We are all about design.

DESIGN OF CITIES, NEIGHBORHOODS, STREETS & OPEN SPACES. DESIGN OF BOTH THE public realm & PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

GINKGO is led by us, Zerin and Perry, who a share passion for planning & design. We are both trained as architects and bring our love for drawing, building models and figuring out how things will get built to the larger scale of urban planning. We take great pride in going beyond the conventional planning document to create cutting-edge solutions that reflect community aspirations and excite local leaders.

Prime /Lead Consultant for multidisciplinary teams.

We reach out to the best experts in these fields who are uniquely qualified for each project. Our sub-consultant teams include experts in

Market Analysis . Transportation Planning . Civil and Storm water Engineering . Landscape Architecture . Architecture . Signage Design . Graphic Design.

Iconic graphics custom designed for each client.

Our graphic and user-friendly documents are great road maps for implementation, and serve as marketing tools to attract outside interest. Our delightful books highlight the unique assets of each place and can be enjoyed by both professionals and the community. 

OUR AWARD WINNING WORK IS A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR OUR CLIENT COMMUNITIES.

Recent Awards:

  • 2014 Comprehensive Plan for Ottawa, IL, 2016 Daniel Burnham Award for Outstanding Plan, American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

  • CMAP GOTO 2040 PLAN, 2013 National Award For Smart Growth Achievement U.S. EPA

  • Manhattan Village Center Plan, Village of Manhattan, IL, 2011 Strategic Plan Award, American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

  • Comprehensive Plan, Town of Munster , IN, 2011 Outstanding Plan, American Planning Association, Indiana Chapter

  • Legacy Plan for Downtown Tinley Park, 2010 Strategic Plan Award, American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

  • Comprehensive Plan, Village of Manhattan, IL, 2008 Silver Award, American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

 

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PRINCIPAL

With over 20 years of planning and architectural design experience, Zerin has focused primarily on public sector projects both in urban downtowns and the suburbs. As founder of GINKGO Planning and Design, Inc., she is committed to bringing quality planning services that prioritize long term public needs over private interests. Her work experience includes lead planner roles both in the public and the private sectors, from transit oriented developments, comprehensive plans and codes, large master plans and implementation. She is a strong advocate of bringing change to prototypical planning practices in the region, shifting from planning “diagrams” that cannot be built to viable “designs” that can be realized. Zerin became a Fellow of the American Planning Association in 2018 for her contribution to innovation in planning and design.

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PERICLES GEORGOPOULOS

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Pericles Georgopoulos has served as the Senior Planner and Project Manager for significantly large and complex projects including Industrial Facilities, Business Parks, Retail Centers, Town Centers and Transit Oriented Developments for over twenty five years. He has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects throughout the Chicago region, and be a member of the architectural, civil engineering and planning teams in various firms. In his eleven years with GINKGO, he has led the design of many public and private sector projects, including Comprehensive Plans, Downtown & T.O.D Plans, and Master Plans for development sites.

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HANDS-ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH REAL 3D MODELS IS GINKGO’S SIGNATURE WAY OF WORKING.