Senior Planner & Urban Designer, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Laura Shipman is an urban designer who has focused on issues of community development, affordable housing, and sustainability. Most recently, she worked for the Berkeley, California firm MIG, Inc., where she has experience on a variety of planning projects including general and specific plans, urban greening, transit-oriented development, form-based code, campus planning, art district development, signage and branding, community visioning, neighborhood action planning, and complete streets planning.
Prior to joining MIG, Shipman was an Enterprise Community Partners Rose Architectural Fellow based in San Francisco working on the development of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families, as well as the homeless assistance component of the Treasure Island Redevelopment—a former naval base being redeveloped as a sustainable and inclusive community.
Shipman has served as a Mayoral Appointee to the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Citizens Advisory Board, President of the Design Corps Board of Directors, and member of the Association for Community Design Board of Directors. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning.