Erin Christensen Ishizaki



An urban designer, planner, and architect, Erin is passionate about building physical and social community. Her collaborative, listening approach results in high performance development for neighborhoods, housing authorities, private developers, and local governments. Erin is a national leader and advocate for healthy and sustainable urbanism; having pioneered the use of health impact assessments in design. Her areas of expertise include urban revitalization, affordable housing, EcoDistrict planning, and environmental metrics. She believes in the power of a holistic, human-centric approach and evidence-based design to maximize investment and vibrant community outcomes.

Erin’s early career focused on housing and neighborhood redevelopment planning. She spent nearly a decade responsible for mixed-use, mixed-finance projects for private and public sector clients in Washington DC, Boston, and for multiple HOPE VI projects. To date, she has led projects resulting in over 3,000 units of new housing. Her work has received industry and peer awards for innovation in health, equitable design, and sustainability. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute recognized Erin as a Global 40 Under 40 Professional.


  • University of Washington — Certificate Public Health Management
  • University of Notre Dame — Bachelor of Architecture

Memberships And Accreditations

  • American Planning Association
  • Congress for New Urbanism
  • Urban Land Institute Northwest, Center for Sustainable Leadership
  • American Institute of Architects
  • EcoDistricts Accredited Professional
  • LEED Accredited Professional, ND
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards


  • AIA Pratt City Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team
  • City of Seattle Housing Levy, Oversight Committee Member
  • CNU Cascadia, Past Board of Directors and Past President
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Past Board of Directors
  • Global Ecodistricts Protocol, Health and Wellbeing Chair
  • HBN Healthy Affordable Materials Project, Advisory Committee
  • ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative, Contributor to 10 Principles for Building Healthy Places
  • ULI Health Leaders Network, Advisor
  • ULI Northwest, Past Housing Task Force
  • USGBC, LEED Location and Planning Technical Advisory, Past Co-Chair