About Staff


Along with our ability to work with students, faculty and people in the private sector on projects and studies, we also have several people on staff at the Urban Design Studio. Along with Patrick Piuma, the Director of the UDS, there are other members of the University of Louisville including graduate research assistants, interns from the Master of Urban Planning Program and Michael McCoy, Planning Director of the City Solutions Center.

Patrick Piuma, Director

ppiumatugboatsavannahPatrick Piuma is the Director of the Urban Design Studio. He has a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville. As the Director, Patrick's main concentration is on issues of sustainability and how the design of the built environment can improve the quality of life for its inhabitants. Before transitioning to the field of urban planning and design, Patrick worked as a multimedia, web and graphic designer for a local ad agency for the better part of seven years.



Winston Mitchell, Graduate Research Assistant

wmitchellstaffpicWinston Mitchell is a Graduate Assistant at the Urban Design Studio and a student pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.  Raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, he moved to Athens, Georgia where he earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. Having grown up in the planned community of Kingsport, TN and traveling extensively throughout his childhood, he is interested in the components and histories of people and spaces that combine to make cities unique. Eventually, he hopes to work in the planning field to foster sustainable growth and redevelopment that enhances the character of urban spaces and the lives of those living within them while also referencing their history and staying true to their sense of place.



We would like to recognize our past staff members who have contributed to the work of the Urban Design Studio. Though this list is not complete, everyone who has been involved has helped to elevate urban design and planning in Louisville.


Luis Calvo Deik, Graduate Research Assistant


Luis Calvo is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Urban Design Studio and a student in the University of Louisville's Master of Urban Planning program. Luis holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, he has previously lived in Atlanta and Miami before becoming a proud resident of Old Louisville. Above all things, he is a big fan of cities, and the idiosyncrasies that make each city and its community unique. A former barista and architectural draftsman, Luis enjoys designing spaces that enrich our built environment and strengthen our sense of place. 


Alex Narang, Graduate Research Assistant


Alex Narang is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Urban Design Studio and the University of Louisville. He is currently seeking a Masters in Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from Indiana University. Alex is a native of Málaga, Spain and has previously lived in St. Louis and Indianapolis. He wants to focus his work in the nonprofit or public sector looking into how data can be used to improve the performance of both sectors. Alex enjoys working with various nonprofit organizations and is seeking to get involved more with sustainability efforts. Before attending school Alex worked in the nonprofit sector as a case manager.


Michael McCoy, Planning Director - City Solutions Center

mmcoyudsstaffpicMcCoy is a registered landscape architect who earned his Master's of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. His professional life is comprosed of several different roles. As Director of Planning for the Center For Neighborhoods his work encompassed neighborhood planning, site-specific design consulting, parks and public open space master planning and resident leadership training. Michael has served as an adjunct professor of design for the University of Kentucky's Landscape Architecture program since moving to Louisville in 1995. Prior to coming to Kentucky, he worked with the multi-disciplinary international design and engineering firm of Perkins & Will in Chicago and London, England for ten years. As adjunct faculty member for the University of Louisville's Master's of Urban Planning program, he teaches courses in Neighborhood Planning, Urban Design and Site Planning. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Blackacre Conservancy which provides environmental education programs for and manages the stewardship of the Blackacre State Nature Preserve.


Jeremy Dyer, Urban Planner

jdyerudsstaffpicDyer is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville's Master of Urban Planning program. He holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Spalding University and a Bachelor's in History from the University of Louisville. The topic that intrigues him most is how urban design can encourage livable and sustainable communities. Before studying planning, he taught for a little over three years at Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Kentucky.


Megan Enyeart, Graduate Research Assistant

Megan EnyeartMegan Enyeart is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Urban Design Studio and a student in the University of Louisville's Master of Urban Planning program. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University. She is interested in sense of place and community engagement. Her previous studies include architectural drawing and history and a classroom study of young children's exploration of the built environment. Before attending the University of Louisville, she worked at an architecture gallery, a housing repair program, a marketing agency, and also as an event planner.


Jonique Green, Intern

jgreenudsstaffpicJonique K. Green is a second-year Master of Urban Planning candidate at the University of Louisville's School of Urban and Public Affairs, specializing in Housing and Community Development. Jonique holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Spanish from Fisk University. Some of her varied interests include equity development, sustainability and long-range neighborhood-based planning. Since enrolled in the University of Louisville, she has worked with various non-profit organizations in Louisville whose interests range from historic preservation to cultivating neighborhood leadership.