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Laurel L. Bartlett

Laurel L. Bartlett
(Architectural Design, Technology + Construction Processes; Chair: Carter Hudgins) email:

Laurel Bartlett received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Geneseo State University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Laurel worked for the past several years as an Architectural Historian for a private cultural resource management firm focusing on cultural resource compliance for Federal, State, and private entities. Her current research examines the use of infrared thermography, GIS, and 3D modeling to understand usage and visitor-influenced material degradation at historic sites.

Jermaine Durham

Jermaine Durham. (Regional Community Development and Design; Chair: Mickey Lauria) email:

Jermaine Durham earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning from Savannah State University. Prior to enrolling in the PDBE program Jermaine was involved in community development projects for Savannah State University and the Housing Authority of Savannah. His current research focuses on the relationship between urban crises and processes of neighborhood change

Michelle Eichinger

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Michelle Eichinger earned her Master of Science in Health Promotion with concentrations in Lifespan Health and Disabilities, as well as a Master in Public Administration with concentrations in Health Policy and Organizational Leadership, both from the University of Delaware. Michelle’s career included leadership positions at the Delaware Division of Public Health and as a subject matter expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. She has a consulting practice, Planning4Health Solutions, where she works with planning and public health agencies in integrating health in community planning, design and public policy. Her research interests are in health impact assessments, healthy communities and health equity in the built environment.

Jessica Fernandez

Jessica Fernandez. (Restoration, Sustainability + Land Ecology; Chair: Matthew Powers). email:

Jessica Fernandez received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Masters of Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. She is a licensed Landscape Architect and Campus Planner, and is also a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development. Jessica worked for eight years for private firms, where her focus was on the design and master planning of higher education campuses across the nation. She is currently continuing this focus by studying the learning campus as it relates to landscape architecture.

Maryam Hamidpour

Maryam Hamidpour. (Technology, Materials + Construction Processes; Chair: Vincent Blouin). email:

Maryam has an extensive background and interest in Architectural Engineering. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Iran, and her Master’s Degree from Science and Research Branch of Tehran Azad University, in 2011. She worked as an architect and designer and obtained her architectural license in Iran. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Maryam taught several undergraduate courses in architecture as a lecturer. She is currently a graduate assistant at Clemson University and is working towards her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Blouin. Her primary interests include sustainable architecture, energy efficient buildings, and daylighting design. Her research focuses on the integration of smart materials and systems in buildings for improving energy performance and indoor lighting.

Lei Hua

Lei Hua. (Restoration, Sustainability + Land Ecology; Chair: Mary Padua). email:

Lei Hua has received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico in 2011 and Bachelor degree of Landscape Architecture from the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China in 2007. Lei has practiced as a professional landscape designer in both of the U.S. and China for several years. His current research focuses on the relationship between built environment and urban residents’ health with an emphasis on the context of China’s neighborhoods.

Roxana Jafari

Roxana Jafari. (Healthcare + Architecture; Chair: Anjali Joseph) email:

Roxana is a Graduate Assistant who works under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Joseph, her PhD advisor. She holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Tehran, Iran. For her Master's thesis, she worked on designing an optics and photonics research center for physicists. The main aim of the project was to design a healthy environment for scientists while considering all the criteria required for designing research facilities. She is currently a PhD student at Clemson University in the Healthcare + Architecture Department and she assists Dr. Joseph on a grant funded project examining the impact of operating room design on patient safety.

Rutali Joshi

Rutali Joshi. (Architecture + Health) email:

Rutali Joshi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Mumbai University, India in 2013. She worked as a junior architect for 2 years before coming to the U.S. to pursue a M.S. degree in the Architecture and Health program from Clemson University. Her masters research focused on the effect of built environment of shelter homes on survivors of domestic violence. Her work as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Anjali Joseph for The Center for Health Facilities and Design Testing focuses on built environment and health outcomes.

Christopher W. Kiss

Christopher W. Kiss. (Built Environment + Health; Chair: Dina Battisto) email:

Christopher Kiss is an architect and United States Army Officer with 19+ years of leadership experience, most recently serving as the medical program manager for a military medical center replacement in El Paso, Texas. He has a Master of Architecture from Norwich University, Vermont; and a Master of Science in Construction Management with certificates in Facility Management and Health Systems & Design from Texas A&M University, Texas. Chris' proposed study, "The Influence of Windows on Surgeon Stress" has been selected for the 2018-2019 J. Armand Burgun Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AIA-AAH).

William Lewis

William Lewis. (Built Environment + Health; Chair: Dina Battisto). email:

William Lewis is a Major serving in the United States Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer that specializes in Medical Logistics and Healthcare Facility Planning. William has worked as a Medical Administrator and Healthcare Facility Planner over the last 10 years in various assignments around the globe. He has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Norwich University. He also received his Masters in Architecture from Norwich University in 2005. William is most interested in Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) for sustainability usage within the Military Health System.

Shaobo Li

Shaobo Li.

Shaobo Li received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from China University of Political Science and Law and Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. In Clark University, Shaobo found his interests of community development and planning which led him to the Ph.D. program of PDBE in Clemson University. He is passionate about the implications of theories and practices of community and regional planning for China’s future urban development, democracy infrastructure and social characters.

Pai Liu

Pai Liu. (Restoration, Sustainability, and Land Ecology; Chair: is Hala Nassar). email:

Pai Liu completed her Master of Landscape Architecture from Clemson University (2015) and had her B.S. in landscape architecture from Beijing Forestry University (2013). Her interest lies in the area of historical and cultural landscapes. Pai’s current research examines the culturally sensitive retirement community and its influence on minority elderly immigrants.

