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Carol Coletta is president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City.
Carol will kick off the Friday morning plenary at CNU 17 by sharing new research on the Green Dividend or how cities provide economic and sustainability benefits. Carol will also discuss the Green Urban Advantage and name innovative ways to communicate these benefits in a session with Robin Rather, CEO of Collective Strengths.
Carol previously served as president of Coletta & Company in Memphis. In addition, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. Carol was a Knight Fellow in Community Building for 2003 at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is currently a candidate for a Master of Design Methods at the Institute of Design at IIT. She is frequently interviewed as an expert on urban issues by national media and is an active speaker on the success formula for cities and creative communities. This year she was named one of the world’s 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank.
Urban designer and town planner Victor Dover, AICP, is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. As principal-in-charge of Dover, Kohl & Partners, a leading new urbanist town planning firm based in Coral Gables, Florida, Dover has won multiple CNU Charter Awards, including one for the widely praised town of I’On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Dover-Kohl took home two awards from the CNU XV awards ceremony in Philadelphia, one for a traditional-neighborhood-based citywide plan for fast-growing Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the other for a brownfield redevelopment in Antigua, Guatemala, a joint submission with Castillo Arquitectos.
Dover has led more than 100 charrettes and spearheaded planning in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, following Hurricane Katrina. Dover played a major role in establishing CNU’s first and largest chapter, CNU Florida, and served as the organization’s founding chair. He has taught courses as a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture, his alma mater, and also at the Mayors Institute on City Design. He was also a member of the founding board for the National Charrette Institute and has been instrumental in forming the Form-Based Codes Institute.
John Hickenlooper was elected Mayor of Denver in 2003 and reelected in 2007. In April 2005 - less than two years into his first term - Time Magazine named the political newcomer one of the top five “big-city” mayors in America. Hickenlooper brings creative leadership and innovative thinking to Denver’s City Hall, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist, real estate developer and restaurateur. A respected entrepreneur, Hickenlooper was also involved with numerous downtown Denver renovation and development projects and is credited as one of the pioneers that helped revitalize Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. Long before considering public office, Mayor Hickenlooper was active in community affairs, serving on numerous civic boards and leading a grassroots campaign to preserve the “Mile High Stadium” name in 2000. Since taking office, Hickenlooper has increased civic engagement and participation throughout the city and Denver metro region, building strong bonds and partnerships that transcend partisan and geographic lines. His integrity, sense of humor and accomplishments renew public faith and trust in City Hall, and his boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity generate tremendous optimism and confidence in Denver’s future. Under his leadership, Denver recently hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention, showcasing the energy, spirit, values and innovations of the New West and earning widespread praise as the greenest political convention ever.
Leon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart for two terms. Between 1968 and 1974 he collaborated with James Stirling in London.
He has taught architecture and urbanism in London at the Architectural Association 1974 to 1976 and at the Royal College of Arts 1977. In the United States in has taught at Princeton University 1974 to 1977; as Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia 1982; as Davenport Professor at Yale University 1990, 2004, 2005, 2007; and with Andrés Duany he was the Saarinen Professor at Yale University 2001.
His awards include the Berlin Prize for Architecture 1987; the Jefferson Memorial Medal 1985; the Chicago AIA Award 1987; the Silver Medal of Academie Française 1998; European Culture Prize 1995; the Driehaus Prize 2003; and the Congress for the New Urbanism Athena Award 2006.
Exhibitions of his work have been held throughout the world including a personal show at the Museum of Modern art in New York in 1985. He has published extensively and his new book The Architecture of Community will be available in Spring 2009.
Throughout his academic and professional career, Rob Krier has greatly advanced both the discourse and design of urbanism. A native of Luxembourg, Krier graduated from the Technical University of Munich in 1964 with a degree in architecture. Following his studies, he worked with architects Oswald Mathias Ungers and Frei Otto before becoming an assistant at the University of Stuttgart’s school of architecture. In 1976 Krier started two new endeavors: lecturing architecture at the Technical University Vienna (a job that he held until 1998) and opening his own professional firm.
Krier’s work as an architect and urban designer has focused on livening the civic realm and building communities that achieve a human scale. Considered by many a post-modernist, his work has always consulted the successful design of the past including the building of small blocks. “[The block formation],” says Krier, “enables the creation of many different spatial configurations of squares and street sequences that give the individual places their indelible character…” Some of Krier’s most influential designs came in the form of social housing in Berlin and Vienna. He designed numerous developments for Berlin’s Internationale Bauaustellung (IBA), a building exhibition with the theme of “Life in the Inner City.” Krier has written many books on architecture and spatial design, including Architectural Composition (1985) which shows examples of quality design across context and geography.
Since 1993, Krier has partnered a firm, with Christoph Kohl in Berlin, which is regarded as a leader in traditional urban design across Europe. Krier has also crafted sculptures for public spaces in Berlin, Luxembourg, and Barcelona. He joins brother Leon as a fellow recipient of the Athena Medal.
Mayor Patrick McCrory
Mayor Patrick McCrory of Charlotte is a leading pioneer in supporting connected urban places. In November 2007, Mayor McCrory won his seventh term as Mayor, continuing his record as the City’s longest-serving Mayor.
Mayor McCrory has distinguished himself as a leader in the areas of public safety, economic development, and transportation. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership in developing Charlotte’s 25-year transportation and land-use plan, including his efforts to secure $200 million in federal funds for light rail in Charlotte. During his tenure, more than $2 billion in local and state road improvements have been made throughout the City. In 2007, Mayor McCrory was invited by the Brookings Institute to work on a transportation and infrastructure study.
During Pat McCrory’s term as Mayor, he has overseen a budget of $1.8 billion, a population growth of 20%, the creation of 200,000 jobs, and he led the effort to recruit and retain quality businesses. In addition, he has focused his recruitment efforts across the globe to promote Charlotte in such countries as Singapore, Israel, Poland, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy. His economic development activities also include serving on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Regional Partnership through his position as Mayor.
In 1995, the Mayor founded the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance and has personally served as a Mentor to four youth. He served as a seven-term Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Environment Committee and for two years as the Chair of the USCM Housing Committee.
CNU 17 Confirmed Speaker List
Robert Alminana, Principal, Hall Alminana Inc.
Robert Alminana is a founding principal of Hall Alminana Inc., a consulting firm devoted to providing participatory planning, coding and design services with an emphasis on the SmartCode. Robert has managed, organized and participated in many urban revitalization and new neighborhood master plans and specific plans, urban and architectural design regulations, and urban design improvements. He holds an MArc from the University of Miami and an MBA from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He is the co-author, with Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, of "The New Civic Art, Elements of Town Planning" (Rizzoli, New York, October 2003).
GB Arrington, Principal Practice Leader, Vice President, PB PlaceMaking
G.B. Arrington is the principle practice leader for PB PlaceMaking and he leads PB’s global transit-oriented development practice, linking major transit investments and land use planning to create more livable communities. For 20+ years, G.B. has played a key role in the Portland region’s innovative experiment to reinvent the American dream of how cities grow while enhancing their quality of life. His assignments with transit station area planning have received national awards from the White House, Progressive Architecture and the Federal Transit Administration.
Elinor Bacon has more than 30 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 (ERBD), a real estate development and consulting firm that focuses on urban infill; mixed-use, mixed-income development; affordable housing; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.
In addition to her work in the private sector, Bacon has worked in the field of public sector housing and community development on the City and Federal levels of government and for the Johns Hopkins Hospital as Community Development Director. She also served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, Maryland's first African American Congressman.
From 1997 to 2001 Bacon served under HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Housing Investments, where she administered the $4.2 billion HOPE VI Program and other Public Housing Capital Housing Programs. In 2001, as the President and CEO, she launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), a public real estate development corporation with the mission to spur economic development throughout the region, primarily in emerging and underserved neighborhoods.
A member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute, she received the 2004 Seaside Prize for her work in HOPE VI.
M. Scott Ball, Senior Project Manager, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Currently based in New Orleans, Scott Ball is an architect and Senior Project Manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company’s Gulf Coast projects and initiatives. Previous to his work with DPZ, Scott worked on numerous hurricane recovery housing efforts, including assisting with the creation Louisiana’s Road Home and Mississippi’s Home Again programs. While the Executive Director of the Community Housing Resource Center in Atlanta, Scott focused on the integration of design services into community development efforts and concentrated on needs of older, long-term homeowners in a rapidly gentrifying city. Scott also oversaw the design and construction of over $10,000,000 in development, and led the growth of the firm from $130,000 to $2 million in annual revenue. This work resulted in the development of housing support programs that serve over 1,000 seniors each year. Scott is a trained architect who has worked and managed numerous projects across the United States.
Ted Bardacke, Senior Associate, Global Green USA -- Green Urbanism Program
Ted Bardacke is Senior Associate in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA and a Visiting Instructor in Urban Environmental Design and Planning at UCLA and Pomona College. At Global Green, Ted is works with affordable housing developers, public agencies, school districts, and design and construction industry professionals to advance the sustainability of the urban environment. He has been involved in the drafting of numerous green building reference tools and standards, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems for Homes and Neighborhood Development, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities Initiative for affordable housing. For the past five years Ted has worked with non-profit affordable housing developers to develop Zero Energy Affordable Housing under a contract from the California Energy Commission – the first 56 units, called Solara, opened in 2007 and the next 42 units, called Los Vecinos, opened in 2009. Ted is also providing sustainable design assistance and program implementation support to the $19 billion construction program of the Los Angeles Unified School District and has actively participated in planning post-Katrina rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast, including the development of sustainability and green building criteria for New Orleans’ Recovery School District. As a LEED for Homes provider representative, he has assisted project teams in the certification of more than 100 units of LEED for Homes affordable housing, including Habitat for Humanity’s 2007 Jimmy Carter Work Project. At Pomona College and UCLA, and in a previous teaching stint at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ted has collaborated closely with colleague Walker Wells in developing the principles of “Green Urbanism,” which focus on the design and development of infrastructure and neighborhoods that promote healthy and productive interactions between nature, cities and the people who inhabit them. Green urbanist planning projects in which he is currently engaged include a 435-acre specific plan for the Cornfields Arroyo Seco area that straddles the Los Angeles River east of downtown and a 14-acre new residential development in the City of Richmond that includes a diversity of housing types for all income levels, the daylighting of a local creek, and an integrated stormwater management system that incorporates a bike path linking the neighborhood to public transit. Both of these projects are participating in the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program and Ted leads the team of Global Green staff that is providing certification support to the planning teams. On a volunteer level, Ted focuses on activities that seek to unite green building advocates with smart growth activists and designers of walkable, transit-oriented communities. He is an elected member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development
Susan Barnes-Gelt, Denver Post, Denver Post Columnist
Susan Barnes-Gelt writes and speaks about smart growth, urban design and politics and is a tireless advocate for design excellence and quality in the built environment. She is an opinion columnist for the Denver Post and jousts with Colorado Senate President John Andrews on PBS Channel 12's daily broadcast, Head-On. Barnes-Gelt served as an at-large Denver City Councilwoman (1995-2003). She was a member of Mayor Federico Peña's senior staff, during his second term (1987-1991). She was named Person of the Year by the Mizel Center for the Arts in 2006 and the Women in Transportation Seminar's 2004 Woman of the Year. She received the AIA Western Mountain Region 2003 Award of Distinction, and was a 2003 finalist for Harvard’s prestigious Loeb Fellowship. The Denver chapter of the AIA awarded Barnes-Gelt the Phil Milstein Award for community service in 2002. The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute named her a 2001 Masonry Hero. In 1999 she was named Westword's Best Denver City Councilperson.
Diane Barrett, Co-chair, Denver Zoning Code Task Force
Diane Barrett is Special Assistant to the Mayor for Transportation and Development. Her portfolio comprises FasTracks and related transit-oriented development, although her primary responsibility for Mayor Hickenlooper is effecting the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. As a private citizen, Diane serves with Steve Kaplan as Co-Chair of Denver’s Zoning Code Task Force, the body charged with updating and revising Denver’s fifty-year-old Zoning Code. A lawyer for nearly a quarter century, Diane practiced primarily in the areas of public finance and land use/development. She was a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, in the Denver office for a dozen years. Her practice emphasized financing public infrastructure for development. Diane received her J.D. from the University of Denver in 1983. She has been a speaker for the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association, and various real estate and land use organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.
