Etty Padmodipoetro is a founder and principal of Urban Idea Lab, a team of urban design, real estate, economic development, and non-profit management professionals creating solutions to complex challenges facing urban communities. She has over 30 years of experience as an architect and urban designer. Throughout her career, her main focus has always been on urban planning, revitalization and transportation-related development projects.
Prior to the formation of Urban Idea Lab, she played a major role in the design of new urban spaces created as a result of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project. On this largest highway project in the nation, she was the lead architect and urban designer responsible for the East Boston section of the Project. She facilitated the public outreach and urban design interface between various neighborhoods and the highway agencies. Working closely with community groups, she helped develop parkland, buffer areas, development parcels, highway aesthetics, architectural components, and integral public arts as part of the mitigation of the expanded highway system.