Arti Harchekar, AICP, CNU-A, Associate
Arti Harchekar has focused her professional and academic efforts on creating sustainable communities through placemaking and urban design. Her municipal experience includes the successful development and implementation of corridor revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, traditional neighborhood, town center, and transit oriented plans and implementation strategies. The comprehensive plans she has worked on focus on urban design, sustainability, and market capture, and she has worked to calibrate and inplement numerous Form-Based Codes. Several projects under her management have won awards from the American Planning Association Texas chapter.
Before joining Opticos Design in 2015, she worked with Townscape, Inc. in Dallas, TX, managing a broad range of town planning and urban design projects. She also served as the Urban Design Officer for the City of Rowlett and the Town of Fairview, both in Texas, for which she was responsible for working with staff and consultants to resolve urban design and architectural issues, as well as interfacing with developers to achieve the best possible projects for each community. In Rowlett, these projects ranged from private investments of $30 million to over $200 million.
She has also worked with Gateway Planning Group, Inc., in Fort Worth calibrating Form-Based Codes in the Dallas metropolitan area, and has held several planning positions in other Texas communities.
Arti is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Architecture and Urban Design, which included extensive studies in Italian and North American urban environments, and she has Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Having recently relocated to the Bay Area, Arti has chosen to make her home in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, which features a high-density mixed-use environment, and takes public transit to work every day.
Arti enjoys exploring and sketching urban places, and discovering unique dining experiences, local beers, and craft cocktails. On the weekends, she can be found biking around San Francisco, shopping at the city’s farmers’ markets, and exploring historic buildings with her husband and Goldendoodle.