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Larissa Brown, PhD, FAICP





Sustainable Placemaking: A Whole Greater Than the Sum of the Parts

The unprecedented challenges communities face today—from climate change to increasing inequality—call for new approaches to planning. We need interconnected solutions that integrate thinking about energy, land use, transportation, housing, green infrastructure, and economic opportunity. We need plans that bring together multifaceted investments and programs to create enduring and sustainable places—not simply projects. We practice sustainable placemaking, delivering a whole greater than the sum of the parts.

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Accomplished Leadership

LBA helps cities and communities become more livable, equitable, sustainable, and resilient through holistic planning and strategic advice. Principal Larissa Brown has prepared more than 20 comprehensive plans for communities across the U.S., as well as plans for mixed-use districts, neighborhoods, housing, open space systems, and climate change resilience. Inherently interdisciplinary, her work integrates land use and urban design with resilience and sustainability, market analysis and economic development, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. She has worked at a range of scales—region, city, and town—and in urban, suburban, and semi-rural contexts. Her plans get implemented because they’re simultaneously aspirational, practical, and based on robust community engagement and consensus-building. LBA provides a tailored team of highly qualified technical partners for each project.

Award-winning Work

LBA’s work builds on Larissa’s national planning experience:

  • 16 awards from the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Institute of Architects, including a national APA award for the post-Hurricane Katrina citywide plan for the City of New Orleans

  • Member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners

  • Previous work as principal of Stantec’s Urban Places, director of community planning at Goody Clancy & Associates, and founding principal of Community Design Partnership

  • Experience as a municipal planner and regional planner

  • Former chair and member of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Planning Board

  • Founding board member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a coalition of planning, environmental, and affordable-housing organizations




Urban planning


Districts & Neighborhoods

Open Space


Livability & Equity

Sustainability & Resilience

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Structuring RFPs, Projects, and Community Engagement


Effective outcomes


Larissa Brown + Associates LLC

42 Madison Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140


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