As the head of the West Coast Urban Design Practice, Geeti Silwal brings vision and design leadership to lay the foundation of transformative changes in cities. She strongly believes that urban designers hold the responsibility to inspire integrated, multi-purpose design solutions of innovation and beauty that create healthy and inclusive cities. Working with cities, institutions, regional transit agencies, and private developers her work includes delivering well-connected, mixed-use, vibrant communities around transit corridors and stations; and also focuses on visioning and planning successful innovation ecosystems. The primary focus being the interrelatedness of economic, cultural, and physical dimensions that combine to deliver a complete community and instills an authentic and lasting sense of place. She has led planning efforts for communities of innovation for the University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision Plan, University of California Santa Cruz -MBEST Innovation District, San Carlos East Innovation District, Los Angeles Biomed/Tech Focus Area Study, and San Diego State University Innovation District visioning session. Geeti holds a Master of Urban Design degree from University of California, Berkeley. She is a Board member of Perkins&Will’s AREA Research 501c3, member of ULI San Francisco’s DEI Committee, member of ULI Public Development and Infrastructure Product Council, and was a jury member of the ULI Hines International Design Competition in 2021 and 2022 and the Jury Chair in 2023.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 20

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Addressing Housing Needs through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development and Suburban Retrofits

3:45pm – 5:00pm
Hilton Austin, Governor's Salon E, Floor 4

The reality of remote and hybrid working models present an opportunity for many suburban areas to reimagine themselves as more complete communities. The inclusion of more gentle, dense housing is an essential part of current suburban retrofitting strategies. This panel will feature a moderated discussion with national experts on the trends and mix of land uses that are transforming the suburbs and the role that Equitable Transit Oriented Development (E-TOD) policies are playing in creating more diverse and inclusive communities. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.