From 2013-17 Locus Partners was an urban strategy firm working at the intersection of community and development to create innovative place-based design solutions.
Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA combines her professional experience as an architect and urban designer with her skills as a strategic facilitator and connector to produce more fully considered, inclusive, and aspirational community revitalization projects for her clients. Danielle has led the realization of institutional and cultural buildings, citywide and campus master plans, and engagement processes for community and high-level stakeholders in and around the Philadelphia region for over twenty years. As a result, she has a deep professional network within the city’s public, non-profit, community, and design sectors. Her work is enhanced by an in-depth understanding of Philadelphia’s comprehensive planning, zoning, and civic design review processes. As an engaged entrepreneur and respected design leader, Danielle is often asked to advise on opportunities in the design and community development communities. Danielle currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, heads AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee, participates in the Women’s Leadership Council of ULI Philadelphia, and is the founder of Clementine Montessori School. For her efforts, Danielle was awarded the prestigious AIA Philadelphia’s Young Architect Award in 2012. She has degrees in Architecture from Virginia Tech and Harvard University. Her current passions are learning improv, training for half-marathons, and advocating for women leaders and entrepreneurs in community development.
Sylvia Palms, RLA ASLA is a values-driven landscape architect who believes in the instrumental qualities of designed nature to heal both the environment and individuals who engage it. For maximum social impact, she works within the urban public realm. Sylvia applies her experience in green stormwater infrastructure, educational, healing, and productive landscapes and gardens to create thriving urban ecosystems. She has worked with institutions and non-profits, leading projects from concept through implementation while incorporating creative engagement to inform successful outcomes. She leads with a collaborative approach, placing herself squarely in the role of thought partner to facilitate teams and to understand and interpret the unique needs of each client and community. As a design leader in the landscape architecture community, Sylvia recently was selected to participate in the Designing Leadership program offered by the Arts and Business Council. Sylvia led a finalist team in the 2013 Philadelphia Infill Soak It Up! Competition for new green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) solutions. She is on the Landscape Committee of Awbury Arboretum, PHS's Design and Horticulture Committee, Sustainable Business Network’s GSI Partners Plan Review Committee, and founder of the Penn Alexander School Garden Community. She is also co-founder of Philly Girls Do Good, an organization that celebrates women leaders in design and community development.
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