Geoffrey Plagemann, AICP

Geoffrey Plagemann, AICP

San Diego, CA, US



Growing up in Wisconsin, my family fostered a love for the outdoors: skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and the frozen tundra. With friends I have enjoyed learning guitar, photography, and an appreciation for the culinary arts. My passion for exploration and travel has lured me across the U.S., and into parts of Europe and China. This love for travel led me to starting my career in Florida, graduate school in Tennessee, joining my wife in her home state of West Virginia, and hauling our family to California. Having spent over ten years working in both the public and private sectors, I believe that great placemaking comes from the open collaboration of all stakeholders. I am always looking to dive into socially and environmentally conscience projects.


checkerboardSTUDIOS, San Diego, CA, US, Partner | Design Principal

Founded and manage all operations of a creative agency with an emphasis on urbanism, architectural design, and photography.

Apr 2012 - current

City of Charleston Planning Department, Charleston, WV, US, Neighborhood Planner

Representative to Charleston’s West Side, coordinator for new comprehensive plan: Imagine Charleston, manager and liaison for Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission, contributor to Bike & Trail Master Plan, and drafted new Urban Agriculture Ordinance.
Additional leadership: Mayor’s Strong Neighborhoods Task Force, GIS Committee, West Side Main Street, West Side Neighborhood Association, and Wayfinding Committee.

Apr 2011 - Aug 2015

HCG Design, Stuart, FL, US, Planner

Managed development proposals, prepared submittal applications, drafted county land use and zoning ordinances, presented projects during commission meetings and public charrettes.

Aug 2005 - May 2007

Martin County Growth Management Department, Stuart, FL, US, Planner II

Lead coordinator for major-development review applications, presented proposed projects to County Commissioners and various review committees, counseled public with land use and zoning issues, assisted addressing coordinator and integrated system into GIS. Volunteer member of Emergency Operations Center for hurricanes Francis and Jeanne.

Oct 2004 - Aug 2005

Martin County Growth Management Department, Stuart, FL, US, Associate Planner

Managed minor-development review applications, presented proposed projects to County Commissions and various review committees, counseled public with land use and zoning issues, assisted addressing coordinator. Promoted to Planner II after eight months.

Feb 2004 - Oct 2004

Subway Sandwich Shops, Madison, WI, US, District Manager

Responsible for daily operations of five Subway franchise stores in Southern Wisconsin, oversaw employee schedules and performance, monitored stock, reviewed order placement and deliveries.

Jun 2003 - Jan 2004


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, MArch, Architecture

Beijing Studio: Project based in Beijing, including two weeks in China studying and collaborating with students from Tsinghua University. Spring 2009
UT Solar Decathlon, Living Light:
Fabrication and construction of 2011 Solar Decathlon entry. Summer 2009
Grand Tour-Iberian Peninsula: Sketchbook based study tour of Portugal and Spain. Summer 2008

May 2007 - Dec 2010

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, US, BArch, Natural Resource Management-Land Use Planning

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Planning 2003
Minors: Natural Resources and Geography
Football Team: 1998-2003
Planning Club: 2000-2003, President 2002-2003
Ski and Snowboard Club: 1999-2003, President 2002-2003, Vice President, 2001-2002

Sep 1998 - May 2003


Charleston Main Streets Volunteer of the Year, Award


Areas of Specialization