Espitia, Camilo

Chief Design Planner

City of Lowell

Camilo Espitia serves as the Chief Design Planner for the City of Lowell, working with a team of design planners, an urban renewal project manager, a transportation engineer, and an environmental engineer to prepare and implement plans, projects, and strategies for the city’s development. He meets and works with businesses, neighborhood groups, and the community in general to encourage input in the city’s planning efforts and to promote involvement in city programs as a fundamental planning tool. He also manages and monitors different grant funded programs and projects at a local, state, and federal level. He helps coordinate the capital plan budgets and reports of the Department of Planning and Development and will soon start leading the update of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan. In addition to that, Camilo is part of the city’s monument committee on the urban design seat, which helps develop design standards that contribute to cultural development in conjunction with placemaking strategies. Prior to joining the City, Camilo worked on the private sector as an urban planner in Harriman Associates in Boston and for more than 15 years as an architect and planner in Miami, New York and Boston. Locally, he is currently working with the Reach LoWELL coalition towards improving the built environment around Cambodia Town to encourage walkability and physical activity in general.


Camilo lives in Ashland with his wife and spoiled rescue dog and in his free time enjoys playing soccer and playing guitar.

Camilo graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master’s in Engineering in Sustainable Smart Cities; from Florida Atlantic University with a Professional Bachelor in Architecture; and attended Harvard University for executive education on Urban Retail Practices.

Espitia, Camilo