Michaela Accardi is a Design Associate at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Michaela’s work is focused on city design and engagement projects as part of the People Organizing Place (POP) team in the Washington, DC office, positioning local stakeholders as experts to proactively shape their neighborhood’s future. Michaela also supports [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize. This activation leads to cultural, physical, and political changes that can revitalize neighborhoods, improve infrastructure and bring economic benefits to residents.
As a DC native, Michaela has experience in the public and nonprofit sector in master planning, community engagement, site design, and natural resource management. Her graduate research and design work focused on the making of healthy and equitable cities through the use of community-interest design in several Virginia localities.
Michaela holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Thought & Practice.