Kate Howe

Director

Kate Howe is a multi-disciplinary project manager and planner who works to integrate land use with transit planning and architecture. She has led collaborative teams for the successful adoption of comprehensive, sub area and station area plans, code updates, and redevelopment strategies. For TOD projects, she collaborates with VIA’s design team to ensure good communication, and collaboration between disciplines towards identified project outcomes. She often supports VIA’s technical teams for major infrastructure project delivery.

Kate believes first that sustainable planning policy must begin to break down the silos between transport and land use planning by finding and promoting common goals with a common language. Her work helps to bring forward the important idea that “transit friendly design,” is really “people first design.”

Favorite Project & Why

Portland’s Employment TOD. I loved working with City staff and stakeholders to adapt the new Orange Light Rail Line with the east side urban industrial district. The project altered how I think about transit-related investment and challenged our team to apply both equity and employment filters to decision making.

Favorite Thing About Your Job

Working with clients and collaborators to tackle problems.

Favorite Thing to Do

NorCal weekend escapades – especially those involving redwoods.

Three Things You Can't Live Without

Affordable housing, a sweet bike commute, a perfect walk-score.