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Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Carla Salehian received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego in Urban Studies and Planning. There, she was involved in a series of internships and research project that ranged from "asset mapping" in low-income San Diego neighborhoods with UCSD's Center for Community Well-being to coordinating a "sustainable solutions bike tour down the Pacific west coast for the Global ARC organization. Carla interned at the County of San Diego Department of Planning and Land Use where she gained experience in project processing and working with applicants at the initial intake counter. Currently, she is a second year master's candidate for Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles with a concentration in Design and Development and is interning with the Westwood Village BID in their efforts to design and coordinate the establishment of a parklet program. Carla's research interests include urban design, public space, universal design/accessibility planning, and sustainability. For the UDP Division Fellowship, Carla is helping to create the Division's case study resource library, including a set of urban design principles to guide the case study development process.
About the Program
The intent of the UDP Fellowship Program is to foster increased interest in the study of and specialization in urban design and historic preservation, and the interrelationship between these two areas of planning at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels and for new / emerging professionals.
One fellowship is awarded annually. The term of the fellowship may span anywhere from six months to one year and will include approximately 100 work hours. The fellow will receive a stipend commensurate to the agreed-upon work hours. Fellows conduct their fellowship duties remotely from where they live or attend school. Fellows report directly to the UDP Executive Committee.
Fellow responsibilities will include assisting the UDP Executive Committee with implementing the Division Work Plan such as:
- Connecting with former members to encourage that they reinstate their membership status.
- Follow up with members who have volunteered to help the Division and connect with each in an effort to match volunteer opportunities with volunteer interests.
- Canvas professionals in the fields of urban design and preservation to identify trends. Compare academic trends to practice trends. Then, apply this information to division member benefits such as webinars, case studies, articles for publication in the UDP quarterly newsletter, and other benefits.