The Team

Principal Investigator

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

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ladd Keith is an Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at The University of Arizona. He is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection between urban planning and climate change and explores how climate action planning can make more sustainable and resilient cities. He is currently the principal investigator of an NOAA-funded research project evaluating the use of urban heat maps in urban planning and is co-investigator on a project developing community climate profiles tailored to local needs. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program and teaches Public Participation and Dispute Resolution and Planning for Urban Resilience.

Dr. Keith has contributed to the development and analysis of a number of land use and development regulations, comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, and climate action plans. He recently completed a full eight-year term on the City of Tucson’s Planning Commission and as Chair led the commission’s public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has served on the Sustainable Development Council, was a founding member of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board, and in 2016 was recognized as one of the ULI’s 40 under 40. He most recently led a ULI Advisory Service Panel on increasing the resilience of Miami‚Äôs downtown and urban waterfronts to sea level rise and extreme heat. He is also an active member of the American Planning Association and serves as an academic liaison for the Arizona Chapter.

Dr. Keith is a native Tucsonan where he lives with his husband and their son and daughter.

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 Senior Research Analyst at ILLUME Advising, LLC