Yashesh Panchal has a background in Architecture and Urban Design. Now, he is pursuing his M.S. in Urban Planning at Columbia University. His key interests are in Community and Economic Development. His prior research revolves around housing for the aging population in Japan. He now intends to further his research on housing for the elderly and the working class in New York City, while trying to look for strategies to optimize the affordable housing market, as it is one of the most pressing issues in many major cities around the world.