oUR TEAM

ATISHA VARSHNEY, AICP

With +10 years of experience in architecture, landscape and urban planning, Atisha has worked in 8 countries and cumulatively designed over 50 million sqft of dense urban environments ranging from streetscapes, campuses, infill developments, downtowns to large master-planned communities. Atisha is an expert in land use, ground floor activation, proforma based design, parking strategies, TDM credits, community benefits, project management and business development. She has actively engaged with government agencies and real estate developers, collaborated with stakeholders and led community engagement in volatile situations leading to consensus building.

As an urbanist with a diverse portfolio, she stands on a strong foundation of observation, analysis, human-centered design thinking, systems planning and implementation strategies. She takes an agile and lean approach to project management, working collaboratively with her team and her partners to find high-value design solutions.

Atisha is well-connected with the planning landscape in Silicon Valley and actively involved with local chapters of APA, SPUR and ULI, where she serves on the Urban Catalyst team and Silicon Valley programs committee respectively.

Atisha@FORWARDCitylabs.com |https://www.linkedin.com/in/atishav/


Full PRoject List

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


Landscape Design and Site Planning

Blossom Hill Station VTA TOD
San José, CA

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
Korea

Center for Life Science
La Jolla, CA

El Cerrito Family Court
El Cerrito, CA


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


Education Design

CSU Fullerton Campus Physical Master Plan Fullerton, CA

CSU Maritime Academy Feasibility Studies
Mayo Hall - Vallejo, CA

Hayward Unified School District - STEAM 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

Franklin Forward Initiative, Founding Director and Program Manager, February 2021-Present

AINAK, Non-profit supporting cost free eye care, Outreach Director & Board Member, April 2020-Current

Santa Clara Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee(BPAC), Jan 2021- Current

Downtown Community Task Force(DCTF), Santa Clara Downtown Precise Plan, Nov 2020-Current


Affiliation

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


Education

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