Mike Ernst – Urban Planner, Designer and Educator
Mike’s work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach, and innovative, sustainable design through new technologies. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mike was based in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past eight years before recently relocating to New York City. He is currently an Instructor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Mike has worked as a planning and design consultant on a wide variety of projects. He was the 2007 Piero N. Patri Fellow in Urban Design at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, and was a Community Innovation Fellow with the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Community Innovation at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University of Ohio and holds a Master’s of City Planning from UC Berkeley.
Mike has also long been involved with the International Honors Program’s “Cities in the 21st Century,” first as a student in 2002, then as a Trustees Fellow in 2006, and most recently as Traveling Faculty in 2011. These experiences have allowed him to study cities and urban form in India, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, China, and Vietnam.