Tess is a Master’s in City Planning candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She previously worked as a project manager on Michael Bierut’s team at Pentagram Design. She received a BA with honors in History from Yale University, where she specialized in historiography and mid- to late-19th Century German militarism.

At MIT, she’s focused on urban design and critical cartography. She’s recently become interested in landscape architecture, and the theoretical intersections between ecology, landsacpe aesthetics, and landscape history in the context of post-industrial urban design projects. She’s writing her thesis on how these ideas are present at Suffolk Downs, in East Boston.