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Hi, I'm

Erik Thorbeck

I bring a human & data-centred approach to the planning of interior spaces. 


Currently leading workplace planning for transformative organizations in Asia Pacific, with M Moser Associates.


Location: Shanghai
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Web-Based Experiences

Mapping / GIS

Data Analytics

Planning & Design Strategy

  • Technologists

    I analyze data, develop dashboards and maps for business-oriented teams.

  • Skateboarders

    I make maps, shoot photos, and help skateboarders explore one of the world's best cities for skateboarding - Shanghai, China

  • Architects

    I build websites and content for architects and urban planners

  • Fitness Enthusiasts

    I build themed web features, mobile maps, and scoring systems for fitness events in Shanghai, China via FitFam. I also lead community workouts.


Data Analyst

MicroBenefits June 2017 - September 2018 As lead data analyst, I use data tools like Tableau and MySQL with Alibaba Cloud Databases to convert factory and factory worker data from learning, feedback and surveys into insights to help drive process improvements in the supply chain for clients such as Apple, Nike, Dell, and Gap. I also conduct cost / input analyses for factories to determine savings from automations and increased efficiencies.

Business Analyst

Nicobar Group November 2016 - June 2017 Provided key industry and market analysis in delivery of Chinese civil nuclear market entry strategies to Nicobar’s clients. Interfaced with engineering and technical business development teams to identify commercial opportunities for parts suppliers with Chinese nuclear power plant owner / operators. I also assisted clients navigating HAF-604 regulatory component certification.

GIS / Urban Planning

August - October 2015 Chengdu Institute of Planning & Design - Chengdu, China Used local transportation data and ArcGIS Mapping technology to determine optimal locations for fire stations in high risk parcels in suburban Chengdu. Assisted in research for civic and cultural urban design projects as part of study and work year in China.

Research Assistant

University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative - Oregon, USA July 2014 - June 2016 Personal assistant and translator for visiting Chinese urban planners to Public Policy and Urban Planning department at the University of Oregon. Assisted with research and programs to provide visiting scholars with opportunities to examine local sustainable urban design practices.


  1. English

  2. Chinese (Mandarin)

  3. Russian


  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Chengdu, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Pacific Grove, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Eugene, Oregon
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Send me a message, learn more about my work with workplace design, mapping, websites, maybe even skateboarding.