The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture building.

Current or prospective students at The University of Arizona interested in the intersection of climate change, urban planning, and how cities can mitigate and manage heat, may contact me for current opportunities.

Degree programs that I am a faculty member of and affiliated with include:

Information on applying to The University of Arizona can be found here.

Current students

Erika Lynn Schmidt

Erika Lynn Schmidt
Graduate Research Assistant
Master of Architecture (student)
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments (2020)

Erika Schmidt is a graduate student at the University of Arizona who is pursuing her Master of Architecture degree. With a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments (2020), Erika has worked with Dr. Keith during her undergrad to further understand urban heat resilience and adaptation. Her evaluation of Tempe, Arizona’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), as well as her graphic design work, has led to her current position as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Keith’s U.S. NOAA-funded research projects.

Beyond enhancing her knowledge of urban planning, architecture, and climate change through her education, Erika is fascinated with the theme park industry. More specifically, she is interested in understanding how design, through urban planning and architecture, has the ability to bring imagination into reality. With a career aspiration of working as an architect, urban planner, or show set designer for one of America’s most loved theme parks, Erika hopes to one day utilize her background in architecture and sustainability to assist in the creation of themed environments.

Jack Haskins
Honors Thesis Advisee
B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (student)

Jack Haskins is working with Dr. Keith on his honors college thesis, utilizing quality plan evaluation to explore heat mitigation across several plans in Tucson and Tempe, AZ.

Doctoral alumni

Joey Iuliano, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Geography (2021)
M.S. in Planning (2015)
M.S. in Health and Kinesiology (2012)
B.S. in Organizational Leadership (2010)

Currently a Lecturer for the University of Arizona’s School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

Ida Sami, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (2022)
Master of Environmental Design and Urban Planning (2018)
M.S. in Architectural Engineering (2014)
B.S. in Architectural Engineering (2012)

Currently the Director of Research and Impact at Community Lattice.

Graduate alumni

Hunter Lohse
Master of Landscape Architecture (2022)
B.S. in Apparel and Textiles (2007)

Currently a Landscape Designer at Norris Design.

Ethan Wissler
Master of Landscape Architecture and M.S. in Urban Planning (2022)
B.S. in Natural Resource Economics (2016)

Currently a Landscape Architect at SmithGroup.

Tess Wagner
Master of Landscape Architecture Student (2020)
B.S. in Earth System Science

Currently a Restoration Program Manager at the Borderlands Restoration Network.

Amanda Maass
M.S. in Planning (2017)
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments (2016)

Currently a Senior Consultant at ILLUME Advising, LLC