Corey Ferguson

Graduate Student, Urban and Environmental Planning
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Student Information

Graduate Student
Urban and Environmental Planning
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography

My passion for social responsibility has driven my work with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and disadvantaged communities. My devotion to environmental preservation has inspired my academic and professional portfolio in sustainable design. My prior experiences have prepared me for the next step in my career, obtaining a Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. With an interest in Community Development and Natural Resource Protection, I aspire to work alongside communities to tackle environmental and social issues on a local scale that collectively have a wider, positive impact on the rest of the world.

Education

Arizona State University (August 2019 - Expected Graduation May 2021)

Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning

Clemson University (August 2012 - May 2016)

Bachelors of Art in Architecture; Minors in Sustainability and Business Administration

Research Interests

Environmental Planning, Resilent Design, Natural Resource Planning, Park Development, Community Engagement, Stormwater Management, Renewable Energies, Waste Management, Green Infrastructure, Environmental and Social Justice

Honors/Awards

Andy Soesilo Award - Awarded March 2019

NYC Parks Innovation Award - Awarded January 2019

General + Departmental Honors from Clemson University - Completed May 2016

President's List at Clemson University - Fall 2012, 2015 + Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Thomas B. Kendrick Jr. Scholarship - January 2013 - May 2016

Work History

Intern Architect - Johnson & Associates Architects, Inc. (June 2016 - June 2019)

As an Intern Architect with Johnson & Associates Architects, I create complete construction documents and artistic renderings, manage social media outlets and public outreach for the firm, work under strict deadlines within a tight-knit team, and handle client relations and frequent design changes. I also started working remotely for Johnson & Associates Architects in May 2017 and have gained valuable knowledge in personal organization, internal communication, and time management. Through my time with Johnson & Associates, I have worked with city planners to develop code-compliant infrastructure, community lot re-zoning, and town architectural review submissions. This exposure has enhanced my proficiency in land-use planning and local code requirements and understanding.

Sustainability Intern - NYC Parks and Recreation Department (October 2017 - May 2018)

As a sustainability intern with the NYC Parks Department, I created and led public education courses on sustainable practices, produced marketing materials and graphic design work for company events, hosted tabling, networking, and community outreach opportunities throughout the five boroughs, and installed green infrastructure systems to existing NYC buildings. My most valued accomplishment as a Sustainability Intern with NYC Parks was initiating and executing education workshops on composting and waste diversion. I was responsible for promoting the events and engaging with community organizations to increase our exposure. I led an interactive workshop, which included a presentation and a tour detailing the various waste diversion systems located throughout the city. I also initiated building take-home compost bins to encourage attendees to take the information they learned and practice on their own. Through this opportunity, I was able to create a platform that allowed me to educate and interact with my community on current sustainable practices and mitigate the improper waste disposal within my area.

Visioning Intern - Park Pride (May 2015 - August 2015)

As a Visioning Intern with Park Pride, I hand designed master plans and perspective renderings for green space development in disadvantaged urban communities, led community workshops, worked along side community members to create purposeful designs, and created educational media to create positive dialogue with the public on environmental and social justice issues.