Larry Beasley, 'Distinguished Practice' Professor of Planning, University of British Columbia
LARRY BEASLEY is the retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the "Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning" at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. Over thirty years of civic service, Mr. Beasley achieved land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver's inner city. He also led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the City's urban design studio and a successful civic fundraising initiative. For the last thirteen years of his civic service, he was a principal decision maker for Vancouver's development approvals. He now teaches and advises the private sector and governments around the world. He chairs the 'National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty' of Ottawa's National Capital Commission and is the Special Advisor on City Planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He is the vice president for planning of a major Canadian development company, Aquilini Development. Mr. Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (B.A.) and planning (M.A.). He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Hon. L.L.D.) from Simon Fraser University, one of his alma maters. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized as an "Advocate for Architecture" by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Last year, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the most prestigious award in American planning. Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Jim Bershof, Principal
Jim Bershof was named Architect of the Year in 2007 by AIA Colorado. He has completed numerous civic, residential, institutional, and commercial projects in a career spanning over 30 years. With OZ since 1974, Jim’s recent efforts include the $9.5 million Blair- Caldwell African American Research Library and $4.8 million Cottage Hill Senior Apartments, a pioneering example of environmentally sound design. Jim has a special interest in sensitive retrofit of historic buildings for universal access, and has worked on the rehabilitation of such landmarks as the Buerger Brothers Lofts and the Elitch Gardens Theater. Educated at the University of Michigan, Jim holds undergraduate degrees in design and literature and a Masters of Architecture. He is active in community affairs, having served as President of the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Jim’s work has been featured in Architecture, Urban Land, Better Homes & Gardens and in Buildings of Colorado (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Guidebook to Denver Architecture (Westcliffe. 2001).
Sinclair Black, FAIA, Principal, Placemaking Studio
Sinclair Black has been instrumental in the development of urbanist ideals in Central Texas while retaining the region’s architectural spirit and character. As the Austin Chronicle notes, “Over four decades, he’s remained tirelessly devoted to inspiring, cajoling, haranguing and goading Austin to embrace better urban design.” Sinclair has found success in both his Architecture and Urban Design practice as well as his teaching position at the University of Texas, where he focuses on urban design, bridging the gap between architecture and planning. In 2007, Sinclair launched Placemaking Studio, a national urban design collaborative that is a free-form association of respected urban designers, planners, and architects that offer their placemaking and urban design expertise to large-scale public and private projects. The many awards that recognize Sinclair’s accomplishments include two Austin “Community Foundation Awards,” the “Impact Award” from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the “Visionary Award” from the Heritage Society of Austin, “Downtowner of the Year” from the Texas Downtown Association, and the “Pioneer Award” from Envision Central Texas. In 1984, the American Institute of Architects, AIA, took note of Sinclair’s life’s work and made him a Fellow. As his long and admirable career continues, we have also taken note and honor Sinclair with an Athena Medal for his excellence in promoting practical, green, and smart urban design.
Craig Blewitt, AICP, Comprehensive Planning Manager, City of Colorado Springs
Craig Blewitt, AICP, is the Comprehensive Planning Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. Craig has 25 years of experience in both transportation and land use planning, including the development of long range multi-modal transportation plans, sub-area and corridor plans, and policy plans. Craig participated in the development and approval of the City’s complete streets policy, development of the City’s street design standards, and implementation of road dieting projects on arterial and collector streets.
Chuck Bohl, Professor and Director, School of Architecture, University of Miami
Charles “Chuck” Bohl is an expert on mixed-use development and the author of Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Main Streets and Urban Villages, a best-selling book published by the Urban Land Institute now in its 5th printing. His most recent book, co-edited with Jean-Francois Lejuene, is Sitte, Hegemann, And The Metropolis: Modern Civic Art And International Exchanges (Routledge, 2008). He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Urbanism published by Routledge. Dr. Bohl is an associate professor and the director of the graduate program in Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U) at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, where he directed the Knight Program in Community Building from 2000-2008. Chuck holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and lectures and consults widely on mixed-use development, place making and community building in the U.S. and abroad.
Zachary Borders, AICP, Planner, theHOKPlanningGroup
Zach Borders works as an architect, urban planner and designer in the River North neighborhood of Chicago where he also resides. He is co-founder and principal of Civic Art Works, LLC, whose mission is to seek out, restore, preserve and celebrate historic architecture and planning documents. Borders edited ‘Prairie Urbanism’ that focused on urbanism throughout the state of Illinois and the Chicago region for CNU XII and is the author of the upcoming book ‘Washington’. He earned Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Borders is a member of the Chicago Architecture Club and currently serves as the secretary for CNU Illinois.
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Principal, Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Principal, Urban and Landscape Design, is an expert on the creation of sustainable and beautiful open spaces and is located in the District of Columbia. She consults regularly for organizations on the relationship between traditional neighborhood design and life-long health through activity-friendly environments. Her design consulting includes the redevelopment of a brownfield site to create the new town, East Beach, in Norfolk, Virginia and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC. She formerly established and was Director of the American Institute of Architects' Center for Livable Communities. Prior to that, she was Senior Landscape Architect for the City of Boston. Ms. Bothwell is on the Executive Board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, founded CNUDC and participates on the Casey Tree Foundation Technical Advisory Committee. Her writing and other work appear in various publications, and she co-authored The Windsor Forum on Design Education. Since receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she has served on the faculties of Auburn University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Radcliffe College, and the Boston Architectural Center.
Eric Brown, Principal, Brown Design Studio
Eric Brown is a the founding member of Brown Design Studio based out of Historic Beaufort South Carolina. The firm's 11 year history is based upon helping to implement successful New Urbanist projects across the nation with the firms earliest work staring with Habersham and Newpoint. The focus of Brown Design's work has been with the Towncenter or T4-T5 area of projects including mixed use, multifamily and civic buildings.
Mark Bulmash , President& CEO, Bulmash Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Mark Bulmash recently established Bulmash Real Estate Advisors, LLC to consult for lenders, owners, developers and municipalities on retail and mixed-use projects. He spent the previous four years at Forest City Enterprises as Senior Vice President, Development for the company’s East Coast Commercial Group. Prior to joining Forest City, Mr. Bulmash worked 17 years at The Taubman Company, holding various positions in property management, leasing, market research and development. Spending the majority of his time in development, he ultimately rose to Group Vice President. He is a member of Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers and sits on the Advisory Board of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Mark Bulmash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Faith Cable, Partner, Smith Partners PLLP
Faith Cable is a Partnership Manager at Smith Partners, PLLP, a law firm that has forged and counseled strategic public private partnerships committed to revitalizing urban neighborhoods and guiding sustainable growth in regional transportation corridors. Ms. Cable has rich experience in urban design, community planning, and private development. As a Fulbright Scholar, she completed an international comparison of sustainable neighborhood rating systems between LEED-ND and a similar German rating system and presented that work at the CEU Climate Change and Urban Design Conference in Oslo, Norway. Ms. Cable has a B. A. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is active in the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Peter Calthorpe, author, CNU co-founder, and leading regional and community planner, Calthorpe Associates
A co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Principal at Calthorpe Associates, Peter Calthorpe is a remarkably influential voice in the worlds of planning and sustainability, advancing the new urbanist vision 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.
Calthorpe remains one of the most sought after coordinators of regional planning. In Austin and other cities, he is lending his expertise on integrating transit-oriented development (TOD) into regional growth plans, bringing mass transit to the forefront of city development. His firm Calthorpe Associates is responsible for major regional design projects in Portland, Salt Lake, the Twin Cities, and Los Angeles. 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.
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.
Calthorpe has written influential works such as Sustainable Communities with Sim Van der Ryn, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. His latest book, The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with William Fulton, explains how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth.
A past student of the Yale School of Architecture, Calthrope 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 JC Nichols Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
Brian Canin, AIA, AICP, President, Canin Associates
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa and president of Orlando-based Canin Associates, Mr. Canin has focused on creating sustainable communities for the last 40 years through the practice of urban design and creative placemaking. Mr. Canin’s talents have resulted in award-winning and enduring communities. Canin Associates practices urban planning, landscape architecture and architectural design regionally and internationally designing complex mixed-use projects from concept to approvals and developing codes and design guidelines for the public sector. Mr. Canin is currently working on innovative projects integrating land use, design and transportation solutions for sustainable community building and regional planning in Florida. With his wife Myrna he founded the nonprofit Central Florida Sustainable Communities Initiative, which offers technical visioning assistance to growing communities in the region. Mr. Canin is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Jennifer Carlat, Community Plans Manager, Metro Nashville/Davidson County Planning Department
Since taking the helm of the Community Plans division in 2006, under Jennifer’s leadership, the division has updated several community plans including the Downtown Community Plan: 2007 Update, which is currently being codified through the Downtown Code using a form-based codes approach. The division has maintained a focus on form by replacing Nashville’s land use policies with the Community Character Manual, which redirects the focus from land use and density to form and character. The Community Plans division is currently working on a diverse set of projects including planning for the revitalization of Nashville’s struggling urban and suburban corridors. Prior to her role as Community Plans Manager, Jennifer served as policy analyst for the Metro Planning Department guiding legislation for sustainable development through Council. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Drake University and her Masters of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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 based in Guatemala City. He is currently working on town planning and architecture projects in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and The Bahamas. Mr. Castillo is a long-time collaborator of Dover Kohl & Partners, of Coral Gables, and collaborates with them and others in projects throughout the world.
Tony Chacon, Revitalization/Redevelopment Coordinator, City of Westminster
Tony Chacon has been the Revitalization/Redevelopment Coordinator for the City of Westminster for the past 12 years focusing on efforts to revitalize the historic and original city core in South Westminster. A major component of this effort is developing a plan and strategy for redeveloping over 120 acres of blighted industrial/commercial area situated around a planned commuter rail station. Challenges range from funding station supporting facilities and public infrastructure and amenities, to land assemblage and development phasing, to marketing and developer recruitment. Prior to working with the City of Westminster, Mr. Chacon worked as a planner with the cities of Denver and Littleton in Colorado, and the cities of Ausin and Beaumont, Texas. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member with the Colorado Brownfields Foundation, is a member of the Colorado Brownfields Loan Fund Coalition Board, and is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certified member of the American Planning Association.
Jim Charlier, President, Charlier Associates, Inc.
Jim Charlier is a transportation planner. His firm, Charlier Associates, Inc., provides consulting services to public and private clients throughout North America. Charlier is an expert in smart mobility and sustainable transportation and teaches Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Colorado. Since 2004 he has provided ongoing technical services to clients around the U.S. through the EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program. In 2008 he wrote Transportation for America’s legislative platform for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program. Jim is on the faculty of the Governor’s Institute of Community Design and the Mayor’s Institute of Community Design.
Chester "Rick". Chellman, Principal, TND Engineering
Chester "Rick" Chellman has more than thirty years experience in civil engineering, engineering consulting, traffic engineering and land surveying, land use regulations and development planning. He works throughout the United States of America and to lesser extents in Canada, the United Kingdom, Romania, Central America the Middle East and India. In recent years, Mr. Chellman has also worked extensively on the engineering and traffic engineering aspects of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), and New Urbanism (NU) particularly in connection with the matters of street design, vehicular and human-powered traffic control and external transportation connections. Mr. Chellman has authored and co-authored numerous works on topics related to the traffic and transportation aspects of TND/NU design and participated in dozens of charrettes in many US and international locations. Mr. Chellman founded White Mountain Survey Co., Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm that focuses on projects in New Hampshire, in 1977. He more recently founded TND Engineering, a specialty firm addressing engineering consulting and Traditional Neighborhood Development and New Urbanism at all levels and at any location. TND Engineering’s primary focus concerns street design and transportation planning.
Wolfgang Christ, Professor, Urban INDEX Institute
In 1994 Wolfgang Christ was appointed Professor for Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. After studying architecture and philosophy at the TH Darmstadt, he worked from 1983 to 1988 as an academic assistant with Professor Thomas Sieverts. From 2006-2008 he was Director of the Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He also lectures at the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS) in Regensburg, Germany. During his academic career he has received numerous awards including the EDRA/Places Award (USA, 2001) and the German Urban Design Prize Special Award (Deutsche Städtebaupreis, Sonderpreis, 2006). Wolfgang Christ is co- editor of the Model Projects Yearbook and the Zeitschrift für Immobilienökonomie (ZIÖ, Journal of Real Estate Economics). In Autumn 2009 his book “Access for All – Accessing the Built Environment” will be published by Birkhäuser. In 1989 he also established his own practice, Mediastadt Urban Strategies, and in 2008 founded the Urban INDEX Institute GmbH focusing on the analysis and certification of the quality of urban environments.
