Tara is master’s student pursuing a dual-degree in Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning from Taubman College. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. During her time at Michigan, she has focused her studies on the intersection of sustainable urban placemaking, affordable housing, and participatory planning. In 2022, she was a Dow Sustainability Fellow with the UM Graham Institute, where she joined a multi-disciplinary team focused on coalition building in energy equity.
This past summer, she worked for an urban planning firm in the Chicagoland area where she helped design materials for community engagement workshops and neighborhood-driven comprehensive plans. Through her career she hopes to use her combination of planning and architecture skills to co-design with community members and elevate often underrepresented voices.