What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

CUP Staff

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College ... more

Clair Beltran

Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Assistant and is also a former intern. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography. She is interested in the intersections between sociology and design and is excited by how different people experience space. Having spent the past 5 years in Vermont, she is excited and overwhelmed at being back in her hometown of New York City and relearning what it has to offer. 

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Fielding Hong

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at ... more

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at the intersections of history, the arts, and social justice. Fielding has worked as both a high school history teacher in Philadelphia and a museum educator in New York. He holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, a teaching degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Culture and Gender Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. A born and bred Iowan, this country boy loves exploring urban wilds, borderlands, and the possibilities of thirdspace. He has made his home in the fight for the right to the city.

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Katie  Lan

Katie Lan

Katie is one of CUP’s 2018 summer interns. She is currently pursuing a BA at Stanford University in Urban Studies ... more

Katie Lan

Katie is one of CUP’s 2018 summer interns. She is currently pursuing a BA at Stanford University in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Society and Social Change as well as a minor in Earth Systems. Hailing from the Bay Area, she has an immense love for the diverse and dynamic communities she’s a part of and wants to learn more urban issues in order to gain critical tools to protect these communities from gentrification and displacement.  She’s interested in issues of environmental justice and the intersection of art and activism. Beyond CUP and school, she’s out in the fields learning how to grow food, exploring issues of Asian American activism, and making art to reflect on her experiences. She’s excited to be at CUP and supporting work that gives her a sense of purpose in this wild and precious world!

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Aska Mukuti

Aska Mukuti

Aska is CUP’s 2018 Fellow for Change in Design. After graduating from Boston University with a BFA in graphic design, ... more

Aska Mukuti

Aska is CUP’s 2018 Fellow for Change in Design. After graduating from Boston University with a BFA in graphic design, she returned to her roots in the Bay Area to teach and tutor students through a local nonprofit. She loved creating individualized worksheets and activities to help engage her students and build their academic confidence. The experience augmented her interests in design as a tool for social impact, and it led her to move from California to New York to intern for IDEO.org as a Communications Designer. Aska is looking forward to combining her passions for design, teaching, and public service to foster community engagement and learn more about the local issues that affect New York’s diverse residents. As a directionally-challenged newbie to the city, she enjoys walking around to search for the best Caribbean and Jamaican food (the spicier, the better) in her new neighborhood of Crown Heights.

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Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang is one of CUP’s summer 2018 interns. She is currently a junior at the International Community High ... more

Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang is one of CUP’s summer 2018 interns. She is currently a junior at the International Community High School in the Bronx, where she will be learning English as an ESL student. Born and raised in Senegal, she came to the United States at the age of 11 years old. Mame is interested in law, business, administration of international studies, and a little bit of journalism. In her free time, Mame likes to lie down and watch Senegalese and Nigerian movies so she can learn life lessons and English. She also likes to go on trips with her school or other programs, and she enjoys laughing.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning ... more

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute with a concentration on Community Development. While completing his studies at Pratt, Oscar worked and interned in various local community organizations and groups, including CUP, on issues dealing with planning, design, and community education and engagement. Previously, he received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he moved to Washington, D.C. at a young age. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can give pretty good directions in Portuguese.

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Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Visual Studies. She’s interested in the intersections of art, environmental justice, and community development. She was born in Bangalore, grew up in Chicago, and now lives Brooklyn, where you can find her making a mess in the kitchen or caring for her beloved ficus, Eugene. 

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Frampton Tolbert

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for ... more

Frampton Tolbert

Frampton is CUP’s Deputy Director. For more than 20 years, he has worked in development and communications for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council. He has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a James Marston Fitch Foundation Fellowship for his work examining vernacular modernism in the borough of Queens, and currently serves on several boards including Docomomo New York/Tri-State and Municipal Art Society’s Preservation Committee. Frampton holds a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington. 

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Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where ... more

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where he studies Visual Arts and Architectural Studies. Born and raised in Boston and a lifelong artist, he has always been interested in urban issues and the ways in which art and design can be used to tackle them. He is especially interested in uplifting and serving marginalized urban communities, including but not limited to queer/LGBTQ+ people, low income communities, people of color, and those directly affected by the prison-industrial complex. In his free time, you can find him (un)ironically looking at astrology memes, hopelessly juggling the million creative half-ideas in his head, and taking walks through the city and its parks as often as possible. 

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What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

From Cellblock to Your Block

Urban Investigations

From Cellblock to Your Block

What Up With DAT?

Technical Assistance

What Up With DAT?

Draw the line!

Technical Assistance

Draw the line!

Show Me the Money!

City Studies

Show Me the Money!

SERVE!

Public Access Design

SERVE!