Kristen Ford Haaf, AICP, LEED AP

Kristen is a landscape urbanist and Director of Urban Planning at Roots First. With training in landscape architecture, urban planning, and environmental science and policy, Kristen brings a systems approach to the studio’s work. She enjoys collaborating with community partners to engage people in thinking more deeply about the future of their environment. Kristen works on both design and logistical aspects of project development, including conceptual design, grant writing, community engagement, and strategic planning. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and received a Master of Landscape Architecture from NC State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill. Kristen currently serves as the board chair for the Creative Corridors Coalition and Community Design Fellow at the Center for Design Innovation.