Patricia Zingsheim is an urban designer, registered architect, and certified public manager. She has worked on downtown and waterfront development for local governments as well as private consulting firms for the majority of her career. Patricia joined the DC Office of Planning in April 2003. Hired as Chief of Downtown Planning, she is currently the Associate Director of Revitalization and Design Division (RAD). The RAD division is responsible for public space, sustainability, design review programs as well as plans for the development of opportunity areas in central Washington. Current initiatives include projects in rapidly developing areas in Center City, including NoMa and Mount Vernon Triangle. Ongoing planning projects include the creation of a Cultural Development Strategy for Chinatown, Capital Space, the Public Realm Design Manual, a neighborhood sustainability strategy, and the creation of a multi-modal hub at Mount Vernon Square. Patricia has served as project manager for key projects at OP including the new downtown framework and strategy, called the Center City Action Agenda 2008, the Mount Vernon Triangle Action Agenda, the MVT Transportation and Public Realm Design Project, and The NoMa Vision Plan and Development Strategy. Patricia is committed to the achievement of the highest quality urban environment for DC. She has worked toward this by focusing on the realization of strong neighborhoods and commercial areas through a viable mix of uses, high-quality design, public space that supports multiple modes of transportation, environmental sustainability and green design.
Patricia has a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin and was a Loeb Fellow (class of 95-96) at Harvard University.