The Team

Principal Investigator

Ladd Keith
Planning Lecturer and Chair, Sustainable Built Environments
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
The University of Arizona
1040 N Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85719


Curriculum Vitae

Ladd Keith is a Planning Lecturer and Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments program at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. He is affiliated with CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest) and CCASS (Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions) and researches the use of climate science in the planning and design of desert cities. He has developed and taught a number of courses in person and fully online related to urban planning and sustainability.

Mr. Keith currently 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 will guide city planning policy for the next decade. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has served on the Sustainable Development Council and was a founding member of the Center for Sustainability Advisory Board. In 2016, Mr. Keith was recognized as one of the ULI’s 40 under 40, which represent the best young land-use professionals from around the globe, as selected by members of ULI.

Graduate Research Associate

Joey Iuliano
PhD in Geography Student

Joey Iuliano is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s MS in Planning program (2015) and is currently pursuing a PhD 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 Assistant

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.

Team Alumni

Amanda Maass
MS in Planning (2015)

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