Aria Ritz Finkelstein

I'm a Ph.D. candidate at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Marine Policy Center, where I research marine spatial planning.

After studying architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech and spending a few years practicing planning and urban design in Atlanta, I became interested in the application of urban planning tools to spaces that are not typically thought of as urban, especially insofar as they are used to rationalize territory in ways that perpetuate spatial injustice. At the moment, that means I'm researching marine planning processes and the interactions of ecological, economic, and political forces that shape submerged lands.

Visit some of my previous and ongoing projects.

I live on a 31' sailboat in Boston Harbor with my partner and occasionally post thoughts or photos at twitter or instagram. Sometimes you can find me in a crossword puzzle. This website is a work in progress. If you want to know more about me, my research, or my professional work, please ask!