Born and raised in San Francisco, Nick Linda has been interested in the unique opportunities and challenges cities present since, as a child, he played pretend with his own imagined sustainable city in his home’s garden. His specific interest in urban issues led him to graduate from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Design in 2019. Nick’s first job out of college was as a Project Coordinator for the architecture firm Gensler, where he assisted project managers with a variety of large-scale projects in the Bay Area.
Nick’s time at Gensler led him to realize that many of the most influential, agenda-setting decisions of urban projects are determined by real estate professionals. Striving to be an active participant in creating the cities of the future, he decided to expand his understanding of the industry creating the built environment through the MRED+D program.
A firm believer of using multi-disciplinary understanding to solve complex problems, he is excited to work with this year’s cohort to better leverage both the financial pragmatism of real estate and ambition of design to create equitable, sustainable cities that work for everyone.
Nick has a hard time sitting still in his spare time, but 2020 has kept him mostly at home. If he is not biking or walking around San Francisco to observe its architecture and public realm, he is likely in the kitchen refining his sourdough bread recipe.