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Leah M. Hollstein

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 6219 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-4823
Email: leah.hollstein@uc.edu

Professional Interests: Land Use Planning, Environmental Planning, Planning Practice, Land Use Law, and Research Methods
Topic Areas: Green Infrastructure, Vacant Lots, Comprehensive Plans, and Shrinking Cities

Education

  • BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, 2000 (International Affairs, Economics Minor: Business Administration).
  • MLA, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2006 (Landscape Architecture).
  • Ph.D, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2014 (Community and Regional Planning).

Research Information

Research Interests

My research interests center around my doctoral research into the practice of planning for vacant lots in Legacy Cities. I am interested in planning practice, Legacy/Shrinking Cities, land use, green infrastructure, comprehensive planning, and decision-making frameworks.
I currently teach courses in the areas of land use, land use law, green infrastructure, physical planning and design analysis, and the intersection of public art and planning.

Research Support

  • (PI), Hollstein, Leah; Kickert, Conrad, Mayors' Institute on City Design, American Architectural Foundation. (MICD 2015), $50,000.00. 08/10/2015 to 12/31/2015. Status: Awarded.

Publications

Other Publications

  • Leah Hollstein (08-2014). Dissertation: “Planning decisions for vacant lots in the context of shrinking cities: a survey and comparison of practices in the United States”. Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin. [Link]
  • Erik Dayrell, Lisa DuRussel, Leah Hollstein, Sabrina Siebert, Lindsay Smith, (04-2006). Group Masters Project: “Across Grandview Parkway: Strengthening Connections Between Downtown and the Bay”. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan. [Link]

Additional Publications

Review

  • Leah Hollstein (06-2014). Review: Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places (Rev. of Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places). Journal of Planning Education and Research. (pp.242)..
  • Leah Hollstein (2016). Review: Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, Design and Implementation. (Rev. of Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, Design and Implementation. ). Journal of Urban Affairs..
  • Leah Hollstein (2017). Review: Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs (Rev. of Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs). Journal of Urban Affairs. (Author).

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Leah Hollstein (03-2014). Planning Decisions for Vacant Lots in the Context of Shrinking Cities: A Survey and Comparison of Practices in the United States 2014 Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Leah Hollstein (03-2013). Comparative Analysis of Planning Decisions about Vacant and Abandoned Lots in U.S. Cities 2013 Annual Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Austin, Texas.
  • Leah Hollstein (10-2011). Invited member of Panel “Shrinking Cities: Ubiquitous and Losing Stigma? Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Leah Hollstein (04-2012). Invited member of Panel “How to Shrink a City – Legally” American Planning Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Paper Presentations

  • Danilo Palazzo, Leah Hollstein, Stephen Diko (11-2016). Urban Planning as a Career Preference for High School Students: Rethinking efforts to improve awareness about the Profession. 2016 meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland, Oregon.
  • Leah Hollstein (10/12/2017). Planning Decisions for Vacant Lots in the Context of Shrinking Cities: A Survey and Comparison of Practices in the United States. 2017 meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Denver, Colorado.

Creative Works

Installations

  • 06-2015. Field of Greens. Pleasant Street. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 06-2015. Pleasant Street Alternate Steps. Pleasant Street. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 06-2015. 146 Years, Game On!. Reds Stadium. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Advisor - 2016 EPA Rainworks Challenge - 2nd Place Winner - Masterplan Category, US Environmental Protection Agency, 2016 to 2017.
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2017 UC MCP cohort, 2016 to 2017. Voted on by the 2017 graduating MCP class.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 01-2014 to 05-2014, Adjunct Instructor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.
  • 06-2006 to 06-2007, Urban Planner, Ayers|Saint|Gross Architects and Planners, Washington, D.C..
  • 06-2007 to 06-2008, Landscape Designer, Ayers|Saint|Gross Architects and Planners, Baltimore, MD.
  • 08-2014 to 08-2016, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Events Organized

  • Conference. East Regional Mayor’s Institute on City Design Conference (10/14/2015 to 10/16/2015) , Cincinnati, OH.

Student Advising

  • Jing Li (Master), Committee Member. Status: Completed (02-2015)
  • Russell Best (Master), Committee Member. Status: Completed (02-2015)
  • Stephen Diko (Doctoral), Committee Member. Status: In Progress
  • Nick Sisco (Master), Chair. Status: In Progress
  • Samantha McLean (Master), Chair. Status: Completed (03-2017)
  • Andres deWet (Master), Committee Member. Status: Completed (03-2017)
  • Sean Hare (Master), Chair. Status: Completed (03-2017)
  • Jalisa Harris (Master), Committee Member. Status: Completed (03-2017)
  • Kelsey Schmidt (Master), Committee Member. Status: In Progress

Service

  • DAAPworks School of Planning co-ordinator, 01-2015 to Present
  • Consultant, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) NATO Urban Seminar Wargame Experiment, NATO Defense College , 10-2016 to 11-2016
  • Mentor, Environmental Protection Agency Academic Advisor, US EPA/University Cincinnati Research Training Program: National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Sustainable Technology Division, 08-2016
  • Representative, DAAPCares, 01-2016 to Present
  • Committee Member, Urban Futures Faculty Search Comittee, 01-2017 to 02-2017
  • Committee Member, School of Planning Faculty Search Committee, 10-2016 to 04-2017
  • Member, Graduate School Selection Committee for Yates Fellowship Program, 03-2017
  • Journal of Urban Affairs Manuscript Reviewer,

Board Certifications/Licenses

  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP 2007