Geeti Silwal is an Associate Principal at Perkins+Will, San Francisco. She leads the western region Cities+Sites discipline of the firm with a strong belief in the role of urban designers/planners as advocates of healthy cities and as diplomats facilitating dialogue across various agencies and stakeholders to inspire integrated, multi-purpose solutions of innovation and beauty. Over her fifteen-year career as an urban designer/planner she has worked with numerous urban communities to develop a vision that at its core emphasizes placemaking and regenerative urban environments that promote healthy living.
In her position as the chair of the Water Lab of Perkins+Will, she brings vision and leadership to develop tools and metrics that achieve water conservation, reuse and recycle targets and inform necessary policy changes. Focusing on and revealing the unrealized potential of nature and natural processes for resilient urban environments, she is passionately engaged in developing zero-waste solutions at building, district and city scale. Her original research called the ‘Resource Infinity Loop’, address multiple global issues of water scarcity, food security, climate change and social equity through the reuse of urban wastewater for urban agriculture.
Most recently, Geeti has brought her passion for resilient environments to the Los Angeles River Urban Agriculture Plan and the People’s Harvest -creating a pro bono design for an aquaponics farm in San Francisco’s disadvantaged Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. She is also part of the Perkins+Will team engaged with the Arid Lands Institute to develop and test the Hazel Tool. Hazel is a digital tool for sustainable urban design in arid and semi-arid regions being developed as part of the AIA College of Fellows Awards 2015 Latrobe Prize to Arid Lands Institute for ‘Drylands Resilience Initiative’.