The places I have called home have had profound impacts on my planning imagination. Though the duration of stay in the six places that I have called home have varied in length, each has stuck with me and guided the evolution of my principles and development.

My hometown, located in Northern California in the heart of the wine country, showed me small town planning and the problems that arise when the focus shifts between locals and the ever growing tourist industry.

Living in Seattle, Washington gave me my first experience living in a city and my first encounter with the social problems that exist in the urban fabric that did not exist in my small town.

Rome, Italy was my first experience in an urban center outside of the United States. It's history and longevity created a stark contrast to the young cities of the West Coast of the United States.

Chachoengsao, Thailand was my first experience in a place where the predominate history was not based in European or European-settlers' heritage.

Anchorage, Alaska
was the first time I had ever lived anywhere that experienced such challenges arising from the extreme conditions of the natural environment.

I have only been in Vancouver, B.C. a short while, and have yet to see in what ways this new city and country will continue developing my perceptions of planning.

This website will be used as a means to develop my skills, interests and ideas as a planner, and reflect on how  Vancouver and the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning will augment my ideas on what planning is.