Clara Cheeves is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Masters in Urban Design and Planning and a certificate in Urban Design. She is interested in equitable design and planning for community resilience, intergenerational living, and integrating green spaces into existing urban infrastructure.
Her thesis examined how planning and design can go beyond the traditional ideas of transit-oriented development by building community resilience into both the planning process and outcome. Inspired by historic African American residential alley communities, she re-imagined present-day alleyways to support human connection to place through affordable infill housing and green space in proximity to high-frequency transportation, envisioning new life in overlooked spaces.
She loves spending time in the garden, taking walks in the neighborhood with her daughters, and baking desserts and bread for anyone who will eat them.