Katharyn Hurd

Katharyn Hurd AICP, LEED AP BD+C

Associate / Planner


Katharyn Hurd developed her eye for creativity at a young age when she became interested in art and in exploring the natural world. This is evident in her work as an urban designer, which was her field of study in graduate school. Her interest in art gives her a unique perspective on projects because she can identify design nuances that might have otherwise been overlooked. “This has taught me to seek other perspectives and has revealed issues not immediately apparent, but critical, to come to an optimal solution for any design or planning challenge,” she says.

Katharyn firmly believes that collaboration is an essential key to success, especially in the world of urban design. Her favorite activity is brainstorming ideas with stakeholders, clients, and other professionals to gain inspiration, enthusiasm, and develop creative solutions. She cites a new campus master plan as a favorite project because “it’s exciting to explore innovative and cutting-edge ideas about the 21st century university with a group that is enthusiastic about being better in all ways, especially sustainability,” she says, “It’s a challenging and rewarding puzzle to work through.”