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Lecture on urban planning set Jan 4
by PIO release

A Baguio girl who is now serving as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning of the Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland will be in town to talk on urban planning strategies to cultivate creativity on Jan. 4, 2018.

In his letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, veteran urban planner Arch. Joseph Alabanza stated that his daughter Dr. Mary Anne Alabanza-Akers will be giving the talk on urban planning strategies to cultivate creativity as her contribution to the city after it was designated as the country’s first Unesco creative city under the crafts and folk arts category.

The recent recognition of Baguio City as a member of the prestigious Creative Cities Network was through the initiative of the local government, the Department of Tourism-Cordillera, the University of the Philippines Baguio, and the Baguio Heritage Foundation in pursuit of the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Among the targeted audience for the said lecture are architects, artists, urban planners, local government units, and non-government organizations.

Akers earned a degree in Sociology in 1979 and masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 1983 from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

She completed her PhD on urban planning at the Michigan State University and eventually joined the University of Georgia as a faculty member until 2008.

Her deanship has been marked by significant achievements like the development of innovative academic options for millennial students and community engagement experiences.

Akers also conducted researches on topics like crowding in a mining settlements, urban slums in the Philippines, migrant workers in Georgia, artisan women in New Mexico and Oregon, place attachment in Detroit and Oakland, homelessness in Baltimore.

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