Ellen Lou, Director, Urban Design and Planning, SOM

Ellen Lou, Director, Urban Design and Planning, SOM

EllenEllen Lou directs SOM’s Urban Design and Planning Practice in San Francisco. In a time when cities represent the greatest hope for a sustainable future, her practice helps cities plan wisely for the future—coalescing diverse interests around actionable visions that prioritize people-scaled development, create public benefit, rejuvenate the natural environment, and root future growth in the culture and aspirations of the place. 
Her plans for the regeneration of brownfield and waterfronts as well as the creation of new towns frame sustainable, humane responses to global population growth, provide critical tools for reversing climate change, and drive long-term economic resiliency. Ellen’s projects have been recognized by more than 50 national and international awards.
A sought after speaker and advisor nationally and internationally, she consults regularly with planning officials and has lectured before more than 150 mayors and government leaders. She serves on the board of San Francisco Urban Research Association (SPUR), and the San Jose Downtown Architecture Review Committee.