College of Environmental Design dean and professor of city & regional planning Jennifer Wolch was recently featured on the Design Voice Podcast, which seeks to elevate and amplify the voices of women in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions.
Hosted by Catherine Meng, an architect at DLR Group | Kwan Hemni Architecture, each episode features honest conversations with self-identifying women who shape the built environment, unique takes on the state of the professions, stories of career journeys, and more. By telling their stories, this podcast hopes to serve as a source of education, inspiration and empowerment.
As a scholar of urban analysis and planning, Wolch discusses her past work studying urban homelessness, urban environmental justice and political ecology, and the delivery of affordable housing and human services. She also shares her experiences in academia and as dean of CED, getting in-depth with Meng on the housing crisis and homelessness issues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“One of the things that I find inspiring is that students that I teach - this past semester I’ve been participating in a course for freshmen - are arriving at university with so much knowledge already of environmental and social challenges, and also passions and commitments, that we have to make sure as a teaching team we’re not telling them things they already know,” Wolch recalls in the lightning round Q&A segment of the 25-minute podcast. “They’re very interested and concerned about big issues like sea level rise, climate change gentrification, poverty, and globalization, so that really gives me hope on a regular basis.”
Listen to Dean Wolch and Meng discuss speculative futures in full here.