Urban Design

Rachel Stark, PLA

Principal Planner + Urban Designer

Rachel’s passion for urban efficiencies and communities goes hand in hand with her love of quiet, long hikes in the mountains. The common denominator is protection and sharing of public land for opportunities of a high quality of life for all. These have shaped her career and led her to an undergraduate degree in ecological science, a master’s in landscape architecture, and a career in urban design. She is licensed as a professional landscape architect on two continents and loves exploring the world and learning from other places. 

Her career as a landscape architect has concentrated on: research and proposals influencing institutional policy and regulation change; developing grant funding and proposal evaluation criteria; creating design implementation strategies; authoring impact reports, grant applications, and design guidelines; facilitating community participation in design process; designing graphic communications; and designing places that encourage community building and supports ecological functions at its core. She has worked in both private and public sectors helping build local urban design programs. She is actively involved in local universities’ design programs and in her local community association.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Professional Landscape Architect (New Jersey Board of Architects, South African Council of the Landscape Architecture Profession)
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture

Rachel Stark


Email: Rachel.Stark@CharlotteNC.gov

Office: 704-336-8319