CNU XV Speakers
Keynote SpeakersJohn Prescott, MP, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
John Prescott was born in Prestatyn, Wales, in 1938. The son of a railway signalman, he was educated at Ellesmere Port Secondary Modern and at 15 began work as a trainee chef.
In 1963, after working for ten years as a steward in the Merchant Navy, he gained a diploma in economics and politics at Ruskin College, Oxford, which specializes in courses for union working people. He later went on to gain a BSc in economics and economic history at the University of Hull.
Maritime safety motivated his decision to work as a full-time official for the National Union of Seamen between 1968 and 1970.
John Prescott was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Hull East in 1970. He was a member of the Council of Europe between 1972 and 1975, Delegate EEC Parliamentary in 1975 and Leader of the Labour Party Delegation to the European Parliament between 1976 and 1979.
He held a series of Shadow Cabinet posts, dealing with regional affairs, employment, energy and transport, and in 1994 was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Following the Labour Party's election in May 1997 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created as part of the Cabinet Office in 2001, and was made a Department in its own right in 2002.
In May 2006 the PM asked John Prescott to chair a number of major Cabinet Committees and to oversee the efficient development of Government policy. He also asked him to continue with his international work particularly with regard to China and Eastern Europe, and, in recognition of his work in delivering the Kyoto Treaty, to work with the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for the Environment on developing the post Kyoto agenda.
In addition to these functions, the Deputy Prime Minister frequently represents the UK abroad on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Kjell Forshed, Principal, Brunnberg & Forshed Architects, Stockholm
Responsible for more than 15,000 apartments in more than 100 projects, Kjell Forshed is not only one of the most prolific Swedish architects at work today but also a key figure in the re-emergence there of human-centered architecture. Practicing since 1967, he acknowledges Camillo Sitte, Per Olof Hallman, and Albert Lillienberg as major influences.
Forshed is responsible for much of the best architecture at Sankt Erik, a 2005 Charter Award winning infill project in Stockholm. Despite a harsh critical reception from Swedish modernists, the project won accolades from jurors and brought CNU members to their feet when the award was presented.
Forshed has taught urban design at KTH, The Royal Technical School, Stockholm and been a member of the Stockholm Beauty Council and The Urban Environmental Council. He has written books and articles in journals and magazines, but most likes to sit down and sketch projects, both small and ordinary as well as more complicated.
Sharing observations from decades of experience humanizing developments in Sweden to jurying CNU’s 2007 Charter Awards, Forshed will challenge and inspire CNU XV attendees to reconnect with urbanism’s timeless virtues.
Hon. Edward G. Rendell, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania’s 45th Governor, began a second term of office on January 16, 2007, following a landslide re-election victory. As Governor, Rendell serves as chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state and oversees a $26 billion budget.
Governor Rendell’s unprecedented and strategic investments have energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, and expanded access to health care to all children and affordable prescription drugs for older adults. He championed and signed into law Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive measure to substantially reform the local tax system and provide $1 billion in urgently needed property tax relief to homeowners.
Governor Rendell is building on his efforts to make government more responsible to the public, and more responsive to the public’s needs. He is pursuing a legislative agenda that includes commonsense reforms that are designed to eliminate government waste, improve efficiency and put progress ahead of partisanship.
Under Governor Rendell’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s economy has rebounded sharply and continues to expand. Today, there are more jobs in Pennsylvania than ever before, with a net gain of more than 150,000 jobs since 2003. Pennsylvania now ranks 15th in the nation for job growth, up from 41st at the beginning of Governor Rendell’s first term. And, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has fallen over a full point and continues to be on par with the national average.
Under Governor Rendell, student achievement is on the rise at every grade level and in every subject. Pennsylvania’s public schools now have the resources to invest in proven education initiatives like pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and tutoring. Almost 100 school districts are investing in class-size reduction in kindergarten through 3rd grade to benefit nearly 20,000 children.
Governor Rendell championed a dramatic increase in the number of older Pennsylvanians who receive affordable prescription drugs through Pennsylvania’s PACE and PACENET programs. He also brokered an agreement for the federal government to assume much of the cost of providing prescription assistance to seniors, allowing state funds to be reallocated to support other important services for older Pennsylvanians.
Governor Rendell has accomplished all of this while being a careful steward of the commonwealth’s finances. When he became Governor, the commonwealth faced a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion. As one of his first acts, Governor Rendell cut government spending to close that deficit and implemented programs and policies to apply business principles of productivity and cost-savings to the operation of state government. By the end of 2006, through developing new business practices and focusing on innovation and efficiency throughout the government, the cost of government has been cut by $1 billion.
From 1992 through 1999, Governor Rendell served as the 121st Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Among his many accomplishments as Mayor, Rendell eliminated a $250 million deficit; balanced the city's budget and generated five consecutive budget surpluses; reduced business and wage taxes for four consecutive years; implemented new revenue-generating initiatives, and dramatically improved services to the City's neighborhoods. The New York Times called the Philadelphia renaissance under Rendell “the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history.” Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected district attorney of the City of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985.
The Governor, who served as general chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election, has always been active in the community through a variety of memberships on boards, and also teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania. An Army veteran, the Governor is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1965) and Villanova Law School (J.D. 1968). He was born on January 5, 1944.
The Governor and his wife, First Lady Marjorie O. Rendell, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, have a son, Jesse. They will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary on July 10, 2007.
Peter Calthorpe, Architect, Co-Founder of CNU, Author of The Next American Metropolis
Peter Calthorpe is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Principal at Calthorpe Associates. He has helped solidify a growing trend towards the key principals of New Urbanism: that successful places—whether neighborhoods, villages, or urban centers—must be diverse in use and user, walkable and transit-oriented, and environmentally sustainable. His work has focused on how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth.
After studying at Yale's Graduate School of Architecture, Calthorpe promoted energy-efficient buildings and solar design initiatives at the Farrallones Institute, the California Office of the State Architect, and with Van der Ryn, Calthorpe and Partners. In 1983, he established Calthorpe Associates, allowing him to successfully implement his philosophies of regional design through cutting-edge projects in Portland, Salt Lake, Austin, the Twin Cities, and Los Angeles. During the Clinton Administration, Calthorpe provided guidance for HUD's Empowerment Zone and Consolidated Planning Programs as well as the HOPE VI program to rebuild failed public housing projects. His international work has demonstrated that community design with a focus on environmental sustainability and human scale can be adapted throughout the globe. Chosen by the State of Louisiana to lead long-term planning efforts following the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Calthorpe is now the Lead Planner for the “Louisiana Speaks” planning initiative, and his firm is helping advise the Louisiana Recovery Authority on how southern Louisiana can recover from Hurricane Katrina while restoring wetlands and other ecologically sensitive areas.
Calthorpe has written influential works such as Sustainable Communities with Sim Van der Ryn (1986), Pedestrian Pocket Book (1989) with Doug Kelbaugh, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream (1993), and The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (2001) with William Fulton, He has lectured extensively throughout the world and has taught at U.C. Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Oregon, and University of North Carolina. Calthorpe has received numerous honors and awards, including appointment to the President's Councils for Sustainable Development and, most recently, the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious JC Nichols Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
Rep. Barney Frank, U.S. Representative, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
Since 1981, U.S. Representative Barney Frank has served Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District and will be the chair of the House Banking Committee starting in January 2007. Frank was recently reelected to the 110th Congress and is now a Senior Democrat. He has been particularly supportive of brownfield redevelopment, environmental clean-up, increased funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, and other housing initiatives. In recent years, Frank has advocated and secured federal funds for increasing commuter rail accessibility for the handicapped, creating new commuter rail line extensions, and improving commuter bike paths. During the 109th Congress, Frank helped revitalize downtown New Bedford, MA through investment in infrastructure. Frank has also strongly defended federal funding for Amtrak and has recently spoke out against lacking funds allocated by the Rodney Administration for commuter rail to New Bedford and Fall River, MA. In 2006, Frank earned a 100% rating by the League of Conservation Voters for his impeccable environmental record.
Barney Frank earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, graduating in 1962. He then served as Chief Assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White for three years. Afterwards, he served as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Michael J. Harrington, then returning to Harvard to complete his law degree which he completed in 1977. In 1972 he was elected to the Massachusetts Legislature.
Frank has taught at University of Massachusetts-Boston, the JFK School of Government at Harvard, and at Boston University. One of Representative Frank’s most well known political texts is Speaking Frankly (1992), a book about the role of the Democratic Party in the 1990s. He has appeared on various talk shows, including one with Chuck Morse’s show prior to the 2004 election, was featured on Open Source and was recently on Fox News Sunday.
Robert A.M. Stern, Architect, Teacher, Writer and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
Robert A.M. Stern is a widely acclaimed architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter's Medal of Honor in 1984 as well as the Chapter's President's Award in 2001. As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects. Robert A. M. Stern may have been the first architect to use the term “postmodernism,” but has more recently been described as a “modern traditionalist” due to his particular emphasis on context and the continuity of traditions. Stern may be most known for his residential design work; his forte is combining historical styles with contemporary contexts and successfully melding buildings with their surroundings.
Stern is a graduate of Columbia University (BA, 1960) and Yale University (M. Arch., 1965). Today, he is the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture where he is overseeing many changes and renovations to the schools' buildings. He was previously Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Mr. Stern as the first director of Columbia's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on topics of architecture. He is the author of several books, including New Directions in American Architecture (1969; revised edition, 1977); George Howe: Toward a Modern American Architecture (1975); and Modern Classicism (1988). Mr. Stern's particular interest in the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism can be seen in his books, New York 1900 (1983) coauthored with John Massengale and Gregory Gilmartin; New York 1930 (1987) coauthored with Thomas Mellins and Gregory Gilmartin, which was nominated for a National Book Award, an unusual distinction for a book about architecture; New York 1960 (1995); and New York 1880 (1999) coauthored with Thomas Mellins and David Fishman.
Twelve books on Mr. Stern's work have been published including: Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1987-1992, edited by Elizabeth Kraft (1992) with an introduction by Vincent Scully; Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings (1996); Robert A.M. Stern: Houses (1997); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1993-1998 (1998); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1999-2003 (2003); and Robert A.M. Stern: Houses and Gardens (2005).
Mr. Stern's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and universities and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1976, 1980, and 1996, he was among the architects selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. In 1986 Mr. Stern hosted "Pride of Place: Building the American Dream," an eight-part, eight-hour documentary television series aired on the Public Broadcasting System. Mr. Stern served on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company from 1992 to 2003.
Witold Rybczynski, Professor, Critic, Architect, and Author of Home
Witold Rybczynski’s wide range of professional experience and interest reflects the multidisciplinary strengths of the New Urbanist movement. He is an acclaimed architecture critic and a Professor of Urbanism at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As an architectural historian, Rybczynski offers a deep understanding of the historical themes that have guided architectural movements, notions of home, the development of American urbanism, and various matters of architectural style and fashion.
Rybczynski received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, then taught at McGill after completing his degree. In 1996, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia where he currently researches real estate, architecture, urban design, and urbanism. Rybczynski is also Co-Editor of the Wharton Real Estate Review. Rybczynski serves on numerous boards, including the Encyclopedia Americana Advisory Board, the Urban Design International Editorial Board, the Open House International Editorial Board. He is on the U.S. Commission of Fine Art.
Rybczynski architectural criticism appears in such publications as Slate magazine and Rocky Mountain News. In recent articles, Rybczynski relates New Orleans to Rust Belt American cities and considers the slow response to recovery in contrast to the centralized, aggressive government efforts of Depression and WWII era. His publications include Home: A Short History of an Idea (1986), The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989), City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World (1995), A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmstead and America in the Nineteenth Century (1999), The Look of Architecture (2001), and The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio (2002). He has received numerous awards including the Alfred Jurzykowski Award (1993), the Progressive Architecture Award (1991), Honorary Fellow, AIA (1993), Athanaeum of Philadelphia Award (1997, 2001), and Ballard Real Estate Scholar (1994, 2000, & 2004).
Denise Scott Brown, Renowned Architect and Urbanist, and Co-Author of Learning from Las Vegas
As an architect, planner, educator, and author, Denise Scott Brown is known world-wide for her architecture and urbanism as well as for contributions to theoretical research and education on the nature of cities. With her collaborator, architect Robert Venturi, she launched a critique of architectural modernism that led to the development of alternative strategies for urban design during the 1960s and 1970s, creatively combining elements of modernism with classical traditions and welcoming the contributions of numerous disciplines into the realm of architecture.
Scott Brown began her education in South Africa at Witwatersrand University and continued her training in London, later earning Master’s degrees in Architecture and City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Scott Brown has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Princeton, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Yale, where she created collaborative research courses in which architects studied problems in the built environment using empirical methods and drawing from media studies, pop art, and social science, thus greatly expanding the scope of architectural design.
As a Principal in the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, she is involved in the firm's major architectural projects and directs their planning and urban design efforts. Her projects range from master plans and schematic designs for the Denver Civic Center Cultural Complex and the University of Michigan's Palmer Drive Life Sciences complex, to campus plans for Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania, and developing architectural requirements for the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian. She authored Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time (2004) with Robert Venturi; Urban Concepts (1990); and Learning from Las Vegas (1972) with Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour. Scott Brown has lectured widely and received many honorary degrees and awards.
Edward Mazria, Senior Principal at Mazria Inc. and Founder of Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect with a long and distinguished career. His architecture and planning projects span over a thirty-year period and each employs a cutting-edge environmental approach to its design.
His published material includes technical papers, articles for professional magazines, and a number of published works including The Passive Solar Energy Book published by Rodale Press. His most recent article It's the Architecture Stupid! published in Solar Today Magazine, and subsequent articles Turning Down the Global Thermostat in Metropolis Magazine and Blueprint for Disaster in On Earth Magazine, outline his strategy for addressing today's most pressing global challenge, climate change. His buildings have been published in Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Metropolis, ArchitecturalRecord, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Digest, Process, Public Garden, Solar Today, Texas Architect, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to name a few.
Mr. Mazria lectures extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and has taught architecture at the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Colorado-Denver. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at theUniversity of New Mexico.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including AIA Design Awards, AIA Design Innovation Award, Commercial Building Awards from the Department of Energy, "Pioneer Award" from the American Solar Energy Society and an Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association.
He is senior principal at Mazria Inc., an architecture and planning firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico and founder of Architecture2030 a global movement to address the current climate crisis. He speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of the building sector, energy and climate change.
Angelo Alberto, AIA,AICP
, President, Alberto and Associates
Angelo Alberto is the principal and founder of Alberto & Associates; a multidisciplinary firm specializing in traditional architecture and urban design. Mr. Alberto’s expertise is in physical place-making and the firm specializes in traditional urban infill and mixed-use redevelopment. The firm is involved in numerous urban and waterfront redevelopment projects along the Delaware River and New Jersey shore. As a licensed planner and architect, Mr. Alberto is particularly skilled at assisting private entities in taking complex projects from concept, through approvals to construction. Mr. Alberto is the author of the Town & Country Planning Model which was presented at CNU-IV. Town & Country promotes a balanced approach to greenfield TND development and open space preservation and has resulted built projects in Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina. Mr. Alberto holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Harvard and he has lectured extensively.
Christopher Andrews, Architect and Town Planner
Christopher Andrews works as an architect and town planner in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on environmentally sustainable and design build approaches at all levels of scale. He grew up in the 1960’s in New York City, in a multicultural and artistic environment, thus instilling the importance of both creativity and community at an early age. His work has been published in The New York Times, Progressive Architecture, Woodenboat Magazine, Nowtime, and Competitions Magazine. Along with various architectural and planning endeavors he is currently working with weavers in Turkey and Azerbaijan on a project to revive the classical Anatolian carpet patterns of the 15th century, using handspun wool and natural dyes.
Murphy V. Antoine, Jr, AIA, AICP, Architect/Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners
Murphy Antoine is a Principal with Torti Gallas and Partners, a fifty-four year old, full service, planning and architecture firm with offices in Silver Spring, Maryland and Los Angeles, California. He leads one of the firm’s Neighborhoods Studios, with primary areas of responsibility in the firm’s extensive and award winning revitalization portfolio -- to date concentrating on Military Housing Privatization, HOPE VI, and Housing Tax Credit redevelopments. His efforts to implement these important workforce and affordable housing policy programs through appropriate and contextual neighborhood planning and architecture have manifested themselves nationwide in over eighteen revitalization projects. His urban design, planning and architecture expertise in the area of mixed income and affordable housing has been tapped by the AIA, CNU, HUD, the National Building Museum, and the National Charrette Institute, where he has contributed as a speaker, presenter, juror, and exhibitor. His projects with Torti Gallas have been honored with awards from the CNU, AIA, HUD, NAHB, Residential Architect and Builder magazines. A registered architect, and certified planner, Murphy is a member of the AIA, CNU, and the APA, and is a twice elected officer of the New Urbanism Division of the APA. He holds Masters Degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning, and in Architecture, both from the University of Virginia, along with specialized studies Certificates in American Urbanism, and in Historic Preservation. He also received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from UVa, and subsequently worked as an architect in the production home building industry, and on TOD community planning along Virginia’s proposed high- speed rail corridor.
GB Arrington, Principal Practice Leader, PB PlaceMaking
GB Arrington is Parson Brinckerhoff’s most senior practitioner in the field of linking transit and land use. For the last 20+ years GB has played a key role in the Portland region’s innovative experiment to reinvent the American dream of a livable community by marrying transportation and land use. He was asked by the White House to organize and moderate Vice President Gore’s first Livable Communities roundtable and has served as an advisor to the Federal Transit Administration and communities from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Perth, Western Australia interested in growing smart. In the past year GB has lead three TOD policy studies of national significance – the Governor’s Task Force on Transit Oriented Development for Maryland, the California Statewide Study of Transit Oriented Development and the Mayor’s Special Transit- Oriented Development Task Force for Washington, D.C. His work with station area planning received a national award of excellence from Progressive Architecture and a First Place in the Livable Communities Initiative Transit Design Competition from the Federal Transit Administration. GB has been called “one of the nation’s leading practitioners of the New Urbanism.” He is one of the founders of the Rail~Volution Conference and frequently writes and speaks on smart growth and transportation and has been interviewed on PBS television, National Public Radio and quoted extensively in books and articles on light rail, transit-oriented development and regional planning. GB has managed numerous complex interdisciplinary planning projects. The strategic planning work he directed charted an award winning new direction for Portland’s transit agency. His innovative transit planning and community involvement strategies changed the face of transit in Portland’s suburbs and received a Way to Go Award! from ReNew America and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Elinor R. Bacon, President, E.R. Bacon Development LLC
Elinor Bacon has more than 25 years experience in housing, real estate development and community development in the public and private sectors. In 2002, Ms. Bacon formed E.R. Bacon Development, LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm. The firm’s focus is on urban infill; mixed-use, mixed-income development; affordable housing including HOPE VI; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. She launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and served, under HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public Housing Investments. Before joining HUD, Ms. Bacon was a private real estate developer and consultant in Baltimore and worked in the field of public sector housing and community development on the City and Federal levels of government. She has a MA in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from The New School for Social Research. She is on the Board of the National Aquarium, the DC Advisory Board of The Living Classrooms Foundation and the Workforce Housing Task Force of the Urban Land Institute DC District Council.
Lolly Barnes, Vice President, White House Properties
Lolly Barnes, a native of Biloxi, has been working in the field of historic preservation in that city for 13 years. Following Hurricane Katrina, Lolly served on the infrastructure and tourism committees of the Governor's Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, and worked with the Biloxi team for the Mississippi Renewal Forum. She also worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Program Officer for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Field Office to promote the restoration of historic buildings damaged in the storm. She is a 2003 Knight Fellow in Community Building.
Jonathan Barnett, Professor of City and Regional Planning , University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan is an architect, education, planner and author on numerous books on the theory and practice of urban design, including the recently published Redesigning Cities. An advisor to key government agencies and cities throughout the US and abroad, Jonathan has influenced the way cities are designed. He undertakes a variety of urban design projects and is helping to shape the nation’s urban agenda. Jonathan is also a professor of city and regional planning and director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kyle Beidler, Graduate Student, Department of Landscape Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
Kyle Beidler is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Prior to studying at Virginia Tech, Kyle completed an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture at Penn State. He also holds two master degrees in Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. His current research and academic interests center on issues of place within the context of community design. Specifically, Kyle is interested in the experiences that individual residents contribute to their “sense of place” as a means of combating the “placelessness” associated with nondescript residential subdivisions.
Dwight Belyue , President, Belmar Development Group
With experience spanning over 24 years as a licensed realtor and builder in the State Of Michigan, Mr. Belyue is primarily involved in real estate development and construction management. Building on experience gained as a Facility Engineer for General Motors, he has managed and supervised more than 1.5 billion dollars of construction and development projects. His main areas of expertise are: building design, administration, contract negotiations, estimating, acquisitions, construction management, and financing. Mr. Belyue is dutifully responsible for the development and management of several hundred thousand square feet of commercial space. He owns and manages: Belmar Development, LLC, Belyue Enterprises, LLC, Bonnie Bridge Villas, LLC, 3100 Woodward, LLC, Condos @ 75, LLC, Central Brush Park, LLC, and @water lofts, LLC. With his basis in Detroit, he has consistently sat on housing boards and non-profits as an independent consultant focusing on affordable urban redevelopment. Further accomplishments have been building and managing several housing developments in Michigan. Mr. Belyue was also integral in the building of an automotive processing center in Africa and the Majestic Star Casino Development At Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana. Mr. Belyue is married and has two small children. He and his family are devoted members of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Mr.Belyue also gives of his free time to the Detroit Urban branch of the National Christian mentoring group, Young Life.
Dena Belzer, Principal, Strategic Economics
Ms. Belzer specializes in connecting regional economic and demographic growth trends to real estate development activity and local policy initiatives. Ms. Belzer’s work draws upon a traditional urban economics framework and innovative analytical techniques to provide strategies for addressing growth and development-related issues. Ms. Belzer has completed many assignments involving interdisciplinary teams where short-term market conditions and long-term economic and demographic trends must inform community-planning efforts. Recent projects include Better Neighborhoods 2002 targeting three transit-oriented districts in San Francisco, revitalization strategies for several major arterial corridors in the Bay Area, and the Smart Growth Action Plan for Menlo Park. Building collaborative efforts among local governments to address regional growth issues is another focus of Ms. Belzer’s work. She helped organize and is now providing ongoing support to the Treasure Valley Partnership, a group of elected officials representing multiple jurisdictions in the Boise, ID region. Ms. Belzer is also working on the “Shaping Our Future” project with cities in Contra Costa County, California, and with mayors, city managers, and county representatives in Monterey County, California to implement city-centered growth policies. At the city level Ms. Belzer has conducted economic analyses for general plans, economic development strategies, economic indicators reports, redevelopment implementation plans and land utilization studies. California cities where she has performed this work include San Leandro, Calistoga, Azusa, Fremont, Oakland, San Leandro, Citrus Heights, Torrance, San Francisco, San Jose, and Watsonville. Ms. Belzer is also an expert on transit oriented development, fostering mixed-use districts, and local-serving retail attraction. She has helped to establish best practices for transit oriented development in multiple communities as well as writing extensively on the topic. Her work on retail revitalization in neighborhood shopping districts has also been recognized as a model for “best practice” by such organizations as Northern California Local Support Corporation. Ms. Belzer received a Master of City Planning from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in Psychology from Pitzer College. She serves on the Boards of the University of California, College of Environmental Design Alumni Association and Community Economics Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in affordable housing finance. Her publications include Visioning the Future: Strategies for Community Change published by HUD, 1994, (contributing author); Transit Oriented Development: From Rhetoric to Reality, published by the Great American Station Foundation and the Brookings Institution Center on Urban & Metropolitan Policy, June, 2002; and Countering Sprawl with Transit Oriented Development, in Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, Fall 2002. Ms. Belzer received a National Business Women’s Week Award from the Business and Professional Women, Berkeley in 1996.
Richard Bernhardt, Executive Director, Metropolitan Planning Department Nashville-Davidson County
A town planner for over 30 years, Rick is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department. Rick’s practice has focused on creating sustainable communities, neighborhoods and places through the use of traditional design principles. These techniques have been used to develop community-wide and project specific master plans. Prior to joining Metro, Rick was director EDAW’s Town Planning Studio having also served as Orlando’s Director of Planning and Development for seventeen years. His work with the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan and Baldwin Park resulted in the receipt of the initial Catherine Brown award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. Rick was educated at Auburn University (B.S. in Economics) and Ohio State University (Master of City Planning with a concentration in housing and urban structure) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University in 1997.
Allen D. Biehler, PE, Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Before taking the lead at PENNDOT, Secretary Biehler amassed 34 years experience in transportation engineering, planning, construction administration and public transportation management. While a vice president at the international transportation consulting firm of DMJM+Harris, Secretary Biehler was project manager for the North Shore Light Rail Transit connector and for the Strategic Visioning Study--both in Pittsburgh. He also was director of planning and preliminary engineering for the Tren Urbano rail system in San Juan, Puerto Rico.During a 17-year career at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Secretary Biehler served as director of planning and business development and later director of planning, engineering and construction. Before joining the Port Authority, Secretary Biehler worked for 12 years in city and county government in Pittsburgh on highway and aviation planning. He was involved in the planning for the new landside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport and in reviews of the administrative organization for the airport's management and operations. He was instrumental in persuading the Port Authority to implement a light rail subway in downtown Pittsburgh.Secretary Biehler has also served on committees of the Transportation Research Board, the American Public Transportation Association and the University of Pittsburgh. He has written articles for national transportation professional journals and was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. A native of Rochester, New York, Secretary Biehler is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in civil engineering and holds a master's equivalent certificate in transportation from Yale University. He is a certified professional engineer.
Xavier Bishop, Mayor, Moss Point
XAVIER BISHOP is the Mayor of Moss Point. He took office one month before Hurricane Katrina. Moss Point is located 30 miles west of Mobile, Alabama. Like other cities on the Gulf Coast it sustained considerable damage from the storm. Mayor Bishop writes: "Moss Point's road to recovery began with a vision that blended the richness of its past with the principles of New Urbanist design. With the assistance of the HOK design team, that progress continues today." The Mayor will share with us the achievements and setbacks of rebuilding this coastal city.
, Principal, May 8 Consulting
Karen L. Black is the Principal of May 8 Consulting, Inc. a firm that performs policy research, development, and analysis to form innovative and creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems facing urban, suburban and/or rural communities. Ms. Black’s current projects involve creating competitive cities strategies such as increasing state and local tools to combat residential abandonment, streamlining Philadelphia’s development review process, and finding ways to leverage and renew transit as an asset in Philadelphia. In addition, Ms. Black is working with organizations throughout Philadelphia to create a pragmatic agenda to improve the city’s physical infrastructure and environment. May 8’s clients include the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative and The Women’s Community Revitalization Project. May 8’s projects are selected with the intent of informing public debate and public policy and providing needed information for resolving contemporary problems. In addition, Ms. Black teaches urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Ms. Black was the founding director of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center, a region-wide policy center founded to research issues significant to Southeastern Pennsylvania and connect expert knowledge and other jurisdiction’s experience to regional policymakers. The Center successfully animated conversation around the challenges confronting communities within the region and produced compelling data towards the need to change and refine state land use, tax, and urban abandonment and housing policies in order to restore vibrancy to Metropolitan Philadelphia. Ms. Black came to the Policy Center having completed a two year fellowship with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a HUD Community Builder to improve HUD’s delivery of services to the region. This unique fellowship provided Ms. Black with a unique opportunity to work within government and playing an active role in reforms that HUD’s Secretary and Harvard’s experts believed were critical to the agency’s ability to serve the community. Prior to that Ms. Black practiced law for eleven years in the area of civil rights. Ms. Black joined the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, a non- profit, non-partisan legal organization dedicated to equal justice in 1989. She founded and directed the Housing and Police Projects at the Center. For a decade, Ms. Black pursued a well-respected legal career where she was responsible for significant reforms in the lending, rental and sales practices by numerous area property owners, real estate agents, lenders and homeowners’ insurance providers. Her work has caused entire industries to redefine their practices. Ms. Black is the author of numerous reports and professional articles, a frequent lecturer and speaker and a commentator for television and radio programs. She received a Bachelor’s from Williams College and a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jeff Bounds, Planning Consultant, Mississippi Renewal Coalition
Jeff Bounds is a planning consultant and a native of Gulfport. He has an engineering degree from MIT and was living in Boston at the time of Katrina. Since then he has moved home to help with rebuilding. Jeff has consulted for several Gulf Coast cities on the SmartCode, and shepherded the Gulfport SmartCode to citywide adoption in February 2007.
Robert P. Bowman, President, Charter Homes and Neighborhoods
As President of CHARTER HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS, Rob is responsible for having delivered over 2,500 homes throughout Central Pennsylvania. The company’s focus on Building to RespectTM is an industry leading approach to responsible land use. Some of Rob’s proudest accomplishments include the creation of Millcreek in 2003, which is the first Neighborhood in Lancaster County to showcase new thinking about how to plan and build while being thoughtful about place. Florin Hill, which opened in 2006, is the first true mixed use Neighborhood planned and built in Lancaster County in 80 years. And, Walden, introduced in 2006, which is the first Neighborhood in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania market to use design and planning to create place and introduce Build to RespectTM in a market dominated by conventional development. Rob’s contributions back to the community include establishing “The House That Baxter Built” resulting in over $1 million being donated to the United Way; and, serving on various boards including: Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, James Street Improvement District and the United Way. Rob grew up working in his family’s heavy construction business in southern New Jersey. He then attended the Colorado School of Mines, then graduated from Arizona State University at Tempe, and attended Harvard Business School Executive Education programs. He has He lives with his wife, Deborah and two children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Jason Brody, Doctoral Canidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illiois at Urbana-Champaign
Jason Brody is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously earned a Masters degree in City Planning in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors degree from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1998, majoring in architecture. Jason focuses on urban design, with particular interests in design inquiry, professional knowledge, and town planning. He expects to submit his dissertation, “Constructing Professional Knowledge: The Neighborhood Unit diagram in the Community Builders Handbook 1947-1975” in May 2008.
Scott A. Brown, P. E. , Senior Engineer, Pennoni Associates
Scott A. Brown, P.E., is a senior engineer and group leader for Pennoni Associates, Inc. Mr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in water resource management and residential and commercial site infrastructure design. His primary area of expertise is in urban drainage design and storm water management. In addition to extensive design experience, Mr. Brown is the principle author of the Federal Highway Administrations Urban Drainage Design Manual (HEC-22), and has recently been an active participant on the Oversight Committee for the Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual. Over the past four years, he has developed and presented numerous educational seminars and workshops on topics in storm water management. Mr. Brown is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Marcela Camblor, Urban Design Coordinator, Treasure Coast Regional Council
Marcela is the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. In this capacity, she served as the project manager for the Towns, Village and Centers Plan, the new urbanist comprehensive plan for St. Lucie County, Florida.
Kim Cameron, Large Scale Development Specialist, Urban Programs. , Habitat for Humanity International
Kimberly Cameron is the Large Scale Development Specialist for the Urban Programs Department of Habitat for Humanity International. Kimberly is responsible for providing leadership and support to affiliates operating in urban areas seeking to increase the production of affordable homes in their communities. Specifically she focuses on effective strategies that can increase the ability of urban affiliates to produce large scale development that are successful and sustainable over time. Prior to working for HFHI, Kim was the Vice President of Real Estate Development for H.J. Russell & Company in Atlanta, GA leading developments in the areas of HOPE VI, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax-Exempt Bonds and Conventional Financing. She holds an MBA-Finance from Concordia University Wisconsin and BS Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dennis Carmichael, Landscape Architect, Alexandria, Virginia
Dennis Carmichael is a principal and vice president with EDAW and has been with the firm for 25 years. His focus is placemaking in the public realm. With dozens of built projects around the country, his work in public places is characterized by the use of narrative, cultural and historical references in landscape solutions. Rather than a signature style, his approach to design is about revealing the special qualities of a given place, seeking to make the landscape visible, comprehensible and valuable. His work has given several cities renewed vigor as it created opportunities for new investment. In Louisville, Kentucky, $10 million worth of public plazas and streetscape has generated over $50 million in new housing, retail, office and museum construction. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ross’s Landing, a $9 million park, has helped stimulate over $100 million in a new riverfront neighborhood. And in Atlanta, the $25 million Centennial Olympic Park has become a catalyst for $500 million in reinvestment in the surrounding blocks of downtown. Dennis has received dozens of design awards and his work has been published in such magazines as Landscape Architecture, Urban Land, and Architecture. In 2006, Dennis served as President of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Eduardo Castillo, Principal, Castillo Arquitectos
Eduardo Castillo is a Guatemalan architect and town planner. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is the principal of Castillo Arquitectos, an architecture and urban design firm that specializes in the design of new neighborhoods and towns. The firm, established 2004 in the City of Guatemala, was created with the intention of proposing New Urbanism design alternatives for urban and real-estate development projects in the Central American and Caribbean region. He is a member of CNU and a founding member of CRECER, (which literary means Œto grow‚), a Guatemalan non-profit organization that provides outreach between the private and public sectors to promote urban revitalization projects in the City of Guatemala. bio info for Sue Mosey, President, University Cultural Center Association, Detroit, MI Susan T. Mosey has been the President of the University Cultural Center Association for twenty years. This non-profit organization is responsible for economic development and marketing activities within Detroit's University Cultural Center and adjacent neighborhoods - an area now known as Midtown Detroit. Projects that have been undertaken or completed under her direction include installation of a comprehensive wayfinding signage system for the district; public improvements including streetscape enhancements, park and median improvements, and an urban greenway; production of the area's two signature events - the Detroit Festival of the Arts and Noel Night. One of the organizations most recent projects was the development of the Inn on Ferry Street, a 40-room boutique inn that opened in November, 2001 adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Atts. This historic renovation of an entire block of 1880's mansions cost approximately $8.5M and has won numerous local, regional and nat! ! ional preservation awards. In addition, Ms. Mosey created a predevelopment loan fund for residential development that has funded over 700 units of housing in Midtown. Ms. Mosey holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Wayne State University in Detroit. Mr. Castillo is a long-time collaborator of Dover Kohl & Partners, of Coral Gables, and collaborates with them and others in projects in the US and Central America.
Philip B. Caton, President, Clarke Caton Hintz
Phil Caton is a senior partner in the Trenton, NJ architecture and planning firm of Clarke Caton Hintz, where for over 30 years he has directed land use programming, site planning and redevelopment initiatives for public agencies and private developers. His public experience includes four years as director of the N.J. Deivision of Housing and Urban Development at the N.J. Department of Community Affairs, which included administration of the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Act, the Uniform Relocation Act, and staffing the N.J. Redevelopment Agency, a statewide housing and redevelopment agency.
Shannon Chance, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Hampton University
Shannon Chance is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hampton University, teaching Architecture, Urban Design, and Humanities. Chance received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees at Virginia Tech, and has worked in architectural offices in Switzerland and Virginia. Chance is currently participating in collaborative projects with the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through a grant from the ROTCH Foundation. She is also involved with HUD-funded Fair Housing initiatives. Chance serves as Commissioner of Architectural Review for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, where she is renovating a circa 1900 Victorian house. Chance’s research has included papers “Keeping the Place: A Methodology for Culture-Specific Design,” “Redefining Architectural Education at a Historically Black College/University,” and “Understanding Homeland through a Comparison of Cultures.”
Jessica Cogan Millman, Senior Advisor, District of Columbia Office of Planning
Jessica Cogan Millman, Senior Advisor, DC Office of Planning Jessica is serving a short-term appointment as Senior Advisor to the DC Office of Planning. In this capacity she will work with the Director of Planning in shaping the office to accomplish the goals and objectives of the new Mayor. Just prior to this appointment, Jessica as the manager of the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s DC and Maryland programs. Jessica spent much of her time working for the adoption of good planning policies. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jessica served as the Deputy Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Program, which was created by former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening to help state and local elected, civic and business leaders design and implement effective smart growth strategies. Jessica has also served as the Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth in Maryland and as the Director of Program and Policy Coordination at the Maryland Department of Planning. Before arriving in Maryland, Jessica was Deputy Director of the Urban and Economic Development Division at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1998, Jessica was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, DC. She is currently Vice President of the DC Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, sits on the Board of the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities and recently completed a Knight Foundation Fellowship for Community Building. Jessica has a Master Degree in Land Use and Environmental Planning.
