Craig Toocheck

Craig Toocheck

Oakland, CA



Craig is an Urban Designer and Planner currently working towards his Master's in City Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Focusing on the design of our built environment he hopes to work towards improving our cities, towns, and public spaces, and the lives their residents and visitors. This includes interests in areas such as public transportation, bike/ped infrastructure, and street design; economic, urban, and neighborhood (re)development; sustainability and resiliency; and advocacy and policy.

As a generalist with an eye for detail, Craig can understand how small interventions and their design interact with their surroundings and affect the wider built and social environments. His design philosophy strives to seek a balance the needs of all users, creating an experience which combines the everyday and the unique. His experiences with diverse people in the US and abroad, as well as across various disciplines sharing an interest in built environment, give him a greater understanding of the numerous issues which affect our cities and their people.



University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Graduate Student Instructor

Graduate Student Instructor for Environmental Design 100, "The City: Theories and Methods of Urban Studies" with Dr. Marco Cenzatti (Spring 2013); City Planning 140, "Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making" with Prof. John Ellis, AIA, RIBA (Fall 2013); and City Planning 110, "Intro to City Planning" with Dr. James Buckley

Jan 2013 - current

TransFORM, Oakland, CA, GreenTRIP Volunteer Analyst

GreenTRIP is "an innovative certification program that rewards multi-family, mixed-use projects that apply comprehensive strategies to reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions". I analyzed housing developments for certification by gathering data on each project and using Urbemis to estimate transportation-related emissions reductions from these strategies.

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Historic Preservation Volunteer

Compiled restoration reports and designed renovation proposals for three Pittsburgh-area historic structures

Aug 2011 - Mar 2012

cityLAB, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Urban Planning Intern

-Compiled data, graphics, and research for "6% Place", a neighborhood redevelopment report and series of projects in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood which seek to support the area's creative class
-Studied the feasibility of a number of other potential urban interventions in Pittsburgh

Oct 2011 - Dec 2011

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Real Estate Development Intern

-Analyzed proposed developments and ordinances which impacted Pittsburgh's Cultural District
-Worked with property owners, architects, and tenants to improve conditions and draw more visitors and tenants to the Cultural District

Feb 2011 - Apr 2011

Büro für urbane Projekte, Leipzig, Germany, Urban Planning Intern

-Prepared for, carried out, and documented two three-day urban design workshops with the City of Leipzig
-Prepared exhibit materials for the International Building Exhibition Saxony-Anhalt 2010
-Created posters, flyers, branding ideas, and graphics for urban redevelopment projects and strategic plans

Feb 2010 - Jun 2010

Kossman Development Company, Architecture/Construction Intern

-Acted as contact person for subcontractors, product salesmen, and building tenants
-Created packages for project bidding
-Calculated material quantities and cost estimates for projects up to 40,000 square feet

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Kossman Development Company, Architecture Intern

-Created packages for project bidding
-Drew as-is and tenant build-out plans using Microstation

May 2006 - Aug 2006


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Masters, Urban planning

Urban planning student with a focus on urban design and transportation

Aug 2012 - current

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Cumulative GPA: 3.43 / Dean’s List: 4 semesters
Active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and German Club

Aug 2005 - Mar 2009


AIAS/AARP Livable Communities Design Competition; Planning Phase entry, Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention for urban design/development plan in the AIAS/AARP Livable Communities Design Competition, Planning Phase, entitled "Industrial Revolution".


Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders, Other

One of eleven young professionals nationwide selected to participate in an intensive 8-day program in Germany examining sustainable architecture and urban planning


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, Other

One of 75 Americans chosen for a year-long exchange fellowship in Germany entailing two months of intensive German courses, a semester of university study, and a five-month internship


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