Anna is an urban planner and urban designer who joined PPS to contribute to a variety of Placemaking Projects, including Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Program and the Bass Initiative for Innovation and Placemaking, a collaboration between PPS and the Brookings Institution. Her work ranges from project management and design assistance to workshop facilitation and quantitative research.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anna spent two years in Oklahoma as a Fulbright Scholar, where she obtained Master’s degree in Regional and City Planning. Her thesis focused on minority communities’ perception of space and inclusion into the planning process. She was a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Quality Communities – a placemaking arm of the University of Oklahoma that trains students and connects citizens, professionals, and civic leaders with knowledge that builds on tradition to reshape towns and cities for the future.
First trained as an architect, Anna was always passionate about research on built environment. Her professional experience includes working on three new cultural centers as a senior associate at the Russian Ministry of Culture. She had earlier worked on a multidisciplinary international team at Strelka Institute (a nonprofit and non-governmental organization based in Moscow, Russia) to research the implications of crowdsourced digital information to alleviate transportation problems.
B.A. Architecture, Moscow Institute of Architecture, 2009
M.A. Regional and City Planning, University of Oklahoma, 2015
M.Arch Reconstruction, Moscow Institute of Architecture, 2011