Rebecca Clark, AICP, Director of Community Planning and Development, City of Lakewood
Becky Clark is the Director of the City of Lakewood's Community Planning & Development (CPD) Department and Lakewood Reinvestment Authority. Lakewood's Reinvestment (Urban Renewal) Authority has been in operation since 1997. Becky's previous work experiences have included municipal planning and administration with Bellevue, Nebraska; Sioux City, Council Bluff and Newton, Iowa. She was also the manager for the Iowa League of Municipalities insurance pooling program, located in Des Moines, Iowa, which is affiliated with the National League of Cities. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is the International Council of Shopping Centers State Alliance Co-Chair for Colorado and Wyoming, past president of the Colorado Chapter of American Society for Public Administration and past member of the Centennial Planning & Zoning Commission. Becky is married, has four kids and a dog.
Grady Clay, Author
Grady Clay’s work as an author and journalist has strengthened the collective image of the urban landscape. Clay was editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine from 1960-1985 and also worked as urban affairs editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Clay has served as president of both the American Society of Planning Officials (now APA) and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Clay’s books span over four decades of research in urban design and space. In 1980 Close Up: How to Read the American City, examined the built environment in terms of “who built what and why” in metropolitan regions. Real Places: An unconventional guide to America’s generic landscape (1998) was seminal as both a call for action– for citizens take a closer look at the built environment – and also as a text for analyzing constructed, imaginative sites. Clay was the 1999 recipient of the Olmsted medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2003 he released Crossing the American Grain, selections form his long-running radio essay series on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
Jessica Cogan Millman, President, The Agora Group, LLC
Jessica Cogan Millman is an expert and leader in urban planning, environmentally sustainable development, and the principles of smart growth. She has extensive experience working at all levels of government (Federal, State, and Local) and also in the non-profit arena. Her recent experience includes Chair of the committee developing the US Green Building Council’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) program, which integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into a rating system that evaluates the environmental attributes of neighborhoods. Ms. Millman now leads a private consulting practice, the Agora Group, which draws on her active and diverse career promoting and advancing the best practices to achieve high quality, sustainable communities. The Agora Group was founded by Ms. Millman to consult on a variety of smart growth initiatives and development projects. Much of her current work focuses on the LEED ND program. The Agora Group also advises on planning and zoning issues in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region. Prior to founding the Agora Group, Jessica served as Senior Advisor of the transition team for the District of Columbia Office of Planning. In this capacity she worked directly with the newly appointed Director of Planning in shaping the office to accomplish the goals and objectives of the new Mayor. To serve the DC government in this capacity, she was granted temporary leave from her position as the Planning Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. At the Coalition, Jessica primarily advocated for the adoption of good planning policies around the Washington region. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jessica served as the Deputy Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, 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. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Land Use and Environmental Planning from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Affairs/Coastal Management from the University of Rhode Island.
Kevin Colin, Associate Planner, Lamphier-Gregory
Kevin Colin is a reformed Euclidean Zoner now practicing Smart Growth in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his prior 8 years of public sector employment, Colin gained an incisive understanding of city-making at the local government level. While with the City of Ventura, he facilitated many regulatory changes, including Form- Based Code calibration to implement a General Plan with Smart Growth policies. As a result of his efforts, the City approved higher quality projects in a system of improved clarity and consistency.
Alan Colussy, AIA, Principal Architect, Klipp
Alan Colussy, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at klipp, a Denver-based firm known throughout the Rocky Mountain region for its award-winning design. Alan’s work in architecture and planning “is a result of 25 years of experience and a lifetime of passion for great design.” Recent commissions include the mixed-use community Arista; Lincoln Station TOD in Douglas County; and the renovation of the historic Denver Dry Building. Alan has worked on many notable corporate projects, including the Oracle Regional Support Center in Colorado Springs and National Conference of State Legislatures, as well as programming and master planning for the RidgeGate Town Center and Gates World Headquarters. He is a council member of the University of Colorado Real Estate Council, executive member of the Urban Land Institute – Colorado District, member of NCARB and NAIOP. He also serves on several architectural control, design and code review committees.
Judy Corbett, Executive Director, Local Government Commission
Judy Corbett is the founder and Executive Director of the Local Government Commission, an organization comprised of local elected officials implementing local solutions to the environmental, economic and social challenges of our day. Corbett holds an MS Degree from the University of California at Davis. With Michael Corbett, Ms. Corbett planned and developed the resource-conserving 60-acre Village Homes neighborhood in Davis, California described in her recent book Sustainable Communities, Learning from Village Homes. She has written and edited numerous publications addressing issues such as transportation, water sustainability, climate change, and others. In 2005, She received the Distinguished Leader Award from the APA and has been called a Hero for the Planet by Time.
Fred Corn, Neighborhood Representative
Fred Corn is a chemical engineer with 20 years experience in environmental engineering and consulting. In his profession as an environmental engineer Fred has designed and implemented cleanup plans for many hazardous waste sites and leaking underground storage tank sites, assisted manufacturers with air emissions permitting and reporting, and conducted hundreds of environmental site assessments for banks and real estate developers. After moving to Denver in 1992 Fred became interested in city planning and development issues. As a member of the Denver Planning Board from 1999 to 2008 Fred worked with his colleagues to find a balance between growth and development, and the preservation of the character of Denver’s neighborhoods. Fred also spent 5 years on the board of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), including 2 as Chairman. As an umbrella group for all Denver registered neighborhood organizations, INC focuses on many aspects of community, including planning and zoning, public safety, and education. During his time on the board Fred advocated for increased neighborhood participation in Denver city planning processes. Fred was President of the West Highland Neighborhood Association when Elitch Gardens announced its move to the South Platte Valley. Along with other community leaders Fred was involved in negotiating a planned unit development for the vacated site with the property owners, the neighbors, and the city. The result is a vibrant new mixed use community in the heart of the West Highland neighborhood.
Jaime Correa, Founding Partner, Jaime Correa and Associates
Jaime Correa is founding partner of Jaime Correa and Associates, a collaborative practice involved in urban design, town planning and architectural design projects of many types and scales. He is responsible for teaching and coordinating the world-renowned program in Suburb and Town Design at the University of Miami, where he is the Knight Professor in Community Building. He has been widely published and is the recipient of numerous urban planning awards stretching four continents—including the First Chinese Government Award to an American design firm outside China, a Progressive Architecture Award, a citation to represent the United States in the Bienal de Arquitectura in Chile, and numerous APA and AIA awards. He has lectured at the Bauhaus/Dessau, Harvard, Notre Dame, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and Columbia. He holds a Master degree in Architecture with a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate in Classical Architecture and Medieval Iconography from Cambridge University in England. He is a collaborator of the Town Paper, the New Urbanism Comprehensive Report and Best Practices Guide, the New Urban News, and other national publications. He was a co-founder of Dover Kohl and Partners and Correa Valle Valle and Partners. His work with these firms was covered in seminal books such as Peter Katz’s New Urbanism: toward an architecture of community, The CNU Council Reports and the New Civic Art. His professional practice includes the design and coding of more than one hundred new towns, inner city neighborhoods, districts, corridors, regions, blocks and streets, university campuses, etc. His firm is currently working with the City of Miami lakes, the City of Hialeah (Annexation Master Plan and Design Guidelines), the City of Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (West Atlantic Land Development Regulations) in Florida, the town of Miami Lakes and the Baoshan community in China.
Bill Cowern, Transportation Operations Engineer, City of Boulder
Bill Cowern has worked in the field of Transportation Engineering for the past 20 years and has been the Transportation Operations Engineer for the City of Boulder, Colorado for the past 15 years. During that time he has been involved in the development and management of their enhanced pedestrian crossing treatments, their neighborhood traffic mitigation program and multi-modal signing and pavement marking standards
Catherine Cox Blair , Program Director, Reconnecting America
Catherine Cox Blair managed Denver’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) TOD Program to build the city’s ability to leverage public investments in transit for creating sustainable communities. In this capacity she oversaw participation from eight city departments, many partner agencies, the Mayor’s office and several national organizations to further Denver’s role as a regional leader in planning great communities and TOD. As Denver’s TOD Program Manager, Catherine she directed ten station area planning efforts, a regional market study and a number of TOD related projects including a public housing redevelopment strategy for two station areas. Catherine’s background includes experience in urban planning, public policy development, environmental consulting, and sustainable philanthropy. Catherine has a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech.
Kurt Culbertson, Chairman/Principal, Design Workshop
Principal, Shareholder and Chairman of the Board for the landscape architecture and land planning firm Design Workshop, Kurt Culbertson has been instrumental in the company’s success both nationally and internationally. Culbertson has initiated the creation of a model "sustainable development", a community that promotes stability between both the physical and social systems. During his thirty year career Mr. Culbertson has been involved with the design and development of resort communities in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. A strong proponent of the profession, Kurt has been published numerous times, spoken to organizations throughout the country, and participated in community activities. In addition to his activities within the industry, Culbertson contributes to the community at large. As past chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young President’s Organization, he currently serves as co-chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Marianne Cusato, Founder, Designer, Cusato Cottages, LLC.
Marianne Cusato, ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry in Builder magazine's annual “Power on 50” list, is well-known for her work on the Katrina Cottages, now sold in kit form at Lowe's home centers nationwide. In 2006, her 308 s.f. Katrina Cottage won the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's “People's Design Award.” In June 2006, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on the idea of the Katrina Cottage. She is the author of two books: Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing) and The Value of Design (February 2008, James Hardie). In the fall of 2008, Cusato was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame teaching agricultural urbanism and residential architecture in a 5th year studio design course. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and is currently based in Miami, FL. She is the founder of Cusato Cottages, LLC.
Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive, The Prince's Foundation
Hank Dittmar has been Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment since 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 founder 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, Transport and Neighbourhoods, was published as part of the Edge Futures series in 2008. He resides in London, England.
Nicholas Donohue, Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
Nick was appointed Assistant Secretary of Transportation by Governor Kaine in 2007. The Office of Secretary of Transportation has liaison responsibility for seven agencies with over 9,000 employees and an annual budget of $3 billion. As Assistant Secretary, Nick is responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs for the seven agencies in the Transportation Secretariat. He has broad policy and operational liaison responsibilities, with particular focus on the Departments of Transportation. Nick also directs implementation of the transportation and land-use program for the Secretariat. Nick, a lifelong resident of Richmond, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Urban Studies and Geography.
Andrés Duany, Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad. The firm’s method of integrating planning with accompanying design codes is being applied in towns and cities for sites ranging from 10 to over 500,000 acres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. DPZ has received numerous awards, including two State of Florida Governor’s Urban Design Awards for Excellence. Seaside has been documented in over 800 articles and books and was described by Time Magazine as “the most astounding design achievement of its era.” The projects of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company have focused international attention on urbanism and its postwar decline. DPZ was instrumental in the creation of the Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance (TND), a prescription for pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use, compact urban growth, which has been incorporated into the zoning codes of municipalities across the country. The firm has developed a comprehensive municipal zoning ordinance called the SmartCode, prescribing appropriate urban arrangement for all uses and all densities. Andrés Duany has delivered hundreds of lectures and seminars, addressing architects, planning groups, university students, and the general public. His recent publications include The New Civic Art and Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. He is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Established in 1993 with the mission of reforming urban growth patterns, the Congress has been characterized by The New York Times as “the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the past fifty years.” Andrés received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, and after a year of study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he received a master’s
Eric Dumbaugh, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University
Eric Dumbaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech, joint Master's degrees in Civil Engineering and City Planning, as well as a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. His ongoing research examines strategies for integrating mobility, traffic safety, and community livability into a holistic, context-based approach to roadway and community design.
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Director of the Architecture Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect and Director of the Architecture Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she teaches contemporary architectural theory and design. An advocate for alternatives to urban sprawl, she lectures widely on sustainable urban design and theory. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2008) her work has received significant media attention in the New York Times, CNN-Money.com, Newsweek.com, and Metropolismag. com. She has published over 50 articles including pieces in Harvard Design Magazine, Places, Design Book Review, and Lotus International; as well as chapters in The Green Braid, Writing Urbanism, New Urbanism and Beyond, Sprawl and Suburbia, What People Want, Worlds Away, The Windsor Forum on Design Education, and Dimensions of Sustainability. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the editorial board of the Journal of Urbanism, the advisory board of the Phoenix Urban Research Lab and the executive boards of ULI-Atlanta and CNU-Atlanta. In 2004, she made the DesignIntelligence Honor Roll as one of 30 leaders bridging practice and education and In 2006-7 she was the Ax:son Johnson Institute guest professor at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty in 2001.
Teresa Durkin, Vice President, The HOK Planning Group
TERESA DURKIN is a Vice President and a Sustainable Design Leader with the HOK Planning Group. She specializes in directing complex projects, particularly for public parks, arboreta, urban landscapes, and educational institutions. She is the Technical Director of the Land + Water studio which specializes in the planning, design and restoration of ecological storm water management systems. Campus projects include master plans for the University of North Carolina, Cabrini College, Virginia Tech and Emory University. Recent publications include “Sustainable Architecture for Health. We All Live Downstream”, Wiley Publishers, 2007 and “Conservation Planning for Parks and Protected Open Space” for the APA Planning Standards, 2006. She is co-chair of the Technical Advisory Group for Natural Systems for the Star Community Index, a performance rating tool for local governments, currently under development.
Colleen Edwards, Founder and Principal, EMC Creative
Colleen Edwards, president of EMC Creative, is one of the country’s leaders in strategic marketing for homebuilders, master community planners, land developers and financial institutions. In the last thirty years, Edwards and her firm have delivered more than 5 billion dollars in sales for a clientele engaged in redevelopment, turnarounds and lifestyle properties. In 2006, Colleen was inducted into the California Building Industry Association’s Hall of Fame, one of just five women in the history of the organization to be so honored. She also is the recipient of the industry’s “Lifetime Legend Award” in recognition of her professional and charitable work. The author of “From Good Market Research to Great Marketing”, Colleen is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California Berkeley’s School of Journalism.
Philip Erickson, AIA, President, Community Design + Architecture
Philip Erickson, AIA is an architect, urban designer, and planner with over 20 years of experience in the integration land use and transportation patterns, neighborhood and community planning, and economic and social sustainability. The scale of his work, throughout the United States, ranges from definition of region to the detail of place-making. A primary focus of Phil’s practice is in the reshaping and revitalization of older strip-commercial arterial streets into mixed-use corridors that provide opportunities for shopping, employment, and housing in a more pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented environment following the principles of the New Urbanism. This is work is two-fold. One element is focused on the redesign of these auto-oriented streets into multi-modal thoroughfares, while on the other hand working with communities to establish plans for changing land use patterns and revitalizing these corridors to be vibrant parts of the city. CD+A has worked on corridors around major arterials, including state and federal highways, in several Bay Area communities, Seattle, Upstate New York, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona. Phil was the lead urban design contributor to the recently published ITE Proposed Recommended Practice – Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities. Phil also led CD+A’s in preparing the San Francisco Streetscape Master Plan, this work utilized urban design, landscape design, and green stormwater management strategies to create guidance for remaking San Francisco’s streets to serve integrated transportation and infrastructure functions while allowing for the realization of streets as a key civic space for all San Franciscans. Phil is a licensed architect in California with Masters Degrees in City and Regional Planning and Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the President of the AIA East Bay Chapter and is also a member of the following organizations: the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, TransForm (Advisory Council Member), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Doug Farr, President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Doug Farr, AIA is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an award-winning architecture and planning firm identified by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.” Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr’s niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates was the first firm in the world to design three LEED-Platinum buildings (Christy Webber Landscapes, the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology), which stand as models of urban architectural sustainability. An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Doug’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the PBS documentary “The Green Machine.” Doug is on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, serves on the BioRegional Development Group board of directors, on the Energy and Climate TAC of the Star Community Index, and was the founding chair of the LEED Neighborhood Development project (LEED-ND). Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. This planning best seller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
James Fisher, Team Leader for Sustainable Communities, BRE Trust Companies
James Fisher is Team Leader of the Sustainable Communities team at BRE in the UK. His work focuses primarily on assisting developers and corporations to deliver sustainability strategies through their projects. Previously, as an experienced energy consultant, James has experience of advising many design teams on passive strategies to ensure that they deliver a cost-effective, resource-efficient building for their clients. More recently, James is also steering the development of some of BRE's sustainability packages; GreenChip for corporations & GreenPrint for communities. GreenPrint is a masterplan-level sustainability tool than can be used collaboratively within the charrette process. A CNU award-winning study in Hertfordshire will be discussed.
Anthony Flint, Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Anthony Flint, former reporter for The Boston Globe and author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City (Random House), is at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (www.lincolninst.edu), a think tank in Cambridge, Mass. He was a policy adviser in Massachusetts state government and is also author of This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America (Johns Hopkins University Press).
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.
Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group
Robert Gibbs is considered a leading urban planning consultant by some of the most respected mayors, architects and shopping center developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, Consumers Reports, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and The Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have “an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts.” Charleston 's Mayor Joseph P. Riley describes Gibbs's work as “the Bible for the future of our historic district.” During the past twenty years, Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying current trends in residential and commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities across North America, the Pacific Rim and Caribbean. Gibbs has been consulted on almost every new American town center constructed during the past 15 years and has taught an executive Urban Retail Planning session at Harvard's School of Architecture for the past 12 years. Gibbs has consulted for the cities of: Atlanta, Cambridge, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Naples, Portland and Seattle. Gibbs has also consulted with many new urban towns including: Alys Beach, Kentlands, Rosemary Beach and Seaside. A speaker at the First Congress of the New Urbanism in 1992 and six other CNU's, Mr. Gibbs has been a pioneer and leader in this movement to revive the community- oriented principles of traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth as an antidote to the alienating, formless sprawl of suburbia. Leading clients have included: Calthorpe Associates, Charleston, Cambridge, Chicago, Domino's Farms, Duany Plater-Zyberk, Kentlands, Electronic Data Systems, General Motors, Simon Properties, the States of Florida and Oregon and The Taubman Company. Before establishing GPG, Gibbs spent a dozen years gaining invaluable expertise in retail planning by advising strip-center and shopping mall developers on the psychology of commerce – the practical science of analyzing and adjusting all elements known to affect a shopper's mood in the marketplace. From this experience. Gibbs distilled many retail and merchandising principles for reviving retail in moribund downtowns and for instilling successful commerce in new ones. The purpose of these prescriptions is not to turn existing or planned main streets into malls, but to give merchants on the street the same competitive advantage that those in the most profitable shopping centers enjoy. Mr. Gibbs and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 25 years and have two active teenage boys. The family resides in Birmingham, Michigan, a 19th century model for the new urbanism. Gibbs is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a charter member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.
Lucy Gibson, Principal, Smart Mobility, Inc.
Lucy Gibson is a traffic engineer and transportation planner with her Vermont-based, firm, Smart Mobility. She works in New England and across the country assisting local and regional governments and organizations in planning efforts to create more multi-modal transportation systems to serve more sustainable communities. She has worked on a number of projects involving the re-design or scaling down of major freeways or arterials across the country, Her practice focuses on using sound engineering principals, appropriately applied to urban settings, and has contributed to many successful outcomes of context-sensitive transportation designs.
Raymond L. Gindroz, Co-founder and Principal, Urban Design Associates
Raymond L. Gindroz, a co-founder and principal emeritus of Urban Design Associates, 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 in 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 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. Recently, Ray was awarded the Seaside Prize for Innovation and Revitalizing Inner City Neighborhoods and Transforming Public Housing Projects into Mixed Income Neighborhoods. For more than 20 years, he taught urban design at the Yale University School of Architecture. An engaging, popular speaker in both the U.S. and Europe, Ray has also published prolifically throughout his career, most recently as a principal author of The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book (both published by W. W. Norton & Company). 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.”
Tom Gougeon, Principal and Chief Development Officer, Continuum Partners LLC
TOM GOUGEON is a principal and Chief Development Officer for Continuum Partners LLC, a development company focused on pedestrian-oriented and mixed use projects. Continuum projects include the Belmar redevelopment of a former regional mall site in Lakewood, CO, the new urbanist Bradburn Village in Westminster, CO, the Kent Place village in Englewood, CO as well as the 16 Market Square mixed use building, the Art House mixed income residential project and the Belleview Station transit village in Denver, CO. Continuum is also serving as master developer of the Union Station multi-modal transit center project in downtown Denver in partnership with East West Partners. Tom previously served as the CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation, which led the creation of the redevelopment program for Denver’s 4,700 acre Stapleton Airport site. Tom also served for eight years in the office of the Mayor of Denver. He currently serves as a Commissioner of the Denver Water Board and previously served on the board of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. He has also served on the boards of a number of other community organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Urban Land Conservancy, the Stapleton Foundation, Denver Civic Ventures, the Piton Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, Preservation Action, Neighborhood Housing Services, Colorado’s Ocean Journey and A+ Denver. Tom received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Denver and a MCRP from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Vincent Graham, President, I'On Group
Vince Graham describes himself as born into a family of inquisitive contrarians who believe that if the majority of people agree with you, you're probably wrong. From this dissenting tradition he endeavors to build and renovate wise living environments, which enable aesthetic, economic, and social value to evolve and flourish. Starting with Newpoint in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1991, Vince has participated in founding the Village at Port Royal, Broad Street, Hammond's Ferry, I'On, Morris Square, and Mixson in South Carolina, and East Beach in Virginia. Vince grew up in Georgia, graduated from the University of Virginia, and lives in the historic beach town of Sullivan's Island, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor.
Ellen Greenberg, AICP, Principal, Greenberg Consulting
Ellen Greenberg is an urban planner working at the complex intersection of land use, transportation, and urban design. Her independent consulting practice provides planning, research and education services to public, private and non-profit clients. Ellen’s work on comprehensive planning included leading the preparation of the City of Oakland’s award-winning integrated Land Use and Transportation Element: Envision Oakland. In 2009 she is consulting to the City of Pasadena on update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan Mobility Element. A former Director of Research for the Congress for the New Urbanism, Ms. Greenberg is Contributing Author of The New Transit Town, Codifying New Urbanism, Greyfields into Goldfields, and Civilizing Downtown Highways. Publications include “Sustainable Streets: Emerging Practice” in the May 2008 Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal, and “The Transit Commute,” authored with Dena Belzer and available later this year from the Center for Transit Oriented Development. Ellen Greenberg earned the degrees of Master of Science in Transportation Engineering and Master of City Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2007-2008 she was Visiting Practitioner at the UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center.
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy, Transportation and Community Development, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Jacquelyne D. Grimshaw works with the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago where she directs the Center's transportation, air quality and community development programs and is responsible for the center's research in these areas. She developed the Center's capacity to conduct 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 Treasurer of the City of Chicago and directed the Chicago Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She was a member of the President's Council for Sustainable Development's Energy and Transportation Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Grimshaw holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and completed graduate studies in Public Policy at Governors State University.
Peter Haas, Chief Research Scientist, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Since joining CNT in 1994, Dr. Haas has expanded its research, geographic information systems (GIS), data, and technical analysis capacity. Dr. Haas has revolutionized the geographic analysis of social, environmental and economic data to produce ground breaking tools for measuring sustainability in urban areas. He has been integral in the development of CNT’s location efficiency metrics, and developed its Housing+TransportationSM Affordability Index, co-produced with the Brookings Institution. He acted as the Analytical Director for the 22 member CNT Research Team producing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and 33 mitigation strategies for the Chicago Climate Action Plan. His work in GIS, web development and data analysis have come together into the Geographical Research and Information Department (GRID) at CNT, where a team of nine work to provide technical, geographical and analytic input to all of CNT’s programs.
Chris Hagelin, Senior Transportation Planner, GO Boulder/City of Boulder
Chris Hagelin is a Senior Transportation Planner with the city of Boulder and GO Boulder, the city's transportation planning and policy group. Chris manages the city's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program. Through a variety of programs and policies, GO Boulder seeks to meet the objectives of the Transportation Master Plan which include reducing single-occupant vehicle travel to just 25% of all trips by 2025 and to keep daily vehicle miles of travel (VMT) at 1994 levels or 2.4 million per day. As the city of Boulder strives to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocol, GO Boulder is also charged with reducing transportation-related emissions. Survey results and analysis over time has shown that RTD's Eco Pass combined with GO Boulder support program is the most effective tool for changes travel behavior and reducing emissions. His presentation will focus on the impact of Eco Passes on employee and resident mode splits for work and non-work trips and the related impact on emissions. Prior to joining the city, Chris as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Tim Halbur, Managing Editor of Planetizen, Planetizen
Tim Halbur, MURP is managing editor of Planetizen, the leading news and information site for the urban planning, design and development community. He is co-author, along with Chris Steins, of a book for kids about urban planning called Where Things Are, From Near to Far, and recently produced The Story of Sprawl, a 2-DVD collection of historic films that tell the story of how America changed shape.
Laura Hall, Principal, Hall Alminana, Inc.
Laura Hall is a founding principal of Hall Alminana Inc., a firm in San Francisco that provides participatory planning, coding and design services to communities and developers. A graduate of UC, Berkeley, Ms. Hall has a strong background and practice in the social and cultural aspects of urban design. Her humanistic approach to planning ensures that community processes are kind and equitable. Ms. Hall helped craft one of the first adopted SmartCodes in the nation, in Petaluma, California, and she has worked extensively with the hurricane-damaged communities of Pass Christian and Gulfport on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Seth Harry , AIA, 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.
Billy L. Hattaway, P.E., Managing Director of Transportation - Florida, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Billy Hattaway, P.E. is the Managing Director for Transportation –Florida at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in Orlando, Florida. He has 32 years of transportation and program management experience with the private sector and Florida Department of Transportation. His relevant experience includes street design, safety and traffic analysis for numerous redevelopment, transit oriented development and master plan charrette projects to create walkable, bike and transit friendly communities. He has taught numerous Livable Community workshops for the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Community Affairs, and has presented on the subject in Illinois, Texas and throughout Florida. He is the author of the new TND Chapter for the Florida Green Book, and has been involved in the development and/or review of the Delaware Regional Planning Council’s Smart Transportation Guidebook and Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities: An ITE Proposed Recommended Practice. During his 23 year career at FDOT, Billy served in a number of leadership roles including Director, Office of Design, and State Roadway Design Engineer. He was instrumental in implementing Transportation Design for Livable Communities (TDLC) in the FDOT design process and incorporating the TDLC chapter in the Plans Preparation Manual.
Susan Henderson, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As a practicing architect, urbanist and published writer, Susan combines a wealth of practical experience with effective communication skills to lead and inspire PlaceMakers' charrette teams. She was selected as the Architectural Team Leader for the Mississippi Renewal Forum after Hurricane Katrina. Susan is project principal for numerous PlaceMakers SmartCode calibrations including Taos, New Mexico, Early County, Georgia, Lawrence, Kansas and Dreihaus Form- Based Codes award winner, Leander, Texas. PlaceMakers presents the biannual SmartCode Workshop with Andres Duany.
Jocelyn Hittle, Director of Planning Solutions, PlaceMatters
Jocelyn is the Director of Planning Solutions at PlaceMatters and works to promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability in decision-making processes. She is editor of Planning & Technology Today, the publication of the American Planning Association Technology Division. Prior to joining PlaceMatters, Jocelyn was Program Associate for the Orton Family Foundation, where her work focused primarily on innovative decision support tools and project management. Jocelyn has a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she co-founded the Land Use Coalition and worked closely with the School’s Urban Resources Initiative. Jocelyn has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University.
Rob Hume, PE, - Design Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates
Robert (Rob) Hume, graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York in the spring of 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Following his graduation, Rob joined The Sear-Brown Group in their corporate headquarters office in Rochester, New York. Rob emerged as a rising leader in fast growing Sear-Brown and in 1996 was asked to move to Sear-Brown1s newly acquired Fort Collins, Colorado office where he assumed the dual roles of Merger Integration Manager and Civil Department Manager. Within two years he formed a new Transportation Group, and grew the department to over a dozen staff. In the fall of 2000, Rob joined Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and moved to their Charlotte, North Carolina office. Rob specializes in the planning and design of complex multi-discipline projects with a transportation focus and a context sensitive emphasis.
Jennifer Hurley, President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. Jennifer is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.
Jay Hutchison, PE, Director of Public Works
Jay Hutchison currently serves as Director of Public Works for the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Mr. Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. His Lakewood responsibilities involve Mr. Hutchison in land development; transportation planning and management; water, wastewater and stormwater utilities; capital improvements; maintenance operations; emergency operations; environmental issues; and fleet management. In these roles, Jay guides technical staff, balances varied interests, and encourages close coordination among multiple disciplines involved in complex projects. He has brought his negotiation skills to several unique projects including development of infrastructure for the first downtown in an existing suburban community, annexation of a federal enclave that includes the largest concentration of federal jobs outside of Washington, D.C., and development of the community’s first hospital. Mr. Hutchison demonstrates the ability to identify key issues and find mutually agreeable solutions. Jay’s responsibilities often require him to forge partnerships among public and private parties in land development, retrofitting infrastructure improvements into existing neighborhoods, and negotiating long-term commitments. The purposes of these interactions include soliciting input, clarifying complicated technical issues, evaluating multiple points of view, proposing policy positions, and recommending actions.
Mark Jackson, Transportation Group Director, City of Fort Collins, Coloado
Mark is the City of Fort Collins Transportation Director, overseeing Engineering, Parking Services, Streets Maintenance, Traffic Operations, and Transportation Planning. Prior to this assignment, Mark served as Fort Collins’ Transportation Planning and Policy Director for the past three years. He has been with the City of Fort Collins for ten years and has over fifteen years experience in the transportation planning/engineering profession. Prior to his work in Fort Collins, Mark worked in regional transportation planning for the Denver Regional Council of Governments and in the private sector for a transportation engineering consultant firm.
Peter Katz, Director, Smart Growth and Urban Planning, Sarasota County, FL
Peter Katz Author and consultant Peter Katz has been a leading proponent of the New Urbanism since 1990. He played a key role in shaping the movement as founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. During his tenure, CNU drafted its charter and entered into a strategic relationship with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Katz is the author of The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community, published by McGraw-Hill in 1993. He was a co-editor of the Ahwahanee Principles, a seminal statement of sustainable development practices, issued by the Local Government Commission in 1991. Katz was the founding president of the Form-Based Codes Institute and serves on its board of directors. He is a member of the board of advisors of the National Charrette Institute. Peter Katz is the director of Smart Growth and Urban Planning for Sarasota County, Florida. He also provides consulting services in the areas of New Urbanism implementation, strategic marketing and community development.
Harald Kegler, Chair , Council for European Urbanism (CEU)
I was born in 1957 in Aschersleben/East Germany; I was educated at the Architectural College in Weimar as a town and regional planner - diploma paper in 1983 (urban renewal of old towns); after graduating in 1986 (PhD in town planning) I worked as a teacher and planner in several German cities. I joined the Bauhaus Dessau in 1987 were I worked as an resercher, architect and planner. I was the vice director of the Bauhaus Dessau foundation and the head of the planning department from 1993 to 1999. Since 1998 I have been a member of the CNU. In 2000 I have started to work as a consultant and regional planner in my own office – the Laboratory for Regional Planning. In 1999 and 2000 I was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Miami/USA. In 2003 I founded together with other New Urbanists the Council for European Urbanism. In 2008 I started teaching in European Urbanism at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
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.
Katharine Kelley, President and CEO, Green Street Properties
Katharine Kelley is President and CEO of Green Street Properties and leads the company's real estate development operations and new business pursuits. Green Street Properties develops urban properties into master planned, mixed use developments which are walkable and environmentally sustainable, including its highly acclaimed Glenwood Park development in Atlanta. Katharine has led the development of over $600 million of properties during more than 16 years of experience in the real estate development business. Prior to Green Street, Katharine was Senior Vice President and one of three regional development officers at Post Properties, where she managed the development of 12 multifamily and mixed use properties, comprising a total of over 4,000 multifamily units. In particular, she led the team that developed the flagship, $120 million Riverside by Post mixed use development, which gained national recognition for new urbanist product innovation. Prior to Post, Katharine worked with The Landmarks Group, where she developed and marketed 135,000 square feet of retail space for the $600 million Promenade mixed use development in Midtown Atlanta. Immediately preceding Green Street, she honed her entrepreneurial skills as a Co-founder and President of internet company Blue Rock Avenue, located in Atlanta and New York. Katharine is an Atlanta native and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, and she received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard University. Katharine also served for several years on the City of Atlanta Zoning Review Board, and currently serves on the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board, the Finance Committee of The Westminster Schools, the UNC Johnston Honors Advisory Board, and the Board of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Marina Khoury, Director of Town Planning, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Marina Khoury is an expert in sustainable urbanism, TND's and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is a Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and the Director of Town Planning who leads the metro Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new towns and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada, Middle East and Europe. She is also the DPZ project director for Miami 21, an initiative which is rewriting the City of Miami's current zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.
Kevin Klinkenberg, Principal, 180 Degrees Design Studio
Kevin Klinkenberg has dedicated his career to the building of great places. A Fellow with the Knight Program in Community Building through the University of Miami and the Knight Foundation, and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) since 1997, he seeks practical applications for TND techniques in projects of all scales, from individual sites to neighborhoods to entire regions. With 15 years of professional experience, including participation on charrettes with many of the founders of the CNU, Mr. Klinkenberg has become a regional authority on planning and urban design, sitting on committees for the Mid America Regional Council, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City,and the Housing Choices Coalition. He is a frequent speaker on urban design, and in 2003 wrote a column for the Kansas City Star under "Midwest Voices". His volunteer activities include serving on the board of CUBE (Center for Understanding the Built Environment), AIA/Kansas City and the Urban Society of Kansas City. Kevin is also involved with setting new standards for context-sensitive transportation policy through the CNU and is working with several national colleagues on the formation of XNU – the next stage in the development of New Urbanism.
Joseph Kohl, Co-founder, Dover Kohl & Partners
Joe Kohl is a founding partner of Dover, Kohl & Partners. He is recognized nationally as an innovator in urban design and graphic communication. He pioneered the firm's use of computer imaging simulations and authored many of its illustrated land development regulations. He holds degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Miami.
Thomas Kronemeyer, Senior Associate Principal, Community Design + Architecture
Thomas Kronemeyer is an Associate Principal with the Oakland based urban design and planning firm Community Design + Architecture (CD +A). His experience includes a broad variety of planning and design projects for multi-modal transportation corridors, transit facilities, and walkable communities. His work focuses on the successful integration of urban design, land use, and transportation planning with an emphasis on pedestrian- and transit-oriented design. Mr. Kronemeyer holds Master Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in City Planning and Landscape Architecture as well as a Landscape Architecture engineering degree from the University of Hannover, Germany. For the past two years, Mr. Kronemeyer has been leading CNU’s initiative for Sustainable Transportation Networks.
Mike Krusee, Representative , Texas House of Representatives
Mike Krusee has represented District 52 of the Texas House of Representatives since 1992. An established leader on issues related to the rapid growth of the Central Texas region, Representative Krusee serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and is a member of the Executive Council of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). His passionate interest in quality urban planning and design led him to a seat as a board member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in 2005. In his role as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Krusee has ushered in landmark improvements for both the Central Texas region and the entire State of Texas. His authorship of House Bill 3588, an omnibus transportation statute, is now widely held as one of the most comprehensive and visionary in Texas history; the legislation is now a national model for state transportation funding. Mike has been honored by many business and family organizations, including the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, The Free Enterprise PAC, the Texas Eagle Forum, and the Free Market Foundation, for his commitment to conservative principles and free enterprise. A former litigation paralegal, he works for a document retrieval company with offices throughout the state. His five children were all educated in the Round Rock Independent School District.
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, was 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 recent 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." Following that, Mr. Kunstler wrote a novel, World Made By Hand, set in America's post-oil future, to illustrate the points made in The Long Emergency. It was published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2008. He is currently writing a sequel to that novel. Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Riches, and Maggie Darling, A Modern Romance. He is a 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
Howard A. Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Howard A. Learner is an experienced attorney who serves as the President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center - the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform for ELPC's successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to global warming problems, improving the Midwest's environmental quality, and preserving the region's natural resources and heritage. One of ELPC's premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Mr. Learner's leadership work to help develop a Midwest high-speed rail network, which can produce complementary environmental quality, economic development and employment benefits, puts that sustainable development policy principle into practice. Mr. Learner is a Professor at Northwestern University Law School, teaching an advanced seminar on environmental law and sustainable development, and has a Lecturer appointment at the University of Chicago where he teaches environmental law. J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980; B.A., University of Michigan, 1976.
