Former Graduate Students


Bio_Leonard_MachlerLeonard Machler
PhD, MA | Past Research Associate

Leonard Machler recently obtained his PhD in planning from the School of Community & Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Leonard holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University and a honours bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. Leonard’s research focuses on housing, Smart Growth, residential preferences and neighbourhood satisfaction. Additionally, he is interested in land use planning tools to achieve Smart Growth outcomes and transportation planning. His dissertation examined whether a mix of different housing types enables households to sort into their preferred neighbourhoods.


Bio_Victor_NgoVictor Ngo
MAP Student | Past Research Assistant

Victor Ngo is an urban planner, researcher, and consultant. He is currently a Research Associate in the Health & Community Design Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s School of Population and Public Health. Victor’s work focuses on advancing sustainable development in cities and communities through evidence-based policy and design solutions. He has over five years of interdisciplinary and applied research experience specializing in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, active transportation, healthy community design, and geospatial applications for planning, urban design, and real estate.


Bio_Hind_SbihiHind Sbihi
PhD | Past Research Associate

Hind Sbihi holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique Montreal (B.Eng) and Ecole Centrale de Paris (M.Eng), and a Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Hind recently defended her doctoral work conducted within the UBC School of Population and Public Health where she investigated air pollution exposure assessment methods for birth cohort studies of childhood asthma and allergies. Hind’s research interests are related to methods to measure environmental exposures related to the built environment for epidemiological studies of children’s health. Assessing exposures is a key element that requires rigorous and precise methods to advance our understanding of environmental contaminants source-health effects links and to determine what aspects of the urban form should and could be modified to enhance the health of different segments of the population.


Bio_Oladapo_Alex_OlajideOladapo (Alex) Olajide
MScP | Past Research Assistant

Oladapo (Alex) Olajide is young transport planning consultant who is passionate about the strategic role of transportation in fostering economically vibrant, healthy, and sustainable cities globally. He has worked as an intern planning consultant with Arup Canada and EcoPlan International (EPI) respectively. Alex completed his master’s degree in Planning from the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) specializing in transportation. He also obtained a bachelor’s of Environmental Studies degree in International Development from the University of Waterloo in 2013. Alex professional specialties cover transport infrastructure planning, economics, finance, and development. His primary career goal is to guide transport agencies, governments, private business, and the public in making informed decisions about urban transport investments using advanced evidence based transportation techniques.