Yana Ness (nee Komaritsa) is an experienced and internationally-oriented professional, working in the fields of urbanism, land use and sustainability, with years of relevant experience and education.

Being always at the forefront of leading sustainable solutions both on global and local scale and implementing them in her work, she develops an open, new and challenging approach.

Career in public and private sector has enabled Yana to develop a solid understanding of issues related to planning and development, growth management, comprehensive and master planning, as well as public facilitation and policy. A forward-thinking professional, Yana possesses strong project management and leadership skills, supervisory experience, international orientation and focus on result.

– Comprehensive Planning/Growth Policies
– Sustainable, environmentally friendly, “green” planning, LEED
– Zoning, Subdivision and Development Codes
– Public policy and facilitation, community development
– Feasibility studies, research and methodological aspects
– GIS mapping and analysis
– Transportation planning. Rail-bound, non-motorized transportation, mobility, corridor study
– Integrated land use planning, master planning, urban design
– Project management 


University of Stuttgart, Germany, Master of Science Degree in Infrastructure Planning (International Program), Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy), Postgraduate Specialist Diploma in Architecture majoring in Urban Planning, Faculty of Urban Planning

Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy), Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture


LEED Green Associate

Additional Education

North Dakota Chapter of American Planning Association, Dickinson, ND, USA, Training

Vision West, Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, Minot, Dickinson, ND, USA, Technical Assistance retreats (series of events)

Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (Engineering School), Lille, France, Course “Innovation in railway transportation”

Krasnopresnenskaya Art School, Moscow, Russia, Diploma in Fine Arts with honors

School of Arts № 7, Moscow, Russia, Diploma in Fine Arts with honors


Russian (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), French (basic)