About us

BDS Planning & Urban Design is located in Seattle. Established in 2009, BDS offers comprehensive community development services, with emphasis on projects that require building consensus and unlikely coalitions, communicating complex information, demonstrating leading ideas, and shaping policy. Projects include strategic plans, downtowns & neighborhood centers, community visions, master plans, public & stakeholder engagement, and public decisions. BDS excels at synthesizing information about the built environment to help people shape their communities.
 


Brian

Brian Scott founded BDS in 2009, and has more than 30 years of experience in comprehensive community development. With direct experience in private, nonprofit, and public organizations, he excels at the intersection of multiple sectors, interests, and perspectives. Brian is a widely respected facilitator, public speaker, and project leader with dozens of professional awards and volunteer assignments to his credit. He holds a Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University. 

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Gabriel

Gabriel

Gabriel Silberblatt has five years’ experience in drafting, evaluating, and communicating urban policy and programs. At the Architectural League of New York, he conducted research and interviews, produced graphic visualizations, and edited articles for an online publication. At the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, he developed a microgrant program that is awarding $80,000 to local nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses. He holds a Master of City Planning Degree from M.I.T.

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Valerie

Valerie Tran brings seven years of non-profit, academic, and governmental experience to BDS. She works at the intersection of urban planning and public health with the intent to foster built environments that are healthy, safe, and livable for all. Valerie brings a social justice and health equity analysis to her work and is committed to making planning and public health processes accessible and responsive to the most marginalized communities. She holds masters degrees in urban planning and public health from the University of Michigan.

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Richa

Richa Vuppuluri is an experienced urban planner, designer, and researcher. She is skilled in sustainable design, infrastructure planning, and environmental management. Richa excels at using mapping and graphic tools for participatory planning. She is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) for rating infrastructure projects. Richa holds a master’s degree in Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a professional certificate in Environmental Policy & International Development from the Harvard University Extension School. 

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Noel

Noel Frame has 16 years of communications, organizing and management experience. A former non-profit director and communications consultant, Noel now helps with operations and business development for BDS, as well as outreach and stakeholder engagement for clients. Noel holds a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and is a member of the Washington Legislature. She represents the Seattle neighborhoods of Ballard, Magnolia, Interbay, as well as Belltown (including the BDS office!).

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Jin

Jin has 20+ years of professional experience working with private companies and government agencies in project research and financial management. At BDS, she supports financial reporting, budget modeling, contract management and data analysis. 

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