Seth Geiser

Seth Geiser

Seattle, WA, US



I'm a bit of a jack-of-all-urban-planning-trades. I've been fortunate for the last four years to work on projects dealing with:

- urban, street, and site design

- policy and code development

- document and graphic design

- city plan research and writing

- demographic data gathering, analysis, and presentation

- public interaction through charrettes, open houses, and project presentations

I thrive on collaborative, mulch-disciplinary urban design projects, but opportunities to do so are turning out hard to find. If there's an opportunity to take on work of that nature for your city or firm, please let me know.



City of Seattle - Department of Planning and Development, Center City Strategy Intern

+ Developed master’s degree project on implementing Home Zone/Woonerf
designation and design for Seattle.
+ Used GIS and Adobe Suite to produce graphics for Seattle Center City Urban Design Framework project.
+ Participated in community outreach and design charrettes for South Lake Union neighborhood urban design and zoning framework.
+ Assisted in development and promotion of new street food legislation, requiring policy research, graphic design, and new-media outreach.
+ Assisted in development and design of policy-planning document for the Family-Friendly Urban Neighborhoods Initiative, focused on making the urban core of Seattle more amenable and livable for families.
+ Updated the City’s public realm photo catalog.

Jan 2008 - Apr 2011


University of Washington, Masters, Urban Planning and Design

Dual focus on sustainable, equitable, and livable urban policy and progressive, community-oriented urban design. Participated in five studio courses in urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture departments.

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

University of Washington, MArch, Public Administration

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

University of Washington, BArch, Political Science

Sep 2002 - Jun 2006


AICP Student Project Award in Applied Research, 1st Place

Planning the Process: Updating Seattle's Neighborhood Plans

Submitted by: 2008 Masters of Urban Planning First Year Studio, University of Washington-Seattle, Department of Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments

The project, updating Seattle's 1990's neighborhood plan, called for respecting previous efforts while drafting plans that were relevant to the needs of a changing population, responded to new social issues, and reflected a different financial and political landscape. Through focus groups, the 30-student team not only identified new planning issues, but also assessed the current conditions of neighborhood plans citywide. The final report offered city staffers best practices gleaned from other parts of the country.


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