The Team

Principal Investigator

Ladd Keith, Ph.D.
Chair, Sustainable Built Environments and Planning Lecturer
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
The University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ladd Keith is the Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments Program and will transition from Lecturer to Assistant Professor in Planning at The University of Arizona in 2019. He researches policy innovation in urban planning practice, including the use of climate science in the planning and design of cities. He is also a Research Affiliate at CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest) and on the Advisory Team of CCASS (Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions). He currently leads the Sustainable Built Environments program and teaches Public Participation and Dispute Resolution and Planning for Urban Resilience.

Dr. Keith has led the development and analysis of planning policies at the local level, including land use and development regulations, comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, and climate action plans. He serves on the City of Tucson’s Planning Commission where, as Chair, he led the commission’s public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan, which guides city planning policy for the next decade. He is also an active member of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute and was recognized as one of ULI’s 40 under 40.

Graduate Research Associate

Joey Iuliano
Ph.D. in Geography Student

Joey Iuliano is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s MS in Planning program (2015) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography. Prior to UA, Joey attended Purdue University where he received a master’s in Health and Kinesiology (2012) and bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership and Supervision (2010). Joey’s research interests are in how the built environment influences exercise and active commuting choices within cities and how the physical environment be planned, built, and used to encourage participation.

Currently, Joey is teaching the Sustainable Built Environments senior capstone and has assisted teaching sustainable design and planning, internships, and introduction to regional planning. Joey has also helped develop the content and layout for fully online courses. In his spare time, Joey is a competitive cyclist and races across the Southwest for the UA Cycling Team.

Graduate Research Assistants

Tess Wagner
Master of Landscape Architecture Student

Tess Wagner is a graduate research assistant with CLIMAS while pursuing a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree. She works under the direction of Ladd Keith, documenting how urban heat island maps are used for planning decisions in the southwest. She is excited to be a part of this project, as it draws on her interests in climate adaptation and her previous undergraduate research of the urban heat island effect in Montreal. Her main interests in landscape architecture include ecological restoration and food production.

Tess received a B.S. degree in Earth System Science from McGill University in Montreal. She has been in southern Arizona for the past few years working for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service and escaping the cold.

Ida Sami
Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences Student

Ida Sami is a first year Ph.D. student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences. She is working as a Graduate Research Associate under the direction of Ladd Keith, trying to identify how UTCI is reliable and useful in evaluating outdoor thermal comfort in urban scale. Her research interests include: Climate Sensitive Urban Planning and Outdoor Thermal Comfort Evaluation, Sustainable Development, Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Planning. Currently, her research explores how climate-sensitive planning strategies deployed as a theory to evaluate the outdoor thermal comfort for pedestrian in hot and arid climate region.

Ida holds a BS (2012) and a MS (2014) both in Architectural Engineering from Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia with master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design (2018). During her second master, she was selected to participate in the DEVELOP National Program at the University of Georgia and worked on the Eastern India Eco Forecasting project.

Team Alumni

Amanda Maass
MS in Planning (2015)

Previously a Graduate Research Assistant, now a Research Analyst at ILLUME Advising, LLC