About Catyana Skory Falsetti

I am currently enrolled as in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program at Arizona State University and will graduate in May of 2018.  I was offered and completed an internship at the United Nations Population Fund headquarters in New York City. In my studies, I am focusing on the relationship between the human population and the environment, demographics, social issues, and corporate sustainability.  I see Public-Private Partnerships as critical relationships to foster in order to address the triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial issues. 

I am skilled at 2D and 3D imaging, drafting and using software including SketchUp, Google Earth Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, ArcGIS and the Microsoft Office Suite.

I studied fine art, and architecture, earned my Bachelor's Degree in History and Anthropology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and my first Master's Degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  I have been employed as a forensic artist, forensic exhibit specialist, faculty associate and medico-legal investigator and am now looking forward to leveraging my unique and extensive experience to issues critical to urban planning and sustainability.



Why Did I change fields?

The question that I get most often when I tell people about my career change is why? After working for 14 years as a forensic investigator, crime scene investigator a forensic artist, forensic exhibit specialist and faculty associate in criminal justice I knew that I wanted to be able to make a greater impact, to make a difference, to become an agent of change.

Always considering myself an artist, I took many courses in art but ended up completing my BA in History and Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. At this point, I had to consider my interests and create a plan for my future. After vacillating between historic preservation, law and museum studies I decided on forensic art. In order to gain entry into the field I pursued and received my Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University in Washington DC.

It was a struggle to enter the field of law enforcement as an artist and woman and I eventually succeeded to work as a forensic investigator, and studying and carrying dead bodies, and after much training and effort, I attained my goal of being a full-time forensic artist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There I assisted investigations for unidentified decedents by rebuilding faces from skeletons, interviewed witnesses to crimes and created hundreds of images to help investigations get answers.


These experiences led me to the opportunity to teach a course on crime scene investigation in the city of Bata in the country of Equatorial Guinea on the African Continent. Although I had experienced other countries, having traveled extensively and growing up part-time in Brazil, this experience gave me a new perspective on what is important.


While our team was trying to teach this group of ~20 policemen, they expressed their dismay with the investment of financial resources into equipment that they were unlikely to utilize. Some of these officers had 7 of their 10 children die early in life, there was little clean, drinkable water in the country and the infrastructure needed a lot of attention.

This made me realize the importance of the built environment and how much power we have in changing the quality of life for people. With my love of nature, and concern with the human impact on the planet, I realized that I wanted to make a greater impact, and that way is through urban planning. This eventually let me pursue my Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning, and I am so energized by this career path, so cannot wait to formally contribute to a better more sustainable future.