Urban Design and Preservation Division Fellowship: Previous Winners


Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Carla Salehian received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning. There, she was involved in a series of internships and research project that ranged from "asset mapping" in low-income San Diego neighborhoods with UCSD's Center for Community Well-being to coordinating a "sustainable solutions bike tour down the Pacific west coast for the Global ARC organization. Carla interned at the County of San Diego Department of Planning and Land Use where she gained experience in project processing and working with applicants at the initial intake counter. Currently, she is a second year master's candidate for Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles with a concentration in Design and Development and is interning with the Westwood Village BID in their efforts to design and coordinate the establishment of a parklet program. Carla's research interests include urban design, public space, universal design/accessibility planning, and sustainability. For the UDP Division Fellowship, Carla is helping to create the Division's case study resource library, including a set of urban design principles to guide the case study development process.


Lauren Trice is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Urban Design. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a Bachelor's of Arts in Historic Preservation. Before returning to graduate school, Lauren was as architectural historian on the eastern plains of Colorado and in the Washington, DC region. She also produced a training video series and report to Congress for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Lauren's adventures throughout the United States, Denmark, Jamaica and Chile, have shaped her interest in community engagement and people-based urbanism.


Yolanda Richards was selected as the 2011 UDP Division Fellow in conjunction with the Planning and Women Division.

Richards's UDP-funded Fellowship duties were focused on her time spent working with youth in the Urbana-Champaign area, and seeking ways to integrate youth into the planning process.

Richards holds a Bachelor of Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego, and at the time of her Fellowship selection, was in the process of completing the last term of a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to serving as the 2011 UDP Division Fellow, Richards worked as an intern for the City of Champaign and as a teaching assistant for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and served as the Volunteer Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Planners Network.


Sarah Sisser was named the 2010 Urban Design & Preservation Division Fellow. Sisser holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (Summa Cum Laude) and is currently pursuing a Master of Community Planning degree from Auburn University.

Sisser worked on a variety of preservation planning projects as an intern for the Hancock Park District in Findlay, Ohio, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, and the City of Auburn Planning Department. She is the 2010 recipient of the Alabama Chapter of the APA's Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student and was recently awarded Auburn's Arch R. Winter Scholarship for Excellence in Community Planning. As an army spouse, Sisser has an interest in the utilization of urban design and preservation principles in the planning of military installations to the benefit of military families. Sisser currently resides with her husband near Ft. Benning, Georgia.


Scott Curry, recipient of a joint Master's in Urban Planning / Master's in Urban Design from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was chosen the 2009 Fellow of the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division.


In March 2008, Maya Haptas, a second-year student in the Masters of Historic Preservation program at Cornell University, was chosen as the spring 2008 Fellow of the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division's Fellowship Program.


Margot Walker, a student at the Pratt Institute, was chosen as the first Fellow of the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division's Fellowship Program in October 2007.