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Holly Sovdi

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Holly is a Principal of Urban Strategies, an urban planner with a breadth of experience leading major initiatives for communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. With over 15 years of experience, Holly’s work encompasses community planning, policy development, community engagement, and project management. Prior to joining Urban Strategies, Holly was a Senior Planner with the City of Vancouver for a decade, where he led major initiatives such as the American Planning Association award-winning Northeast False Creek Area Plan Project, the Metropolitan Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan, and the West End Community Plan. In his previous consulting work, he contributed to the Capital City Downtown Plan for Edmonton, recognized with numerous awards.

Holly holds a degree in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Saskatchewan and has completed specialized studies in facilitation and the built environment. Holly is a member of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Urban Habitat / Urban Design committee, sharing knowledge and professional learning. He is a regular guest critic, lecturer, and Master’s thesis committee member for the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and School of Community and Regional Planning, and regularly lectures at Simon Fraser University’s City Conversations and Urban Studies program.

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