Varian Shrum

Varian Shrum

Varian Shrum was born and raised in the DC area but migrated south to attend Wake Forest University. Seeds of urbanism were planted when a class for her Communication major unexpectedly covered the relationship between the built environment and Public Health, and she was hooked! That moment of inspiration set off a 5 year chain of events that led her to be a Planning & Neighborhood Development Consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As an Emerging City Champion, Varian plans to address the lack of quality public space in her neighborhood by engaging the community in a crowdfunding campaign to bring temporary improvements to an empty lot.

When she’s not busy Instagramming adventures with her husband, Austin, she likes to run, eat local, and re-watch episodes of 30 Rock.

Project Summary: Creating a “neighborhood living room” at an underutilized development site in the heart of Charlotte, where people can gather and connect.

Click here to see her project: Neighborhood Living Room