Civic Projects | Who We Are
Who We Are

Civic Projects is collaborative. Projects are always group efforts that integrate diverse disciplinary expertise.

Kati Rubinyi, founder and president of Civic Projects Inc. brings a design approach to strategic planning, the future of mobility, and urban design and planning. Kati is an innovative and dedicated consultant to (mostly) municipal and public agency clients. A formerly licensed architect, her multi-disciplinary practice is founded on experience with multiple project phases for architecture firms on the east coast, and urban planning experience that includes policy writing as well as performance management.

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Kati holds a BA in philosophy (Concordia University, Montreal), BES and B.Arch. in professional architecture (University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada) and an MFA (Art Center College of Design, Pasadena).

Civic Projects Inc. evolved out of the related non-profit Civic Projects Foundation.

Charu Kukreja is an active transportation planner, writer and designer with broad experience on projects in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. She has contributed her creativity and expertise to initiatives spanning from long-range transportation planning to design of urban pedestrian and bike infrastructure, as well as a number of outreach campaigns to promote the development of vibrant, walkable communities. She was a core team member of Walk NYC, leading GIS analysis, information design, and graphic production for New York City’s wayfinding mapping database.

Originally from Chicago, Charu has a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Sophie Gabel-Scheinbaum is Civic Project’s intern. Sophie is originally from Northern California and holds a BA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College. She carries out a wide variety of research and writing tasks for client projects and proposals.

Sophie’s senior comprehensive project for her BA was a historical comparison of the revitalization of Pershing Square in 80’s and the 2010’s. The project examined urban design strategies and community outreach tactics, and how a downtown public park space can advance equity in the city of Los Angeles.

 

Frequent Collaborators

With over 20 years of experience David Bergman, founder of MR+E (Metropolitan Research and Economics), has participated in a broad range of real estate, economic development and planning projects. In particular, he has worked intensively on issues surrounding the formation of urban and regional development strategies, public private partnerships, and the role of culture industries in economic development. With a strong background in public policy analysis, and the communication of economic development goals to community stakeholders, Mr. Bergman’s practice has centered around the interrelated disciplines of general plan economics, economic and fiscal analysis, cultural, heritage and historic preservation. He serves on the faculty of SCI-Arc.

Civic Projects has worked extensively with Colleen Corcoran, founder of Place & Page. Colleen is a graphic designer from Texas, living and working in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the use of design as a tool for education and positive change within the urban environment. She works with various community organizations and public agencies on projects that promote active transportation, human-centric public policies, and economic and social justice. She shares a studio in Downtown Los Angeles with Rosten Woo, Roman Jaster, and Teira Johnson, and prior to that, Colleen worked in the in-house design studio at Metro, LA’s public transit agency. She is a co-founder of CicLAvia, a program that opens several miles of LA’s streets as a public space for pedestrians and cyclists on Sundays. She also serves on the steering committee of Los Angeles Walks. She graduated from the CalArts Graphic Design MFA program in 2008.