Lauren Masseria is a Planning Associate at the Project for Public Spaces. After a brief time as an Outdoor Educator turned Events Manager in sunny California, Lauren moved back to her home state of New York. Building upon her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, Lauren pursued a Masters in Urban Planning with a focus on environmental planning and urban design at CUNY Hunter College, where she recently graduated with honors. In her last year at Hunter College, Lauren worked on a client-initiated, community-informed project to develop the East Harlem Waterfront into a neighborhood destination. Prior to receiving her Masters degree, Lauren was involved in home energy efficiency as well as renewable energy construction projects.
At PPS, Lauren currently works on the Citizen’ Institute on Rural Design workshop funding project, the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference, and community-specific Placemaking projects and workshops. She has assisted on report development, research and project management for projects and trainings in California, Michigan, Australia, and New York City. Additionally, Lauren has provided support in digital placemaking and streamlining digital engagement and media-communication processes. Ingrained in all of her work is the goal to promote a community-driven process in developing more livable, walkable, and most importantly, enjoyable cities.
When Lauren isn’t in front of a computer, she can be found biking, doing yoga, rock climbing or hiking with her dog (and best buddy), Chaplin.
The University of Vermont, Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, focus on Community Development and Applied Economics
CUNY Hunter College, Masters in Urban Planning, focus on Environmental Planning and Urban Design