Xiaotong Liu

Xiaotong Liu. (Restoration, Sustainability + Land Ecology; Chair: Mary Padua) email:

Xiaotong Liu received a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from China Agricultural University in 2012 and completed her Master of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University in 2015. She has passion in further exploration of creating environment for human health development. Her current research focuses on reconnecting children with nature world, and improving children’s living environment through environmental design.

Herminia S. Machry

Herminia S. Machry. (Built Environment + Health; Chair: Anjali Joseph). email:

Herminia is a Brazilian Architect and Urban Planner (UFSC, 2004) and holds a Master Degree from the University of Sao Paulo (USP, 2010). She has worked as a designer on Healthcare Facility projects since 2005, and has also been a professor in Architecture and Healthcare Hospitality undergraduate courses for the past five years. Herminia developed her Master research on the impact of technological advances in medical buildings’ architectural changes, and is currently interested in contemporary architectural configuration of complex buildings (especially Hospitals), Evidence Based Design and human well-being factors influencing the constructed environment. She is working as a Graduate Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Joseph, her PhD advisor.

Elham Masoomkhah (Ellie)

Elham Masoomkhah (Ellie). (Regional and Community Development and Design; Chair: Mickey Lauria) email:

Elham earned a B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from National University of Iran in 2012. She worked as an architect and a designer in Iran for a while prior to her departure from home. She is a Master’s student in City and Regional Planning program at Clemson University. Her Master’s thesis is developing criteria for social justice in Islamic context. Her research interests are Environmental Justice, Social Justice, and the grassroots movements related to them. She also works as the GIS System Administrator at Clemson University Planning and Design.

Goulwendin Alexia Nikyema

Goulwendin Alexia Nikyema. (Architectural Design, Technology + Construction Processes; Chair: Vincent Blouin) email:

Goulwendin Alexia Nikyema has a background in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design, and Energy Management. She holds an M.S. in Energy Management (2015), M.Arch. in Urban and Regional Design (2011), a B.Arch. and B.A. of English (2010) from the New York Institute of Technology. She developed her Master of Architecture research on developing a locally sustainable building matrix which could adapt to the users’ changing needs. Her current research interests include further exploration of sustainability and the built environment through a multidisciplinary research which combines Architecture and Energy Management. She is currently working as a Graduate Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Joseph.

Jorge Mata Otero. (Regional and Community Development and Design; Chair: Mickey Lauria). email:

Nyoman Dewi Pebryani

Nyoman Dewi Pebryani. (Architectural Design, Technology + Construction Processes, Chair: Carlos Barrios ). email:

Nyoman Dewi Pebryani received her bachelor degree in Architecture from Brawijaya University Indonesia and Master of Arts in Spatial Design from Huddersfield University in collaboration with Nanyang of Fine Art Singapore in 2008. She is a lecturer at the Design Institution in Indonesia for the past five years before she pursue her PhD. She has passion in elaborating ‘grammar formalism’ of patterns from textile weaving into digital application.

Anna Stout

Anna Stout. (Regional and Community Development and Design; Chair: Caitlin Dyckman) email:

Anna holds a M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University (2011) and a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resources from Clemson University (2008). Anna is interested in the effectiveness of land conservation policies and in how society engages with land conservation strategies. Her current research, under the direction of Dr. Caitlin Dyckman, is to examine the link between conservation easement policies and approaches and conservation outcomes.

Deborah Wingler

Deborah Wingler. (Built Environment + Health; chair: Dr. Anjali Joseph). email:

Deborah is a third-year doctoral candidate in the in Architecture + Health concentration of the Planning Design and the Built Environment program at Clemson University. She holds a Master of Science and Design in Healthcare and Healing Environments from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. Her research focuses on using real-time data collection techniques to gain insight into user responses to high stress healthcare environments. Deborah's doctoral dissertation research examines the impact of using an induction room vs. the operating theater for anesthetic induction on child and parent anxiety for children who are undergoing an ambulatory surgical procedure and their parents. By eliciting real-time data from both child and parent physiological, psychological and neural responses to the healthcare built environment, Deborah's dissertation study extends upon and merges healthcare architecture, neuroscience and human factors research. Her study will provide new insight into the role of design in supporting the child and parent experience during the ambulatory surgical process.

During her time at Clemson, Deborah has studied under Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC, and held a graduate research assistantship with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing. She has worked on multiple large grant funded projects, co-authored and published six peer reviewed journal articles, five conference proceedings, multiple industry publications, and disseminated the findings of her collaborative and individual research through over twenty-eight national and international presentations. Deborah is well known as a patient and family advocate for healthcare design and also serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and industry competitions.

Deborah is the recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Center for Health Design's Research Coalition, Clemson Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant from Clemson University, and The American Academy of Healthcare Interiors (AAHID) Graduate Research Fellowship sponsored by Steelcase for her doctoral dissertation research. She was also awarded the Frankie O. Felder Graduate Student Award of Excellence, 2018, and selected as the Graduate Representative to deliver the Moment of Reflection for Clemson University's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, December 2017.

Jueminsi Wu

Jueminsi Wu.

Jueminsi Wu received her Master degree in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University in 2016 and her Bachelor degree in Architecture from Suzhou University of Science and Technology in China in 2013. She had professional practice in both U.S and China. Her current research interests include waterfront design and educational landscape.

Ying Zhou

Ying Zhou. (Regional and Community Development and Design; Chair: Eric Morris) email:

Ying Zhou received her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Design from Xiamen University in 2015, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from Fujian University of Technology in 2012. Her research interest lies in the area of urban transportation. She is most interested in exploring the relationship between the transportation and the built environment.