Saumya is a designer, artist, writer, language enthusiast, and many other things. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon (with a minor in Japanese) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a focus in urban design and environmental planning from Portland State University. She is deeply passionate about sustainability, environmental and social justice, and collaborative planning and visioning. Saumya’s experiences with a diversity of cultures, places, and people around the world have taught her to approach problem-solving with sensitivity and openness. As a Portland area native, she spent much of her childhood puttering about outdoors and developing a deep love and respect for the elegant designs that occur naturally in the environment.