Justin Kearnan, AIA

Planning & Urban Design Leader

Associate Principal

Associate Principal Justin Kearnan, AIA, is LS3P’s Planning & Urban Design Leader and has led several international design practices across the world. He specializes in innovative, comprehensive design, and is a staunch advocate for liveable cities working alongside the public and private sector with an emphasis on Public, Private Partnerships.

He is recognized for his international experience thinking interchangeably at a variety of scales; from the person to the community, up to the city and the region. He brings experience in urban design, city planning, architecture, urban economics, and urban policy, provoking all actors of city-making to think with a sensitive understanding of interwoven urban issues and opportunities. His experience targets the intersection of planning, architecture, and urban design; engaging in issues of liveability, affordability, urbanization, land use, economic development, mobility, social equity, and environmental stewardship. He has held positions for several of the world’s leading urban-thinkers, including SOM, Elkus Manfredi, City Collective, and AECOM.

Justin holds a Post-Professional Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Urbanism from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has also completed studies at South China University of Technology, and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: AIA | DC Urban Design Committee, Chair (2016–2018); American Institute of Architects (2009 – Current); American Planning Association (2016 – Current); Urban Land Institute (2016-Current)