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