Eric Schmidt
Principal, AICP, PLA, RA

Eric has 38 years experience working on urban redevelopment and infrastructure projects across the United States and internationally. He specializes in working with public agencies on complex planning projects that involve multiple stakeholders while also balancing diverse community needs and interests. His expertise is in: real estate development, pedestrian and bicycle planning and design, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) principles, Green + Complete Streets, and low-impact development strategies. Eric also has extensive experience in drafting design and land use regulations that incorporate sustainable design and SMART Growth principles. Local projects include Federal DOD, US Army COE, State, County and City contracts for transit and streetscape projects, as well as tribal, municipal and academic campus master plans.

Prior to founding Cascade Design Collaborative, Eric was the Director of Downtown Planning and the Director of Urban Design for the Boston Redevelopment Authority for 7 years. During this time he led the Central Artery Park and Redevelopment Master Plan, Midtown Cultural District Plan, the Harborwalk Plan, neighborhood residential and business district revitalization plans, and private mixed use re-development projects.


Advanced Certificate in Real Estate & Development, Harvard University
Master of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon


American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Licensed Landscape Architect, State of Washington
Licensed Architect, State of Massachusetts