Founding Principal


Rana Amirtahmasebi is an urban planner and architect with 15 years of experience in urban policy, planning, and design. Rana has a passion for designing systems, policies, and products to improve the condition of human settlements. She is experienced in policy analysis and program design and implementation in projects focused on community economic development, urban regeneration, settlement upgrading, and land governance frameworks. Of special interest to her is designing culture-based local economic development and conservation programs for historic cities. Rana’s previous professional affiliations include the World Bank Urban Development and Resilience Unit; Cesar Pelli and Associates; New York City Departments of Planning and Transportation; Bavand Consultants; and the Aga Khan Foundation.

Rana is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia on urban regeneration, planning and finance, land/housing issues, and urban cultural heritage and has held workshops and learning events for local government officials and international NGOs. She holds advanced degrees in both City Planning and Advanced Urbanism Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also graduated with a master’s degree in architectural engineering from Azad University in her hometown of Tehran, Iran. Follow her on twitter @amirtahmasebi.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • World Cities Summit | Singapore | 2016
  • UNESCO International Development Conference | Rome, Italy | 2016
  • World Bank Land and Poverty Conference | Washington DC | 2014
  • Sustainable Urban Development Symposium (World Culture Forum) | Bali, Indonesia | 2013
  • Urban Research Symposium | Barcelona, Spain | 2012
  • UNESCO Conference for the 40th Anniversary of World Heritage Convention | Kyoto, Japan | 2012