Kate Collignon

Managing Partner

Kate Collignon brings 15 years of private and public sector experience in economic development, real estate, and urban planning, with an emphasis on downtown and waterfront revitalization.


Kate works with public, institutional, and private sector clients nationwide to advise on master plan creation, craft public-private partnerships, and manage complex projects. In addition to her contributions on projects, Kate also oversees the growth and operations of HR&A’s New York City headquarters.

Kate provides economic strategies to underpin master plans and negotiates the partnerships necessary for implementation. She served as project manager for several of HR&A’s master planning efforts, including a strategic growth and modernization plan for the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina; an award winning master plan for a seven mile stretch of waterfront on the Delaware River in Philadelphia; a sustainable plan for Union Pier in Charleston, South Carolina; and an industrial revitalization strategy for the district surrounding Philadelphia’s Lower Schuylkill River. She provided project management and strategic real estate advisory services for complex private development initiatives in New York City, including a new stadium for Major League Soccer, and a proposed indoor cycling and recreation center.

Kate also supports HR&A’s public policy and open space planning practices. She examined the vast number of publicly owned, underutilized parcels on behalf of Detroit Works, and assessed current and best practices for regulating and promoting construction site safety on behalf of the Building Trades Employers Association of New York City. She supports governance and operations planning for new open space proposed for the Seattle Central Waterfront, and is formulating a funding and governance strategy for Gateway Park in Oakland, California.

Currently, Kate is managing the creation of a real estate and asset management strategy for the Menil Foundation in Houston; negotiating a public-private development agreement for the Horizon District in Charleston; and generating an innovation campus master plan for UPenn’s South Bank site in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining HR&A Kate served as a Development Director with Brookfield Properties, where she managed pre-development for commercial and mixed-use projects across the United States. Previously, she worked with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she served as Senior Vice President for Development and was in charge of large-scale planning and development initiatives such as plans for Manhattan’s 125th Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Coney Island, the Brooklyn waterfront, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her projects integrated real estate, infrastructure and capital planning in connection with commercial, residential, industrial and open space uses.

Kate is a graduate of Columbia University, and holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Member, Urban Land Institute

Member, American Planning Association