Jeffrey A. Cohen, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Growth & Structure of Cities Program, Bryn Mawr
Jeffrey Cohen is an architectural historian teaching in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College. He has written on architects Benjamin Latrobe, Frank Furness, and Wilson Eyre, on early architectural schools, architectural drawings, architectural libraries, and late 19th-century townhouses, the subject of his dissertation.
Thomas J. Comitta, AICP RLA ASLA, President, Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc., Town Planners & Landscape
Thomas J. Comitta, AICP, RLA, ASLA is a Town Planner & Landscape Architect from West Chester, Pa. He is the author of Chapter 18 in the CNU Charter book on parks and open spaces in neighborhoods and communities. He is Co-Chair of the CNU XV Host Committee. As President of Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc., Town Planners & Landscape Architects, he has served as a planning and design consultant to over 60 municipalities since 1973. Tom specializes in writing Codes and preparing Design Manuals for New Urban communities and neighborhoods.
Patrick M. Condon, James Taylor Chair in Landscape & Livable Environments, University of British Columbia
Patrick Condon is originally from Massachusetts, and has a BSc and a MLA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His 20 years experience in government and academia and stint as Director of Community Development for the city of Westfield, Mass. gives him a unique perspective on local government efforts to address urban natural resource issues. Professor Condon moved to British Columbia in 1992 to become the Director of the Landscape Architecture Program and, in 1994, the UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments. He has published widely and has lectured at many North American Universities. As an extension of his work with Moriarty-Condon Ltd., a Vancouver planning and landscape architecture firm specializing in sustainable community and site design, Patrick has developed a practical set of alternative development standards for sustainable communities. In his capacity as the James Taylor Chair, Patrick is the driving force behind the Headwaters Sustainable Development Demonstration Project, a sustainable community for 15,000 persons slated for construction on a 500-acre site in Surrey BC. The Headwaters Project is intended to be the region's first sustainable neighbourhood, where houses are affordable, transit is accessible, commercial services are available, and most importantly, natural systems are preserved and enhanced. Professor Condon has worked closely with city officials in a round table process that has involved all of the major stakeholders to solve problem that have defied conventional engineering and planning models prior to this time, The plans for the community, as well as the process by which such plans were derived and approved, are a significant departure from the status quo. They offer a possible solution to the ongoing conflict between our need to densify our metropolitan areas to eliminate sprawl, and our equally urgent need to protect habitat.
Maurice Cox, Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
Maurice Cox, Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia and former Mayor of Charlottesville, VA B.Arch., Cooper Union Associate Professor Maurice D. Cox is an architectural educator, urban designer and City Counselor for the City of Charlottesville. He is a native of New York City, where he received a B. Arch. from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1983. He taught for six years as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University's Italian Program in Florence, Italy. His teaching in Florence was accompanied by ten years of professional practice in partnership with Giovanna Galfione, focusing on urban design issues. Since arriving at the University of Virginia in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Architecture, he has coordinated the required undergraduate introductory design studio and has taught various graduate seminars focusing on community-based, collaborative processes of urban place making. In 1996 he co-founded the architectural practice of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism with partners Craig Barton, Giovanna Galfione and Martha Rowen in Charlottesville, Virginia. Civic activism and community service characterize all aspects of his teaching, professional practice and academic scholarship, and he is widely known as an advocate for citizen participation in the important planning decisions that affect a community's life. He was elected to the Charlottesville City Council in 1996. He serves on the Charlottesville Housing and Redevelopment Authority as a transportation representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Susan E. Craft, Executive Director, New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee, New Jersey State Transfer of Development
Rights Bank Board
Susan E. Craft has served as Executive Director of the N.J. State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and the N.J. State Transfer of Development Rights Bank Board (TDR Bank Board) since January 2005. The SADC administers New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program and promotes innovative approaches to maintaining the viability of agriculture. It also administers the Right to Farm Program and operates the Farm Link Program, which serves as a resource and referral center for farmers seeking land and assistance on estate and farm transfer plans. The TDR Bank Board is empowered to purchase and sell development potential from lands located within municipalities with approved TDR programs, provide TDR planning assistance grants to municipalities and the Highlands Council, and provide loan guarantees for loans secured with TDR credits. As Executive Director, Craft has spearheaded a comprehensive review of the Farmland Preservation Program to streamline and improve processes, and make the program more predictable, efficient and effective. She has also reorganized the SADC staff structure and assignments to improve program implementation and responsiveness. Under her direction, the SADC met its FY05 and FY06 Garden State Preservation Trust Fund expenditure goal of $80,000,000 per year. Prior to joining the SADC, Craft was coordinator of Burlington County’s nationally recognized farmland preservation and transfer of development rights programs since 1993. More than 21,000 acres of farmland have been preserved in Burlington County, more than any other county in New Jersey. Under Craft’s direction, Burlington County established the first transfer of development rights (TDR) programs in the state in Lumberton and Chesterfield townships. Through Lumberton’s TDR program, approximately 500 new residential units have been developed and more than 840 acres of farmland permanently preserved. Chesterfield Township’s TDR program calls for the development of more than 1,000 new residential units and the preservation of more than 4,000 additional acres of farmland. The success of these two pilot programs greatly assisted in the securing the passage of New Jersey’s statewide Transfer of Development Rights law in 2004. Craft also formerly was director of Burlington County’s Lane Use Planning office for eight years. Accomplishments achieved under her direction included establishment of a 4-cent dedicated farmland and open space trust fund tax, NJ State Planning Commission endorsement of a regional Strategic Plan for the Route 130/Delaware River Corridor, creation of the Burlington County Parks System, and designation of Burlington County as the planning agency for a regional water supply planning initiative. Craft is a licensed professional planner who graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and design.
Thomas D’Alesandro, Senior Vice President, General Growth Properties Inc.
Thomas J. D’Alesandro IV An executive and civic leader with more than 20 years of experience in orchestrating the development of real estate projects and partnerships for a wide range of retail, residential, commercial, hospitality, recreational, and civic uses. Experience Highlights: Thomas D’Alesandro currently heads General Growth Properties’ (GGP) development at its shopping and town centers as well as its master planned communities. GGP manages over 200 of the nation’s most prominent shopping centers, many of which are evolving into mixed use districts. The GGP community portfolio also consists of some of the most recognized and successful large scale new communities in the nation, including Columbia in Maryland, The Woodlands in Texas, Summerlin in Nevada, and Bridgeland, also in Texas. Prior to GGP: President and CEO of The Woodlands Development Company. The Woodlands, Texas is a 27,000-acre master-planned community north of Houston. Vice President of Terrabrook and General Manager of its Eastern Region. Projects included Reston Town Center in Virginia and Windward in Georgia. At Reston, Tom established the program at the 460-acre Reston Town Center for 6.2 million square feet of office, hotel, civic, residential and retail uses through direct and venture investment, as well as land sales to other developers. Prior to Terrabrook, Tom served as Vice President of Mobil Land Development Corporation, with responsibilities at five master planned communities totaling over 13,500 acres. Education:
Ann Daigle, Prinicpal, New Urban Image
Ann Daigle is an urban design and community planning consultant specializing in the implementation of New Urbanist and Smart Growth principles. She serves as special advisor to the Mississippi Development Authority for the hurricane devastated Mississippi Gulf Coast, and currently lives in Pass Christian. Ann has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors, including as Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA. As co-founding principal (emeritus) of PlaceMakers, LLC, she initiated the SmartCode Workshops for the SmartCode, a comprehensive transect- and form-based unified land development code for traditional neighborhood planning. From Monroe, LA, Ann has degrees in interior design and architecture. She has been a CNU member for over 12 years, is a member of the new North Texas Chapter of the CNU, and is a contributing member of the New Urbanism Division of the APA and the Urban Land Institute.
Tom Daniels, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Tom Daniels is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches Environmental Planning, Land Use Planning, Growth Management and Land Preservation. For nine years, Tom managed the nationally recognized farmland preservation program in Lancaster County, PA, where he now lives. He is the author of "When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitican Fringe," and co-author of "Holding Our Ground: Protecting America's Farms and Farmland," "The Small Town Planning Handbook," and "The Environmental Planning Handbook." He often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts on growth management and land preservation issues.
Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive, The Prince's Foundation
Hank Dittmar became Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in January 2005. The Prince's Foundation is an educational charity established by the Prince of Wales to teach and demonstrate in practice those principles of traditional urban design and architecture that put people and the communities of which they are a part at the heart of the design process. Mr. Dittmar has 25 years of leadership experience in the fields of urban design, transportation planning and development. Prior to assuming the post with The Prince's Foundation, Mr. Dittmar was President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a nonprofit organization focused on building regions and communities around transit and walking rather than solely around the automobile. From 1993 to 1998, Dittmar was the Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, the American national coalition for transportation reform. He has also served as a regional planner, an airport director and a public transit manager. His new book, The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, edited with Gloria Ohland and involving many prominent new urbanists as coauthors, was published in December 2003 by Island Press. He resides in London, England.
Victor Dover, Principal , Dover Kohl & Partners
Victor Dover serves as principal-in-charge for many of the firm's design and planning projects, and is responsible for most presentations. He has led more than 60 charrettes. Victor lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development. PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, So. Miami FL, 1987 to present. Certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners Member, American Planning Association Charter Member, Congress for the New Urbanism NCARB Architecture Registration Examination: all portions complete Image Transformation Lab, University of Miami, Proj. Director, 1987 Mavromatidis & Assoc., Kozani, Greece, Associate & Designer, 1986. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Exhibition Designer, 1985. DEGREES University of Miami, Master of Architecture, Suburb & Town Design. Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude. TEACHING EXPERIENCE Visiting Professor, Graduate Program in Suburb & Town Design, School of Architecture, Univ. of Miami, 1997. Mayors Institute on City Design, Washington University, St. Louis MO, 1995 & 1997. Adjunct Instructor, School of Architecture, Univ. of Miami, 1990-91. Instructor, 1st Year Architecture Studio, Univ. of Miami, 1986. Project Director, Florida Governor's School for Architecture & Design, 1986. Faculty, 1986 and 1991. SERVICE Director, Biscayne Bay Foundation, 1997-99. President, Rotary Club of South Miami, 1996-97. Director, Rotary Club of South Miami, 1994-1999. Assistant Governor, Group III, Rotary District 6990, 1998-99. Co-Chair, Administrative Council, First United Methodist Church of South Miami, 1997-99. Director, Jubilee Community Development Corp. (rep. Miami District, United Methodist Church), 1994-96. Former member, Professional Design Advisory Board, Fairchild Tropical Garden. Board of Advisors, CBD (Communities by Design). COMPETITIONS, AWARDS Citation, Progressive Architecture Awards, Urban Design, 1993. "Top 5" prize, Brickell Ave Bridge Competition, 1990; with Raul and Maricé Chael. Honor Award, Virginia Society Prize, AIA, 1984. EXHIBITIONS "L'Altra Modernita (The Other Modern)", Univ. of Bologna, 2000 "The Art of Building Cities," Art Institute of
Carl Dranoff, CEO and President, Dranoff Properties
Dranoff Properties Inc. was formed in 1997 under the ownership and direction of Carl E. Dranoff. His commitment to setting new standards of luxury and excitement through use of character-defining features and cutting-edge locations has established Dranoff Properties as one of the most influential forces in redefining urban living. Prior to forming Dranoff Properties, Dranoff was President of the Residential Division of the Rubin Organization. He was responsible for the development and management of over 7,000 multifamily units located in seven states.In the 1980s, Dranoff was the CEO of Historic Landmarks for Living, where he designed, developed and completed the adaptive reuse of 66 historic properties in 12 states comprising over 3,000 luxury apartment units. Historic Landmarks for Living became the foremost rehabber of historic buildings in the United States during his tenure. Dranoff is a lifelong Philadelphian, who earned a civil engineering degree from Drexel University, and an MBA from Harvard University. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Drexel University, who cited him as “a nationally recognized civic leader and entrepreneur whose work has brought a renewed sense of history to Philadelphia and urban Americans throughout the country.” He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and is Chair of the Philadelphia Council. Dranoff is also a member of The University of the Arts Board of Trustees, The University City District, the Center City District, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and the New Jersey Historic Trust Board.
Ed P. Drogaris, President and CEO , The Drogaris Companies
A long time supporter of economic development and ecological preservation, Mr. Drogaris is very involved in organizations where the objective is to reverse deteriorating conditions in Lancaster County and other areas of Pennsylvania. He was one of the organizers of the Lancaster County Liveable Communities Task Force and helped coordinate the Liveable Communities Forum and Design Charette which involved over 200 community, state and federal leaders, and focused on the reinstitution of the liveable communities concept. Mr. Drogaris is currently on the Economic Development Committee of the Lancaster Campaign and a past Board Member of the Executive Counsel for Economic Leadership. He is a former Board Member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the Community Initiatives Council for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Drogaris is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. He is also on the Policy Council for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. Mr. Drogaris’s projects have been featured in local and national publications and have won local regional and national design awards as well as Historic Preservation Awards. Mr. Drogaris has been involved in numerous development projects involving the retrofitting of historic factories and warehouses into contemporary commercial and residential space. Some of Mr. Drogaris’s work also focuses on new construction of single and multifamily housing. Mr. Drogaris has given lectures and presented before the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has testified before the Pennsylvania State Legislature on alternative forms of land development. He has also been an advisor to The Howard Heinz Foundation on environmentally sensitive issues dealing with land use. Mr. Drogaris has served as a consultant to financial institutions throughout the region to determine economic viability of questionable properties.
Andres Duany, Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Andres Duany has been a founding partner of two very influential architecture firms: Arquitectonica and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. With the latter firm, he has co-designed the towns of Seaside and Kentlands, along with more than 140 other neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Duany has written a chapter of Architectural Graphic Standards and The Lexicon of the New Urbanism. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, has worked as visiting professor at many other institutions, and teaches planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. DPZ has been the subject of over 800 articles and has received the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture. Along with his B.Arch. from Princeton, his M.Arch from Yale, and his study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Mr. Duany also holds two honorary doctorates.
Jason Duckworth, Vice President, Arcadia Land Company
Jason Duckworth is a Principal and Vice President of Arcadia Land Company where he leads development efforts in Pennsylvania. Jason also serves as the general manager of Bryn Eyre, a new town planned for Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Under Jason's leadership, Arcadia has been recognized three times by the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance for its walkable communities: Sadsbury Park in Sadsburyville, Chester County, Bryn Eyre, and Dreycott Lane in Haverford, Montgomery County. Arcadia's New Daleville traditional neighborhood in Daleville, Chester County will be the subject of the forthcoming book, Last Harvest, by noted author Witold Rybczynski. Prior to Arcadia, Jason had a career in private equity with Crosslink Capital in San Francisco. Earlier, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. He has an AB in Urban Studies from Princeton University, where he was elected student body president and named to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.Litt. in geography from Oxford University, England. Outside of Arcadia, Jason is active in the Urban Land Institute, where he is a member of the Residential Development Council. Jason is a supporter of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation and co-chairman of the Congress for the New Urbanism's 2007 national conference to be held in Philadelphia. Jason resides in walkable Narberth, Pennsylvania with his wife, Angela, and daughters, Amanda and Lucy.
Eric Dumbaugh, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University
Dr. Eric Dumbaugh joined the Texas A & M's Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the fall of 2006 as an assistant professor. He is an assistant professor for the Master’s of Urban Planning program. Eric has had many publications, refereed conference proceedings, reports and monographs, presentations and invited speaking engagements, funded research activities and consulting and professional service. Some of Eric’s publications include “The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis;” “The Softer Side of Safety: Incorporating Behavioral Approaches to Transportation Safety into the Transportation Planning Process;” and “Safe Streets, Livable Streets.” Ph. D, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005; Master of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002; M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002; B.A., English Literature, Florida State University, 1996...[more]
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Director of the Architecture Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is a registered architect, Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lectures widely and is the author of over 35 articles and several chapters in books. Her research links contemporary architectural theory and post-industrial development. An advocate for alternatives to sprawl, her current focus is on retrofitting suburbs. She has received grants from the Graham and W. Alton Jones Foundations, Seaside Institute, and the MIT HASS Fund. In 2004, she made the DesignIntelligence Honor Roll as one of 30 leaders who bridge practice and education. She co-teaches a lecture course in contemporary architectural theory, serves on the advisory boards for the journals Thresholds and Places, the AIA Atlanta Urban Design Committee, chairs the Atlanta ULI Education committee, and was an advisor to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Architect Selection Task Force. She was Chair of the Education Task Force of the Congress of the New Urbanism from 1998-2001, served a five-year term on NAAB accreditation visits and co-chaired the 2003 ACSA National Meeting. As a former partner in Dunham-Jones and LeBlanc Architects, she received an AIA award for the design of Free Bridge and the Rivanna Riverfront and two honorable mentions in national design competitions. Dunham-Jones received her AB in architecture and planning, summa cum laude (1980) and M.Arch (1983) with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit from Princeton University. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2001, she worked as an architect in New York City and taught as an Assistant Professor at UVA(1986-1993) and as Associate Professor at MIT (1993-2000).
Gonzalo Echeverria, Associate , Looney Ricks Kiss Architects
Gonzalo Echeverria is a project manager with LRK Architects in Princeton NJ. Gonzalo has developed numerous master plans for cities, towns and rural environments as well as designs for neighborhood revitalization efforts based on a mixed-use, mixed-income model throughout the USA and South America. He holds a degree in Architecture and Graduate degree in Urban Economics from the Ponticfia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and is a registered architect in his native country. He also holds a Master's Degree in Architecture, Suburb and Town Design from the University of Miami.
Chad Emerson, Associate Professor of Law, Faulkner University Jones School of Law
Chad D. Emerson is an Associate Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. He joined the faculty in June 2003 after practicing for over five years with the Knoxville, Tennessee law firm of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC. Professor Emerson is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Professor Emerson is a frequent national lecturer and author in the field of land planning law with a specific emphasis on Smart Growth and SmartCode legal issues. He is the administrator of the SmartCode Listserv and the author of smart growth articles including “Making Main Street Legal Again” and “Smart Growth and Schools: Legal Hurdles and Legal Solutions for Community-Scale Schools”. He is also the author of “The SmartCode Solution to Sprawl”—a recently released book from ELI Publishing.