Christopher Leinberger, President, Locus Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
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.
Trent Lethco, Associate Principal, Arup
Trent Lethco is an Associate Principal with Arup's Transportation Planning Group in New York. He has over twelve years of experience working in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has led transportation planning projects both large and small, most of which emphasized multimodal transportation solutions and sustainable street designs. Trent's areas of specialization are Transit Oriented Development (TOD), multimodal corridor studies, downtown master plans, transportation policy, and funding issues.
William Lieberman, Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering
William Lieberman is a consultant at Jacobs Engineering, where he serves as program manager for transit projects. Bill's career spans over 40 years and includes work in all forms of transportation planning, particularly public transportation. Prior to joining Jacobs in 2007, he served as director of planning for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board. He also held positions with the TriMet transit system in Portland, OR and Barton-Aschman Associates in Washington, DC. Bill was a pioneer in the development of light rail transit and has more recently conducted studies for bus rapid transit projects in several parts of the country. His interest in transit networks dates from his post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina in the early 1970s. Bill lives and works in Oakland, CA and has been a life-long user of public transportation.
Eric Liebmann, AIA, Managing Principal and Design Director, WDG Architecture
Mr. Liebmann joined WDG Architecture in 1987 and currently serves as a Managing Principal and Director of Design. He plays a leading role in the design of WDG’s commercial, residential, and mixed use projects, demonstrating a strong commitment to smart growth and sustainability principles. He has recently been involved in many of WDG’s design-build initiatives, leading design teams for new headquarters buildings for both the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Army Test and Evaluations Command, as well as the new residential building for Howard Hughes Medical Institute within their landmark campus at Janelia Farms. A recipient of numerous design awards, Mr. Liebmann recently led the design team for Rockville Town Square, which received a 2008 Charter Award from the Congress of New Urbanism. Prior to joining WDG, he served as a senior designer with Richard Meier and Associates, as well as a member of Cesar Pelli and Associates’ design team responsible for the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan. Upon graduation from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Mr. Liebmann was selected as the Sheldon Travelling Fellow and subsequently studied municipal design controls for historic districts within England and Germany. He was also the 1984 winner of the Boston Society of Architects’ prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship design competition, among whose recipients are many of the leading architects of the 20th century, including Gordon Bunschaft, Louis Skidmore, Wallace Harrison, and Edward Durrell Stone. Mr. Liebmann currently plays an active role in multiple professional organizations, and currently serves on ULI’s Urban Plan Committee and NAIOP’s Sustainability Advisory Group.
Art Lomenick, Managing Director, Trammell Crow
Mr. Lomenick, a Managing Director with Trammell Crow Company and President of High Street Residential, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company, is an expert sought after throughout the U.S. for his experience with urban development. He is a respected authority on neo-traditional planning and architecture, which emphasize pedestrian- oriented neighborhood design and adaptive re-use of existing buildings. Mr. Lomenick has been instrumental in enhancing and rebuilding neighborhoods in cities throughout the U.S. A long time student of urban design and planning, he combines these studies with his knowledge of human behavior, architecture and economics to create a unique skill set. Experience Mr. Lomenick's development experience spans the past 25 years over which time he has directed the initial redevelopment of numerous Uptown and Midtown communities throughout the U.S. A major success story in his career is the development of Uptown Dallas. In the past 20 years, Uptown has been transformed from a blighted area north of downtown Dallas into a thriving urban district of shops, residences, offices and engaging public spaces. He orchestrated the development of Addison Circle and Legacy Town Center, two-master planned, neo-traditional communities crafted in cooperation with the edge cities of Addison and Plano, Texas. Both master plans feature residential, retail, office, and civic venues, nestled around neighborhood streets and parks within steps of public transit. Addison Circle has been hailed by numerous associations and publications as a neighborhood that exemplifies smart growth. He has been instrumental in the adaptive re-use of historic office buildings, hospitals, hotels, and even a flourmill. Current Transit Oriented Development (TOD) work includes Midtown Commons in Austin Tx, Garland Station and Desoto Town Center in North Texas and Historic Westside Village in Atlanta Ga. Mr. Lomenick continues to effectively blend the art of new urban development with economic strategies to enhance and rebuild organic, pedestrian oriented neighborhoods. Education & Credentials Southern Methodist University, BBA, 1978, University of Florida, 1974-1976 Professional/ Community Involvement Reconnecting America - Board of Directors Center for Transit Oriented Development Congress for the New Urbanism - Past Board member - 6 yr term National Historic Preservation Society Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) - Past Board Member Arts District Association - Past Board Member ULI Council member
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 leads the City's Design Studio, which is responsible for developing and enforcing design policies, guidelines and historic preservation programs, in addition to providing design advice to city departments and boards. Mr. Loomis has over ten years experience in private urban design and architecture firms, where he directed 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 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.
Thomas E. Low, AIA, 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 New Urbanism. 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 over almost two decades 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, early twentieth-century planning history, sustainability and urbanism, and school design. He 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, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, 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 fourth year as Chair for the Charlotte Region Civic by Design Forum, and has led forums on school design starting the Katrina Inspired Learning Cottage Initiative. In 2007, he also started the Light Imprint Initiative, developing a framework for environmentally-sensitive engineering techniques in line with New Urban community design principles.
Jim MacKinnon, Head Planner of Scotland, Scottish Executive
Jim Mackinnon holds a First Class Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Town Planning with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde. He has held a wide variety of government planning posts in Scotland and was appointed Chief Planner in 2000. He was a member of the UK Delegation to the European Union’s Committee on Spatial Development during which time he chaired a Group of European Planning Experts. Jim has led the reform of the planning system in Scotland including the most significant legislative changes for over 60 years, the preparation of Scotland’s first and second National Planning Frameworks and measures to promote culture change in planning. He has promoted a range of policy, advice and other initiatives to support higher standards in new development. Most recently, he is leading the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Mary E. Madden, Principal, Ferrell Madden Lewis, LLC
Mary Madden, AICP has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Current work includes town planning and urban design for public and private sector clients, with an emphasis on revising zoning codes to promote smart growth, sustainability and New Urbanism. Recent projects have been in Prince George’s County, Maryland (suburban Washington, DC); Memphis, Tennessee; Leesburg, Virginia; and Peoria, Illinois. She recently co-authored “Placemaking with Form-Based Codes” for the September 2006 issue of Urban Land magazine and was a contributor to the APA/CNU publication Codifying New Urbanism: How to Reform Municipal Land Development Regulations. She has been an adjunct faculty member for the Virginia Tech Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and frequently speaks on the topics of planning, design, and form-based codes. Before joining Ferrell Madden Lewis in 2002, Ms. Madden served in several positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, where she managed the Community Builder program, and as a Special Assistant to the HUD Secretary. Earlier in her career, she was the Assistant Coordinator of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and worked in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Ms. Madden holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University. Ms. Madden is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Planning Association. She is a Charter Board Member of the Form-Based Codes Institute.
Louis Marquet, Executive Vice President, LeylandAlliance LLC
Mr. Marquet is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati He serves on the Board of Trustees for St Anthony Community Hospital and Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Warwick, New York. he is often invited to participate in land use forums, including those sponsored by the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance that focused on how traditional neighborhoods help preserve open space and a regional clinic to build partnerships for conservation sponsored by The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He has been recognized for this community volunteerism and leadership by the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, Orange County United Way, Warwick valley Community Center and other service organizations. Mr. Marquet is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, National Association of Home Builders, National Town Builders Association, and the Urban Land Institute.
Wesley Marshall, P.E., PhD Candidate, University of Connecticut
Wesley Marshall is a PhD candidate in transportation and urban engineering at the University of Connecticut and a researcher with UConn's new Center for Transportation and Urban Planning. He specializes in transportation planning, safety, and sustainability as well as urban design, congestion pricing, and parking. His recent research has included defining and measuring the street network and an empirical study considering the role of street patterns, connectivity, and network density in road safety and sustainability. Related research has focused on analyzing parking at mixed-use centers in small New England cities, investigating the effects of parking on urbanism, and a reassessment of on-street parking. On the basis of time spent with Sasaki Associates and Clough, Harbour and Associates, Wesley has been working on planning and site-design issues related to civil and transportation engineering for the last ten years. A native of Watertown, Massachusetts, Wesley is a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2006 recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship.
John Massengale, Architect 2.o
John Massengale has won awards for architecture, urban design, historic preservation and architectural history. A founding member of the CNU, he is the Chair of CNU New York and on the Board of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America. He blogs at http://massengale.typepad.com/
Steve J. Maun, President, LeylandAlliance 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.
Barbara McCann, Executive Director, National Complete Streets Coalition
Barbara McCann, Coordinator of the National Complete Streets Coalition, coined the term ‘complete streets,’ organized the Coalition, and conducts research on complete streets policies and implementation practices. She maintains an independent consulting practice, using her expertise in transportation and land use to write books, articles, reports and policy analysis. She is co-author of the books Sprawl Costs from Island Press and Growing Cooler from the Urban Land Institute. As Director of the Quality of Life Campaign at the Surface Transportation Policy Project she authored a series of high-profile reports, including the first documentation of the relationship between sprawl and obesity and the Mean Streets series. She worked as a journalist at CNN for 13 years.
Scott McFadden, Principal, Prospect LLC
Mr. McFadden started his career in commercial real estate in 1987 as an investment broker in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Denison University and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on Real Estate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1993, he joined Simpson Housing, a national multifamily developer/owner in Denver. At Simpson, Mr. McFadden focused on development of conventional and tax-credit financed assets in the Colorado and the Pacific Northwest markets. In 1999, Mr. McFadden established the Mountain States Division of Trammell Crow Residential. Under his leadership, the Division became the largest and most innovative multifamily developer in the Denver market. Notable projects include: Alexan City Center, Denver’s first mixed-use, transit oriented development; Lincoln Square Lofts, Denver’s first suburban, high-density condominium; and Alexan Prospect, a $95 million, mixed-use development in downtown Denver. During his tenure at TCR, Mr. McFadden was responsible for development, construction and asset management of the TCR assets in Denver and managed a team of 45 associates. Mr. McFadden is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and has made presentations at the ULI Place Making Conference, Rail Volution, and the Congress for New Urbanism and has been a guest speaker at the Daniels College of Business and the University of Colorado Leeds School Of Business.
Marcy McInelly, AIA, Principal, SERA/Urbsworks Architecture & Urban Design
Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for more than 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. In 2006 she merged her company with SERA. Marcy’s 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. 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. In 2004, Marcy was appointed to chair the Transportation Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism. This is the group that initiated the joint ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) and CNU street design manual for context sensitive design, and the Neighborhoods and Transportation Networks initiatives. 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.
Michael Mehaffy, Project Manager, Structura Naturalis Inc.
Michael Mehaffy is an urban practitioner, researcher, author and educator with an international practice. He is on the editorial boards of three international urban journals and on boards or advisory boards of a number of other built environment NGOs and urban research projects. He is academic chair of the Council for European Urbanism, coordinator of the European School of Urbanism and Architecture, and chair of the US chapter of INTBAU, a patronage of the Prince of Wales, where he is also secretary of its International College of Chapters. He is research associate with Christopher Alexander at the Centre for Environmental Structure-Europe. He is also Executive Director of the Sustasis Foundation in Portland, OR., and he is coordinator of the Environmental Structure Research Group, a consortium of some 35 leading international researchers and practitioners in the built environment. He is also president of Structura Naturalis Inc., his consulting firm incorporated in 1993.
Dee Merriam, CDC Community Planner, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Dee Merriam is a Landscape Architect working as a Community Planner at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. Her work group, Health and the Built Environment, looks at the relationship between community design and public health. Because over 20% of the US population self report little or no physical activity and such inactivity contributes to obesity and chronic disease; the CDC is concerned about how community design encourages or deters active lifestyles. Dee works with local governments, planning professionals, developers, and national organizations to promote policies that improve both the design of and access to community spaces. In 2001 Dee was honored to be elected Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects. She earned her Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is now taking course work in the Georgia Institute of Technology City and Regional Planning program.
