Allen Penniman

Allen Penniman

Allen Penniman is a principal planner for the City of Providence and founding director of Street Ops, a Boston-based tactical urbanism collective. Prior to his current positions, Allen managed master plans for Sasaki Associates. He has also held positions at the Prince's Foundation for Building Community in Beijing and he freelanced for the Government of the Netherlands on projects in the Caribbean. Operating at the intersection of urban design and community economic development, Allen's work uses the power of planning and design policy to foster equitable redevelopment in urban communities.

Allen's body of work is diverse. He contributed to an initiative to regenerate hutong neighborhoods in central Beijing that were threatened with demolition. He crafted a master plan for a new creative economy cluster in outer Beijing. In Aruba, he leveraged the installation of a downtown streetcar to reverse economic distress instigated by competition from enclave resorts. Currently, Allen is immersed in a highway-to-boulevard project in Providence, where he also spearheads a "living alleys" program and leads area plans for that city's post-industrial neighborhoods.

Allen's work has been recognized with numerous awards, including: the Boston Society of Architects Campus and Urban Planning Award, the American Institute of Architects National Small Project Award, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award, the American Planning Association Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award, finalist selection by the Urban Land Institute Hines Competition, and an honorable mention by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture Better Philadelphia Challenge.