Riga Technical University (RTU) is working to restructure the academic programs for architects and urban planners. Dr. Liepa-Zemesa will study architecture and urban planning education in the United States and especially at the University at Buffalo to ensure that the education programs at RTU are state-of-the-art. Her research will help revise existing curricula and individual courses, and she will develop the curriculum for a new academic program in urban design. Her academic stay in the United States is funded by a grant from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation.
Zhuo Yu's research focuses on urban planning and design, urban spatial analysis, and digital urban planning. A certified Chinese urban planner since 2004, Yu has led almost a dozen urban planning projects.