Ronald Milam, Principal, Fehr and Peers
Ronald T. Milam, AICP is a Principal with Fehr & Peers in Roseville, CA and leads the firm's technical development. In addition to consulting, he provides expert witness testimony and teaches a course for the UC Berkeley Technology Transfer program entitled, "Managing Transportation and Land Use Interactions." Ron is actively involved in greenhouse gas analysis research and project evaluations. He is currently advising state and local agencies in California and Washington on transportation analysis for climate change studies and co-led the Fehr & Peers sponsored research at the CalPoly on the relationship between LOS and green house gas emissions.
Donald Monti, President and CEO, Renaissance Downtowns LLC
Donald Monti, Chairman and CEO Renaissance Downtowns, LLC. has over 35 years experience covering all aspects of the real estate spectrum. Mr. Monti’s honesty, professionalism and hands-on approach have earned the respect of political leaders, fellow colleagues and members of the community. Upon recognizing the social and economic ills of 60+ years of suburban sprawl, Mr. Monti has turned his energies to revitalizing our nation’s smaller cities and suburban downtowns with a major focus on New Urbanist principles. Renaissance Downtowns provides municipalities with a development partner capable of implementing comprehensive, holistic downtown revitalization projects centered on authenticity and quality of life. Mr. Monti has been heavily involved in community affairs including serving on the Board of Directors for the Don Monti Memorial Foundation as well as being honored as Man of the Year by the American Red Cross. Mr. Monti and his wife Patti are native Long Islanders, who enjoy spending their free time navigating their boat on the waters of Long Island Sound. They are the proud parents of Robb, Melissa, Darren and Justin.
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.
Elizabeth Moule, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Elizabeth Moule one of the co-founders of CNU and is an Emeritus Board member. She is a partner of the Los Angeles- based firm Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists.
Steve A. Mouzon, AIA 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
Susan Mudd, Environmental Attorney, Board Member, Congress for the New Urbanism
Susan Mudd is now consulting with the State Environmental Leadership Program on a Midwest global warming campaign plan. She also works with the Gerald and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Chicago reviewing environmental grants. For over 15 years, she was Wisconsin Director of Citizens for a Better Environment. Susan has a J.D., an M.A. in Public Administration and Public Policy, and a certificate in Energy Policy. Her work experience includes air and water quality, pesticides, waste, pollution prevention, transportation and land use, and women’s health and the environment. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Congress for the New Urbanism and Earth Share of Illinois. She represents CNU on the LEED for Neighborhood Development core and partner committees and was a founding board member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.
Paul Murrain , 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.
Terri Musser, Senior Transportation Planner, Charlier Associates, Inc.
Terri Musser, AICP, leads multimodal, sustainability and active living projects for Charlier Associates, Inc. of Boulder, CO. She understands context-sensitive planning and infrastructure design from a variety of perspectives ranging from regional systems down to the small details of streets and non-motorized circulation networks within neighborhoods, corridors and cities. She has specialized in bicycle and pedestrian planning for 20 years, authoring several national publications and completing many regional and local plans that incorporate Complete Streets principles. She is currently assisting Smart Growth America to diversify ARRA Stimulus funding to a include broad array of multimodal project types, is involved in several current CNU initiatives, and strives to integrate principles of form-based codes and context-based place types into more traditional transportation planning approaches. www.charlier.org
Kevin Nichols, Senior Planner, City of Arvada Colorado
Kevin Nichols is a Senior City Planner with the City of Arvada Colorado. He oversees long range planning for the City of Arvada which includes planning and implementation activities for transit oriented development around three future stations to be located on the proposed Gold Line. Mr. Nichols has worked in a variety of public and private positions related to planning over the last 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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.
Michael E. O'Neal
Michael completed his undergraduate in sociology and philosophy at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. He initially worked in non-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. He managed several programs that provided life skills, work/occupation training as well as independent living—housing for people with development disabilities—prior to his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. Michael moved to the Washington, DC area and began working for AARP in Livable Communities in January, 2005. He worked directly with AARP state offices and local volunteers/members to develop local plans for Livable Communities initiatives. He also promoted several key national and local partnerships with Rebuilding Together, American Planning Association and others to ensure 50+ populations could have viable housing alternatives and to foster the further development of AARP’s Social Impact Agenda. Prior to his work at AARP, Michael lived and worked in Minneapolis, MN. Michael worked with neighborhood organizations and non-profit organizations on community development issues while teaching sociology and urban studies.
Leslie Oberholtzer, Director of Planning, Farr Associates
Leslie Oberholtzer is Director of Planning at Farr Associates, an architecture, planning, and preservation firm in Chicago. With extensive background as a landscape architect and smart growth planner, she concentrates professionally on promoting sustainable urbanism through such practices as well designed, walkable neighborhoods; availability of alternative transportation and housing choices; supporting local businesses; and preservation of community history and tradition. She authored the first form-based code adopted in the State of Illinois and continues to focus on coding as a key implementation tool for sustainable communities. A registered landscape architect in Texas and Illinois, Leslie has a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to her work at Farr Associates, she is a member of the LEED-ND corresponding committee and served on the LEED-ND pilot focus group. She also serves on the EPA’s model code workshop team, the planning committee for the Friends of the Chicago River, and the Eco-Andersonville committee of the Andersonville Development Corporation. She contributed to the book Sustainable Urbanism and recently co-authored the Sustainable Urbanism modules for the SmartCode.
Korkut Onaran, Wolff-Lyon Architects
Korkut Onaran joined Wolff-Lyon Architects in 2001 and became a principal in 2007. He is an urban architect with a broad knowledge of development codes and regulation cultures, a subject he explored extensively through his doctorate studies. He is also an assistant professor adjunct and has been teaching at University of Colorado since 1997. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He published several articles on design review and local land use planning, and has won prizes in architectural competitions including first prize in the national competition (in Turkey) titled "Small House," second prize in the architectural competition for a mixed-use downtown complex in Kusadasi, fifth prize in the architectural competition for the Opera House and Performing Arts Center in Ankara, and fourth prize in the urban design competition for preparing a preservation master plan for Citadel District in Ankara. Korkut, also a poet, has received the first prize in Cervena Barva Press 2007 Chapbook Competition and second prize in 2006 Baltimore Review Poetry Competition. His poetry has been published in journals such as Penumbra, Rhino, Peralta, Colere, Writer’s Journal, Water - Stone Review, Bayou, Atlanta Review, and White Pelican Review.
Fernando Pagés, Author and Developer, Building Affordable
Homebuilder, developer and author Fernando Pagés Ruiz speaks internationally on how to build high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes. A builder with 30 years of experience and an expert on how to cut costs and keep quality when building or remodeling, Pagés is the author of two books published by the Taunton Press: Building an Affordable House: A high-value, low-cost approach to building (2005) and Affordable Remodel: How to get custom results on any budget (2007). His Projects have won numerous national awards including the 2008 3Green Building Single Family House of the Year2 and the 2007 3Workforce Housing Award2 from the National Association of Home Builders. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH project chose him to build America's first PATH Concept Home, a home featuring a flexible floor plan, affordable to purchase and to maintain, while meeting the criteria of LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR, MASCO Environments for Living, and the NAHB's Green Building certifications.
Peter Park, Manager, Community Planning and Development, City of Denver
Peter J. Park was appointed Denver’s Manager of Community Planning and Development on January 14, 2004. The Community Planning and Development Department is comprised of more than 200 employees that provide Denver’s planning, zoning, construction permit and inspection services. He 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. Mr. Park also holds an appointment at the University of Colorado at Denver as an Associate Professor of Urban Design and Director of the Master of Urban Design Program. 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. Mr. Park has specialized in urban design and planning work requiring innovative design solutions that balance development needs with unique site and design quality concerns. He has worked with a variety of organizations dealing with regional planning, neighborhood planning, urban design, design guidelines and building renovation. Mr. Park has lectured at various institutions including the University of Chicago, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Marquette University, University of Montreal, and the University of Tokyo. He has also spoken to numerous local and national organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Mr. Park co-authored The Wisconsin State Building Program Research Project: A Comparative Analysis and edited Growth Management and Environmental Quality.
Daniel Parolek, AIA,, Principal , Opticos Design, Inc.
Aiming to create a practice that combined town planning and architecture to elevate the design, implementation, and revitalization of great urban places, Daniel established Opticos Design in 2000. Daniel has won multiple international design competitions and was awarded a Knight Fellowship through the University of Miami in 2004 to study mixed-use neighborhood centers. He is the author of the book “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” which will be available from Wiley in March of 2008. He is a frequent national lecturer and author in the field of New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and Form-Based Coding and is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute.
Neal Payton, AIA, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners
Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED-AP is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. Before arriving in California, he co-directed Torti Gallas1s Urban Design efforts out of their Silver Spring, MD office. His work centers on Urban Design and Town Planning at a variety of scales including inner city revitalization, inner suburban infill and refill, transit oriented development in emerging development areas as well as regional plans for counties and metropolitan areas. Mr. Payton's urban design efforts have been honored nationally with AIA Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design and several Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism. Among his current projects Mr. Payton is working on a new TOD on a 150-acre site in Leander, Texas (outside of Austin) and collaborating with G.B. Arrington1s firm, Parsons Brinkerhoff, in planning for the Wilshire Blvd subway (the Subway to the Sea) in Los Angeles. Mr. Payton holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Torti Gallas, Mr. Payton served as a professor of architecture and urban design at a number of universities including The University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Rice University and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Roger Pecsok, Principal and Development Director, Continuum Partners, LLC
Roger Pecsok joined Continuum Partners in 2001 where he was responsible for coordinating financial analysis, construction, budgets, design, entitlements and other development activities. Roger worked extensively on most aspects of the 3.5 million square foot Belmar mixed-use development and managed much of the horizontal and vertical development activity, which among other things included the overall financial analysis, entitlements, design and master planning, putting in a place a residential development program and coordination of land sales to third party developers. Roger is currently responsible for all ongoing development activities at Belmar. Roger provided development oversight for the Art House Condominium project, a complex mixed-use project that includes 13 high end townhomes, a mid-rise building with market rate and affordable housing components and a contemporary art museum. Roger also has overall responsibility of the Belleview Station mixed-use and transit oriented development. Prior to joining Continuum, he had four years experience developing commercial properties in the Seattle area with Opus Northwest and prior to that two years construction experience with Morrison Knudsen Corporation. Roger has worked on over a dozen real estate development projects totaling more than several million square feet. He has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science as well as a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in construction management.
Chuck Perry, Managing Partner, Perry Rose LLC
Chuck Perry is recognized as an authority in community based planning and mixed-use, mixed-income infill real estate development and has an extensive background in public process and financing strategies. As managing partner of Perry Rose in Denver, Mr. Perry managed the development of the award winning Highlands’ Garden Village (HGV), leading the development team from concept to obtaining entitlements, approvals and financing through design, value engineering and construction management. The Highlands’ Garden Village PUD, written by Mr. Perry, served as a model for the City of Denver’s mixed-use zoning code. Other recent projects include the revitalization plan and financial feasibility analysis for the Buckingham Gardens public housing project in Aurora. In addition, Mr. Perry is involved in the initial development and site planning work on the redevelopment of a 25 acre campus owned by Franciscan Sisters in North Denver, and is managing the ongoing public process, financial feasibility analysis, and site planning in relation to a parcel that the Town of Frisco plans to develop into a mixed income community. He also is a partner in Rose Companies Management under which he participated in the acquisition, financing and eventual disposition of the Falls Apartments, a 208-unit market rate new urban complex in downtown of Lakewood, Colorado. As a principal in Rose Companies Management, he oversees the management of the Denver Dry Goods Building, the Trocadero Apartments, and the Cottage Hill Senior Apartments, all of which include affordable and market rate units. Prior to joining Perry Rose, Mr. Perry served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). In that capacity, Mr. Perry managed the redevelopment of the Denver Dry Goods Building and was responsible for the development of programs that renovate single family housing, making it available to low and moderate income home buyers. At DURA, Mr. Perry was also responsible for the preparation of numerous downtown and neighborhood urban renewal plans and financings. Mr. Perry also served as a senior housing planner for the Denver Planning Office where he was involved in the formation of the Denver Housing Trust Council and the financing of numerous affordable and market rate housing developments utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, private activity bonds, tax increment financing, CDBG and HOME loans. He also has served as a private planning consultant, developing comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances for localities in Colorado. Perry has developed plans for the Denver Central Platte Valley Rail Yards, the Downtown Denver Urban Renewal Area, the Denver Westwood and South Broadway Urban Renewal Areas, the Denver Affordable Housing Task Force, the Edgewater, Estes Park and Leadville, CO Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinances and The Massachusetts State Growth Policy Plan. Mr. Perry holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a specialization in citizen participation, land use and environmental planning. He is a Denver native, and is married to Patricia Perry, a successful restaurateur. He and his wife are passionate about horseback riding and their two dogs.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Principal , Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Elizabeth 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.
