MiA CANDY

Senior Planner | Durham, NC

About Mia: 

Photographer, Flâneuse, South African in the US

Education: 

BA, English Literature & Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

MA, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Collaborative | Intuitive | Systematic

Mia is a senior planner with 10 years’ experience designing, delivering, and facilitating community engagement in the fields of public education, environmental health, and urban planning and design. In her work in South Africa and across the United States, she uses Placemaking strategies to promote community economic development, public health and neighborhood investment. She specializes in cross-sector capacity building , using her expertise in GIS, data analytics, design, and visual storytelling to help cities and towns develop vibrant and equitable places.

Mia is a member of the American Planning Association, including the International Division and the Women and Planning Division. Mia is also a member of the Cape Town Young Urbanists, and an editor emeritus of Angles - a blog from the Carolina Planning Journal.

Prior to joining Renaissance, Mia worked as a community organizer in Cape Town, South Africa, and for the Center for Health & Environment in Queens, NY.

I believe...

that the evolution of cities occurs on a spectrum from organic growth to human design. Planning for cities that work requires the integration of organic processes and strategic design. Embracing chaos and uncertainty as inevitable forces of city building is the key to sustainable, resilient problem solving.