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About SAVI

The Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative is an interdisciplinary research, consulting, and education center focusing on spatial data and visual storytelling.

  • We work with people to untangle the complexities of spatial data, to generate in-depth analytics, and to reconnect people with data through design.
  • We help build the future of spatial data visualization by training emerging professionals in our two certificate programs.
  • We leverage the work of researchers, government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector through partnership projects to understand and visualize their data.

Staff

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John Lauermann

Faculty Director, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative
Associate Professor, School of Information

John Lauermann is an Associate Professor in the School of Information and the Faculty Director of SAVI. His research uses GIS to map the impact of socio-economic inequality in US cities, on topics such as gentrification, housing, and mega-projects. He teaches in the MS of Data Analytics and Visualization program, and coordinates the Advanced Certificate in Spatial Analysis and Design.


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Sara Eichner

Sara Eichner is a designer and cartographer focusing on data driven stories. She works in Brooklyn, NY with Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) on a variety of design and geospatial projects, and she teaches GIS and spatial thinking in the Pratt School of Information graduate program. Some recent and ongoing projects are with the NYC DOT, Etsy, the NY State Department of Conservation, the Queens Museum, and the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program. Sara has also had a career as a visual artist and has worked as an organizer of the Data Through Design exhibition since 2019. 

Graduate Assistant

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Alyssa “Lys” Bement

Graduate Assistant, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative
MS City and Regional Planning

Alyssa “Lys” Bement (she/her/hers) is a second year City and Regional Planning Student at Pratt Institute. Prior to working at SAVI, she was a GIS Student Assistant at the University of Florida’s GeoPlan center. For the past year, she has been working on the Hudson Access Project at SAVI, focusing on data management, online survey creation, and community outreach.


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Jesse Ludington

Graduate Assistant, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative
MS Museums and Digital Culture

Jesse Ludington (she/her/hers) is a Graduate Assistant at SAVI, working on the Initiative’s website, social media presence, and project documentation. She is a student in the MS Museums and Digital Culture program in the School of Information, and holds a BA in Literary Studies from The New School. In addition to her work at SAVI, she is currently a Collection Information and Data Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a Development Associate at New York Common Pantry.


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Ziqi Wang

Graduate Assistant, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative
MS Data Analytics and Visualization

Ziqi Wang (she/her/hers) is a graduate student from Beijing, China. She spent her undergraduate years studying journalism. She was introduced to data journalism during her final year of undergrad and immediately fell in love with visual storytelling through graphics. After deciding to pursue a degree in data analysis and visualization at Pratt, she discovered a new interest in GIS, and spent her first summer interning at BetaNYC, a nonprofit civic tech organization improving the lives of New Yorkers through open data, technology and design. As the GIS Analyst on the SAVI team, her responsibility is to use GIS to analyze and visualize data, in support of faculty research and community mapping initiatives.

SAVI thanks our former graduate assistants:

Haley Balcanoff, MS Sustainable Environment Systems 2020
De Han, MS Data Analytics and Visualization 2020
Josephina Matteson, MS City and Regional Planning 2020
Drew Stanley, MS Data Analytics and Visualization 2020
Zack Walker, MS Data Analytics and Visualization 2020
Anna Yie, MS Sustainable Environment Systems 2020
Jackson Chabot, MS Urban Placemaking and Management 2019
Rachel Daniell, MS Data Analytics and Visualization 2019
Lidia Henderson, MS City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2019
Trapa Barua, MS City and Regional Planning 2018
Jonathan Marable, MS City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2018
Kim Robledo, MS City and Regional Planning 2018
Maria Teresa Ruiz, MS City and Regional Planning 2018
Adriana Beltrani, MS City and Regional Planning 2017
Natasha Dwyer, MS City and Regional Planning 2017
Fareen Islam, MS Urban Placemaking and Management 2017
Sarita Rupan, MS Sustainable Environment Systems 2017
Ahmad Shaibani, MS City and Regional Planning 2017
Eugenia Tang, MS City and Regional Planning 2017
Bowon Chung, MFA Digital Arts 2016
Haley Cox, MS Urban Placemaking and Management 2016
Lian Farhi, MS City and Regional Planning 2016
Brett Promisloff, MS City and Regional Planning 2016
Acacia Dupierre, MS City and Regional Planning 2015
Jeff Sun, MS City and Regional Planning 2015
Korin Tangtrakul, MS Urban Environmental Systems Management 2015
Theo Roth, MS Library and Information Science 2014
Allen Spector, MFA Communications Design 2014
Leonardo Arias, MS City and Regional Planning 2013
Jen Boggs, MFA Communications Design 2013
Lindsay Donnellon, MS City and Regional Planning 2013
Roz Palmer, MS Urban Environmental Systems Management, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2013
Sadra Shahab, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2013
Sara Margolis, MS City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2012
Jen Mattei, MFA Communications Design
Mariam Bowring

History

Savi was founded in 2013 by Jessie Braden and Juan Camilo Osorio with mentorship from John Shapiro, then Chair of Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE), and with assistance from Peter Barna, then Provost, and the Pratt Center for Community Development.

(From left to right:) Pratt Provost Kirk Pillow, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Pratt Center for Community Development Executive Director Adam Friedman, SAVI co-founder Jessie Braden, SAVI co-founder Juan Camilo Osorio, former Vice President New York City Economic Development Corporation Tenzing Chadotsang, and former Pratt President Tom Schutte.