Lauren Sosa

Lauren Sosa

Biography
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Florida in the College of Design, Construction and Planning and will be graduating May 2018. I hold a BLA from the Pennsylvania State University and an MLA from the University of Florida. My dissertation research explores the intersection of landscape architecture and international development. I elaborate on themes and strategies from practice and theory that can help landscape architects more meaningfully engage with the developing world, especially as it relates to environmental ethics, social justice, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Experiences
During my tenure at UF I participated in a study abroad program in Indonesia where several design and historic preservation students collaborated with design and planning students from the Institut Teknologi Bandung on a development project for the historic mining town of Sawahlunto, Indonesia. Our proposals for repurposed civic space, regional transportation, and overall local development elements, were presented to the Mayor of Sawahlunto. We also explored the town’s potential for World Heritage Site listing. I have also worked on projects in Biloxi, Mississippi that sought to repair the city’s post Hurricane Katrina damage, and Panama City, Panama, where I proposed an open space and memorial in an extremely impoverished part of the city.