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EDUCATION

Master’s Course-work Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, University of Kentucky

AFFILIATIONS

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

American Planning Association (APA)

Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel (ULI-TAP)

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

Downtown, Corridor, District & Neighborhood Planning and Development Strategies

Station Area Planning and Transit Oriented Development Strategies 

Mixed Use and Transit Supportive Regulations

Mobility Hub Area Planning

Complete Streets + Multimodal Accessibility Planning and Design

Enhanced Transit Facilities Planning and Design

Universal Public Area Design

Community Engagement Plans and Public Facilitation

Jason Graf, Urban Planner

PRINCIPAL

Jason Graf is a principal and urban designer at First Forty Feet, where he leads the integrated land use and mobility planning studio. With over twenty years of experience, he has managed and designed various integrated land use and multi-modal circulation plans, focusing on revitalizing downtowns, districts, neighborhoods, and transit corridors. 

As an urban design professional, he specializes in a center-based planning model that combines land use and multi-modal transportation. This model creates hubs of daily necessities accessible by a short walk or bike ride, supported by complete streets accommodating pedestrians, cyclists, and local traffic. 

Jason employs a systematic process to manage, design, facilitate, and implement land use and transportation projects. This approach addresses environmental and social concerns and incorporates emerging trends to benefit communities. The process is rooted in people being at the center of design— rendering the passion and values of communities to create better projects, better neighborhoods, and better cities. 

His portfolio encompasses policy development, design guidelines, regulatory standards, and physical designs for projects like complete streets, urban place-making and tactical urbanism, all contributing to vibrant communities. Additionally, his resume spans working nationally with seven transit agencies in enhanced transit facility design, station area planning and transit-oriented zoning for forty-seven light-rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) stations across four states and a Canadian province. 

Jason has worked across North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain West, Plains, and Midwest regions and boasts planning and design for cold- and hot-climate communities from Fairbanks, Alaska to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

A native Midwesterner, Jason has called Portland, Oregon home since 1994. He lives within a short walk or bike ride from daily necessities, embodying the "practice what you preach" adage. 

FEATURED PROJECTS

TOD Framework Study and Mixed-Use Zone, Spokane WA

South University District TOD Framework Plan and Development Strategy, Spokane, WA

Soldotna Riverfront Redevelopment Plan, Soldotna, AK

Telephone Hill Land Redevelopment Plan Study, Juneau, AK

Heights District Infrastructure Plan, Vancouver, WA

Albany Downtown Streets Infrastructure Plan, Albany, OR

Lake Steven Downtown Subarea Plan, Lake Stevens, WA

North Wenatchee Subarea and Corridor Plan, Wenatchee, WA

Whitefish Downtown Master Plan, Whitefish, MT

Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit Oriented Development Plans, St Paul (Metro), MN

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