Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact | Studio Gang
A strategic thinker, Gia is widely regarded as a thought leader on issues related to urban public space. At Studio Gang, she leads design teams, coordinates master plans, facilitates stakeholder engagement, and guides the urban approach for projects such as Polis Station, which proposes how to use design to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons, which reimagines how the public realm can be more relevant to and effective for people; and Edge Effect, which conceptualizes Milwaukee’s industrial harbor as an estuarine condition that balances commercial, residential, and open space development.
Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia spent more than a decade working for the City of Chicago, including as Director of Planning and Development and later Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District where she led multi-year planning, design, and engagement work that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, and The 606/Bloomingdale Trail, as well as the Park District’s first Strategic Plan in nearly twenty years.
Gia serves as President of NeighborSpace, a non-profit land trust that provides long-term protection and community-based management to more than 100 urban gardens across Chicago, and is a former board member of the City Parks Alliance. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development Infrastructure Counciland Lambda Alpha, an honorary society for the study of land economics. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Travis, and sons Max and Enzo.