Gretchen has been practicing architecture and researching contemporary urbanism since completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan in 1999. Her work looks into industrial and economic drivers of change in cities through design. Her current focus is the Future Factory project, a series of proposals for integrating urban manufacturing in cities and diversifying urban development patterns. She received a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University in 2012 entitled ‘Manufacturing Urbanism: architectural practice for unfinished cities’, and is the editor of the book Distributed Urbanism: Cities after Google Earth. Her design work has been published internationally in renowned publications, including Architectural Design (AD), Ottagono, Metropolis MagazineandL’Architecture d’Aujourd’Hui, and her work has been exhibited in New York at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. She has received several international grants for urban research including the Japan Foundation, the James L. Knight Foundation, the Australia China Council and the Holcim Foundation.