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Veronica - a New Team Member at Rodriguez Consulting.

posted Jan 27, 2016, 6:53 AM by   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 3:07 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

Rodriguez welcomes a new Geospatial Specialist to our office in Philadelphia. Veronica Anderson is starting work in February and we are all excited and impressed with her GIS skills, for which she’s known in the worlds of industry and academia. 

Veronica Anderson holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture and was the first to receive Philadelphia University's award for Excellence in Geodesign in 2015 while completing her Master’s degree there. Her graduate work focused on using GIS and Esri's CityEngine to quantify metrics of sustainability in order to measure the success of urban planning projects at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. As an undergraduate, she wrote about and designed an Urban Climate Catalyst for an informal settlement in Lima, Peru that used constructed wetlands to recycle greywater and provided facilities for the community to take showers, wash dishes, and do laundry beside a new community center. She also brings a year of experience to the team from her time bridging the gap between the GIS and Landscape Architecture + Planning teams at another engineering firm. 

Enthusiasm for using GIS tools to create maps and models for sustainable design is something that Veronica looks forward to sharing with the Rodriguez team. She is passionate about projects that make Philadelphia and other great cities more economically, ecologically, socially, and experientially sustainable, and her work is inspired by designs which empower communities to thrive and be resilient. 

Veronica comes from the coast of Connecticut where she discovered the wonders of the sea and learned to scuba dive. In her free time she enjoys reading books with her cat by her side, practicing yoga and meditation, playing the upright bass, and traveling to new places. She has lived in Rome, Southern Italy, and Madrid, where she became fluent in Spanish. Her favorite places to visit have been Persepolis, the Parthenon, and Seville. Veronica enjoys meeting new people who are passionate about good, sustainable urban design, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Rodriguez team! 

Veronica is one of the speakers at this year’s Geodesign Summit in Redlands, California (January 28th) which Lou Rodriguez, the President of Rodriguez Consulting is also attending. Veronica’s presentation is: Geodesign Feedback Loops: A Case Study in Iterative Master Planning. You can find the details in the short abstract below:

“In a new era that has been called the Geo-Enlightenment, the Anthropocene, and the Age of Integration, designers are being challenged to adopt new behaviors in the architecture and planning processes which reflect the interconnectedness of a community and its environment – both built and natural. Geodesign will be the framework for this new paradigm of sustainable design, empowered by cutting edge 3D procedural modeling and informed by deep GIS analytics. The MS in Geodesign program at Philadelphia University has developed an innovative process for integrating geography and design, prototyped in a 2015 update to the master plan for the redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the nation’s first shipbuilding hub. The result is a replicable workflow that produces data-driven designs through rapid, iterative collaboration, and a living document that will guide the development of The Navy Yard’s vast land assets toward true sustainability.”

Attracting talented professionals like Veronica means a lot to the success of the GIS development, its importance and perception. We look forward to having Veronica on board and making the magic happen, connecting her talent with the amazing team at Rodriguez Consulting. 

 Veronica presenting at the 2015 Philadelpha University Geodesign Forum