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Matt Rufo, AICP

Matt Rufo, AICP


New Orleans, LA


  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies, Brown University



  • American Institute of Certified Planners, (#26416)
  • Certificate of Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design

Matt Rufo, AICP is a Principal based in Asakura Robinson’s New Orleans studio. Matt is driven by a passion for making streets and neighborhoods walkable, healthy and prosperous. He studies how investments in public infrastructure sustain equitable growth and development, and advises clients on policy and design strategies that are evidence-based, publicly supported and feasible to implement.

His areas of expertise include corridor, neighborhood and citywide land use and transportation planning and implementation; public transportation planning and facility design; land use law and economics; parking and accessibility; shared mobility policy; and transportation and land use market analysis. Notable projects include the New Orleans RTA Strategic Mobility Plan, the Plank Road Corridor Master Plan (Baton Rouge), and the Houston Active Living Plan.

Matt has presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad and his work has been published by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. In his free time, Matt volunteers for organizations dedicated to making walking, cycling and riding transit safer and easier in Louisiana, and enjoying New Orleans’ food, music, and architectural history.


Q & A

Where do you get your design inspiration from?
Traveling to new places

If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
China or Brazil

What’s your favorite type of community engagement activity?
Walking tours with the locals