2020 40 Under 40: Nina Harvey Schatmeier, AICP, 40
Associate, Arup, Los Angeles; BA Mathematics, University of Virginia; MUP Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan; MS Transportation Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
Harvey Schatmeier has been involved in transportation projects throughout the United States and internationally. In every project she pursues, her focus is on prioritizing the user experience by looking for creative ways to encourage sustainable urban transportation and to activate streets and neighborhoods through placemaking and wayfinding. This goes back to her days growing up in the suburbs and the allure of cities, how they work and how public transit can provide access and mobility to everyone, without need for a car. A few of her notable projects include developing new station design guidelines to improve the passenger experience for the Los Angeles MetroA, an urban air mobility policy framework for Los Angeles Department of Transportation to guide future drone and air taxi operations, a pedestrian wayfinding system in Pittsburgh and a masterplan for the Houston Theater District in Texas. Harvey Schatmeier is also collaborating with women across Arup’s offices worldwide on research around designing more equitable cities for women with a focus on travel behavior, personal and physical safety, access to jobs and zoning. As a teacher and mentor, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the transportation consulting practice and industry. She’s served as co-chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar mentoring committee and, at Arup, she has been actively involved with PENCIL, which brings business professionals, educators and students together. One of her favorite pastimes outside of work is improv comedy, which has helped her in the workplace in thinking creatively and being open to new ideas. She also enjoys spending time with her two children and riding them around the city on their cargo bike.