who we are

We are a small team, there are four of us at present, but we are also often aided by student interns, from local universities, that occasionally swell our ranks to seven. While we are all urban planners employed with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning we bring a collective experience that includes urban design, environmental design, architecture and landscape architecture.

Our work regularly includes collaborations with colleagues across the City's many departments as well as community stakeholders and design and engineering professionals. The design and building of urban spaces, big and small, is truly a collective process and public engagement is at the heart of what we do.

Claire Bowin
Holly Harper
Danai Zaire
Stacy Farfan

Claire Bowin - Senior City Planner

Claire is a long-time advocate for quality transportation options, public open space and affordable housing. She recently joined the Urban Design Studio after helming the department's Citywide Policy Planning Division for much of the last decade. During her 13 year tenure with the department Claire has overseen the development of a number of the City's innovative policy strategies including most recently the Mobility Plan 2035 and Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles. She was also instrumental in crafting the forward-thinking Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan as an implementation strategy following on the heels of the City's adoption of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. Before joining the City Claire honed her interest in transit oriented communities at Livable Places where she oversaw the development of a 58-unit affordable homeownership project. Prior to that Claire worked as a designer and decorator in the Motion Picture Industry. Claire holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and is currently enrolled in UCLA's Landscape Architecture Certificate program.


Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in networking and gaining valuable experience in City Planning and Urban Design? Apply for an internship at the Urban Design Studio! To be considered, please fill out the following Internship Application. Qualified candidates will only be contacted when internships are available and open. No other forms of applications and/or communication will be considered.