With +14 years of interdisciplinary experience in architecture, urban planning, and real estate development,  Atisha has worked in 8 countries and cumulatively designed over 50 million sqft of dense urban environments ranging from large mixed-use master-planned communities to long-range planning for dense infill districts, public spaces to strategic asset management on surplus land.  In the last 5 years, her work has contributed to developing 2500 plus housing units with another 5000 units in pipelines in California. 

Atisha is an expert in land use and community development, with recent work focused on multi-family housing development, including affordable housing, public-private partnerships, TOD projects and faith communities. She is a seasoned development manager representing public and private developers. She has fastidiously led engagement with government agencies and real estate developers, collaborated with stakeholders, and led community engagement in volatile situations that have led to shared outcomes.

Atisha's real estate development process is rooted in economic realities, implementation ease, and community needs, leading to a comprehensive project design.  Atisha’s training as an architect and landscape architect brings a unique mix of build form, open spaces, programming, and a sense of human scale to her urban planning practice. While the urban planning practice brings a long-term perspective and understanding of social impacts to her built work. She takes an agile and lean approach to project management, working collaboratively with her team and her partners to find high-value solutions


Full PRoject List

Multi-family Development

VTA TOD Blossom Hill Mixed-Income ,
San Jose

3051 Edison Way Affordable Community, Redwood City

Grace Commons Affordable Community,
Faith Land, Antioch, CA

South Lake Tahoe Workforce Apartments,
City of South Lake Tahoe, CA 

Alum Rock Townhome Development,
San Jose


Pamona Unified School District Sulrus Land Asset Management 

CSU Fullerton Campus Physical Master Plan Fullerton, CA

CSU Maritime Academy Feasibility Studies
Mayo Hall - Vallejo, CA

Hayward Unified School District - STEAM


Community Design 

Santa Clara Downtown Precise Plan
Santa Clara, CA 

Brisbane Baylands: Post-Plan Urban Design
Brisbane, CA

Blackstone Housing and Transportation Study
Fresno, CA

Square One Related Densification Master Plan Toronto, Canada 

BSD City Master Plan
Jarkarta, Indonesia

Streetscape and Capital Improvement

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
San Francisco, CA

Albany Complete Streets Project
Albany, CA

3rd St Rehabilitation - San Rafael, CA

Hesperian Boulevard Complete Street Implementation -   San Lorenzo, CA

HOW Street Collaborative - Pro Bono Neighborhood  Initiative - San Francisco, CA

Design and Site Planning

Riverside Plaza Public Space Design
Chicago, IL

Fremont City Wide Parks System Plan Fremont CA

Yellowstone Club and  Ski Resort
Big Sky, Montana

Mekana Beach Resort
Maui, Hi

Jeju Ora Mixed-Use Masterplan

Center for Life Science
La Jolla, CA

El Cerrito Family Court
El Cerrito, CA

Buildings at Hayward High School, Tennyson High School, Mt. Eden High School
Hayward, CA

NYU Law School, Peking University
Beijing, China

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Appointed Leadership Position

Urban Land Institute, Silicon Valley Programs Committee Member, 2018-Current

Urban Land Institute, Urban Plan Facilitator, Sept 2017- Current

SPUR SJ, Urban Catalyst Team member, Since 2018

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, Member, October 2019-Current

Catalyze SV, Member, Jan2020- Current

APA CPAT Outreach Parklet, National Planning Conference SF, Project Manager 2019

Co-Founder, Anchal Project, Non Profit Empowering Sex Workers, 2008 – 2012

Olmsted University Scholar, RISD, 2009


Urban Land Institute, SV Programs Committee Member,  Silicon Valley Chapter, 2108-Current

Urban Land Institute, Urban Plan Facilitator, Sept 2017- Current 

SPUR SJ, Urban Catalyst Team member, Since 2018

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, Member, October 2019-Current

APA CPAT + WRT Outreach Parklet, National Planning Conference SF, Project Manager 2019

Co-Founder, Anchal Project, Women Empowerment Not for Profit, 2008 – 2012

Olmsted University Scholar, RISD, 2009


Advanced Certificate in Real Estate Development, San Jose State University, 2020-Ongoing 

Rhode Island School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture

School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), Bachelor of Architecture

Continued Education 

Proforma Certification, ULI, Ongoing

Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology Certification, MIT Media Lab, 2019

Leadership Program with Carol Murray, Two Day Workshop, ULI, 2019

From Idea to Real Business, Stanford CEC, Winter 2015

Human-Centered Design, Ideo.org, 2016

Work Experience  (+10 years)

Forward City Labs, Founding Principal, October 2020-Current

WRT, San Francisco, Associate & Senior Urban Designer,  April 2016 – September 2020

VITA, San Rafael, Landscape and Planning Project Manager, July 2015 – April 2016

OJB, San Diego, Landscape Design Associate, June 2013 – July 2014 

KPF, New York City, Architectural Designer, July 2010 – June 2013

Business Intern, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA, June – September 2009