Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, I hold Masters degrees in both architecture and urban planning. My research is focused on integrating attitudinal and social network variables into disaster preparedness research and on facilitating dialogue about building place-based community resilience using methods based in appreciative inquiry. My dissertation project involves comparative research that engages communities along spectra of both socioeconomic status and urban-ness. I hope to apply this research in collaboration with communities to develop place-based interventions for improving both resilience to disruptive events (such as natural disasters) and everyday quality of life. 

Before returning to the University of Washington to pursue a Ph.D., I worked as a professional urban planning and urban design consultant for more than eight years. Most recently, as a member of VIA Architecture’s Seattle-based Community Design Studio, I was an integral part of several place-based transit planning and community visioning projects in the greater Seattle region. As a professional planner, I maintained a connection with academia, serving as an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and as a member of the Department of Architecture’s Professional Advisory Committee, and the Seattle Center Foundation Board of Trustees.


Research Collaborations (while at University of Washington 2016 – present)
  • Member, THINK Lab, University of Washington Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Member, TOMNET: USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center
  • Collaborator, NSF Mobility, Health, and Resilience in Smart, Connected Communities: Building Capacities and Expanding Impact (MOHERE), 2018 – 2019
  • Participant, NSF Coastlines and People (CoPe) Virtual Scoping Workshop, September 2018


Select projects and work experience are included on this blog/website. See my full CV here: Idziorek_cv

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Katherine Idziorek, AICP