Freyja Brandel-Tanis


City Planner | Civil Engineer | She/Her

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Hello! My name is Freyja, and I am a master’s student studying City Planning and Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech! Here you can find my projects and publications, resume, and professional interests.

I’m currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. This summer, I’m interning in the City of Douglasville’s Community Development Department, working primarily with the Planning Manager and City Project Manager.

My professional and research interests include:

Contact information

You can find me on LinkedIn, GitHub, and by email. Please reach out if you are interested in collaborating!


Paper published in TRR

September 2021

“Deadhead Minimization with a Flexible Facility Locator Tool” has been published in TRR.

Joined Georgia Tech Friendly Cities lab

August 2021

I’ve joined the Friendly Cities Lab for my last year at Georgia Tech! I’m very excited to work with Drs. Andris, Weitz, Beckett and others on the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.

White Paper Release: Anti-Displacement Strategies for Equitable Transportation Planning

June 2021

I’m pleased to announce the publication of “Anti-Displacement Strategies for Equitable Transportation Planning,” a white paper I co-wrote as an intern at Modern Mobility Partners with Candace Foster and Julia Billings, AICP.

You can find the paper on MMP’s website or my portfolio

NPC21 Panel: Fellowships, Scholarships, Internships & Other Paths for Your Career

May 2021

I had the incredible opportunity this year to speak about my experience in AmeriCorps on a panel at the APA’s 2021 National Planning Conference. National service was important to me in my personal and professional development, and I enjoy helping others decide if its the right path for them.

Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart Fellowship

April 2021

I’m very honored to receive the 2021 Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart Fellowship from the Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning for academic performance and leadership potential this year.

SPA Wins APA Award

March 2021

As the current President, I’m so excited to announce that the Georgia Tech Student Planning Association, our student engagement and advocacy organization, won the 2021 Outstanding Planning Student Organization (PSO) Award from the American Planning Association!

I’m very proud of everything we’ve done this year, particularly so of how we adapted to virtual programming, fostered new relationships with Atlanta community organizations and Black Lady Planners, created anti-racist planning programming, and expanded our support for international students based on their needs.

Learn more on the APA PSO Award website.