Architecture led Woody to buildings but geography, history and running turned him into an urban explorer passionate about context. With an excitement for complex urban conditions and relationship development, Woody landed in San Francisco where he has experience in urban design and masterplanning of mixed-use communities with an emphasis on strong neighborhood identities, pedestrian-oriented districts, and maximizing value.
Woody previously worked at AECOM where he focused on large-scale interdisciplinary projects in the Middle East, Latin America and California. He was involved in competition entries for the UC-Berkeley Global Campus and the Central Administrative Zone in Bogota, Colombia. Woody devotes his free time to youth leadership in the design field through the ACE Mentor program.
After receiving a BS in architecture from the University of Minnesota, Woody pursued international research opportunities to further analyze the role of a designer and planner in contested cities. As a Fulbright scholar in Nicosia, Cyprus and then as a Rotary Ambassador in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Woody developed rehabilitation strategies through research, design and community outreach. He received his MSc in urban design from Queen’s University in Belfast.