Doug Farr, President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Doug Farr is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an architecture and planning firm regarded by many as one of the most sustainable design practices in the country. Having a mission to design sustainble human environments, Farr Associate's unique niche is in applying the principles of green building at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates also holds the unique distinction of being the only architecture firm in the world that has designed two LEED-Platinum buildings: the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Doug is on the board of the Congress for New Urbanism and also chairs the LEED Neighborhood Development project, a first ever leadership standard for sustainable land developments, about to enter its pilot phase. Farr Associates designs healthy and valuable places and buildings for its private, not for profit and public sector clients. Having worked for John Vinci, Davis Brody and Paul Rudolph, Farr's own work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and Doug is a featured speaker on an upcoming six-part PBS series on sustainability and green buildings.
Robert Fishman, Professor , University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture
Robert Fishman Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning Professor Fishman teaches in the urban design, architecture, and urban planning programs. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. in history from Harvard and his A.B. in history from Stanford University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning. He has authored several books regarded as seminal texts, on the history of cities and urbanism including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (1977). His most recent work is on "ex-urbs."
Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA; Author, This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and
the Future of America (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Anthony Flint, former reporter for The Boston Globe and author of This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America (Johns Hopkins University Press), is currently at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think-tank for planning and development issues in Cambridge, Mass. www.lincolninst.edu. His next book, on the clash of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, will be published by Random House in 2008.
Lisa M. Fontana Tierney, P.E., Technical Projects Senior Director, Institute of Transportation Engineers
Lisa Fontana Tierney received her Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters of Science in Urban Systems Engineering from George Mason University. After graduating, Lisa spent three years working as a traffic engineer for a transportation consulting engineering firm in Rochester, NY. Following her work at the consulting firm she joined the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a non-profit scientific and educational association. Lisa has now been with ITE for 12 years and is currently serving as the Traffic Engineering Senior Director. In her time with ITE she has been actively involved in the development and dissemination of several traffic engineering and safety resources including oversight of development of the ITE/CNU recommended practice "Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities."
John Fry, President, Franklin & Marshall College
John A. Fry became the 14th president of Franklin & Marshall College on July 1, 2002. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied American Civilization at Lafayette College and received the George Wharton Pepper Prize, the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior. In 1986, he earned a master's in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. During his early professional life, Fry worked closely with some of the nation's premier colleges and universities, first with KPMG Peat Marwick in its educational consulting practice, and then with Coopers & Lybrand's National Higher Education Consulting Practice, where he was elected a partner in the firm and eventually attained the rank of partner-in-charge of the national practice. In 1995, he became the executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania. As chief operating officer of the university, he was responsible for finance, investments, human resources, facilities and real estate, public safety, computing, technology transfer, corporate relations, auxiliary enterprises and internal audit and compliance. At Penn, Fry helped develop and implement the university's "Agenda for Excellence," a comprehensive plan that guided the university's strategic initiatives from 1996 to 2001. One of the strategies that emerged from this plan was the development of Penn's nationally recognized neighborhood revitalization initiative for West Philadelphia. Faced with significant crime rates, deteriorating housing stock, and a lack of commercial amenities, Fry built a coalition of non-profit, business, neighborhood and governmental support for a multi-pronged strategy to address the key challenges facing the neighborhoods. In a comparatively short period of time, residential property values have gone up significantly, the crime rate has been reduced by half, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in commercial infrastructure and economic development. President Fry is a member of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council and was recently elected as the new chair of the Council, effective January, 2007. He was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission that is planning the celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday. In November 2002, Fry was asked to serve as one of the co-chairs for the transition team of Governor-Elect Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania. His civic activities include membership on the Haverford School Board of Trustees, Lancaster Alliance Board of Directors, the Lancaster General Hospital Board of Directors, the Lancaster Country Day School Board of Trustees, and the James Street Improvement District, where he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. He is also a Director of Allied Barton Security Holdings, Community Health Systems, and Delaware Investments. Copyright 2005 © Franklin & Marshall College
Norman Garrick, Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering , University of Connecticut
Norman Garrick, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Connecticut and director of UCONN’s new Center for Smart Transportation, specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. As the Transportation Task Force co-chair, Garrick has been an essential member of the CNU/ITE urban thoroughfares project. At a critical point in the project, Garrick tirelessly reviewed comments on the manual and incorporated the advice in a productive way. Garrick holds a Ph.D. and MSCE from Purdue University, and a BSCE from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. With a career that bridges academic study and engineering practice, Garrick is an effective leader in transportation reform.
Saad Ghandour, Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment
Saad Ghandour is the Director of Projects & Practice department at The Prince’s Foundation. He manages a team of urban designers who work on the Foundation’s Enquiry by Design projects as well as a growing portfolio of urban extensions, city centre restructuring strategies and other proposals for environment-led regeneration. Saad is currently actively involved in design work relating to the urban extension of Plymouth and the town centre regeneration of Lincoln. Prior to joining the Foundation, Saad Ghandour worked with Alan Baxter and Associates as a senior urban designer where he was principally responsible for developing detailed master planning, urban design and movement proposals for the Upton urban extension in Northampton with a particular emphasis on the integration of movement into urban design. Saad worked extensively in the pioneering development of the Upton urban design codes.
Ray Gindroz, Chairman, Urban Design Associates
Co-founder and Chairman of UDA, Ray has pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods, downtowns, and regional plans. An internationally recognized advocate and veteran practitioner of “architecture as city-building,” Ray leads UDA’s efforts to revitalize cities by transforming inner city neighborhoods and public housing projects into traditional mixed-income neighborhoods and by working with downtowns to attract new development including residential, commercial, and civic uses. Ray also initiated the revival and application of Pattern Books as a tool for neighborhood building. Ray is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a past chair of the Committee on Design. He was chair of the Inner City Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and is currently a member of its board of directors. He is also vice chair of the board of the Seaside Institute, a co- founder of the Seaside Pienza Institute, a member of the board of the Institute for Classical Architecture/ Classical American, the advisory board of the Charles Moore Foundation, the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence, and the Western European Foundation. Ray earned Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a Diploma from Centro per gli Studi di Architettura, A. Palladio, Vicenza, Italy. He received the John Stewardson Award and a Fulbright Grant for study in Italy early in his career and continues to travel extensively to sketch and study urban space. His drawings have been exhibited in the U.S., France, and Italy. His drawings and writings are published annually in a series of books entitled “Pages from a Sketchbook.”
Paul Gluck, Vice President and Station Manager , WHYY , Inc.
Paul Gluck is Vice President and Station Manager of WHYY, the Philadelphia region’s leading public broadcasting station. Gluck, who was named to this post in September, 2000, is responsible for daily operations and all program content and development for WHYY’s broadcast services, including radio, television and web. Gluck joined the WHYY staff in 1999 as Executive Director of News and Public Affairs, and continues to oversee news and public affairs programming. He is leading an effort to develop more local program content for WHYY that will range from public affairs to cultural events, and from historical documentaries to community events. He also directs all of WHYY’s content and broadcast resources, including producers and engineers in support of this operation. Gluck began his career at KYW-TV as a production assistant. He was also employed as an executive producer at WJZ in Baltimore, Md., then advanced to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia in 1988 as news director. Gluck returned to KYW-TV in 1991 as executive news editor and was promoted to news director in 1997, a position he held until September 1998. Gluck, a multiple Emmy-award winner, has also produced documentaries and served as a consultant for local media outlets. Gluck is a native of Philadelphia, having attended Community College of Philadelphia and receiving his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University.
Doris Goldstein, Law Office of Doris S. Goldstein
Doris S. Goldstein is an attorney whose solo practice focuses on New Urban development. In 1986, she began working with the developer of Seaside and has been actively involved in the creation of its homeowner associations, town center and mixed-use buildings. Through her ongoing experience with that community and dozens of others, she has worked to define the legal issues and best practices for New Urbanist development. Goldstein, who started her career as a journalist before entering Harvard Law School, writes and lectures frequently and has developed materials that help other attorneys write documents for traditional neighborhood developments. See www.NewTownLaw.com for more information
Alexander Gorlin, Principal Architect, Alexander Gorlin Architect
Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, opened his practice in 1987 after winning the Rome Prize in Architecture. Mr. Gorlin subsequently taught at the Cooper Union and the Yale School of Architecture. His firm has won four American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Awards and an Honor Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture. The Cooper Union presented Mr. Gorlin with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. Alexander Gorlin Architects does a wide range of work across the United States, from residential design and urban planning to schools, religious architecture, affordable housing and housing for the homeless. Architectural Digest named Alexander Gorlin one of the thirty American Deans of Design in 2005 and one of the Top 100 Architects in the United States for three years consecutively. His designs for the World Trade Center site and memorial were published in The New York Times and exhibited at the Venice Architectural Bienalle. Projects have been featured in Architectural Record, Interior Design and books such as Taschen’s Architecture Now 3 and American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community. Gorlin is the subject of an architectural monograph, Alexander Gorlin: Buildings and Projects, with essays by Vincent Scully and Paul Goldberger. He is author of The New American Townhouse and Creating the New American Town House (Rizzoli International 1999, 2005). Essays on architecture, art and film have appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Oculus. His forthcoming book will explore relationships between the Kabbalah and modern architecture.
Vincent Graham, President, I'On Group
Vince is Founder and President of the I’On Group based in Charleston, South Carolina. Vince moved to the South Carolina Lowcountry in 1989. He founded the traditional walking neighborhood of Newpoint in 1991. Since that time he has participated in building seven other neighborhoods including the Village of Port Royal, Broad Street, I’On, Morris Square, Hammonds Ferry, and Mixson in South Carolina; and East Beach in Virginia. Vince serves on the Board of Charleston Moves, the Coastal Conservation League, East Cooper Planning Council, Lowcountry Housing Trust, Riley Institute for Urban Affairs, and Upstate Forever. He also serves on the Metropolitan Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution, is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow, and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross. Vince is a passionate advocate for advancing human-scaled urbanism, and has spoken at architectural and planning symposiums in Australia, Europe, and throughout the United States. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Vince is a 1986 graduate of Thomas Jefferson’s wondrous University of Virginia.
Marshal Granor, Principal, Granor Price Homes
Mr. Granor is a principal in Granor Price Homes, a Pennsylvania and New Jersey real estate development company, and holds Pennsylvania and New Jersey licenses as a real estate broker and title insurance agent, as well as being a licensed Pennsylvania mortgage broker. Marshal practices law with the Horsham firm of Granor and Granor, P.C., concentrating in the areas of real estate development, financing, and condominium and community association law. He was a principal author of Pennsylvania's Uniform Planned Community Act. He is a member of the Montgomery, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, and Community Associations Institute, currently serving on CAI's Builder Liaison Committee. He frequently teaches continuing education courses about community associations for attorneys, real estate agents and title insurance agents, as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Law at Manor College. He is Co-President of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Granor received his BA. from the University of Pennsylvania (Political Science) and his J.D. from Temple University Law School.
Ellen Greenberg, AICP
Ellen Greenberg is a city planner working at the complex intersection of land use, transportation, and urban design. Her ability to solve problems that cross boundaries between both professional disciplines and governmental agencies have made her a highly-regarded leader of planning projects, policy studies and research. She is an authority on new techniques in emerging practice areas including zoning reform, arterial corridor design, and transit-oriented development. Ellen Greenberg received the degrees of Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Ms. Greenberg is the former Director of Policy and Research for the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy, Transportation and Community Development, Center for
Jacquelyne D. Grimshaw works with the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago where she directs the center's transportation and air quality program and is responsible for the center's research efforts, computer modeling programs, and community development activities. She has extensive experience developing consensus in support of less-polluting transportation options and initiating programs that assist the revitalization of inner-city neighborhoods. Grimshaw previously served as the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the City of Chicago and worked for the Chicago Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She is a member of the President's Council for Sustainable Development and the Advisory Board of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Grimshaw holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and attended the Public Policy Institute at Governors State University.
Paul Gunther, President, Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America
Paul Gunther is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, a newly-merged New York City-based national educational and advocacy organization dedicated to the Classical tradition in architecture and its allied arts. Paul has also served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the New York Historical Society.
Gary Hack, Dean, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Gary Hack teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is co-author of the third edition of Site Planning and Lessons from Local Experiences, as well as numerous articles and chapters on the spatial environment of cities. Recently he was a member of the team that won the competition and prepared the design guidelines for redeveloping the World Trade Center Site. He also co-directed an international comparative study of urbanization patterns on four continents, published as “Global City Regions: A Comparative Perspective.” Professor Hack has prepared plans for over thirty cities in the United States and abroad, including the redevelopment plan for the Prudential Center in Boston, the West Side Waterfront plan in New York City, and the new Metropolitan Plan for Bangkok, Thailand. He has also worked with smaller communities on urban design issues by preparing downtown development guidelines for the center of Portland, Maine; design review manuals for Hendersonville and Germantown, Tennessee; and guidelines for the development of the entrance corridors and downtown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Earlier in his career, Professor Hack directed the Canadian government's housing and urban development research and demonstration programs, initiating several large neighborhood demonstration projects and the redevelopment of urban waterfronts in a number of Canadian cities. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia. Dean Hack has served on the executive committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board. He is a former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and is active in civic affairs in Philadelphia.
Laura Hall, Principal, Fisher & Hall Urban Design
Laura Hall is a principal with Fisher & Hall Urban Design of Santa Rosa, California. Her firm was founded in 1997 to promote the growing field of New Urbanism, providing livable and intelligent alternatives to auto-oriented sprawl. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Hall has a strong interest in the social and psychological aspects of community design.
Hammond, Principal, Wallace Roberts and Todd
Steve is director of Planning for WRT’s San Francisco office. An urban planner, Steve’s master planning experience has focused on large areas with complex mixed-use programs and sensitive environmental constraints. His background in landscape architecture reinforces his ability to help clients create a policy framework that guides effective growth in the built environment. Committed to the principles of Smart Growth and sustainability, Steve is adept at helping communities create a rational means of balancing development and land conservation objectives.
, AIA, CNU, President, Seth Harry & Associates, Inc.
Seth Harry is a licensed architect with over twenty years of experience in the design, master planning, and implementation of TNDs, large-scale mixed-use developments, urban entertainment projects, waterfront destination shopping, dining and entertainment complexes. Prior to founding Seth Harry and Associates, Inc., in 1992, Mr. Harry was Design Director for the late James Rouse’s Enterprise Development Company where he contributed to many successful retail and entertainment development projects in Japan, Australia, Ireland and the United States. Recent projects include a variety of mixed-use, town center, greenfield and infill projects in Tennessee, New Jersey, California, Guatemala, El Salvador, and New Zealand.
James E. Hartling, Partner, Urban Partners
James E. Hartling is the founding partner of Urban Partners, a Center City-based professional consulting firm that assists public, non-profit and private clients in the planning and implementation of urban development projects. Mr. Hartling has more than thirty years of experience in city planning and community and economic development, locally and throughout the country. Prior to founding Urban Partners, Mr. Hartling served as Deputy Director of Economic Development of Philadelphia’s Community Development program and was a faculty member at the University of Texas, teaching in both the graduate planning and public affairs programs. Mr. Hartling is a lecturer at the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and is also the author and editor of numerous articles and papers on urban planning and community development.
Susan Henderson, Architect, PlaceMakers LLC
Susan Henderson is PlaceMakers' Director of Design and Project Management specialist. She was the Architectural Team Leader for the Mississippi Renewal Forum, and continues to lead architectural efforts on the Gulf Coast. Susan co-authored "Traditional Construction Patterns," a McGraw-Hill publication. A LEED Accredited Professional, she graduated cum laude from Ball State University with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design. Susan contributed to the Gulfport SmartCode that was adopted in February 2007 as a parallel code city-wide.
Jennifer Henry, LEED-ND Program Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Jennifer Henry and a coalition of the nation’s leading progressive design professionals, builders, developers, and environmentalists are working on a national rating and certification system for neighborhood development. Utilizing the framework of the existing LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, this system will be known as LEED for Neighborhood Developments, or LEED-ND. The system will rate developments’ impact on the environment and community, and will include criteria regarding, density, proximity to transit, mixed use, mixed housing type, and pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly design. Jennifer holds a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council on legislation for New Jersey that would establish a tax credit for smart growth developments, and has also worked with the Trust for Public Land and Madison Metro Bus Transit. She is now based at the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the LEED family of rating systems, in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Hernandez, Principal, Topology, LLC
Daniel Hernandez is a managing member of Topology, LLC, a development and real estate consulting firm. He is a developer, city planner and architect with more than 20 years of experience completing mid- and large-scale, mixed-use, multi-phased, urban development projects in collaboration with public partners. He recently lead the development and community revitalization studio for Jonathan Rose Companies, and is responsible for the design, financial analysis, and development of numerous affordable and mixed-income housing projects and community development planning efforts in New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr. Hernandez managed two neighborhood revitalization projects in New Haven, Connecticut. The Easton Row project involves the design and construction of 30 environmentally-friendly, affordable homes and a new tree-lined boulevard in one of New Haven’s poorest downtown neighborhoods. The other, West Rock, involves the replacement of poorly designed, isolated, outdated public housing units with a traditional neighborhood of mixed-income homes and apartments, and shops, civic spaces, and restored parkland. Mr. Hernandez recently completed one of the nation’s premier urban redevelopment projects in the City of Elizabeth, New Jersey, revitalizing a low-income port neighborhood into a mixed-income, vibrant community. Mr. Hernandez completed his studies for a Masters degree in architecture from UCLA and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Hernandez was a senior project manager with Jonathan Rose Companies, a development firm based in New York City, and continues to consult with the firm. Prior to moving to New York, Mr. Hernandez was the Executive Director of Mission Housing, one of the nation’s leading non-profit affordable housing development corporations in San Francisco. Mr. Hernandez has taught architecture and neighborhood design at the California College of the Arts and Crafts, and lectures widely on community development and smart growth planning. Mr. Hernandez has extensive experience in financing complex development projects, securing funds for large-scale redevelopment projects, project design, and community planning, and environmental design and traditional neighborhood development approaches to urban revitalization.
