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Richa Gupta-Graduate Intern

Richa Gupta is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with concentrations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is interested in exploring the relationships between the built environment, chronic disease, and health disparities in urban settings. Richa hopes to effectively utilize her research and statistical skills to inform powerful urban design interventions directed at improving population health. She previously worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she conducted research on racial disparities observed in breast cancer patient living in NYC. As part of her last semester, Richa is completing her Master’s Thesis in which she is looking at the links between Seattle’s built environment and the incidence of Cardiac Arrest.

Julia Lindgren, MArch – Project Coordinator

Julia Lindgren seeks to build social and environmental equity through the practice of thoughtful design and planning.   Julia believes that design can serve as a catalyst to support resilient, vibrant, sustainable communities and is interested in the intersection of the built environment and social conditions, particularly in areas where resources are most scarce.

Julia holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Lehigh University  and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Washington.  Prior to joining the HealthxDesign team, Julia worked for several years as a Design Associate at bcWORKSHOP and as a Construction Supervisor for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.

Celina Lee – Research Designer

A lover of numbers, Celina specializes in quantitative research techniques. She ensures sound methodological approach for HealthxDesign’s quantitative evaluations. Celina seeks to contribute to our understanding of what works in improve people’s lives– maximize impact through enabling practitioners, donors, policymakers, and other decision-makers to make evidence-based decisions.  Over the last 5 years, she has worked on evaluating programs that advance social equity through public health, financial inclusion, market development, and rural development.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.