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Mayu Takeda

Mayu Takeda

Senior Planner

New Orleans, LA


  • Master of Urban Planning - with Distinction, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Texas - Dallas



  • Award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Planning and Urban Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2018
  • Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition: 3rd Place, 2018

Mayu Takeda is a Senior Planner whose interest is in the application of community-led planning to address equity issues and to create spaces that provide a sense of community and belonging. Her portfolio includes small area and downtown master plans for small towns and disinvested communities as well as community-based design and planning of green infrastructure and resilience strategies.

Mayu brings her quantitative and policy analyses skills and community engagement skills gained through her experience in the nonprofit sector in urban contexts like Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Kansas City. Previously, she was Senior Associate at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where her portfolio included immigrant rights and public security. She served as the Western Regional Director of the “It’s On Us” campaign run by the White House and CAP. She has since worked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Colorado, and Texas on planning, data visualization, and public security in both the public and private sectors. Mayu graduated with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Planning and Urban Design. She enjoys exploring and sketching small towns, playing Catan and kickball, biking around New Orleans, and walking her dog Ozzy.


Q & A

Where do you get your design inspiration from?
Spaces that create a sense of community

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

What’s your creative tool of choice?
Tombow dual brush pen

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