Dinner with 12 Tigers: Career in Urban Planning & Intersections of being First-gen/Low Income

February 26, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Meet Donald Taylor-Patterson '14. He's coming back to campus for a dinner to talk with students about his experience at Princeton, his career path in urban planning and addressing issues of inequality and injustice, being first-gen/low-income, identity as a being a Black/minority student and transitioning out of Princeton after graduation.

Dinner with 12 Tigers is a series that bring together current students and alumni of similar underrepresented backgrounds (race, identity, culture, first-gen, low socioeconomic status and more) for candid conversation over a meal. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Space is limited for this event so RSVP soon!


Donald graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a certificate in Urban Studies and became the first in his family to receive a college degree. A native of Philadelphia, Donald found himself most interested in issues of inequality and injustice in urban spaces. Donald wrote his senior thesis on the legacy of Urban Renewal and other federal housing policies in Trenton, New Jersey and won the School of Architecture Urbanism Thesis prize. Outside of class, Donald sang in the tenor section of the Princeton University Gospel Ensemble (PUGE), was a member of Princeton Faith & Action, and tutored FLI Princeton High School students with the Community House program hosted at the Carl Fields Center. Donald also held campus jobs at both the Mathey Dining Hall and the Department of Public Safety.

Following his time at Princeton, Donald stayed in the area for two years working as a Designer and Project Manager at A&E Construction, a small design-build firm in Pennington, NJ. There he served as the designer and project development lead for numerous residential and commercial design-build projects.

Realizing he still had a passion for issues affecting cities, Donald returned to academia in 2016 to pursue a Master in Urban Planning degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During his time at the GSD, Donald interned at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, where he wrote and published a paper on the opportunities and obstacles facing affordable housing design in Massachusetts. Donald also served as an executive board member of the GSD African American Student Union (AASU) and committee member for the biennial Black in Design conference.

Following his time at Harvard, Donald returned to Philadelphia to work as an Associate Consultant for U3 Advisors, a nationally-recognized consulting practice that works with universities, hospitals, nonprofits, and other institutions to solve complex real estate and economic development issues facing both the institutions and their surrounding communities.

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