Geographer Stephen Buckman and planner Devon McAslan cross paths in Ann Arbor

Two ASU alumni’s careers led them to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and their related interests may lead to future collaborations.

Devon McAslan, who graduated from ASU in 2010 with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, began doctoral studies this in Michigan this fall in the university’s Urban and Regional Planning program.  He’s studying urban sustainability best practices in cities around the world and how these practices can be applied in other places.

Devon is also working on developing a handbook of sustainability indicators that can be used as a guide for cities to develop their own indicator programs.  This work builds on his master’s thesis at ASU, in which he explored how indicators are used at the urban scale and how they become effective tools for policy making.

Encouraged by David Pijawka, with whom he worked at ASU, Devon recently met Stephen Buckman, who arrived in Ann Arbor in early January.  Buckman has taken a position as a post-doctoral researcher in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.  Stephen is working on a project called “Restoring, Retrofitting, and Recoupling Great Lakes Shorelands,” under the direction of Richard Norton, chair of the College’s urban and regional planning program, and in collaboration with LIAA, a nonprofit planning firm.

“We’re working with communities in relation to participatory panning and resiliency to help communities better understand and plan for the effects of climate change on their community,” explains Steve.  

As Devon and Steve continue their work, they may find their common focus on helping improve sustainability within communities draws them into work together.   Best wishes to both!