Lisa Berglund is an architect and urban designer from Lansing, Michigan. She received a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and a masters degree in urban design from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Her doctoral studies have investigated the role of psychological and emotional attachment to place in post-industrial and post-disaster environments undergoing redevelopment. More specifically, she is interested in the ways in which memory and grief associated with the loss of important places can inform the design process and be used to support grieving communities through reconstruction. Recently, she has researched the impact of housing non-profits in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and how policies promoting the uneven redevelopment of the city have created a demand for their work. Her dissertation work investigates the effects of stigmatizing social and political rhetoric on place attachment for long-time residents of Detroit, and how this often racially and economically biased language is used to leverage support for new development.
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Urban Planning PhD Student