Collaboration | Design for Inclusion
Jessica Chen is a Canadian city planning professional currently based in Montréal Quebec. Her career focus has been social inclusion and urban strategies that encourage pluralistic understanding of the cities. Jessica holds a Master Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and started her professional career in the public sector, first in Philadelphia, United States, then in Vancouver Canada. Her 12-year planning career at the City of Vancouver focused on regeneration of historic inner-city neighbourhoods tackling issues of gentrification, heritage conservation, affordable housing and social inclusivity. She founded her consulting practice Wabi Sabi Planning Lab in 2013 and relocated to Montreal soon after.
Her work through Wabi Sabi Planning Lab examines how cultural and community-owned assets, including housing, help shape a more resilient urban landscape and city economy. Her projects often research and advocate for community equity building. She is currently working on Design for Inclusion initiative, in collaboration with Inge Rocker of AIR Studio, to innovate design processes toward new inclusive housing models. She is also involved in the planning and community organizing in both Vancouver and Montreal’s Chinatowns. Find more from Wabi Sabi Planning Lab at https://www.wabisabiplanning.com/