Troy Andrew Hallisey is an urban planner, urban ecologies specialist, GIS and geo-web developer and designer. In 2014, he graduated from the groundbreaking M.S. Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons The New School for Design, which seeks to reframe the study of cities and urban processes through research, community-based fieldwork and an understanding of social, economic, political, and spatial forces. Troy recently completed an internship at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the Field Information Services team where he developed several geo-web applications for easily accessing humanitarian data.
While at Parsons, Troy’s research focused issues pertaining to the development of affordable housing and community economic development models rooted in collective ownership. His thesis project, “VETU: Vamos en Todo Unidos,” rethinks a New York City-based collective of street-food vendors as an integrated worker and housing cooperative model with a goal of providing a democratic alternative to economic development and affordable housing through cultural production and education. He also developed “Mapping the Housing Crisis,” a project that visualizes neighborhoods at risk for redevelopment in New York City, using GIS data analysis to create an index of several urban issues as signifiers. Troy has had the opportunity to consult with several community groups, both local and international, to develop strategies that aim for greater community engagement and self-management including “Corredores de Agua, Corrientes de Poder” in Medellín Colombia, and the “Chongqing Industrial Museum” in China.
In 2003, Troy received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut, where he was also a candidate in landscape architecture, sparking his interest in urban processes, sustainability, integrated urban development and social justice projects using community engagement and participatory research techniques. In 2006, Troy received a B.F.A from the University of Rhode Island with concentrations in printmaking and digital design, where he won several awards for his print work studying the individual within communities.
Troy lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY and is currently employed with American International Group (AIG) as a marketing design strategist, a role that places emphasis on digital communication and branding strategies for a network over 5,000 independent financial advisors. He has also spent time employed as a graphic designer and publication editor. In his spare time, Troy enjoys traveling and getting the feel of new places.