Thaddeus Herrick, National Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
Thaddeus Herrick has covered real estate, oil and chemicals for the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked as a national correspondent since 2000. Prior to that he was San Antonio bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, political writer for the Rocky Mountain News and Mexico City bureau chief for Scripps Howard Newspapers. He is the recipient of a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University and a Luce Scholarship.
Paul M. Hirshorn, AIA, Head of the Department of Architecture, Drexel University
Paul Hirshorn has been the Head of the Department of Architecture since 1986, and a member of the faculty since 1974 - an adjunct professor until appointed Department Head in 1986. Under his leadership the Department launched the unique 2+ 4 Option, added Summer Study Tours in Rome and Paris, and the Arfaa Lecture Series in Architecture. From 1977 to 1986 he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and was in private practice. Previously he had worked for the Philadelphia firms of Venturi & Rauch and Ueland & Junker. He is the co-author of White Towers, a study of signs and symbolism in commercial vernacular architecture. He earned BA, M. Arch. and MCP degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Architecture from Cambridge University where he studied as a Thouron Scholar from 1964 to 1967. He served as a Director of AIA Philadelphia from 1991 to 1993 and has been the chairman of the Architectural Review Committee of the City of Camden since 1987. In 1990 Professor Hirshorn received the Joseph S. Mozino Award for service to evening students and was the Stanley J. Gwiazda Professor for 1996-97.
Wesley R. Horner, AICP, Prinicipal Planner, Cahill Associates
Mr. Horner has 30 years of experience in environmental planning and management, with specialization in all aspects of water resources in both the private and public sectors. Prior to returning to Cahill Associates in 2001 and serving as project manager for PADEP’s new stormwater BMP manual, he served as Associate Director of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center and directed the Municipal Assistance Program and was responsible for the Water Based Land Use Regulation program. With particular emphasis on stormwater management from a land planning perspective, he directed preparation of a major manual for the State of Delaware, Conservation Design for Stormwater Management, targeting low impact development and conservation-oriented practices for new land development. At Cahill, he has been a principal designer of the Sustainable Watershed Management Plan and Program for Northern Chester County. His other experience covers numerous environmental impact projects and studies across the country, including a range of wastewater treatment system, transportation system, and other major proposed actions. At Cahill, he developed the concept of “Minimum Disturbance/Minimum Maintenance,” a non-structural approach to stormwater management that minimizes the impact of land development at a the site. Mr. Horner received his Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1975, his undergraduate degree from Haverford College, and is registered in the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Tom Hylton, President , Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
Thomas Hylton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from Pennsylvania, is author of a color coffee table book called Save Our Land, Save Our Towns and host of a public television documentary based on the book that has aired on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide. Since publication of his book, Hylton has given 400 presentations in Pennsylvania and 33 other states on land-use planning and community building, including a keynote address to the nation’s governors at their annual conference in Washington. He writes regularly on land-use and new urbanist issues for Pennsylvania’s leading newspapers.
Susan Ingham, Principal, KASA Architecture/Building Process Alliance
Susan Ingham received both her bachelor’s degree (A.B. Architecture) and Master’s degree (M.Arch.) from the University of California at Berkeley. Her early professional experience included working for architectural firms in San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia, where she was particularly influenced by her work on campus design with Michael Dennis & Associates in Boston. For her graduate studies at Berkeley, Susan Ingham studied and worked intensively with Professor Christopher Alexander and his colleagues in the Building Process Area of Emphasis. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Susan Ingham returned to Seattle where she worked for Lawrence Architecture before starting her own office, KASA Architecture, in 2004. Her professional work focuses on how each project can contribute to the unfolding wholeness of the larger environment, whether it is a room within a building, a single site within a block, a neighborhood within a city, or a larger development within a region. Susan Ingham has presented papers at conferences and symposia in several countries including Italy, Germany, Canada, and the United States, and has taught at the University of Oregon’s Portland Program for Urban Architecture. In addition to founding KASA Architecture, she is a founding member of the Building Process Alliance (www. buildingprocessalliance.com).
Allan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning and Urban Design, University of California Berkeley College of
Environmental Design; Principal, Cityworks
As director of the City Planning Commission of San Francisco, Allan Jacobs pioneered the integration of urban design and local government planning, producing a plan that has given San Francisco some of its best places and, two decades later, still stands as a model of its kind. His book, Making City Planning Work, is a telling and accessible account of what it takes to change American Cities, published in 1985. His most recent book, Great Streets, is a text that has become widely revered and is used universally by students and practitioners. It has had an extraordinary influence on city design providing lucid examples and realizable principles about the making of public space. ... Allan Jacob’s rich blend of research, teaching, and practice, his humanity, and his dedication to public purposes, is very much in the spirit of the ideals and spirit which Kevin Lynch fostered. -- Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Committee for the 1999 Kevin Lynch Award. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Architecture cum laude from Miami University, and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a Fulbright Scholar in City Planning at University College London. He has won a number of honors and awards, including the AIA Excellence in Education Award, California Chapter, 1994; Resident in Architecture, American Academy in Rome, 1996; and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982.
Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy
The Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy, The Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy, The
Doug Kelbaugh, FAIA, Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Douglas S. Kelbaugh FAIA, Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.Arch from Princeton University. From 1977 to 1985 he was principal in Kelbaugh+Lee, which won 15 design awards and competitions. He then served as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates. He was editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book and author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, and Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place.
Kate Kraft, PhD, Independent Consultant Social Research and Social Work
Kate Kraft is a national expert in environmental approaches to promoting healthy behavior. A hallmark of Dr. Kraft's work is connecting disparate community sectors and cross-disciplines in re-assessing how to design communities and care systems that facilitate healthy lifestyle choices. She is a recognized expert in how structural environments impact health, and is a distinguished spokesperson for the emerging "Active Living" movement. Her work has resulted in collaboration between transportation, planning, design, and public health professionals to identify new methods of placemaking for health. Dr. Kraft holds a Ph.D. in Social Research and Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Social Work from Temple University.
James Howard. Kunstler, Author
James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work." Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. A portion of it appeared as the cover story in the September 1996 Atlantic Monthly. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, published by Simon & Schuster / Free Press, is a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it's mutilated cities. His latest book, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other "converging catastrophes of the 21st Century." The Atlantic Monthly Press also published his novel, Maggie Darling, in 2004. Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Riches. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State Univerity of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York
Jody Leidolf, Manager, Planner and Sustainability, Newland Communities
Mr. Leidolf currently oversees community planning, landscape architecture and green infrastructure approaches for the Mid-Atlantic region of Newland Communities. The projects range from new urban communities under development such as Clarksburg Town Center in Montgomery County, Maryland, Ladysmith Village, in Ladysmith, Virginia and Briar Chapel, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as well as several new projects focusing on traditional town planning and sustainable development within the region. Mr. Leidolf trained as a landscape architect at Texas A&M University and has over 19 years of experience in landscape architecture and master planning working with such firms as ParkerRodriguez, Inc., EDAW Inc., and HOH Associates. Through this experience he was able to be associated in various capacities with such projects as Celebration, Florida, Kentlands and Lakelands, Gaithersburg, Maryland and Sunset Island, Ocean City, Maryland.
Chris Leinberger, Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Real Estate Program, University of Michigan and Visiting Fellow,
Brookings Institution; Partner, Arcadia Land Co.
Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, developer and author, helping to make progressive development profitable. He is a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Michigan. He is also a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, focusing on research and practices that helping transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide "walkable urbanity". In addition, he is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a progressive real estate development firm with projects in downtown Albuquerque, Independence, Missouri, Seaside, Florida, and five projects in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Chris has written award-winning articles for publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land magazine, among others, and is the author or has contributed chapters to six books. He has been profiled by national broadcast and print media such as CNN, Today Show, National Public Radio, Progressive Architecture, among others. Chris is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School. His wife, Lisa, and he live in the DuPont Circle area of Washington, DC, within walking distance of both a Metro station and Brookings.
William Lennertz, Executive Director, National Charrette Institute
Bill Lennertz, AIA, is a leading NCI Charrette facilitator and practicing New Urbanist. First as Director of the Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office in 1986, and from 1993-2002, as a partner with Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has directed over 150 charrettes. The charrette projects for both public and private clients range from main street revitalizations, town centers and affordable housing, to complete, new neighborhoods and communities. By incorporating the charrette process in a broad range of challenging projects, Bill has encountered virtually every type of political, economic, and design problem that challenges the principles and practice of New Urbanism. As a registered architect, a master urban designer, and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bill has the professional experience needed to lead successful charrette teams.__As lead trainer for NCI, Bill has trained top staff from such organizations as the Environmental Protection Agency, US General Services Administration, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae Foundation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the Department of Transportation in Oregon, New York, and Arizona. Bill is also principal author of the NCI Dynamic Planning curriculum as well as other tools, presentations, and publications. He is the co-editor and essayist of Towns and Town-Making Principles, a monograph on DPZ, and a contributor to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Bill has taught at various universities including Harvard, where he received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design.__Bill co-founded NCI to help people create healthy communities by researching and teaching the art and science of the charrette and other transformative public involvement processes. NCI is the first professional education venue for the charrette and the dynamic planning process
Paul R. Levy
, President and CEO, Center City District
Paul R. Levy is the founding chief executive of Philadelphia’s Center City District (CCD), serving in that capacity since January 1991. Mr. Levy planned, received property owner and legislative approval for, and now directs the $14.5 million downtown management district, which provides security, hospitality, cleaning, place marketing, promotion, and planning services for the central business district of Philadelphia. Mr. Levy also oversaw property owner and legislative re-approval of the District in 1994 and 2004 enabling the CCD to finance and carry out capital improvements. To date, the CCD has completed $44 million in streetscape, park, lighting and façade improvements; He serves on the boards of many civic organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Committee and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation. He was a co-chair of the Philadelphia Gaming Advisory Task Force. He is a past chairman of the International Downtown Association. His personal awards include the 2005 Philadelphia Award, given annually to “a citizen of the region who has done the most to advance the best and largest interest of the community;” the 2002 Wyck-Strickland Award for contributions to the cultural life of Philadelphia; the 2002 Philadelphia Committee on City Policy Community Leadership Award; and the 1996 Pennsylvania Society of Architects Honor Award for contribution to an improved public environment by a non-architect. Mr. Levy lives in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.
Gianni Longo, President, ACP Visioning & Planning
Mr. Longo is an architect and founding Principal of ACP. For the past two decades, he has pioneered visioning and strategic planning efforts in cities and regions. Mr. Longo conceived and developed Vision 2000, a community goal-setting process in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first of its kind, Vision 2000 is credited with stimulating over a billion dollars in development projects in that community. Mr. Longo designed the creative public involvement strategies for Imagine New York: Giving Voice to the People's Visions, an APA award-winning effort to bring together people throughout the New York City region to share their ideas and vision for rebuilding downtown and memorializing the World Trade Center tragedy. The process involved 250 meetings where 4,000 participants generated 19,000 ideas. From these ideas, 49 visions were created for the site. In the Baltimore region, Mr. Longo conducted Vision 2030: Shaping the Region's Future Together, a project of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to build consensus on a clear, consistent and realistic vision of the Baltimore region's future. Mr. Longo also has designed and facilitated visions and strategic plans for Metropolitan D.C., the Knoxville, Birmingham, and Kansas City regions, the cities of Houston and Myrtle Beach, Manatee County, Florida, and many others. Mr. Longo is the author of several books, including the "Learning from the USA" series that focuses on urban revitalization best practices in Baltimore, Seattle and Galveston. His latest book, "A Guide to Great American Public Places," is a survey of 60 successful public places in this country. Mr. Longo is a highly regarded public speaker and has made frequent presentations to groups that include: the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Rail~Volution, the International Making Cities Livable Conference, and the Smart Growth Conference. Mr. Longo was the former chair of the Planners Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).
Alan Loomis, Prinicpal Urban Desinger, City of Glendale
Alan Loomis is the Principal Urban Designer for the City of Glendale, California, where he is responsible for urban design policies, in addition to providing design advice to city departments and boards. He has over ten years experience in private urban design and architecture firms, directing planning projects for Pomona College, the University of California Santa Barbara, North Montclair, Azusa, and various other locations in California, New Mexico and New Jersey. He has teaches urban design at Woodbury University in Burbank and co-edited the book Los Angeles: Building the Polycentric Region, a survey of regional smart growth architecture and urbanism published for CNUXIII. He is on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and is presently the co-chair of the Congress for New Urbanism’s regional chapter.
Tom E. Low, AIA, CNU, LEED, Director of Town Planning, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Tom Low is the Director of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company’s Charlotte, North Carolina office, which he opened in 1995. Tom received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and gained ten years of experience in architectural practice in Charlotte after completing his degree. In 1989, disenchanted with the making of architectural form detached from the principles of urbanism, he enrolled in the University of Miami for a Master’s Degree in Architecture with a specialization in Suburb and Town Design. As a student, he completed research grants on early twentieth-century town centers, and the “Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance,” a trademark of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. and a crucial element in the firm’s principles. Since that time, Tom has managed and completed over one hundred projects with DPZ winning awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Protection Agency for Smart Growth Achievement. Tom is actively involved with projects, research, and education throughout the Carolinas. Tom lectures on town planning, has taught at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte School of Architecture, the College of Charleston, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Through grants he received from the John Nolen Foundation he has completed a symposium on John Nolen’s work in the southeast and a book on John Nolen’s planning techniques. He is currently in his third year as Chair for the Charlotte Region Civic by Design Forum, and has led forums on School Design and the Katrina Inspired Learning Cottage Initiative. In 2007, he led the research initiative on Light Imprint New Urbanism, developing new environmentally- sensitive storm-water management techniques in line with New Urban community design principles.
Elizabeth Macdonald, Ph. D. , Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning and Urban Design, University of California Berkeley
College of Environmental Design
Elizabeth Macdonald, Ph.D., is a Principal of Cityworks. She is also an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and a faculty member of the Program in the Design of Urban Places, an interdisciplinary program sponsored by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design that offers a Master's of Urban Design Degree. Her writings include The Boulevard Book: History, Evolution, Design of Multiway Boulevards (MIT Press 2002), The Urban Design Reader (Routledge, 2006), and numerous journal articles. Recent professional projects include redesigns for Octavia Boulevard in San Francisco, Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver, and International Boulevard in Oakland.
James T. Maley, Mayor, Borough of Collingswood
Since 1996, Jim Maley has served as the Mayor of the Borough of Collingswood, where he has held elected office since 1989. During his tenure as Mayor, the Borough has a series of redevelopment successes in commercial and residential projects. The Borough’s redevelopment of the 1000 unit Parkview apartment complex was reported by the New York Times as a model for public-private partnership and awarded a Greater Philadelphia Apartment Living award. The adaptive reuse of the Zane School, a 1920’s schoolhouse located in the heart of the Haddon Avenue business district, into professional offices, received awards from Downtown New Jersey, the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Borough is completing its first transit-oriented downtown mixed-use development this year – the Lumberyard – 119 residential and commercial condominium units. The Lumberyard project has been awarded a 2007 Smart Growth Award for Downtown Redevelopment from New Jersey Future. Jim Maley heads up the law firm of Maley & Associates. His private redevelopment work has been recognized with an Achievement in Planning Award from the New Jersey Planning Association.
, AIA, PP, CNU, Principal, Dean Marchetto Architects
Dean Marchetto is the founding principal of Dean Marchetto Architects established in 1981 in Hoboken, New Jersey. This award winning firm specializes in designing buildings and urban planning projects which seek to revitalize older downtown areas. The firm’s architectural style has provided the new face for Hoboken’s incredible revitalization from the days of decay and decline to its success as New Jersey’s hottest come back City. The secret to success relies on building upon the architectural history of the original city. New buildings must find a way to co-exist with the important architectural heritage of the surrounding area in ways that seek to redefine a new urban style. While most of the firms work can be considered modern, traditional architectural features such as brick masonry facades, the cornice, vertical punched opening windows, bay windows, rhythm, scale and proportion are all reinterpreted into a new downtown architecture which often incorporates retail at street level and embedded parking. This seamlessly pulls a city’s history into the present and builds upon the success of the past. Governed by the principles of New Urbanism and Smart Growth all of the projects include aspects of “Green Design” to help insure that our cities become more sustainable. Joined in 2000 by partners Michael Higgins and Bruce Stieve the firm is committed to a continuation of a tradition for the revitalization of downtown areas as the work has now spread to Jersey City, Asbury Park, Bayonne, and now Newark.
Alex Marshall, Author and Transportation columnist, Governing Magazine; Senior Fellow New York Regional Plan
Alex Marshall, an independent journalist in New York City, is the author of How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and The Roads Not Taken, and most recently, Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities. He is a Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association in New York, and is the regular columnist on Transportation issues for Governing magazine. Marshall’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, The Washington Post, Slate and many other publications. A native of Norfolk, Marshall was formerly a staff writer for The Virginian-Pilot. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 1999-2000, Marshall was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
Norm Marshall, Principal, Smart Mobility Inc.
Norman Marshall has an M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He has directed over 100 transportation projects, located in over 30 states, including projects for the U.S. government, state departments of transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), municipalities, private entities, not-for-profit organizations, and a national laboratory. This work has included developing travel demand models for seven MPOs and using and/or reviewing models in a dozen other MPOs. Mr. Marshall has published extensively on modeling land use/transportation interactions.
Steve Maun, President, Leyland Alliance LLC
Steve J. Maun is President of Leyland Alliance, Inc. Mr. Maun is a graduate of Princeton University. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the National Town Builders Association, a leading organization advocating Smart Growth and Traditional Neighborhood Design. Mr. Maun lives with his family in New York City.
David Mayernik, Associate Professor University of Notre Dame School of Architecture,
President, David Mayernik Ltd., University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture, David Mayernik. Ltd.
David Mayernik is an urban designer, architect, painter, and writer. Named to the 40 Under 40 list in 1995, he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and winner of the Gabriel Prize. For the last decade he has been the campus planner and architect for the TASIS schools in Switzerland and England; his Library for TASIS Switzerland won a 2005 Palladio Award from Traditional Building magazine. He and partner Thomas Rajkovich won the competition for the State of Minnesota Capital Grounds in 1986, which won an Arthur Ross Award from Classical America in 1987. He is the author of Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy.
