Who We Are

Leadership and Faculty

Paula Horrigan, R2G NY Director, is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and a founding member of R2G NY. Her expertise lies in community design, place-based democratic and participatory design processes, participatory action research and academic service-learning. She has worked with village and urban scale communities, schools and health organizations in New York State undertaking place-based design and research projects. Through her service-learning based community design studio she has brought academic and community partners together to collaboratively address contemporary environmental design and planning challenges.

Jamie Vanucchi, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture is a R2G NY Project Leader and Research Collaborator currently based at SUNY ESF. She is part of the original team of Cornell faculty that founded and activated R2G NY and specializes in green infrastructure to provide ecosystem services in urban environments and stormwater management. Previous to joining SUNY ESF, Vanucchi was a lecturer in Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture where her 2009 Cornell course, “Toward an Ecological Urban Infrastructure” was instrumental in beginning to forge many of the community relationships and partnerships on which R2G Utica is currently based.

Deni Ruggeri, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon is an R2G NY Research Collaborator and founding member of the Initiative. Having relocated to the University of Oregon’s Department of Landscape Architecture, his expertise is in urban design, social and human factors in landscape architecture, community design processes, and in the development of participatory methods in urban design. He has managed visioning processes for various small towns and has developed an expertise in large-scale community surveys and interviews of stakeholders and residents through his research on the new town of Irvine, California.

Shorna Broussard Allred, R2G NY Research Collaborator, is an Associate Professor, Natural Resources at Cornell University specializing in human dimensions of natural resources and community engagement in stewardship of natural resources. She conducts outreach with organizations and agencies related to effective program planning and implementation such as stakeholder engagement, peer learning and networking strategy development, program evaluation, and communication. As an R2G NY Research Collaborator, she brings expertise in social dimensions of natural resource planning and management and is concerned with how natural resources are incorporated into sustainable city design and green infrastructure.

Scott Peters, R2G Research Collaborator, is currently Co-Director of Imagining America and Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University (currently on leave from Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture). He is a founding faculty member of R2G NY and is a scholar and educator on the project of advancing democratic varieties of public engagement in the academic profession. Using tools from narrative inquiry and action research, Peter’s helps people and organizations reflect on and learn from their public engagement work and experiences. He is the principal investigator for Cornell's participation in a five-year (2011-2016) integrated teaching, research, and extension project (supported by USDA) called "Food Dignity: Action Research on Engaging Food Insecure Communities and Universities in Building Sustainable Community Food Systems."

Christina Twomey, Assistant to the Director and a 2011 and 2012 R2G Civic Research Fellow, is a 2012 graduate of the Masters of Landscape Architecture Program in Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Her current work with R2G NY builds on her background in outdoor recreation management, urban park design and planning and nearly two years of working on projects with Rust to Green Utica.