Steven Clarke, is an associate professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), the Director of the UNLV Downtown Design Center (DDC), and a licensed landscape architect in British Columbia, Canada. He has a passion for design education and likes bringing people together through public engagement to build community and resolution. Through his position at the UNLV and his practice, Regeneration: LAB, Steven has focused his work towards the development of regenerative and sustainable communities through collaborative research, design, and action. He is a graduate of the Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture programs at the University of Manitoba and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture.
Courtney Coughenour, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Community Health Sciences. Her research interests are in the area of Health & Place, specifically the influence of community design on health behaviors. She also explores the role that both health and non-health policies may have on public health, which includes the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). Some of her research has focused on opportunities for physical activity - including neighborhood walkability and bikeability, pedestrian safety, food access and community food environments, food waste and food rescue, and health equity issues related to community design.
Katherin Hertlein, Ph.D. is the director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and a professor in the School of Medicine. Her research addresses sexuality, technology, and its effects on couples. and she developed the first multi-theoretical model on this issue. Her research interests also include infidelity, sexuality, high-risk sexual behavior, child and adolescent therapy, and cyber issues in couple and family therapy. Kat's research, publications (8 books, over 60 articles and over 40 chapters) and teaching have been recognized by multiple awards at UNLV and beyond.
Dak Kopec, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture. His Ph.D. is in Environmental Psychology, MS degrees in Community Psychology and Architecture, and a BS in Health Sciences. He has written five books pertaining to psychological and physical health and a person’s overall well being, has been invited internationally to discuss health and wellbeing within the designed environment, and invited to serve diverse government appointed positions. His interests are in social justice through environmental design and person centered design for specific health-related conditions.
Szu-Ping Lee, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences. He received his training in Physical Therapy in Taiwan, and practiced as an orthopedic/neurologic physical therapist in Taiwan Adventist Hospital. His interest in physical medicine and musculoskeletal biomechanical research was driven by his clinical experience working with patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science degree in Human Performance. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Southern California in Biokinesiology in 2012. Dr. Lee joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy in 2012, and is now a tenured Associate Professor.
Glenn Nowak, is an Associate Professor of Architecture, and founder and coordinator of the Hospitality Design (HD) Concentration at the UNLV School of Architecture. Since the HD Studio’s inception in the fall of 2010, the entertainment capital of the world has become an extension of the academic studio for students interested in collaborative explorations in design research with leaders in the hospitality industry. Additionally, Glenn serves on the board of The AIA Las Vegas Chapter and other non-profit organizations. His work and design research is based on community-integrated projects that focus on social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
Jennifer Pharr, Ph.D., Pharr completed her Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and an MBA. Dr. Pharr’s research interests include: the intersection of sport, physical activity and health. Barriers in the built environment that impede healthy behaviors such as participation in preventative care and physical activity. The use of social marketing to promote health. Disparities in healthcare/health service utilization of vulnerable populations.
Phillip Zawarus, is an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture program at the UNLV School of Architecture and leads the Landscape Performance Studio and respective seminar courses that investigate specific topics of urban tree benefits, green infrastructure systems, and ecosystem services as they relate to the Mojave Desert region. In the harsh dry climate of the metro Las Vegas, pedestrian health and well-being are primary drivers in promoting safe, accessible, and comfortable outdoor spaces through responsive arid ecological design strategies. These topics are explored through the use of dynamic parametric mapping of the environmental, social, and health conditions throughout the city infrastructure.