Behnaz Razavi is an AICP-certified urban planner at Wells + Associates. She is focused on complete streets design and planning that supports walking, biking, cycling, and scootering in addition to public transportation and personal vehicles.
Behnaz works with private- and public-sector clients to advance multimodal transportation plans that enhance safety, accessibility, and public space for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit in urban environments. She has handled transportation projects across the DMV region – in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
With a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry with municipalities, transit agencies, and DOTs, she believes that transportation has a broad definition and that paths and roads are meant for many modes of transportation. In her project work, she brings expertise in transportation, land use, and urban design. She works across many disciplines, including parking studies, curbside management, bus operations, pedestrian and bicycle networks, traffic calming, streetscapes, and long-range planning.
Behnaz has a strong community and social services background with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and experience working at the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).
Her experience is wide-ranging and includes:
- analyses of speed and traffic counts in residential streets, surveys of roadway geometry, and development of concepts with road diets and vertical and horizontal traffic calming device placements for safer residential streets
- urban planning analyses for municipalities that address future transportation conditions as part of long-range transportation plans
- work on comprehensive plans including data gathering, management of the mapping components of projects, and report writing
- master-planning projects that feature the application of planning and urban design concepts, project coordination responsibilities, and the production and graphical enhancement of reports
- participation in design charrettes and complete streets studies in order to help clients establish their visions and transportation design concepts
- development of safety recommendations and multimodal solutions and analysis of community input for communities, traffic corridors, and municipalities across the Washington, DC metro region
Behnaz uses a variety of visualization and spatial analysis tools to deliver projects to clients. She is skilled in Adobe Creative Suite, Complete Street Design, Long Term Planning, Emergency Management, Market Research, and ArcGIS.
Co-author, Curbside Management Practitioners Guide, Institute of Transportation Engineers
Q + A
- What do you like best about working at W+A?
- The people. On average, we spend a third of our lives at work, it is important to like the people we work with.
- Who are your role models?
- Jan Gehl and Janette Sadik-Khan.
- How do you get to work?
- For the Tysons office, I walk. On days I work in Silver Spring, I make ample use of my car’s “autopilot” feature.
- What is your favorite vacation spot?
- Aspen, Colorado or any mountain with good snow for skiing.
- What is your personal life philosophy?
- Thanks to Google, I just found out that apparently there is a quote for my philosophy on life: “Invest in yourself first. Expect nothing from no one and be willing to work for everything.”
- How do you like to relax?
- Sleep in front of a warm fireplace.
- Where is your favorite place to travel?
- Iran, the geographical (and cultural) diversity it offers for the relatively small land mass amazes me every time.
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
- More than I should. I am somewhat of an addict!
- Master of Science, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute
- Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Economics, University of Maryland
- Bachelor of Arts, Persian Studies, University of Maryland
- Member, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)