Marcy McInelly, President, Urbsworks Inc. Urban Design
Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for almost 25 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, a Portland-based firm, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. Urbsworks’ portfolio consists of town plans, infill and redevelopment strategies, zoning and form-base codes, public involvement, and the integration of transit and transportation facilities into communities. Urbsworks’ award-winning projects include the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan, the Roseway Vision Plan, the New Columbia HOPE VI community and school, and NorthWest Crossing. Marcy served as an appointed member of the Portland Planning Commission from 1997 until May of 2002 and she is a founding member of the Portland metropolitan region Coalition for a Livable Future, a network of 60 non-profit and community-based organizations working together for regional growth management. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Marcy serves as co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force.
Michael Mehaffy, Project Manager, Structura Naturalis Inc.
Michael Mehaffy is a project consultant and president of Structura Naturalis, based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a Research Associate with Christopher Alexander, and coordinator of the Environmental Structure Research Group, a network of prominent international researchers in the built environment. He worked extensively on the New Urbanist charrettes for New Orleans, where he spearheaded the development of the “Neighborhood Rebuilding Centers” as an element of the Unified New Orleans Plan.
Rachel Merson, Designer, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Rachel Merson is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and a designer at the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), Architects and Town Planners. She joined DPZ in 2004. Her responsibilities include participating in charrettes, producing charrette booklets, CAD drafting, and more. Rachel has also been actively involved in the formatting, graphics, and calibration of the SmartCode over the past two years. She facilitated at the Coding Urban Lab in Providence last year, as well as two SmartCode Pro Sessions, Coral Gables and New Orleans.
Cary Moon, Director, People's Waterfront Coalition
Cary Moon is a landscape and urban designer and principal of Landscape Agents. She co-led the team to develop a vision for Seattle's shore, called Seattle Strand.
Connie Moran, Mayor, City of Ocean Springs
Connie Moran is the Mayor of Ocean Springs. She has been a champion of the New Urbanist plans, codes, and Katrina Cottages, and became famous on the Coast and beyond by challenging MDOT about "Bridgezilla" - the 10-lane highway bridge that will pass through her town.
Marya Morris, Senior Associate, Duncan and Associates
Marya joined Duncan Associates as a Senior Associate in October 2006. She is currently working on land development code revisions in Tyler, Texas; Surprise, Arizona; Los Angeles County; and Plano, Texas. Prior to joining Duncan Associates she spent 18 years as a Senior Research Associates at the American Planning Association. At APA she served as a principal investigator and project manager on numerous research projects for federal agencies, state planning offices and commissions, local planning agencies, and private foundations. Each of these projects included writing and publication of an APA Planning Advisory Service Report, as well as training courses, conference presentations, and additional publications, events, and work products
Sue T. Mosey, President, University Cultural Center Association
Susan T. Mosey has been the President of the University Cultural Center Association for twenty years. This non-profit organization is responsible for economic development and marketing activities within Detroit's University Cultural Center and adjacent neighborhoods - an area now known as Midtown Detroit. Projects that have been undertaken or completed under her direction include installation of a comprehensive wayfinding signage system for the district; public improvements including streetscape enhancements, park and median improvements, and an urban greenway; production of the area's two signature events - the Detroit Festival of the Arts and Noel Night. One of the organizations most recent projects was the development of the Inn on Ferry Street, a 40-room boutique inn that opened in November, 2001 adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Atts. This historic renovation of an entire block of 1880's mansions cost approximately $8.5M and has won numerous local, regional and national preservation awards. In addition, Ms. Mosey created a predevelopment loan fund for residential development that has funded over 700 units of housing in Midtown. Ms. Mosey holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Steve Mouzon, AIA CNU LEED, Principal , The New Urban Guild
Steve Mouzon is a principal of the New Urban Guild in Miami. The New Urban Guild is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to the study and the design of true traditional buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. Involving a number of designers brings authenticity to a place that simply cannot be achieved when all buildings are designed by a single hand, no matter how talented that hand may be. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept, and continues to foster the movement, including sponsoring the website (www.katrinacottages.com
James Murley, Director, Catanese Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University
James F. Murley, Esq., became the director of CUES in February 1999. He is a 1974 graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he specialized in environmental and land-use law. He is a former Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and a former member of the Miami River Commission and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congress for New Urbanism, the Seaside Institute, the Dade County Land Trust and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
, Urban Design Consultant, Senior Fellow of the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment
Paul is an urban design consultant, and (former) Senior Lecturer and Course Chairman at the Joint Center for Urban Design in Oxford, England. From May 2002-April 2005 he was Senior Design Director at HRH The Prince of Wales' Foundation for the Built Environment. Paul has just been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Prince’s Foundation. He lived and worked in the USA from 1996-2000 Paul is joint author of a book entitled "Responsive Environments: A Manual For Designers." which sets out the design qualities necessary to produce a physical environment that is choice laden, interactive and essentially democratic for everyday users of the public realm of our towns and cities. Since 1993, he has collaborated with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) on several occasions both in the USA, Europe and Malaysia. In September this year Paul joined them to develop a plan for a new settlement near Inverness, Scotland. He has also taught on their postgraduate course in Suburban and Town Design at the University of Miami.
Anton Nelessen, Principal
, A. Nelessen Associates, Inc
Tony has professional experience in the United States, Canada and abroad. He is unique in that he has worked on a wide range of projects from single buildings, central city redevelopment, and county plans, new towns, to a plan for the Netherlands 2050. He has worked on development plans for cities like Cambridge, MA, Midtown Atlanta, GA, Downtown Milwaukee, City of Orlando, the waterfront in Rotterdam, Holland and a new town center in Durbin, South Africa. His firm designed the plan and produced the first New Urbanism code for the New Washington Town Center. His firm has completed numerous Smart Growth Vision Plans including Hartford Regional Plan, Worcester County Maryland; Billings, Montana; and Routes 130 and 206 in Burlington County, New Jersey. He has recently finished work on Redevelopment plans in Newark, Jersey City and Collingswood, NJ, the second redevelopment plan for Midtown Atlanta, and a new town center for Eastampton, NJ, which just won the prestigious NJ Futures Award of Excellence. The firm is currently finishing work on several projects including the redevelopment plans for 3 redevelopment areas in Orange Township, NJ, Morristown, NJ, and Newark, NJ. Tony is actively involved with numerous architectural firms in the State including Dean Marchetto in Hoboken and KSS architects in Princeton. He is also active with Princeton Future, an advocacy group involved with planning for Downtown Princeton. Mr. Nelessen has written a book, published by the American Planning Association, entitled Visions for a New American Dream and has authored hundreds of research reports and articles, multimedia and video presentations. His work was featured in Newsweek and numerous local and national newspapers and journals. In addition he has produced and directed over three hundred multi-media presentations for business organizations and theatre. Tony is married for 33 years and has three children.
Jay Noddle, President, Noddle Companies
Jay B. Noddle - President/CEO Jay Noddle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Noddle Companies. Representing over three decades-worth of development, Noddle Companies is a midwestern-based commercial real estate firm and is a national leader in the commercial development industry. The company consults and implements projects on a national basis on both municipal and corporate levels within a wide range of property types. Pivotal to Noddle Companies’ success is urban mixed-use and suburban retail projects in the Midwest and Eastern markets. Noddle Companies maintains offices in Omaha and New York City with development projects having been completed in 18 states throughout the country. Noddle Companies’ third-party clients are able to receive assistance in a variety of areas including development, consultation, feasibility, leasing and marketing as well as property management and other related matters. Noddle Companies managed portfolio is in excess of five million square feet and is operated from its offices in Omaha, NE and New York City. Mr. Noddle is responsible for the overall operation of both developing and existing portfolios. He is intimately involved with new development projects from site selection and design issues, to deal making and finance. Mr. Noddle’s involvement in the existing portfolio is of primary importance with his concentration focused upon the coordination of the company’s senior leadership team making him ultimately responsible for the performance of the Noddle Companies portfolio. Mr. Noddle’s dedication to children is not simple happenstance of this work, he is fiercely committed to the creation and preservation of urban environments that will fundamentally and economically benefit generations to come. He is also deeply involved with private and civic organizational activities in communities in which Noddle Companies has a presence.
John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism
John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He has overseen a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.
Eric Osth, AIA, Architecture Studio Director, Urban Design Associates
Eric Osth is an Associate and Architecture Studio Director at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. Eric has been educated in, and practiced both architecture and urban design. Eric earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked for Merrill & Pastor Architects in Vero Beach, Florida and as a Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP in San Francisco. At SOM, Eric directed an urban design team on projects in California and Shanghai, China. Eric has taught as a Visiting Design Critic at the Institute of Classical Architecture in New York City and as a Lecturer in Urban Design at University of California, Berkeley. Eric is a registered architect in Florida and Pennsylvania and serves as a Board Member in the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Steve Oubre, AIA Architect and Urbanist , Architects Southwest
Steven Oubre has practiced architecture since 1976, co-founding Architects Southwest in 1980. The firm specializes in the urbanist development of greenfield, infill, and brownfield places, cultural architecture, as well as educational and campus planning, with work throughout the Gulf South, and receiving design recognition on local, regional and national levels. Mr. Oubre holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he serves as an adjunct professor. Mr. Oubre continues to serve as a visiting critic and lectures frequently on design, new urbanism, and the smart growth planning. Recent speaking engagements on the “Smart Growth Movement” include Senator Mary Landrieu’s Smart Growth Coalition at University of New Orleans; Louisiana APA Conference; University of Louisiana at Lafayette – School of Architecture; Texas Tech University - School of Architecture in Lubbock; Alabama’s Orange Beach Smart Growth Coalition, and Tulane Environmental Law Society’s Annual Environmental Conference on Law, Science and the Public Interest. Mr. Oubre helped pioneer the new urbanist movement in Louisiana beginning in 1993 with the award winning new urbanist project, The Village of River Ranch in Lafayette, Louisiana. Most recently, Mr. Oubre worked along with Duany Plater-Zyberk and the Louisiana Recovery Authority in its efforts to rebuild Coastal Louisiana. The Louisiana Recovery Authority is the planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. The authority is working with Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to plan for Louisiana's future, coordinate across jurisdictions, support community recovery and resurgence, and ensure integrity and effectiveness. Working in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies, the authority is also addressing short-term recovery needs while simultaneously guiding the long-term planning process. As a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Mr. Oubre studied and worked during the nineties on creating spaces that re-address the art of building for people. Currently, Mr. Oubre’s planning focus is comprised of Urbanist projects in Louisiana (most notably--The Village of River Ranch in Lafayette, Louisiana), Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas.
, Manager, Community Planning and Development, City of Denver
Peter Park holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies from Arizona State University and a M.S. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Park was appointed Denver’s Manager of Community Planning and Development in January 2004. Park also holds an appointment at the University of Colorado at Denver as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Design. He was formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning where he coordinated the Joint Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning Degree Program and taught urban design lectures and studios. The work explored in his design studios influenced significant development activities in Milwaukee including the removal of an elevated downtown freeway that makes way for more than 25 acres of new development. Park was formerly the City Planning Director in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was instrumental in establishing a disciplined approach to comprehensive planning, raising awareness of design, creating the Milwaukee Development Center (consolidating planning, zoning and construction permit functions), streamlining development review procedures, and completing a comprehensive update of the city’s zoning code.
Daniel Parolek, AIA, CNU, Principal , Opticos Design, Inc.
Daniel Parolek founded Opticos Design to design healthy, sustainable new urbanist communities and well-crafted buildings that reinforce the character and quality of these places. He has offices in Berkeley, California and Seaside, Florida where they are serving as Seaside Town Architect. They are also working with Robert and Daryl Davis to implement their town square and beachside master plan and with Leon Krier on the architecture of his Seaside Tower. He is a founding board member of the Form-Based Code Institute, a University of Miami Knight Fellow, and a member of the Northern California CNU Chapter Organization Committee. He has Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Urban Design from University of California at Berkeley.
Neal Payton, AIA, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners
Neal Payton, AIA, LEEED-AP is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. where he co-directs the year-old Los Angeles office. Previously, Mr. Payton directed Torti Gallas’s Urban Design efforts out of their Washington, D.C. area office. Prior to joining Torti Gallas, Mr. Payton served as a professor of architecture and urban design at a number of universities. He has directed the planning efforts for Hope VI revitalization efforts and new housing for U.S. Army under the RCI privatization program, among other efforts. His current work includes a mixed income brownfield redevelopment along the Los Angeles River for McCormack Baron Salazar. Mr. Payton’s urban design efforts have been honored nationally with AIA Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design in 2002 and 2003 and several Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2004 and 2006.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Principal , Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Plater-Zyberk is the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1979. Plater-Zyberk received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and her Master’s of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Town Planners and Architects (DPZ). DPZ is a leader in the national movement called the New Urbanism, which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The firm’s award winning method of integrating master planning with design codes and regulations is being applied in over 200 regions, towns and cities throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. She co-authored the book Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The New Civic Art.
Stefanos Polyzoides, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Stefanos Polyzoides received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. He is a registered architect in the states of California, Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Polyzoides' distinguished career covers the areas of architectural and urban design education, design and execution, and theory. His professional experience spans institutional and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, commercial projects, housing, campus planning, and urban design. He was born in Athens, Greece and has lived in Los Angeles since 1973, founding the firm with partner Elizabeth Moule.
Kyriakos Pontikis, Associate Professor, California State University Northridge
Dr. Kyriakos Pontikis received his bachelor’s degree (B.Arch.) from Oklahoma State University and his master’s (M.Arch.) and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses in the integration of architecture with interior spaces, in design and construction processes, and in the use of materiality, detailing, ornament, and colour in buildings. Dr. Pontikis is an Associate Professor at California State University Northridge. He practices in Europe and in the United States; he heads the firm Pontikis + Associates in Los Angeles and he is also an associate with Integrated Structures Inc. in Berkeley, California. He is a founding member of the Building Process Alliance (buildingprocessalliance. com).
Kathy Poole, ASLA, Principal, Biohabitats, Inc.
Kathy Poole relishes her existence as an amphibious creature. Starting as a piano performance major, switching to architecture (her undergraduate degree) and ultimately obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture, she says what she really does is practice music in three dimensions—making relationships between different voices and themes so that they are integrated into something wonderful. She joined Biohabitats because the team values the voices of all critters on this incredible planet--both human and otherwise. She’s known internationally for her theories on Civic Hydrology and ecological design and the mother of two, who along with her husband John aims to raise responsible, caring children in a healthy world.
Shelley Poticha, Executive Director, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Reconnecting America
Shelley Poticha is the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national non-profit organization working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve, with the goals of generating lasting public and private returns, improving economic and environmental efficiency, and giving consumers greater choice. Reconnecting America has two major projects: The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) which assists developers, transit agencies, communities and investors to use transit investments to spur a new wave of development that improves housing affordability and choice, revitalizes downtowns and urban and suburban neighborhoods, and creates lasting value and high quality urbanism; and Reconnecting America’s Transportation Networks (RATN) which is working to redefine national policies for intercity travel in order to integrate our separately functioning aviation, passenger rail and intercity bus systems into a more convenient, secure, financially viable and sustainable network. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). During her tenure, Ms. Poticha guided CNU’s growth into a nationwide coalition with a prominent voice in national debates on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She has authored several books, including the New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, Charter of the New Urbanism, a CNU publication, and The Next American Metropolis, with Peter Calthorpe. She holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and twin daughters.
Donald Powers, AIA, CNU, Principal, Donald Powers Architects Inc.
Donald W. Powers has over 17 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. His completed work includes urban and town planning, commercial and institutional buildings, affordable housing, historic restoration of landmark buildings and single-family residences. In recent years his work has concentrated on integrated, mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating truly diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. An 8 year association with the Congress for the New Urbanism and frequent collaboration with some of the best firms in the country doing traditional urban design (including the noted firm of Duany Plater Zyberk) has brought an expertise in the technique and art of creating livable communities and cherished places. Before forming Donald Powers Architects, Inc. in 2000, he worked with several internationally recognized architects and planners including Cooper Robertson + Partners of New York City and Kyu Sung Woo, Architect of Cambridge, MA. For seven years, he worked as a lead designer with Graham Gund Architects of Cambridge, Massachusetts, before relocating to RI to found Donald Powers Architects He received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia in 1988 where he was awarded the annual Design Prize. He received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1992. He holds professional licenses in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and has a single minded vision to restore communities and save the world from sprawl.
Michael Pyatok, Professor, University of Washington, Pyatok Architects
A Fellow in the AIA, Michael Pyatok has 37 years of experience, and has served the American Institute of Architects on its National Affordable Housing Task Group. Besides designing and actively participating in the firm's projects, Mike is also a professor of architectural design and the newly appointed Director of the Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University in Phoenix. He continues to lecture about the firm's housing work at many schools of architecture and conferences, and to periodically write for professional journals about issues related to multifamily housing design, the need for more compact transit-related communities and design methods which include citizen participation. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune and all major architectural journals. Mike has won twelve out of fourteen design competitions he has entered since 1977, placing second in two. These competitions include diverse projects such as high-density mixed use and affordable housing in New York City and downtown Seattle, West Hollywood's new Civic Center, high-density housing and retail related to a transit station in San Diego and, most recently, high-density housing in downtown Oakland. The National Endowment for the Arts sponsored Mike to run housing design workshops in many diverse cities from Miami to Santa Monica to New Haven and Portland, Oregon. He has been a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and a Fulbright Fellow in Helsinki, Finland. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a grant to write a book about how to design higher density affordable housing called "Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing." In 2002, Pyatok Architects was chosen as Architecture Firm of the Year by Residential Architect Magazine, and Builder Magazine identified Mike as one of the 12 thought leaders in the field of development.
