Shai Roos Joins HDR as Urban Planning Principal

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Shai Roos

HDR is pleased to announce that Shai Roos, AICP, has joined as urban planning principal out of our Dallas studio.

In her new role, Roos will collaborate with multiple business groups at HDR to develop and promote interdisciplinary and cross sector opportunities. She will be primarily responsible for the growth and development of an inclusive, diverse and sustainable regional urban design and planning practice, with an emphasis in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas markets.

“As an urban planner my greatest privilege is that I can help residents and stakeholders of a community imagine and create their own future, based on future trends and backed by the community’s market potential and fiscal reality,” Roos states.  “I am truly excited that my new role with HDR allows me to collaborate with HDR’s multidisciplinary team and work with visionary planners like the legendary Peter Calthorpe to continue building unique communities in Texas and beyond.”

Roos brings more than 24 years of experience and relationships in both public and private sectors related to long-range planning and project implementation for local governments. Her work spans comprehensive planning, strategic planning, downtown redevelopment, neighborhood plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, development regulations, transportation planning, economic development, public/private partnerships, and development/budget impact analysis. Roos is focused on finding innovative, unique, creative, and “win-win” solutions that are realistic, affordable, and implementable. She is passionate about developing inclusive and fun public engagement processes as the foundation for community planning & design projects.

“HDR is actively expanding our community planning practice across North America,” said HDR's National Director of Urban Design, Planning and Landscape Architecture Kaia Nesbitt. “Shai’s passion for inclusive community engagement processes and her deep expertise in urban planning are valuable additions to both our regional and national studio.”

Roos received her Master of City & Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. With an active interest in building places for people and a commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity, both in communities and the workplace, she chairs the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee of American Planning Association’s Texas Chapter.