Laier-Rayshon Smith

Laier is a Master in Urban Planning candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A Pittsburgh native, he completed his BA in Political Science at Point Park University. Prior to coming to the GSD, Laier was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, he worked at community-based non-profit organizations, in community development and the Pittsburgh city government. Laier is interested in the politics of space with a focus on redevelopment and affordable housing models, and in how housing policy and urban form can transform the lives and experiences of people in urban environments.