I Am AIA:
As an urban planner and architect, Becca seeks to apply her design expertise and research and analytical skills to create resilient, equitable places. Her background in architecture and urban planning advises her passion for integrating active transportation and green infrastructure to create connected communities and local ecosystems that improve wellbeing. Her commitment to culturally sensitive, community-based design has informed multiple affordable housing projects in the Puget Sound region, a 1300-acre land plan in Hawaii, and a heritage-based urban development plan in Karnataka, India.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AIA SEATTLE?
AIA Seattle allows me to meet with and learn from members with a shared interest in design and sustainability. It provides a venue to grow these relationships through engaging conversations around the challenges facing the profession, and the opportunities to improve access to and the quality of our neighborhoods and cities. It also provides an institutional framework for members to help develop and promote policies that create more resilient and sustainable communities.
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I help communities realize their values in the built environment.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TODAY?
Walking to a grocery store across a new multi modal street under construction along a bustling sidewalk filled with people from all walks of life.
HAS YOUR CAREER TAKEN YOU ANYWHERE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?
I got my M.S. Urban Planning at the same time as my Masters of Architecture because I wanted to better understand the infrastructure network and systems of power that influence what we do as a designers. After seven years of architecture school and five years at a design firm, I realized my skills and interests were better suited to developing planning initiatives and communicating the benefits of community investments to elected officials and the public.