Isabel joined DSK in 2019 as a Planning Intern. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bard College in Environmental and Urban Studies and a Master of Sustainable Urban Environments from Northeastern University. As an environmentalist and planner, she spends time thinking about our uncertain future and is passionate about planning as a way of understanding and adapting to the changing world. She is sensitive to the fact that indigenous cultures have been stewards of the land much longer than we have and will always take the opportunity to learn from them and include them in whatever way possible. She continually pulls inspiration from history, nature, anthropology, and theory to inform her design ideas and radical proposals.
She likes the way Samuel Stein put it, “Elements of a planner’s worldview: to be simultaneously abstract and concrete, utopian and pragmatic; to imagine what doesn’t exist while figuring out how to get there; to care about systems and processes, the way things work and the way they ought to. Fundamentally, we believe it is good to have a plan – an explication of the future.”
When not working, Isabel likes to read, travel, craft, make art, be in nature, jump into large bodies of water, admire unconventional landscapes, fantasize about living off the grid, and pet her cats.