In college, Annie Ryan had the kind of ‘ah-ha’ moment that many universities hope to provide their students – the defining experience that determines life paths. While studying abroad in Copenhagen, her urban design program exposed her first-hand to the incredibly humanizing effect that high-quality public realm design has on the soul of a city. Annie realized how meaningful investments in public infrastructure, like mass transit, bicycle lanes, and public plazas and parks, bring people from all walks of life together and benefit the entire city.
Today, she is deeply committed to place-based planning that creates more equitable scenarios for people to use and benefit from the places in which they live. Throughout the course of her professional and academic planning career, her work has centered on developing physical planning strategies that synthesize community members’ diverse visions into implementable and equitable actions. Whether designing multi-modal streetscapes for auto-oriented corridors or facilitating innovative visioning activities at multilingual community workshops, Annie strives for new outreach methods and design strategies that engage people historically left out of formal planning processes and improve their physical and economic access to the cities they live in.
She is also committed to the power of incremental urban design and piloting strategies in helping people visualize the potential impact of different interventions. To this point, Annie has helped communities develop open street event series where road diets, public realm enhancements, and new pockets of open space can be tested and showcased relatively cheaply and quickly in more suburban contexts, both in the private and public sectors.
Today at Page, Annie delights in creative problem solving; oral, written, and graphic communication; and community outreach design and facilitation. She is always interested in new collaborative opportunities to design sustainable, equitable, and adaptable places for people. Prior to joining Page, she worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate, Gehl Studio in San Francisco, the Town of Wellesley in the Boston metro area and PlaceWorks.
When not immersed in an urban planning challenge, Annie loves to hike along the Bay Area’s incredible network of trails and explore different neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland on her bicycle.