Roxanne Qualls, Director of Public Leadership Initiatives and Visiting Professor of Public Administration , University of Northern
Roxanne Qualls is a Visiting Professor and Director of Public Leadership Initiatives at Northern Kentucky University. She served as Mayor of the City of Cincinnati from 1993-1999 after serving one term on City Council. Working with members of council, she established the planning process for the redevelopment of Cincinnati's riverfront, and the reconfiguration of Fort Washington Way. Two major inititatives she developed as Mayor have been recognized by the US Conference of Mayors as " Best Practices." One intiative targeted slum landlords, illegal dumping, and trash. The other emphasized collaboration with realtors and builders to increase home ownership opportunities. After leaving office at the end of 1999, Roxanne was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to being elected, she served as Director of the Cincinnati office of Ohio Citizen Action and the Executive Director of two women's crisis organizations.
Matt Raimi, Principal, Raimi & Associates, Inc.
Matt Raimi, AICP, is the sole principal of the land use planning firm Raimi & Associates, Inc. in Berkeley, California. His work focuses on creating more livable and sustainable cities by promoting public dialogue on land use, environmental, public health and transportation issues. Matt has over a dozen years of experience in planning and has managed numerous comprehensive plans, open space plans and site planning projects across California. He has also spoken extensively on applying the principles of new urbanism to comprehensive plans, incorporating public health concerns into the planning process, and promoting sustainable development at the local level. He is the author of several books and reports including Understanding the Relationship Between Public Health and the Built Environment (USGBC, 2006), Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999) and Five Years of Progress: 110 Communities Where ISTEA is Making a Difference (STPP, 1996).
Ingrid Reed, Chair, Trenton, NJ, Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, Trenton NJ.
Ingrid W. Reed is the founding chair the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, the State's agency for revitalizing the capital district of Trenton, where she has led the agency in developing its plan under Duany Plater-Zyberg through the current effort to change a freeway to a boulevard and open the riverfront to parks and mixed use development. She also is a founder and current chair of New Jersey Future, the organization that support the NJ State Plan and smart growth initiatives. She chaired the Mercer County Planning Board for 11 years and now sits on the boards of the Regional Plan Association NJ Committee and the Municipal Land Use Center, an initiative of Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).
Milt Rhodes, Director, New Urban Water Works
Milt Rhodes, AICP is an urban designer interested in finding ways to integrate good urbanism with water quality and aquatic resources best practices. Using experience gained in the public and not-for profit sector, Milt's participation in community planning charrettes provides a unique perspective on placemaking and urban design. Milt believes that by handling rainwater with a plan that is both sensitive to context and keeps civic art in mind a great opportunity exists for creating new sustainable environments. Milt has a Master of Architecture from the University of Miami, a Master in Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from the College of Charleston.
Shirleen Roberts, Esq, Central Area Legal Council, K Hovnanian Homes
Shirleen Roberts has served as in-house legal counsel and land use attorney for K. Hovnanian Companies, New Jersey’s largest home builder, for the past nine years. She is responsible for coordinating and obtaining all necessary local, county, state and federal permits and approvals for development of K. Hovnanian’s New Jersey residential communities. She says that one of K. Hovnanian’s goals is to implement New Jersey’s Smart Growth agenda and promote growth and renewal in New Jersey’s cities and urban areas. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received her bachelor’s degree in from Rutgers College in 1987 and her law degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1990.
Yodan Rofe, Lecturer, J.Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research University of the Negev
Yodan Rofè is an architect and holds a Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with Professor Allan Jacobs. His research interests includes Neighborhoods in Urban Theory and City Planning practice, Cognition and Feeling in the Built Environment, Urban Space and Street Design, and the connection between Transportation and Land Use. In 2002 he published with Allan Jacobs and Elizabeth Macdonald a book summarizing 10 years of research on the history, functioning, safety and design of multi-way boulevards called: The Boulevard Book. From 1999 to 2003 Rofè was Head of Urban Design at Israel's Ministry of Housing. In that capacity he was responsible for the design of new urban neighborhoods, and created and coordinated the sustainable development program of the Chief Architect Department. Since 2001, Rofè is working with PGL as an Urban Design Consultant to NTA. In 2004 he co-founded and is a board member of the Movement for Israeli Urbanism (MIU). Rofè is currently teaching and researching at the Desert Architecture and Urban Planning Unit, Jacob Blaustein Institute of Desert Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Juan Pablo Rosales, Principal, Rosales-Tinoco in Guatemala
Juan Pablo Rosales is a principal of Rosales-Tinoco Architects and Town Planners in Guatemala. He has more than 25 towns under construction in Central America. His collaborative designs include work with Leon Krier, Dover Kohl, Jaime Correa and Associates, Seth Harry and Associates, etc. He is currently building the largest New Town (EL NARANJO) in Latin America.
Troy P. Russ, Principal
, Glatting Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Inc.
Troy P. Russ, AICP, Principal Senior Urban Designer Troy is a Principal with the Orlando based Community Planning and Design Firm Glatting Jackson. Troy is the director of the firm’s Urban Design Service Group. The Group’s practice is aimed at integrating land use and transportation initiatives and is recognized for creating multi-purpose urban design strategies and transportation solutions for redeveloping suburban and urban environments. Currently, Troy is leading the City of Orlando’s, Community Venues Master Plan, an effort that is guiding a $1.2 billion dollar public initiative aimed at building a new Performing Arts Center, a new Events Center, and improvements to the Florida Citrus bowl. The purpose of the Master Plan is to create vision plan that will maximizes the benefits of each facility and leverages their investments to strengthen Downtown Orlando while preserving the history and heritage of the surrounding neighborhoods. For the past five years, Troy has been consulting the City of Charlotte on various land use and urban design initiatives around its emerging transit system, where he is creating 64 station area plans that will provide physical and regulatory guidance for transit supportive development in areas totaling 50 square miles, an area larger than the City of San Francisco. Troy has been a panelist for the NEA’s Mayor’s Institute on City Design and he is working with the Federal Transit Administration and the Urban Land Institute in reviewing the land use components of the Federal New Starts Process. Troy has a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.
David Sargent, AIA, CNU, Principal , HDR Town Planning
Mr. Sargent is a principal in the town planning group of HDR’s Community Planning and Urban Design Division. Prior to joining HDR, he was the founding principal of Sargent Town Planning, LLC., a California-based consulting firm devoted exclusively to providing town planning services for new and redeveloping neighborhoods, districts and regions. Mr. Sargent has practiced architecture in California since 1981, focusing on town planning since 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. Mr. Sargent is currently leading the firm’s work on master plans, specific plans and form-based development codes for greenfield, brownfield and infill projects for public and private clients. His current projects include multi-neighborhood urban expansions in Santa Paula and King City, California, a community design master plan for the City of Tehachapi, a prototypical form-based code for the City of Ventura plus detailed form-based coding for several neighborhoods, a neighborhood expansion on the Missouri River waterfront of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and master plans for sustainable business parks in Southern California and Central Idaho. Mr. Sargent has been an advocate for traditional neighborhood design and smart growth in California for over 15 years. He was a principal author of the White Paper on Smart Growth in California, which was prepared for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in 2003 and was instrumental in securing the passage of legislation that explicitly enables the use of form-based coding techniques in California.
Jim Schmitt, Pass Christian Mississippi Project
Jim Schmitt is the lead citizen advocate for the SmartCode in Pass Christian, and serves on the city's Visionary Committee and Historic Preservation Commission. He has a degree in Engineering Physics, but has spent most of his working life as a small-scale custom contractor, primarily for residential and some small commercial projects, lately specializing in historic restorations.
Stephen Seidel, Director of Urban Programs, Habitat for Humanity International
Stephen Seidel began serving as Director of Urban Programs with Habitat for Humanity International in the fall of 2004. In this role, Stephen provides guidance and direction to the local offices of Habitat for Humanity operating in urban and major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. He has been actively engaged in the work of Habitat for Humanity for over eighteen years, starting as a volunteer with Twin Cities Habitat in 1987, and then serving as that affiliate’s Executive Director from 1989-2004. During that time, Twin Cities Habitat produced more than 500 homes, established a mortgage foreclosure prevention program, and created the A Brush With Kindness Program to perform exterior improvements on the homes of nearly 600 low-income families. These efforts made Twin Cities Habitat one of the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. Stephen is based in St. Paul, MN, where he is active in other affordable housing organizations, including serving on the Board of Twin Cities LISC, chairing the Housing Minnesota Campaign Steering Committee, and serving as a member of the Twin Cities United Way’s Housing Connections Initiative and the St. Paul Housing Action Plan Task Force.
Barry Seymour, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
On April 27, 2006 the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in Philadelphia named Barry Seymour as its new Executive Director. Mr. Seymour becomes just the fourth Executive Director in DVRPC’s 41-year history, replacing the retiring John Coscia. DVRPC is the metropolitan planning organization for the nine-county, two-state Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey. Mr. Seymour was previously Assistant Executive Director for Regional Planning at DVRPC, where he was responsible for a wide variety of strategic land use, transportation, economic development, housing, growth management and environmental policy plans, programs and technical studies, including DVRPC=s long-range regional planning efforts. Mr. Seymour also oversaw the Commission=s information services, including the Geographic Information System (GIS), regional database, and website (www.dvrpc.org). Prior to joining DVRPC he was Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Planning Commission, where he was instrumental in establishing the Waterfront Revitalization Program for New York City, revising the City=s Zoning Ordinance to reflect the unique conditions of waterfront development, establishing policies to increase public access to the waterfront, and leading the design review of waterfront projects. Before New York City, he worked as an environmental planner at the Long Island (New York) Regional Planning Board.
Samuel Sherman Jr., Partner , Sam Sherman Assoc. LLC; New Urban Ventures LLC
Sam Sherman has worked in the residential construction industry for 24 years and has supervised and managed the construction of more than 1100 homes in the suburban counties of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. He has worked for medium size regional home builders as well as larger national home builders such as Ryland Homes. In January 2003, Sam left the suburban housing industry and started his own firm, Sam Sherman Associates LLC, to pursue development opportunities in the City of Philadelphia. He is also a partner in the firm New Urban Ventures. Sam is a proponent of New Urbanist planning and development techniques and develops projects that aid in rebuilding urban neighborhoods that have suffered from fifty years of disinvestment and population loss. New Urban Ventures is currently working on an urban infill, neighborhood master plan in the area of 10th & Green St. that incorporates New Urbanist design principles. Construction of Phase I, consisting of 53 townhomes, 6 live/work units including 6000 sq. ft. of retail space; is now under way. The project, named Spring Arts Point, is certified by the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance as a smart growth community and recently received the Bronze Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania that recognizes excellence in design and sustainability. He has been a resident of Philadelphia for 17 years and is an active member of his community. Sam is a Democratic Committeeman in the 15th Ward. He is the Vice President of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Philadelphia, chairs the BIA Government Affairs Sub- committee for Stormwater Management and acts as the a representative on the Pennsylvania Builder’s Association government affairs committee as an advocate for Philadelphia. He also serves as a national legislative representative for BIA to the National Association of Home Builders; lobbying for policies that are of benefit to our urban centers. Sam is also a board member of Neighborhoods Now!, an organization that addresses the revitalization of Philadelphia’s middle class neighborhoods and promotes excellence in planning and design. He is a member of The Congress for the New Urbanism as well as a board member of the local chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and co-chairs the local CNU host committee for CNU XV. This event will be attended by 1500 design professionals, developers, transit specialists, public officials and smart growth advocates from around the globe. Sam has also been appointed to the executive committee of the Francisville Community Development Planning Group as an ex-officio member and advisor. He is working as a pro bono advisor to the residents of Francisville to assist in rebuilding their neighborhood. The group was recently awarded a grant from The Wachovia Foundation that will fund the creation of a neighborhood residential plan.
Patrick Siegman, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
Patrick Siegman is a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a unique transportation planning firm devoted specifically to the creation of livable communities. Over the past decade, he has worked with many urban designers to draft plans that create beautiful and pedestrian-friendly places. His recent projects include the Central Petaluma SmartCode and Pasadena's Traffic Reduction Strategies Study, which aims to reduce rush hour car trips by 25%. He is currently completing mobility and parking plans for the cities of Ventura, Pasadena and Glendale.
Daniel Slone, Esq, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Dan Slone is an attorney who has worked for almost two decades on New Urban and sustainable development projects in most regions of the country. Having worked on smaller infill, as well as large-scale projects with thousands of homes and several million square feet of commercial space, he represents both developers and localities. For developers, he helps obtain environmental and land use entitlements, drafts code provisions to propose to the governing locality, drafts the community code imposed through the covenants and restrictions, drafts homeowner association documents, and performs other tasks. For localities, he helps identify code provisions that interfere with New Urban or sustainable projects and crafts codes that encourage such developments. Dan is national counsel for the Congress for the New Urbanism, the New Urban Guild, the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council. He is on the boards of the Seaside Institute, the National Charrette Institute and the Form Based Code Institute. See http://www.mcguirewoods.com/news-resources/publications/real_estate/Slone_ESG_ 2005.pdf for more details.
Eleanor Smith, Director, Concrete Change
Eleanor Smith is the founder and central organizer of Concrete Change, an Atlanta-based grassroots group working to increase housing justice and integration through widespread change in home design. In 1986, she defined and began advocating nationally for a basic, universal level of home access, for which she adopted the term "Visitability." In former years, she worked for twenty-five years as a teacher and counselor. She has used a wheelchair since age three. 1989, she began working full time as a disability/housing rights activist, helping advocates across the country with Visitability initiatives in their locales and challenging individuals, institutions, and organizations who make designs, build houses and create policy. In 1997, she received a HUD national Best Practices award for bringing Visitability principles and practice into HUD programs. She is co-chair of the CNU Visitability/Accessibility Task force, newly formed in 2006.
Dan Solomon, Principal, WRT Solomon E.T.C.
Daniel Solomon directs Solomon E.T.C., A WRT Company. His work has been widely published and won more than 75 design awards. Solomon holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Columbia University, a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and a master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a faculty member for thirty-five years. The author of the books ReBuilding and the recently released Global City Blues, Solomon has written many articles and regularly lectures in the United States and abroad.
Sandy Sorlien, Independent SmartCode Consultant, Rural to Urban Photographs
Sandy Sorlien, a Philadelphia native, has been the principal editor of the transect-based SmartCode since 2004 and is one of the principal authors of the SmartCode Manual, with Andres Duany. She led the Codes Team for the Mississippi Renewal Forum in October 2005, and has since customized and/or reviewed SmartCodes for approximately fifteen damaged towns and cities in Mississippi and Louisiana, including New Orleans. Sandy teaches the SmartCode Pro Sessions and other coding workshops. In a pre-Katrina life, Sandy taught urban photography at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts, and still uses photography extensively in the analysis of urbanism.
Jeff Speck, Director of Design , National Endowment for the Arts
As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts, Jeff Speck oversees grant-making in design at all of its scales, from graphics to planning. He also directs three NEA leadership initiatives, including the Mayors' Institute on City Design, and the Governors’ Institute on Community design, which he created in partnership with the EPA. Formerly Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., Mr. Speck is co-author with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.
Leland Speed, Executive Director
Leland Speed is the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority. He is involved in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in Mississippi. Prior to his association with the MDA, he founded EastGroup Properties and Parkway Properties, both publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Bill Spikowski, Principal, Spikowski Planning Associates
Bill Spikowski operates the consulting firm of Spikowski Planning Associates in Fort Myers (FL). The firm prepares redevelopment plans and codes for communities that are unwilling to settle for sprawl. Spikowski is a frequent speaker and author on town planning and code writing (see “Place Making with Form-Based Codes,” coauthored with Mary Madden, in the September 2006 issue of Urban Land). Spikowski currently serves as an officer and director of the Form-Based Codes Institute and is chairman of the Fort Myers Planning Board. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, Spikowski served as Lee County (FL) growth management director
Edward Steinfeld, Professor of Architecture and Director,
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School for Architecture and Planning, SUNY
Edward Steinfeld is a Professor of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the Director of the Center on Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, one of the leading centers for research and education on universal design and accessibility in the world. Prof. Steinfeld is a licensed architect and received a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has directed several seminal research projects on accessibility and was one of the authors of the Principles of Universal Design. He is currently directing a project to develop a compendium of evidence based guidelines on universal design. The IDEA Center, working with builders and developers, has initiated a program of model universally designed homes and neighborhoods that will reach communities throughout the U.S.
Douglas Storrs, Vice President, Cornish Associates LP
Douglas has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of land use planning and real estate development. At Cornish, Douglas oversaw the planning, design and rehabilitation of eight buildings in the Westminster Lofts portfolio in downtown Providence. Douglas oversees the permitting, planning, design, construction and operations of Mashpee Commons, a traditional town center on Cape Cod. Douglas serves on the Executive Committee of the Cape Cod Business Roundtable and is a member of the Brown University Community Working Committee. He is an inaugural member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a past board member of the Gordon School and the Providence Children’s Museum.
