To stay abreast of the latest technologies in viewing the built environment. To offer these to our clients in a way that is most economical and sensitive to their needs. To offer to policy makers and the public a wide range of options for creating environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing developments, neighborhoods and cities. To promote historic preservation through innovative story-telling, accurate information and the creative use of properties.
Crystal has twenty years experience blending the communication needs of planners with the expectations of the public. She has expertise in the areas of community engagement, web programming, and electronic visualization.
She received her Master’s in Urban Planning from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), concentrating in Electronic Visualization in a way that merged her interests in technology and sociology. Projects that led to the development of her platforms have included downtown revitalization work with the Alabama Historical Commission while an undergraduate at Auburn University; maintaining historic districts while the Preservation Coordinator in Elgin, IL; building the website telling the story of Maxwell Street in Chicago under a National Endowment for the Humanities grant; and building a 3-D model of the Kenosha, WI downtown district that showed alternative uses for available lots in a redevelopment area. She later became the Assistant Director of UIC’s Great Cities Urban Data Visualization lab working on projects for the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Fun Facts About Crystal
Graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University
Obsessed with outer space since childhood
“What comes to mind about her is the complete energy she brings into any project. She’s totally excited. She ‘gets it.’ She’ll always be the one that finds something new. When she agrees to do something, she will deliver.”
Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian
Department of Urban Affairs and Planning