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Robin Abad

Title: Urban Designer, San Francisco Planning Department

Robin Abad Ocubillo is an Urban Designer with the San Francisco Planning Department. He currently manages the City’s Parklet Program as well as other Pavement to Parks projects, while also coordinating human use studies of public spaces. His current and past scholarship has focused on the production and performance evaluation of small urban open spaces; including design and implementation of a longitudinal assessment of pilot parklets in southern California (with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and UCLA Lewis Center) and triangle parks in Washington, D.C. (with Harvard University at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Gardens). Prior to assuming his role at the San Francisco Planning Department, Robin was engaged as a complete streets advocate and researcher in Los Angeles; authoring Parklet and Plaza Application and Evaluation Manuals for LADOT’s award-winning People St Program. Before his work in Southern California, Robin served for several years as a Project Manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; working on cultural landscape projects on Alcatraz Island, the Presidio, Fort Mason and Fort Baker.