Geeti Silwal

Principal, Urban Design, San Francisco

Geeti grew up in a small, hard-working, steel township in India called Durgapur. As one of four siblings, Geeti attributes her principles of ‘zero waste’ to her humble family upbringing. Her parents have been her greatest inspiration in life. Studying architecture at Jadavpur University in Kolkata and spending her early design years in Delhi, Geeti discovered her intense desire to use the power of good design to positively impact greater number of lives and enable richer daily experiences for the common person. This discovery propelled her to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Design at UC Berkeley.

She believes that urban designers and planners need to be strong advocates of healthy cities. Working to develop a vision for a community’s future, Geeti deems it her fundamental responsibility to put in place a framework for a regenerative, urban environment that promotes the health of the ecosystem, the people, and the economy.

Geeti loves travelling, exploring new cities and getting to know different cultures. She and her husband often embark upon spontaneous trips across the world.

Sacramento Valley Station
Achieving the ambitious Living Community Challenge Vision Plan certification, the Area Plan goes beyond conventional sustainability approaches to attain regeneration of resources and net-positive community impact.
Caltrain Diridon Station
A TOD that will deliver more than one million square feet of office on Caltrain’s high-profile site across from San Jose’s main transit hub.
“Everyday city spaces that have the power to instill dignity and build memorable experiences for the common person are of primary interest to me.”
San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant Concept
Design Competition Finalist
Innovation and Research
Ecoshed Planning for Resilient Cities

Geeti is passionately engaged in developing zero-waste solutions at the building, district, and city scale. Her original research called the ‘Resource Infinity Loop’–a closed loop for water and nutrients–addresses multiple global issues of water scarcity, food security, climate change, and social equity through the reuse of urban wastewater for urban agriculture.

Geeti's Featured Work

Potrero Power Station
San Francisco, California
Sacramento Valley Station Area Plan
Sacramento, California
Mission Rock
San Francisco, California
High Speed Rail
Dallas - Brazos Valley - Houston, Texas
University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision
Salt Lake City, Utah