City and Regional Planning

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Danielle Lake


Danielle is an urban planner and designer with more than 10 years of architectural, planning, and design experience ranging from multi-family, institutional, and cultural architecture projects to community redevelopment, mixed-income housing, and municipal planning efforts. A life-long commitment to service has been foundational to Danielle‚Äôs core as a designer; her continued personal and professional interests lie at the intersection of social impact and public space, where the built environment supports belonging, equity, and justice. 

Following more than half a decade of practice in architecture in Washington, DC with the firm Hartman-Cox Architects, Danielle shifted her focus from historic, federal, and institutional architecture to city planning and urban design in an effort to better engage the public and come to terms with the role designers can have in empowering communities. Currently, as an Urban Designer at the firm LRK in Philadelphia, Danielle works on local and national projects ranging in scale from transit-oriented, multifamily, and mixed-use developments to civic design, mixed-income community planning, and the public realm. 

Danielle holds a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from NC State University. She serves as a Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design's Masters of City and Regional Planning Program. Danielle has taught the first-year Graphics Fundamentals Bootcamp Course, co-taught the Public Realm Urban Design Studio, and will co-teach a second-year Planning Studio with Nando Micale.