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Urban Design

We help you imagine what is possible, and we develop user-friendly plans to guide quality design and placemaking.

Ascent’s urban designers and planners work closely with our clients and community stakeholders to imagine what is possible, developing unique design and planning strategies to streamline housing and urban infill, strengthen community character, create vibrant pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use environments, and build quality public spaces. We are skilled at crafting user-friendly plans, easy-to-navigate codes, and effective design and development standards to guide successful implementation. Inclusive engagement is at the heart of all we do, from participating in one-on-one meetings to conducting charrettes, facilitating discussion groups, and leading online or in-person workshops. We use a variety of tools and techniques to make participation inclusive, interactive, educational, and fun for everyone, while ensuring that the feedback we collect helps customize solutions rooted in place.

  • Specific plans and community plans
  • Campus plans, master plans, and special area plans
  • Visioning, programming, and urban design studies
  • Design visualization and feasibility studies
  • Transit-oriented development, corridor plans, complete streets, and station area planning
  • Zoning and form-based codes
  • Objective design and development standards
  • Inclusive community engagement

Christine Babla AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Principal – Urban Design + Planning


Anh Thai LEED AP
Senior Planner/Urban Designer


  • City of San Diego
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of West Sacramento
  • City of Sunnyvale
  • City of Milpitas
  • City of Elk Grove
  • City of Folsom
  • City of Lathrop
  • City of Placerville
  • City of Fresno
  • City of Roseville
  • City of South Gate
  • Town of Truckee
  • Port of San Diego
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
  • San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • County of Sacramento
  • County of San Diego
  • County of Placer
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
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