Katrina holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in land use and environmental planning, with an Urban Design Certificate. Katrina’s graduate work focused on interdisciplinary projects, including the 2013 ULI Hines competition based in Minneapolis, in which her team took an honorable mention. Her fall coursework included a landscape architecture studio, where she explored design and planning frameworks that could guide sustainable, self-constructed development in MedellÍn, Colombia. Her senior planning studio examined the role and impact an underutilized freight rail corridor that runs through New York City’s outer-boroughs could have on shifting and absorbing the city’s future growth. Katrina completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, majoring in environmental studies and political science. Katrina’s post-college work explored the myriad of benefits (health, economic, environmental, socially, etc.) associated with greening urban environments, and how they could be better designed or planned, leading to her pursuit of a planning degree.
Having worked in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, Katrina brings an understanding of the academic science and theory, as well as the stakeholder involvement and policy implications to a project. Katrina’s interest in planning stems from the environmental challenges facing cities, both in terms of climate change impacts on the built environment and human health, but also keeping urbanites in touch and engaged in nature. As a Planner at O2, Katrina is currently involved in projects with an emphasis on regional and land use planning.