Katherine Nicely

Katherine Nicely

Senior Land Use & Development Planner


Phone: 512.404.2248


Email: knicely@mwswtexas.com


Education
M.S., Master of Science, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
B.A., Bachelor of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, 2000

Professional Experience
A dedicated and passionate land use and architecture professional, Katherine has over 20 years of local and international experience in public service, team leadership, project management, and strategic direction. She has both public policy and technical expertise, which allows her to provide strong strategic guidance to her clients. She is a systems thinker and is quick to pivot and find creative solutions when challenges are presented. As Chief of Staff to former Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, Katherine spent 6 years developing relationships with government officials, working with the community, and successfully achieving complicated public policy. Before joining Garza’s office, Katherine gained 15 years of technical knowledge, architectural experience, and big-picture planning expertise in the private sector playing integral roles in complex mixed-use projects and community planning in the United States and overseas. A native Spanish speaker, Katherine was born, raised, and professionally trained as an architect in Ecuador before moving to the United States to earn her master’s degree in 2000.

Details of Practice
Katherine A. Nicely is a Senior Land Use and Development Planner in the firm. Her expertise and knowledge of community outreach, strategic planning and redevelopment are valuable assets to our team and clients. Katherine works with elected officials, municipal staff, and neighbors to achieve sustainable projects and communities. Her experience in land use, urban design, and architecture have trained her to approach each project from initial conceptual design to development, implementation, and community engagement. She has designed and developed complex master planned communities and high-density mixed-use projects, along with health facilities, schools, libraries, and more in the United States, Mexico, and Dubai.

Professional Activities
The Real Estate Council of Austin, Inc. – 2020 to present
American Planning Association –
US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Green Associate
Congress for New Urbanism (Austin/San Antonio Chapter)
Colegio de Arquitectos del Ecuador (CAE-P) – 2000 to present

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