Charter Awards 2016 Jury

Hank Dittmar, Jury Chair

Principal, Hank Dittmar Associates, Ltd.

A leading urbanist, Dittmar founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project and Reconnecting America, chaired the Congress for the New Urbanism for five years and led The Prince's Foundation in London for eight years. Dittmar wrote CNU's Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism. In 2015, he was named a CNU Fellow.

Stephanie Bothwell

Principal, Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design, LLC

A landscape architect with extensive experience in federal HOPE VI and other new urban projects, Bothwell has been heavily involved in new urban education. She serves on the faculty of the National Charrette Institute, provided training for HOPE VI, and was associate professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. She is president of CNU's Washington DC chapter. In 2015, she was named a CNU Fellow.

Don Chen

Director, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation

Don Chen leads the Ford Foundation's Equitable Development team, supporting urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunities, and advance sustainability in cities and regions in the US and developing countries—with a focus on shaping the delivery systems for affordable housing, community improvement, infrastructure, and city and regional planning.

Daniel Hernandez

Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development

Daniel Hernandez leads the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Office of Neighborhood Strategies, which works to ensure that HPD's investments leverage broader community objectives. The Office combines HPD's Planning, Inclusionary Housing, and Community Partnerships divisions. He is committed to community engagement, urban design excellence, and planning and developing equitable neighborhoods.

Meea Kang

President, Domus Development, LLC

Meea Kang is a founding partner of California-based Domus Development, bringing over seventeen years of professional experience to the field of housing development. Her background in art, design, architecture, construction, housing and community development provides her with a rich source of insight to make the projects she develops unique.

Michael Lykoudis

Dean, Notre Dame University School of Architecture

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the Notre Dame University School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, he has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism.

James Rojas

Principal, Place It!

James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, and artist. He has developed an innovative public-engagement and community-visioning method that uses art-making as its medium. Through this method he has engaged thousands of people by facilitating over four hundred workshops and building over fifty interactive models around the world—from the streets of New York and San Francisco, to Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South America.

Alex Taranu

Architectural Design Manager, City of Brampton, Ontario

Alex Taranu serves as Manager, Architectural Design at City of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Taranu is an urbanist, urban designer, and architect with over 30 years of experience in Central Area planning, downtown revitalization, transit oriented intensification, heritage integration, sustainable and healthy development, urban design and placemaking.