Sosseh Taimoorian

Sosseh Taimoorian

Los Angeles, CA, US



Masters level Urban Planning Professional with 8+ years of urban studies and planning research expertise, with additional experience working in executive administrative support for, but not limited to, the City of Glendale and the Verdugo Workforce Development Board. 


SVT Designs, Urban Design Drafter

• Utilized SketchUp to develop 3D representation of graduate research projects selected to be presented at Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) annual conferences:
o Reseda Boulevard Great Streets Initiative design intervention;
o Elkgrove Circle in Lincoln Place Garden Apartments study of communal green open space.

• Developed various 3D renderings for an estimated $11 million 49,949 square foot development using SketchUp for proposed (12) single-family homes in Goleta, CA for consideration on the Goleta Design Review Board

Jan 2016 - current

Polis, Writer & Editor, Summer Intern

• Articles featured on Polis Top Reads as well as on Sustainable Cities Collective

• Designed & authored a three-part series on street art on a global and local scale from Washington, D.C. & New York

• Edited content & layout for street artist & Fulbright scholar regarding a series on street art in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

• Researched grant opportunities for non-profit organizations & for-profit organizations

Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

CSUN Urban Studies & Planning Department, Graduate Research Assistant

• Awarded scholarship and selected to present research at 2015 EDRA 46 in Los Angeles, CA, titled “Discovering Renewed Possibilities for Green Spaces: From Garden City to New Urbanism – Passive & Active Interaction in Communal Green Open Spaces”

• 2016 recipient of Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Awards Certificate of Achievement for graduate research contribution to Los Angeles Great Streets Project: Reseda Boulevard

• Composed literature review for research papers

• Edited & revised several manuscripts for submission to various academic journals

Mar 2014 - Jun 2016

City of Burbank, Planning Department, Planning Intern

• Prepared staff reports and presented various current & advanced planning projects to Planning Board & City Council

• Designed archival system to clean up City’s GIS database as well as organized and compiled data for a traffic study

• Assisting in responding to in-person and over-the-phone inquiries at Planning Counter

• Created flyers on Adobe Illustrator for National Community Planning Month & General Plan 2035

• Performed site visits for projects while maintaining relationships with applicants, legal services and other departments

Dec 2012 - Jan 2014

University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador

• Co-administered startup “Alumni Ambassadors & Outreach” program

• Led first CED “Expanding Your Horizons” conference workshop for (50) middle school girls

• Aided in community building within the college and nearby schools by speaking on multiple panels

• Co-created prospective freshmen informational presentations used during group and one-on-one tours

Jan 2011 - Jan 2014

Citizen School, Citizen Teacher

• Composed weekly lesson plans with visual demonstrations and hands-on activities for a class of (17) sixth grade students in the underserved, low-income community surrounding Elmhurst Community Preparatory

• Designed, installed, and presented mural in main school hallway for parents & community members

Mar 2012 - May 2012


California State University, Northridge, Masters, Masters of Public Administration & Urban Planning

Aug 2013 - Aug 2015

University of California, Berkeley, Bachelors, Urban Studies

Aug 2008 - May 2012


Summary of All Awards - To Date, Other

April 2016 – AEP LA Great Streets – Reseda Boulevard
May 2015 – Outstanding Graduate Scholarship Award
May 2015 – Ark Achievement Award
January 2015 – EDRA46 Los Angeles Conference Scholarship
November 2014 – City of Glendale Character & Ethics Award
May 2011 – Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Scholarship
January 2011 – UCB Armenian Alumni Hrayr Terzian Scholarship
May 2010 – Social Action Certificate in Challenging Poverty
June 2008 – California Scholarship Federation
June 2008 – Kiwanis Scholar
October 2007 – CSUN Dept. of Journalism, Best News Writer
February 2007 – L.A. Opera, Golden Pen Award


Areas of Specialization