Urban Breezes Team

Urban Breezes Team

 

Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado

Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is the founder of Urban Breezes and based in Chicago. Petra has a PhD in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology and she has been working as an advisor, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena for over a decade. Her areas of expertise and research include urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology. Currently, Petra is the Research Director at the American Planning Association, heading APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda and advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change. Additionally, she teaches on urban sustainability and environmental psychology at the Vienna University of Technology. She has guest-lectured at Harvard GSD, Loyola University Chicago, and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar. She has authored and co-authored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences across the globe. (click here for more information about Petra)

 

Helen Santiago Fink

Helen Santiago Fink is a climate urbanist, researcher, and consultant, based in Washington, D.C. She works at the intersection of the social, natural, and physical sciences. Her 25+ years of professional experience bring multi-disciplinary expertise in sustainable development, climate change mitigation/adaptation and resilience, urban (systems) planning, energy-efficient buildings, and community and economic development. Helen has worked at the global, national, and local scale as technical advisor and program manager for organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Helen’s publications highlight how nature-based solutions can accelerate urban sustainability and climate resilience (click here for more information about Helen)