Shachi Pandey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and the founding principal of Metropolitan Urban Design (MUD) Workshop. She emphasizes community-centric thinking and sustainability, which she believes to be the central factors in bringing about positive change in our environments and communities. She is most interested in ideas that appreciate and embrace the complexity of our urban, social and economic environments and advance novel design approaches that address this complexity. Shachi holds a Master’s degree in City Planning (Urban Design) and a certificate in Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to GSAPP, she has taught at NYU, the Pratt Institute and internationally at La Salle University, Bogotá. Shachi is an executive board member of the American Planning Association, NY Metro Chapter.
Her professional practice MUD Workshop is an urban design and planning firm dedicated to the regeneration of neighborhoods and public places. Recent projects include the Bradhurst Urban Design and Planning Framework, Port Morris Waterfront Access and Pedestrian Improvements, the Four Arts Museum Campus Master Plan and the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Easton. The City of Easton Comprehensive Plan, Transform > Unify > Thrive, was awarded the annual LVPC award and received honors for invaluable community service from PA State Senators and Congressman Matt Cartwright.
MUD Workshop has also collaborated on several design and planning projects with other built environment professionals. Most recent collaborations include visioning and engagement for the Mount Kisco Comprehensive Plan (Westchester) and Hoboken Master Plan (NJ), both of which received honors for community engagement by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation and New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards respectively.