEng.
  • Yuncheng Wang, Urban and Regional Planning, BS

R2G Utica Civic Fellows   

  • Abby Grimshaw, Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute BA
  • Aidan Chambliss, Landscape Architecture BS        
  • Aleksandar Jovanovic, Visiting Arch PhD, Austria
  • Amy Mclean, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Andrea Aguirre, Engineering PhD
  • Angela Moreno, Long, City & Regional Planning BS
  • Ben Hedstrom, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Ben Helmes, Landscape Architecture MLA, City & Regional Planning MCRP       
  • Ben Krenzer, Landscape Architecture BS
  • Bryan Denig, Landscape Architecture BS        
  • Carolyn Entelisano, Atmospheric Sciences BS      
  • Christina Twomey, Landscape Architecture MLA
  • Cristina Mejia Cancelado, Visiting Fellow from Brazil BA
  • Daniel Bursuck, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • David Torrey de Frescheville, Landscape Architecture MLA
  • Eammon Coughlin, Landscape Architecture MLA
  • Emily Bauer, Landscape Architecture MLA                     
  • Emina Memisevic, Hamilton College BA     
  • Erik Jones, Landscape Architecture MLA                  
  • Gwendolyn Ellman, Landscape Architecture MLA                     
  • Hanzi Yang, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Heather Blaikie, Landscape Architecture MPS               
  • Isa Fernandez, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Jenna DiMare, Landscape Architecture MLA               
  • Juan  Castellanos, City & Regional Planning BS and Landscape Architecture BS
  • Julie Johnstone, MLA & MCRP  
  • Kevin Alexander, Hamilton College BA
  • Kong Chuijing, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Kristin Claus, Landscape Architecture MLA                         
  • Laura Durgerian, Landscape Architecture BS
  • Lin Xue, Landscape Architecture MLA                             
  • Liz Kushner, Landscape Architecture MLA   
  • Machaela Buckley, Utica College BA
  • Matt Gonser, Landscape Architecture MLA        
  • Mindy Appold, Landscape Architecture MLA  
  • Nicholas Farino: Engineering BS   
  • Nicolas Azel, Landscape Architecture MLA
  • Nicole Deister, Landscape Architecture MLA     
  • Pradeep Prathibha: Chemical Engineering BS
  • Rachel Yunyann Liu, City & Regional Planning BA
  • Rania Mirabueno, Landscape Architecture MLA                   
  • Rochelle Brahalla, Landscape Architecture BS  
  • Rudolph Uhlemann, Landscape Architecture BS        
  • Ruslan Filipau, Landscape Architecture MLA, City & Regional Planning MCRP       
  • Ryan M Shedd, City & Regional Planning BS       
  • Sarah Hermes, Landscape Architecture BS       
  • Shanshan Cao,Visiting PhD from China
  • Shirley Qian, CALS, BS                   
  • Sidney Beaty, City & Regional Planning BS
  • Sivan Sud, Systems Engineering BS
  • Tianshu Li, Engineering, BS      
  • Todd Robinson, Landscape Architecture MLA              
  • Tracy Hudak, Landscape Architecture MLA                            
  • Travis North, Landscape Architecture MLA, City & Regional Planning MCRP       
  • Victoria Demchak, City & Regional Planning MCRP       
  • Xinglu (Ashley) Ma, Landscape Architecture MLA    
LA Students in 2016 R2G Capstone Studio:  (l to r) Julia Romualdez, Kelly Mathieson, Noor Lozi and Zili Xiang at Utica Design Workshop.

Cornell Student Designers, Planners and Researchers

In addition to Fellows, there have been more than 125 Cornell students who've been actively engaged in R2G projects happening in Utica and Binghamton whether through their participation in Landscape Architecture's R2G Capstone Studio, conducting research as part of a research team or through their work on a Masters or Honors thesis, exit or independent project.  Whether individually or as part of a team, they have collaborated with community partners and led and faciliated partipatory community workshops, conducted community-based research, created innovative detailed design plans and reports, designed and installed placemaking projects and creations, conducted community organizing, educational events, evaluations and surveys, and brought their imaginations along with relevant up-to-date knowledge to bear on the work at every turn. Their spirit and enthusiasm coupled with the empathy and concern they've shown to the people and places with whom they've worked has been widely welcomed and embraced and because of them, R2G Utica and R2G Binghamton have made important and ongoing strides!