Urban Breezes Team

Urban Breezes Team


Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado

Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is the founder of Urban Breezes and based in Chicago. She has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology. Currently, Petra is the Research Director at the American Planning Association, heading APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda, advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change, and developing APA’s foresight practice to inform APA’s strategic governance. Her areas of expertise and research include urban futures and foresight, urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology. In addition, Petra teaches a course on how to use foresight in planning (Community Visioning with Foresight) at the University of Maryland and a course on  urban sustainability and environmental psychology (Psychology of Urban Sustainability) at the Vienna University of Technology. Prior to joining APA, she worked as an advisor, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, Loyola University Chicago and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar. Petra has authored and co-authored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences around the globe.

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Helen Santiago Fink

Helen Santiago Fink is a climate urbanist, researcher, and consultant, based in Washington, D.C. She works at the intersection of the social, natural, and physical sciences. Her 25+ years of professional experience bring multi-disciplinary expertise in sustainable development, climate change mitigation/adaptation and resilience, urban (systems) planning, energy-efficient buildings, and community and economic development. Helen has worked at the global, national, and local scale as technical advisor and program manager for organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Helen’s publications highlight how nature-based solutions can accelerate urban sustainability and climate resilience (click here for more information about Helen)