Isabel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the State University of New York in the College of Environmental, Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF), whose strengths are anchored in the extensive combination of academic and professional practice. Her expertise in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and her facility with cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations has led her to become an academic collaborator/principal of D+H, Los Angeles www.dhscape.com / and D+H in Guangzhou, China. Prior to this she practiced with the Denver office of Design Workshop (DW) where she developed an expertise in the production of public spaces while also working on urban design, community planning, resort and residential design projects. As an introspective practitioner she left DW to complete a post professional masters degree in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Human Ecology at Cornell University. Her masters thesis is the Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Lowry Community, it's parks and open space system a project she worked on while with DW for seven years. At Cornell she also taught Graphic Communication and the Real Estate Capstone (a multi-disciplinary urban design studio) as a Visiting Lecturer in the Planning Department and the Real Estate Program. Currently she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, and the research and production of public spaces in the US Mainland, China and her native Puerto Rico. Her latest work/researh includes a seminar course: Public Space Experimental Unit, and work/research on public space and culture across Puerto Rico, the US Mainland and China. Isabel has developed and tested methods for assessing public spaces and their settings as a strategy to minimize the user-designer gap in future design and planning work. Fernández is also an active member of Ithaca's Planning & Development Board, has developed graphic communication protocols, and won several national and international competitions among other accolades.