Portrait of Laurie Tabachnick

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning


/ PhD Student

Laurie Tabachnick

Laurie Tabachnick is a first-year Ph.D. student in Urban & Regional Planning at Taubman College, University of Michigan. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as an MA in Arts Administration from Florida State University and an MA in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver.

Her research aims to understand the relationship between urban planning and visual/literary history and culture. Specifically, her research focuses on the analysis and exploration of the history of modern urban planning through the lens of popular artistic media with the goal of providing new insight on the ways in which artistic media aligns with, enhances, and/or diverges from traditional urban planning sources.

Before pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, she worked for many years as a parks planner with the City and County of Denver’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Denver Park Trust. She is AICP certified.