Congratulations to our Fellow and Intern Graduates!

The Nashville Civic Design Center has been fortunate to host over 100 fellows and interns during its nearly 18 years. This spring we had nine current or former fellows/interns graduate from universities across the country, gaining both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Each spent significant time with us and contributed significantly to our work and mission. Our sincere gratitude, appreciation, and respect for all you have accomplished! Congratulations and best wishes for the future! 

Jacqueline Cox

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Jacqueline Cox graduated from Vanderbilt University. She majored in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Policy and Development. Jacqueline hopes to further her interest in urban design through a focus on affordable housing and equitable development. In the future, she aims to work in government and city planning. 

Jacqueline on her time with NCDC, “Working here has definitely strengthened my passions for urban and community development and I look forward to all that I have to learn as I continue my time here.

Dillion Dunn

A Nashville native, Dunn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design, with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Dunn partnered with NCDC in the summer of 2015 where he worked on a publication regarding Nashville’s need for a boathouse on the Cumberland River. Dunn won the University of Tennessee’s Undergraduate researcher of the year, the Chancellor’s citation for top collegiate scholar, along with other accolades. This summer he is beginning his professional career with Hastings Architecture. This fall, he will spend 10 months in Indonesia as a Fulbright Fellow studying the ways in which religious architecture and its associated pilgrimage practices respond to social, economic, and ecological change.

Matt Genova

Originally from Chicago, Matt Genova graduated from Harvard University in May with a master’s in Planning from the Graduate School of Design. Matt was a fellow of research at NCDC in 2015. This summer, Matt will be working a fellowship with the Innovation Field Lab at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the town of Winthrop, MA – assigned to address problem properties like non-compliant short-term rentals and homes with absentee landlords. He is also in the midst of the job search for a full-time position in Boston starting in September, ideally working on issues of affordable housing and equitable neighborhood development.

Matt on his time with NCDC, “My experience at NCDC provided me with an incredible foundation upon which to build in graduate school. Having no formal training in urban planning, my fellowship with NCDC equipped me with the disciplinary vocabulary and basic knowledge of planning principles and good urban form that proved crucial to my success in my Master's program. From my time spent on NCDC's TURBO Nashville initiative to my work on the Design Center's publication Nashville's Boathouse: Connecting Community to the Cumberland, I found myself continually drawing upon the lessons I learned at NCDC throughout my time in graduate school, and have no doubt that I'll continue to do so as I venture into the next chapter in my professional career.

Kristen McDaniel

Kristen McDaniel recently graduated from Tulane University with a master’s degree in Architecture. Originally born in New Orleans, Kristen graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in community development through the Human and Organizational Development program. While she had many run-ins with NCDC throughout her exploration of the city’s built environment during her undergraduate career, she officially joined the team for her senior capstone internship in spring 2015. During her time at NCDC, Kristen was greatly inspired by the power of community engagement in design disciplines. She hopes to utilize the practice of architecture to help shape healthier communities. Kristen currently resides in Houston, Texas, with her fiancé, Nathan, and will be starting work with Perkins + Will in July 2018. 

Katy Morgan

As the research fellow for NCDC’s education initiative, Morgan is studying the student, school, and community-level impact of Design Your Neighborhood. Her research partnership with NCDC has allowed her to work directly with burgeoning youth activists as they claim their right to participate in community decision-making. Studying the implementation of the Design Your Neighborhood (DYN) curriculum has allowed her to learn from students across the city and state, including Appalachian youth fighting pervasive opioid abuse, and Nashville youth seeking greater connectivity along Nolensville Pike. She will be continuing this work with NCDC over the coming years as she is set to undergo a longitudinal study of the impact of DYN on middle school students across Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Susan Steffenhagen

Susan recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and certificate in geographic information systems in 2018. Susan interned for NCDC in the summer of 2014 working on a revitalization plan for Banker’s alley, helping at Pecha Kucha events and more. Since graduation in May, she has moved back to Nashville, beginning her career as a Planning Specialist for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Mustapha Williams

Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He interned with the Nashville Civic Design Center the summer before his senior year of high school in 2012, participating in the Designing Action international competition. Returning in 2015, Williams collaborated on the publication Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing Our Streets. Through successes and experiences in academia and internships Williams is prepared to work full-time at Gensler, an architecture, design, and planning firm, in their Chicago office. He hopes to have a positive impact on the urban built environment and its people.

Taylor Young

Young recently graduated from the University of Tennessee in May with a master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health. She joined NCDC as a research fellow in February 2018 on the collaborative Better Cities for Pets program with MARS Petcare. She is focusing on where public health and pet ownership intersects in order to create a more pet-friendly Nashville.

Taylor on her time with NCDC, "NCDC has shown me what happens when a group of talented, caring individuals come together to make meaningful, lasting change to the city of Nashville via city planning and community involvement.

Paul Bamson

Bamson first experienced NCDC for UT Knoxville’s Nashville Urban Design Studio in the summer of 2014. During the second half of the summer, he co-designed and published 'Centennial Park Visitor Center' for NCDC, a culmination of the work done for UTK’s summer studio. He also designed portrait photos of the NCDC staff currently on the website. Paul volunteered for both the AIATN Conference 2014 and Charlotte Ave Pike Design Charrette.  

Paul was born in Nigeria but has lived in Nashville, TN for most of his life. Drawing and math have always come easily to him and both emerged as strengths. This led Bamson to pursue and earn an undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. A growing passion of his is the marriage of ecology and ecosystems with the built environment and technology. This passion drives his current Masters degree path of Landscape Architecture to further learn how to utilize the landscape as a design tool for true sustainability. With a desire to help others any way he can, he aspires to never stop learning, continue mastering his skills, and better lives through design.