Taru Niskanen has worked extensively in architecture, from urban planning to building design. She teaches at Aalto University on master’s level architectural courses. Taru has supervised student projects connected to real-life cases in South-East Asia and Africa. In architectural practice she has participated in walkability and public life studies, as well as projects related to public transportation. Work experience in Africa and Middle East has deepened her interest in rapid urbanization challenges in Global cities. Taru is a Ph.D. candidate in the WiTLAB research team, and her research topic connects the pedestrian experience to sustainable urban planning.