John F. Street, Mayor of Philadelphia
John F. Street was sworn in as Philadelphia's 97th Mayor on January 3, 2000. Mayor Street, 60 years old, was born into rural poverty in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and came up the "hard way," growing up without electricity or indoor plumbing as a child. Understanding that education was the key to his future, Mayor Street graduated from Conshohocken High School and worked his way through Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where he studied English. In 1975, Street earned his Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School, paying his tuition by moonlighting as a sidewalk vendor on the university's campus. Following his graduation, Street served clerkships with Common Pleas Court Judge Mathew W. Bullock, Jr. and with the United States Department of Justice. In his first professional job, Mayor Street taught English at an elementary school and, later, at the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center. He also practiced law privately prior to entering into public service. Mayor Street began his public career as a community activist. A fiery leader, he led efforts for fair housing opportunities for the poor, and challenged the Philadelphia School Board to spend more on students and less on administration. Mayor Street has also been a leader in forging closer cooperation between police and the community in the fight against crime and drugs in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Elected to Philadelphia City Council in 1979, Mayor Street assumed office in 1980. For nearly 20 years, Mayor Street represented the city's Fifth Councilmanic District, distinguishing himself as a fighter for working people and neighborhoods. Diverse economically and racially, the Fifth District comprises 11 wards in North Central Philadelphia and Center City and encompasses some of the city's most affluent addresses, such as Rittenhouse Square, and some of the city's most depressed areas. Widely acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable and effective leaders in Philadelphia City Council history, Mayor Street was chosen unanimously by members of the council to serve as president in 1992, and again in 1996. Mayor Street is known for his expertise on a range of issues including city budgeting and fiscal matters, housing, education and crime. Street, working closely with former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, was instrumental in crafting and implementing a financial plan that passed Council unanimously, and turned a $250 million deficit into the largest surplus in city history. By cutting the business and wage tax four years in a row, Street and Rendell helped reverse the 30- year loss of jobs from Philadelphia. And, in the years since 1996, Philadelphia has actually gained jobs. During his time as City Council President, Mayor Street worked to promote community policing and for tougher gun laws, while also promoting Townwatch organizations and after- school recreation programs for young people. Reflecting his activist roots and concern for improving blighted neighborhoods across Philadelphia, Mayor Street spearheaded efforts to tear down abandoned buildings that breed crime and to crack down on landlords who allow their property to be used as drug houses. Mayor Street is equally proud to have passed, during his council term, a liquor-by-the-drink tax that resulted in an additional $23 million per year for Philadelphia public schools. To date, the liquor-by-the-drink tax has pumped more than $100 million into the School District. Importantly, the additional revenue has made possible all- day kindergarten for every child in Philadelphia. Mayor Street retired from Philadelphia City Council on December 17, 1998, to run for mayor of Philadelphia. On November 2, 1999, he was elected to serve as the city's first mayor of the new millennium. Raised on a farm where he rose at 5:00 a.m. to perform daily chores, Mayor Street is widely admired for his stamina and work ethic. He is strongly committed, however, to setting aside time to be with his family- wife Naomi, an attorney and children's rights advocate and his four children: Sharif, a lawyer with the Philadelphia firm Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen; Rashida, an architect; Lateef, a graduate of the University of Maryland; and Akeem, who attends Philadelphia's Masterman High School.
Emily Talen, PhD AICP, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning , Urban and Regional Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-
Emily Talen, Ph.D., AICP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. Her research focuses on topics dealing with new urbanism and the social implications of community design. Dr. Talen spent six years as a planner with the City of Santa Barbara. She recently authored a book on the historical lineage of New Urbanism (New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures, published by Routledge, 2005). A forthcoming book, The Design of Diversity (Architectural Press, 2007), will explore the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.
Brewster Thackeray, Senior Project Manager
Livable Communities , Livable Communities, Office of Social Impact, AARP
Elinor Ginzler is Director for Livable Communities in the Office of Social Impact at AARP. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organization in the areas of housing and mobility, as part of AARP’s social impact agenda. She is an expert on long-term care issues, including home and community-based services, caregiving, and other long-term care housing issues and is co-author with Hugh Delehanty of Caring for Your Parents –The Complete AARP Guide, published by Sterling Publishing. Ms. Ginzler holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her graduate studies at the University of Maryland.
Dhiru Thadani, AIA, Principal, Ayers/Saint/Gross
Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA is a principal and director of town planning in the firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross, Architects and Planners with offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Phoenix, Arizona Since 1980 he has practiced architecture and urbanism in Asia, Europe and North and Central America. Dhiru was born in Bombay, India and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend the Catholic University of America from 1972-1978 where he received his undergraduate and graduate education in architecture. During his thirty-three years in Washington, D.C. he has taught, practiced, and has worked to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye. Since its formation in 1993, Dhiru has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and was appointed to the Board in 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chair of the CNU's Design Task Force, and has undertaken and completed many initiatives. Dhiru has been involved in new developments, urban retrofits, neighborhood revitalization, and infill densification. His goal has been to create neighborhoods that are walkable, and contain a diverse range and balance of workplace and housing. In addition, these new developments support regional planning for open space, and architecture that is responsive to the culture, climate and context. For the past twenty years, Dhiru has been the lead designer for several real estate developments in first and third world countries. The developments range in scale from government-sponsored autonomous new towns for 500,000 inhabitants to smaller resort communities for 900 residents, as well as small-scale residential infill interventions in revitalizing neighborhoods.
Gary Toth, Director, Division of Planning and Development, New Jersey Department of Transportation
Gary has 32 years of experience within the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and is currently Director of Project Planning and Development. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ in 1973 with a Bachelor's of Engineering (Major in Civil Engineering). He also is a graduate of the Environmental Management Institute at the University of Southern California in 1980. Gary is one of the originators of the NJDOT Task Force on Context Sensitive Design (CSD). He has participated in workshops or peer reviews on CSD or Community Impact Assessment (CIA) in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington D.C, Indiana, and Oregon. He has been a member of the National Community Impact Assessment Design Team since 1998, and his Division organized three day Northeastern Workshops on Community Impact Assessment in 2001 and again in 2005. Gary has organized and moderated panels on Transportation and Land Use at the 2004 National CIA Workshop and the 2005 Asilomar Conference on World Climate Change. He also authored a paper on the potential for Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled through integratation of transportation and land use planning for the Asilomar Conference Gary is currently a member of a Task Force on Transportation and Land Use, partnership between the state DOTs of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He also is one of the founders of the New Jersey Future in Transportation (NJFIT) initiative, an ad hoc group advocating sensible land use planning. NJFIT includes NJDOT, the NJ Office of Smart Growth, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Project for Public Spaces and the Voorhees Transportation Center. He has participated in panels on integrating transportation and land use at various locations around the country, including the New Partners for Smart Growth, Surface Transportation Policy Project, North Atlantic Transportation Planning Officials, National Community Impact Assessment Committee, Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials, and the September 2005 Executive Seminar on Transportation and Land Use, hosted by AASHTO and the National Cooperative Highway Research Project. Gary is 53 years old, with 3 children. He enjoys reading, coaching soccer, cooking and wine.
Eileen Tumlin, Architect
Eileen Tumlin practices architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area with her firm, Tumlin Architects of Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on residential and small-scale commercial projects with an emphasis on creating living spaces and renovating vintage and historic structures. She received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied under Christopher Alexander and Hajo Neis. She has served on the Design Review Committee for the City of Martinez, CA for the past three years. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the California Preservation Foundation and she is a founding member of the Building Process Alliance.
George Valanos, President, Midland Companies
George Valanos is the president of The Midland Companies, a Washington, D.C. based real estate development company established in 1980. For the past several years, The Midland Companies has been focusing solely on traditional neighborhood design (TND) projects. Current and completed projects include the land planning/predevelopment of TNDs, development of urban and suburban office buildings, redevelopment of neighborhood retail, land planning and development of industrial/office parks, infill residential development, and the rehabilitation of office and residential properties. Previously, Valanos worked for Arthur Andersen & Company as a certified public accountant. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a major in accounting and economics. Active in several organizations, Valanos currently serves as a member of the vestry at Christ Church of Georgetown, and a board member of the National Town Builders Association.
Kimberly Voisin, Designer, Calthorpe Associates
Kimberly is a designer at Calthorpe Associates with experience in urban design and landscape architecture. At Calthorpe Associates she has worked on a number of projects including: * Stapleton Redevelopment Plan, Denver, CO - The nation's largest redevelopment project, the former Stapleton International Airport covers 4,700 acres within the City of Denver. Commercial, employment, civic and residential uses will all be linked by walkable streets and a continuous, site-wide armature of open space, including a restored prairie park. * St. Andrews Master Plan, Perth, Australia -- Calthorpe Associates was hired by the Tokyu Corporation, Japan’s leading transit-oriented developers, to Master Plan 20,000 acres of undeveloped land near the towns of Yanchep and Two Rocks, about 30 miles north of Perth, Australia. The St. Andrews project will create a major new urban center for the Perth region, and serve as a model to Perth citizens and decision-makers as to how environmentally responsible new growth can occur. Before joining Calthorpe Associates in 2004, Kimberly completed several internships, including work with the City of Toronto, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Reinhart, and Green Scheels Pidgeon. Kimberly is especially interested urban design in the international context. She has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency as a Community Development Planner in El Salvador and also completed a tourism master plan for a Maori tribe in New Zealand. Kimberly received her undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. She will soon receive her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, where her main area of research is a comparison of New Urbanist theory and practice.
Laurie Volk, Co-Managing Director, Zimmerman/Volk Associates Inc
Zimmerman/Volk Associates into national prominence. The firm has completed more than 250 market studies, for sites ranging in size from half a block to several thousand acres. Volk serves on the Board of Directors of the Seaside Institute and the National Charrette Institute, and recently joined the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute. She was named a Knight Fellow in Community Building in 2002.
Michael Watkins, Architect and Town Planner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Michael Watkins is Director of Town Planning for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Cmpany, In 1988, he opened the Washington, DC office of DPZ. Since that time, he has served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood in Maryland. He is also the Project Manager and Town Architect for numerous other TNDs, and has been a member of the design teams for over seventy towns and neighborhoods in the US and abroad. In 2003 Mike edited and produced "The Guidebook to the Old and New Urabnism in the Baltimore/Washington Region." He has worked with transect-based codes and other design codes for almost twenty years.
John A. Westrum
, CEO, Westrum Development Company
John Westrum is the CEO of Westrum Development Company, a privately held land development company, located in Fort Washington, PA. Established in 1987, while John was attending Bucknell University, the company originally focused its activities on traditional homebuilding in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. After acquiring two additional homebuilders and becoming a leader in the local age restricted housing market, Westrum grew to become one of the region’s largest homebuilders. Sensing the shift of public policy and environmental sentiment, in May, 2001, Westrum strategically sold the company’s land assets worth nearly $100 million to Pulte Homes Corporation. This planned shift of direction enabled Westrum to pursue more politically correct and desired industry opportunities that include urban revitalization, suburban re-development, land acquisition, and site development for national homebuilders, as well as environmentally sensitive designs focusing on land and environment preservation. Throughout his career, John has personally worked with numerous local and regional government bodies to draft and revise ordinances that promote responsible development, preservation of open space, and ordinances that apply to senior housing. Among John’s public and professional contributions, he serves on the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, the Montgomery County PA Revitalization Board, the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia Executive Committee, the Urban 20 Club of the National Association of Home Builders, and the Philadelphia Green City Strategy Committee. He is also a past President of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia and former Vice Chairperson of the Delaware Valley Habitat for Humanity Rebuilding our Communities Campaign. Today, Westrum Development Company is nationally recognized as one of the industry leaders in its efforts for urban revitalization. The company has properties under development in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Baltimore MD and Chicago IL.
Danny Whittle, Principal Planning Analyst , Lancaster County Planning
Danny Whittle is an old line City Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He believes that collaborative town and neighborhood building through public/private partnerships is the only way to implement comprehensive planning
Judy Wicks, Founder, White Dog Café and Co-founder, Business Alliance for Local Living
Economies, White Dog Cafe
Judy Wicks is owner and founder of Philadelphia’s 24-year-old White Dog Cafe, and is a national leader in the local, living economies movement. She is co-founder and board member of the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and founder and board member of the local Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN). She is also president of the White Dog Cafe Foundation, dedicated to building a local living economy in the Philadelphia region. Judy has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Business Enterprise Trust award, founded by Norman Lear, for creative leadership in combining sound business management with social vision. More recently, she received Business Ethics Magazine’s first “Living Economy Award,” and the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year. Other accolades include American Benefactor’s “America’s 25 Most Generous Companies” award, Conde Nast Traveler’s list of top 50 American restaurants, and Inc. Magazine's 25 favorite entrepreneurs in the country. Judy co-authored The White Dog Cafe Cookbook: Multicultural Recipes and Tales of Adventure from Philadelphia’s Revolutionary Restaurant, and is currently working on a book about her business and the local living economy movement to be published by Chelsea Green. With a four-part mission of serving customers, community, employees, and the natural environment, the White Dog Cafe has created numerous educational and community-building programs which focus on topics such as economic & social justice, peace & non-violence, drug policy reform and community arts. Through “Table for Six Billion, Please!” the international “sister restaurant” project Judy began in 1984, she has organized trips to Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Vietnam, and Israel / Palestine in order to understand the effects of US policy. A local sister restaurant program promotes minority-owned restaurants in Philadelphia and Camden. In 1992, Judy began the White Dog mentoring program, which introduces inner-city high school students to the restaurant business. Her adjacent gift store, the Black Cat, founded in 1989, features local crafts and Whole World Products, promoting an inclusive and sustainable global economy. White Dog Enterprises employs over 100 people and grosses over $5 million annually, demonstrating the concept of “doing well by doing good.” The Cafe sources all produce in season from local organic family farms. All meat and poultry is humanely raised, and fish and seafood are sourced from sustainable fisheries. The Cafe has helped lead campaigns to ban the sale of endangered fish and the use of GMO products. One hundred percent of electricity is generated by wind power, the first business in Pennsylvania to do so. Entry-level employees make a minimum “living wage.” Twenty percent of profits are contributed to the White Dog Cafe Foundation and other non-profits. Foundation projects include Fair Food, which connects local family farms with urban markets; the PIG Alliance, which supports pastured pig farming as an alternative to confinement pork production; and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, which supports independent local businesses committed to building a local living economy.
Roger Wood, AIA, CNU, Town Architect & Guild Manager, East Beach Company, LLC
Roger Wood, is the Town Architect and East Beach Guild Manager. His responsibility as Town Architect is to facilitate the design of houses and gardens consistent with the design vision for the East Beach, administer the design review process and to act as the vision keeper of the master plan. As the Guild Manager, Roger works with guild members to make sure standards for excellence in design and construction are met. The East Beach Guild is comprised of builders, design professionals and craftspeople who are involved in the design and construction of the neighborhood. Roger is a registered architect with more than 31 years of experience in architecture, real estate development and project management. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in architecture from Miami University in Ohio. He has previously worked on the development of new urbanist neighborhoods in Beaufort, South Carolina and Iowa City, Iowa. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Bill Wright, Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP
Bill Wright is a Partner at Balch & Bingham LLP, a law firm with offices in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. His work includes real estate, land use, and construction consultation. Bill is active in the promotion of the SmartCode and is a member of the Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee of the ABA's Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. He wrote the SmartCode's legal calibration for the Mississippi Renewal Forum and is a co-author of the SmartCode & Manual. Bill has been a speaker for the SmartCode Pro Sessions, the SmartCode Workshop, the national Land Development Conference, and The Seaside Institute, and has been a presenter, facilitator and juror for CNU sessions related to land use and codes.
Brian Wright, Prinicpal, Town Planning & Urban Design Collabrative LLC
Brian Wright began his career as a Town Planner with DPZ, then worked in the development industry with a DPZ client as their Director of Town Planning and Urban Design. Currently Brian is the Founding Principal of Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative LLC, which designs and implements New Urbanist projects and SmartCodes across the county. Brian is also a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual and founder of, with Sandy Sorlien and Bill Wright, New Urban Codes Collaborative, an organization conducting SmartCode training seminars.
David Yocca, Senior Partner, Director of Landscape, Architecture, and Planning, Conservation Design Forum
David is a landscape architect (BLA Michigan State University, 1985) and certified planner motivated primarily by the desire to cultivate healthy, sustainable communities that inspire their residents. He is optimistic about the potential for the creation of new neighborhoods and the retrofit of existing communities, both with the quality and characteristics that connect people with the place where they reside as a way to sustain that place for the generations that follow. In his twenty-two years of practice, David has been a collaborator on a wide range of planning and design assignments and projects. David has served as the planning consultant for several rapidly growing communities in the Chicagoland area, developed land use master plans for conservation villages and urban neighborhoods, and participated in the visioning, design, entitlement, and implementation process for numerous ecologically-based sites, neighborhoods, and communities located primarily in the Midwest. He is fluent in a wide range of green building and site development strategies, and in his role at CDF, collaborates regularly with similarly aligned design professionals and clients. David routinely presents at workshops, conferences, and classes on sustainable topics. Along with his colleagues at Conservation Design Forum, David has helped to pioneer the integration of green infrastructure practices in applications in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and throughout the country, including ecological green roof systems, porous paving systems, rain gardens, and bioswales. David serves as the project principal and lead planner for many of CDF’s integrated community, neighborhood, and site design projects, master plans, and green development guidelines.
Todd Zimmerman, Principal , Zimmerman/Volk Associates Inc
Todd Zimmerman is a managing director of Zimmerman/Volk Associates, the New Jersey-based research and development consulting company. ZVA is generally acknowledged by the country's most experienced practitioners of the New Urbanism to be the leading expert on the residential market feasibility of mixed-income, compact, traditional and sustainable communities. ZVA's work ranges from urban redevelopment to desert new towns; from new mixed-income inner-city neighborhoods to high- end beachfront resorts. Using its unique target market methodology, ZVA has established the optimum market position for over 160 proposed new urbanist communities and urban redevelopments in 40 states from New England to Hawaii. Zimmerman was one of the original CNU task force chairmen, one of the framers of the CNU Charter, and most recently chairman of the CNU Council of Task Force Chairs. He is a frequent speaker-on housing, households, urban and regional settlement patterns, and compact and sustainable development.
Ralph Zucker, President
, Somerset Development
Ralph Zucker, president of Somerset Development, has been at the forefront of bringing New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Design to New Jersey and New York. During his career, Zucker has worked hands-on in every facet of the building and development process. Four years after remodeling his family’s first home in Lakewood, he built 33 homes in Lakewood. Since then he has gone on to build 1,000 homes throughout New Jersey, bringing to each a dedication to quality that has contributed to Somerset’s reputation as a leader in the residential construction industry. Zucker had a revelation about the need for community in our culture when he noticed some years ago that the children in the suburban subdivision in which he then lived preferred to play in the street with other neighborhood children rather than in isolation in their individual backyards. He became a student of New Urbanism, traveling around the world to study and eventually collaborate on projects designed by Andres Duany, one of the pioneers of the New Urbanist movement. The principles of New Urbanism, including the ideas that housing should be clustered and located along transportation lines, and the creation of close-knit, walkable communities, resonated with Zucker and he set forth to build communities that would reflect the needs and desires of those who would call them home. Since then, he has shown a diligence and commitment to working with municipalities to create innovative communities that principles of New Urbanism, with the result that those communities have welcomed Somerset’s smart-growth projects. As a result, Somerset Development is now sought after by municipalities throughout the county, who view Somerset Development’s projects as model communities. Somerset Development shared a New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award for Wesmont Station in Wood-Ridge in 2006, and won seven FAME Awards from the Shorebuilders Association of New Jersey, including Community of the Year for Crystal Lakes in Egg Harbor Township in 200