From Connecticut to Anywhere

Susan has given over 250 presentations over the last 15 years, to a variety of audiences, from scientists to Fulbright students to community groups. We’re skilled at multi-media presentations, including video segments, engaging graphics, and spontaneous audience interaction. Extemporaneous, Q&A based talks are a specialty. Currently all talks scheduled are virtual. We’re experienced with several different web-conferencing and webinar apps, including Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, and others.

I enjoyed the class very much. I often found myself talking to friends and family about the subject matter. -Participant

Discussions were so interesting, the readings were all looked at critically, ideas were tossed around and shared. Possibly my favorite (workshop) yet.  -Participant


Learn Something New on Your Schedule

We specialize in working with diverse audiences, from community members to professionals to first-generation college students in a variety of fields. We have special expertise in hands-on, experiential learning and in interactive sessions. Workshops are available in a variety of lengths, from two hours to day-long, and as multi-day mini-courses. 

Topics include: Making the Most of Urban Wilds: Recreation, Development, Health; Complete Your Street: Making Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Home on the Road; Design Thinking for Innovation and Idea Development; Design to Maximize Benefits of Nature, Practical Applications: Make a Difference with your Research; Grounding Design in Research, and much more.


Lecture | Studio | Reading Groups | Independent Study

Susan has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in university settings, including creation of experiential, discussion, and lecture courses. We specialize in working with diverse audiences, including first-generation and under-represented students. We teach students in a variety of academic disciplines, including design and planning, natural resources, natural sciences, geography, environmental health, and sustainability. 

[The class] cultivated free thinking… the most fun I have ever had in a class. -Participant

Course Packages

For Design by Deficit

Design by Deficit: Neglect and the Accidental City tackles the array of urgent issues besetting the American city, from crime to infrastructure failure to entrenched inequality, with warmth and wit, taking the new to urban issues by the hand and showing them around the accidental cities crafted by unintended consequences. 

We offer course packages that can be used for:

  • Lecture Courses
  • Studio Courses
  • Reading Groups
  • Independent Study (Ages 15 and up)


Project Coaching | Group Project Mentoring | Educational Materials and Media | Technical Writing

Past clients have included engineering and architecture firms, academic departments, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, homeowners, and private businesses.


Fantastic tips on how my projects fit into the bigger picture of my professional growth. – Past Client

Susan helped me see more possibilities for my work than I could see on my own. -Past Client

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