Graduates from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Sasaki Principals Caitlyn Clauson and Romil Sheth have been side-by-side since their days taking classes in Ann Arbor.
In a recent Q&A with their alma mater, Sheth and Clauson chat about their educational and career journeys, which have taken them across the country and around the world.
A principal and chair at-large on Sasaki’s board of directors, Caitlyn Clauson received her M.U.P. from Taubman in 2007. With a focus on campus planning, Clauson has worked with over 50 institutions to help create and build welcoming spaces that integrate cultures and offer accessibility. Clauson is particularly passionate about working with institutions to integrate dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into planning initiatives. In an article Caitlyn co-authored in 2018 for the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP)’s Planning for Higher Education Journal, she expresses a belief that physical spaces on campus reflect a school’s commitment to values of inclusion and accessibility. Among her current clients is UC Berkeley, with whom Clauson is applying this thinking while solving challenges within the campus’s dense urban setting.