We believe the process of urban planning is evolving, becoming increasingly graphic, grassroots-driven, and interactive. With the growing presence of technology in our world comes near-constant visual stimulation, unprecedented access to information, and an empowered generation of do-it-yourself activists. Planning is a form of advocacy – for a better future and for engaged, equitable communities. Our practice and approach celebrates these shifts.
We strive to make planning and design accessible to all audiences with a style that is approachable, artistic, playful, and intended to welcome the public into the planning process. We listen to people from all walks of life, we research, we draw, and we make many, many maps. Our mutual exchange with residents and stakeholders is one of trust and respect, honest and real. We actively listen and develop relationships with the people and places where we work.
We believe every place has a story to tell. Planning and design, for us, is a means of storytelling. Our role is to mine for data and help uncover the trends that shape our cities. We translate data into compelling graphics that enable residents and stakeholders to see their communities with fresh eyes.
We help communities prioritize and take action to improve their cities and neighborhoods. Our designs seek to maximize the possibilities of incremental change where strategic early actions, designed to build confidence and momentum, can help to accomplish larger, transformational ideas.
As an office, our aim is to innovate in every project. We work hard, but we laugh along the way. We care a lot about what we do – for our clients and their communities, for ourselves, and for the greater good. Our team has a penchant for bright colors, fun fonts, birthday celebrations, cookies, and animated GIFS. We trust in one another and encourage every new employee to help broaden the ways in which we work.
We’re proud of what we do and have been recognized with state awards and seven national awards including the first ever National Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning Firm from the American Planning Association. Most importantly, we value the collaborations with our clients that have consistently converted ideas into action.
Scott Page founded Interface Studio to test and develop a unique and innovative set of urban design ideas. Scott is an urban designer and planner with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and the Georgia Institute of Technology Architecture Department including a year of study at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris. Scott has more than twenty years of diverse experience ranging from city-wide master planning to site specific design and redevelopment strategies. He has been a leader in developing innovative neighborhood plans targeted toward enhancing communication, awareness and empowerment at the community level. Scott is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and his research on urban design, emerging technologies and sustainability has been presented and published both in the United States and Europe.
Mindy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Trained both as a printmaker and an urban planner, Mindy brings an artistic sensibility to the physical, social, and environmental aspects of her planning projects. Her planning and design experience has introduced her to a broad spectrum of contemporary issues facing cities and urban neighborhoods. Her projects have addressed the polar challenges of managing growth in robust markets and fostering revitalization in those of decline and abandonment. Mindy teaches a practice-based workshop for first-year city planning graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Leah received a Master of Urban Planning degree with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Development from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Stemming from interest in digital arts developed during her undergraduate studies in Fine Arts and English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, Leah has created and exhibited several digital video and animation projects exploring these media as valuable narrative forms of representation of urban planning ideas and analysis. Leah has also been actively engaged in studio pedagogy, having served as teaching assistant for multiple urban planning studios, 3-D digital modeling, digital video, and animation studios, and also having led an urban planning studio as a part of Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Career Discovery program.
Stacey became interested in city planning and urban design after living in Asia for a number of years where she observed transformations in Asian urbanism and gained fluency in Mandarin Chinese. Back in the United States, she focused on community development and social programs for low-income and immigrant communities in New York City. Stacey brings an international perspective, cultural competence and an interest in social justice to her work. With Interface Studio, Stacey has led projects ranging from comprehensive plans to neighborhood action plans addressing downtowns, industrial reuse and place making, climate resiliency and waterfront communities. She received a Master of City Planning degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Ben is a planner and urban designer interested in how neighborhoods, cities, and regions can incentivize and best manage processes of revitalization and reinvention. As a city planner, Ben has led projects in cities, first-ring suburbs, and walkable downtowns with a focus on land use, transportation, economic development, and public outreach. Ben’s experience also includes a rich portfolio of tactical urbanism projects that seek to re-activate dormant civic spaces through creative interventions that capture the public imagination. Ben is a two-time winner of the Knight Cities Challenge and creator of the Pop-Up Pool Project in Philadelphia. Ben holds a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania with a Certificate in Urban Design.
Ashley cheerfully joined the Interface Studio team in 2008 as a landscape and urban designer. Over the course of her tenure, she's been cultivating her interests in the multidisciplinary approach to sustainable design and planning all while developing an unrivaled mastery of the pen tool. Most recently, she has been immersed in several extensive GIS data dives and has developed a healthy(?) curiosity for data manipulation and spatial analysis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Jamie holds Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Studies and Economics from Brown University and a Master’s degree in City Planning and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. With both creative and pragmatic mindsets gained through his diverse background, Jamie brings a comprehensive approach to tackling urban issues.
Anna is interested in constructing big picture narratives and using well-crafted design as the medium to connect people. Her journey throughout design field has led her all over the world, including her pursuance of a dual Masters in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Yoona has always been attracted to spaces that are occupied by people. From a city sidewalk to an entire neighborhood, she sees urban conditions as series of spaces to be enhanced and appreciated. Yoona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of City Planning degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a concentration in urban design.
Chris came to urban planning and design after working as a social policy researcher and public engagement consultant, exploring ways to better involve the public in decision-making related to education, health care, and other issues. He is especially interested in public space and placemaking, and he is a firm believer that an inclusive, engaging planning process is as important as a project’s final product. Chris holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on urban design. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and History from the University of Rochester.
Lisa joined Interface in September 2014 as our Business Manager. Educated with a doctorate in engineering from U.C. Berkeley, she has shifted gears to help small companies run the business side of their organization. Lisa takes care of day to day financial processes including anything invoice, payroll, tax, and budget related as well as human resources. She lives in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with her husband, 3 children, 2 cats and a fish.
Little Buddy dropped out of obedience school in June 2010 to pursue his dream of napping, snacking, and pretending to be a lap dog at Interface Studio. He specializes in consulting on fire hydrant placement, postal and delivery personnel relations, and sidewalk chicken bone maintenance. Mr. Buddy is also highly skilled at providing timely olfactory accompaniments to office meetings.