Danny Pleasant, KEY BUSINESS EXECUTIVE/DIRECTOR, City of Charlotte, Department of Transportation
As Director of the Department of Transportation for the City of Charlotte, Danny Pleasant is responsible for road and transportation planning and operations, including policy development and neighborhood traffic projects, as well as capital project prioritization. The Department also provides planning services for the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization. Pleasant joined the City of Charlotte in 2002, following a 14-year career as Transportation Planning Bureau Chief for the City of Orlando, Florida. He also worked as a transportation planner for the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Chapel Hill and Fayetteville, North Carolina. Pleasant is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is affiliated with Walkable Communities and has served on several of its expert advisory teams focusing on finding solutions to urban design problems. Alternate: Danny has dedicated his 25+ year career to helping fast-growing Sunbelt cities build quality communities using thoughtful transportation planning and investment strategies. He currently serves the City of Charlotte (NC) as Transportation Director where he is responsible for articulating the vision and planning for a transportation network that will accommodate growth by integrating transportation and land use choices. He leads a broad range of services including building and managing sidewalks, bikeways and over 2,300 miles of city streets. His department provides staffing for a two county metropolitan planning organization and the seven county air quality planning region. Danny joined the City of Charlotte in 2002, after serving 14 years as Transportation Planning Bureau Chief for the City of Orlando, Florida. Danny is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Land Institute, the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers
Scott Polikov, Principal, Gateway Planning Group
Scott Polikov of the Gateway Planning Group, Inc. works with communities to reestablish their connections with place. Town planner and civic entrepreneur, Scott started his professional life in law, practicing with the Washington, D.C. firm, Patton Boggs. Returning to Texas, he was recruited to run the state’s Alternative Fuels Program and to serve on the boards of his local transit authority and MPO. Scott was alarmed to see the MPO approving multi-billion dollar regional transportation plans with virtually zero regard for land use and urban form. Scott channeled his frustration, establishing a national planning and urban design practice through the marriage of place-making and the economics of transportation. His firm’s work has been featured in ULI’s Urban Land and APA’s Planning Magazine. Gateway Planning’s awards include the Form-Based Codes Institute inaugural Driehaus Award for Best Code. Scott serves as an associate member of the Citistates Group, founded by Neal Peirce, and he serves on the National Board of Directors of CNU.
Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, 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 Florida, Texas and New Mexico. He was born in Athens, Greece and has lived in Los Angeles since 1973. He was a Professor of Architecture at USC until 1997 and has practiced with partner Elizabeth Moule in Moule & Polyzoides, since 1990. Mr. Polyzoides' distinguished career covers the areas of architectural and urbanist education, history, theory and practice. His professional experience spans institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning, and urban design. He was a co-founder of CNU in 1990.
Kyriakos Pontikis, Associate Professor, California State University Northridge
Kyriakos Pontikis is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at California State University, Northridge. He studied architecture in the United States and received his bachelor’s degree (B.Arch.) from Oklahoma State University and his master’s (M.Arch.) and Ph.D. in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a practicing architect and interior designer and heads the firm Pontikis + Associates in Los Angeles. In his work, which grew out of his association with Christopher Alexander and his associates in Berkeley, he focuses on the fundamental tenets of the “art of building” and on building processes which give life and functionality to buildings and towns. His specialisation and research focus on the integration of architecture with interior design and in the use of materiality, detailing, ornament and colour in buildings. His main aim is to create modern living structures that are sustainable and responsive to human needs and cultural specificity. At CSUN he has developed a series of undergraduate and graduate courses on sustainable interior design and architecture, pattern languages and generative design. He has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to create the Habitat for Humanity CSUN Chapter and help to provide housing to low income families. He is a founding member and coordinator of the international organization BPA (Building Process Alliance) and a founding member and advisory board member of INTBAU USA (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism). Pontikis is the chair of the Sustainability Committee in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a member of the CSUN Sustainability committee.
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, Principal, Donald Powers Architects Inc.
Donald W. Powers has over 18 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 9 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 University1s 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.
Russell S. Preston, Design Associate, Cornish Associates
Russ Preston currently serves as Cornish Associates in house LEED accredited architectural and urban designer. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture as well as the University of Miami master's program in town planning, he is involved in the design aspects of the firm's development projects. As well as being a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Russ currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter for the New Urbanism. At the Universiy of Miami Russ was a Knight Scholar, and taught several undergraduate design and drawing studios. Outside of his work with Cornish, Russ is an active artist producing work in watercolor, ink, and oil.
Linda Purcell, Principal, Architecture PML
Linda Purcell is an Architect and a Principal with Architecture PML, a company she started in January 2009. Prior to that time, she was an Associate Principal at OZ Architecture. Linda has extensive experience in providing planning, programming, design and construction services for commercial, historical, residential, resort, and government and institutional clients. She has worked on projects with construction costs ranging from $500,000 to $143M. While at OZ, she was actively involved with the restoration of the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, an historic landmark that is recognized and valued locally, regionally, and nationally. Linda earned a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Colorado in 1994, and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Fort Lewis College in 1978. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, US/ICOMOS, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Roxanne Qualls, Council Member, City of Cincinnati
Roxanne Qualls is a member of Cincinnati City Council. She was elected to City Council in November 2007, and chairs the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Vibrant Neighborhoods Committee. Since returning to public office, Qualls has focused the adoption of a Complete Streets program and expansion of public transportation, including construction of a streetcar; the implementation of form-based codes to revitalize of Cincinnati’s traditional neighborhoods; and planning and design of the reconstruction of Interstate I-75 in the City of Cincinnati. Ms. Qualls previously served three terms as Mayor of the City of Cincinnati from 1993-1999. As Mayor, she established the planning process for the redevelopment of Cincinnati's riverfront, and the reconfiguration of Fort Washington Way. During her terms in office she led the city’s efforts to redevelop the central riverfront, prioritized cleaning up neighborhoods, improving safety, and increasing homeownership. Ms. Qualls was first elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1991. After leaving office due to term limits, Roxanne went to Harvard University where she served as a fellow in the Institute of Politics, a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, A Malcolm Weiner Fellow in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and in 2002 earned a Masters degree in Public Administration. She returned to Cincinnati in 2004 and taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at Northern Kentucky University and served as Director of Public Leadership Initiatives until December 2007.
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).
Robin Rather, CEO, Collective Strengths
Robin Rather is an independent consultant specializing in market research and strategy for a range of business, non-profit and governmental clients and is a recognized advocate for sustainability and related policy issues. Her company, Collective Strength, is based in Austin. Working alongside regional planning experts, Rather's approach to citizen research goes beyond just generating data and reports. She is well known for analytical skills that reach farther into the "mindset" of diverse community segments and goes on to synthesize these often wide ranging viewpoints into cohesive planning priorities. Her approach also provides a way to benchmark attitudes and perceptions about regional plans as they evolve over time. Rather has recently served as a lead consultant on projects that involve renewable energy strategies, water conservation, the future of healthcare, non-point source pollution, community values, citizens' definitions of a healthy economy, and corporate trends. She also conducted one of the first major surveys of US sustainability experts on global trends and recently traveled to Beijing as part of a delegation meeting with environmental, academic and policy leaders in China.
Mary Taylor Raulerson, City Planner/Transportation Planner, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc.
Mary is a senior city planner and transportation planner with Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin and has over 19 years of experience in developing livable transportation solutions for small- and large-scale communities across the country. She has worked with a variety of transportation agencies to implement balanced transportation systems that include rail, busways, highways, national parks, scenic highways, and bridges. She has a proven track record of working with transportation agencies and communities to develop efficient decision-making processes and livable transportation and land use solutions that are community-driven, are environmentally responsible and are affordable. For the past several years, Mary has focused on developing and implementing Smart Transportation policies, procedures and projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that emphasize a smarter and more efficient approach to choosing and integrating land use and transportation investments.
Max Reim, Principal and Co-Managing Partner, Live Work Learn Play LLP
Max Reim is the Founder and Principal of Live Work Learn Play LLP, a cutting edge group of developers, consultants and deal-making specialists in envisioning, planning, developing, “work outs” and Targeted Leasing and Casting TLCtm of large-scale commercial mixed-use legacy projects. Max specializes in the creation of urban villages and waterfront redevelopments, as well as the revitalization of cities and downtowns, along with the development or redevelopment of college towns & university districts, resort towns, and large-scale mixed-use New & Old Urbanist projects. Max has developed, revitalized or “worked out” over 100-large-scale projects in seven different countries where there are currently over ninety million people living, working, learning or playing annually. Currently, Max is working on four university towns or college districts, several waterfront redevelopments, two citywide revitalizations, and many other large scale urban and resort mixed-use “work outs” and development projects across North America. Max was also a former World Vice President of Intrawest Corporation, where he led the commercial planning, portions of the development and management of mixed-use resort villages and recreationally based towns throughout North America and Europe, such as Whistler Creekside British Columbia, Mont Tremblant Quebec, Mammoth California, Lake Las Vegas Nevada, and Sandestin Florida. Over the past 25-years, Max has built and operated hundreds of restaurants, lounges and hotels with his family or colleagues, as well as being an integral leader in acquiring, developing, financing, programming, leasing and managing over $2 Billion dollars of mixed-use assets. Max has been a regular guest speaker for the Congress of New Urbanism, The Seaside Institute, Urban Land Institute, several University Business, Architecture and Urban Planning schools, SCUP and many public and private organizations. Max’s life mission is simply to “Create Enduring Community Vitality and
Paul Rice, Jr., AICP, Principal Planner, City of Lakewood
Paul Rice is a Principal Planner with the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Rice joined the City of Lakewood in 2005, and is the City representative on the Belmar Architectural Control Committee. Prior to joining the City of Lakewood, Rice has worked with several communities in Washington State and Indiana. A graduate of Ball State and Washington State universities, Rice has degrees in regional planning and environmental science. Rice is interested in sustainable development that seeks to enhance the character of the surrounding community. Paul lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Eleanor.
Lynn Richards, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA
Lynn Richards is currently a senior policy analyst with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She focuses on all aspects of smart growth, including examining water impacts from different development patterns; developing models for measuring stormwater runoff and associated pollutants from different site designs; and analyzing the regulations and subsidies that support different development patterns. In 2006, she published “Protecting Water Resources with Higher Density Development,” and in 2004, “Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth.” In addition, she was one of the primary authors of “Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation” that was published by the Smart Growth Network in 2002. Prior to EPA, Richards worked for ICF Consulting and addressed sustainable development, environmental justice, and long-term stewardship. In addition, she also worked with the Government of the Bahamas to establish a Ministry of Environmental Protection. During this time, Richards served on the President’s Council for Sustainable Development Environmental Management Task Force. Richards holds a MS in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Jeanne Robb, President, Denver City Council
Elected President of the Denver City Council in 2008, Jeanne Robb has represented City Council District 10 for five years. She is a thirty year resident of the district which includes the Civic Center, Golden Triangle, Capitol Hill, Congress Park, Bellevue Hale, Cherry Creek, Country Club, and Alamo Placita neighborhoods. She has served as chairperson of Blueprint Denver – the Council’s land use committee. She was instrumental in the creation of Main Street Zoning, the Colorado Colfax Marathon, new drive-through restaurant regulations, tighter panhandling ordinances, demolition review of potentially historic structures, and the Justice Center design and public process. For her work, she has been recognized with the Molly Brown Award from Historic Denver and the Woman of Vision award from the Commercial Real Estate Women. Before serving on Council, she served as a neighborhood president, chair of the Cherry Creek Steering Committee, president of the Temple Events Center Uptown board, and on the boards of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, and the Denver Health Foundation. Years of civic involvement have fueled her passion for city life and the quality of our urban environment. She believes Denver must preserve and further maintain our urban legacies, including our close-in residential neighborhoods as well as our parks and parkways. She is an advocate for good urban design, great streets, wide sidewalks, and public spaces like Fillmore Plaza and Civic Center Park. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Robb taught high school in Chicago and New York City before moving to Denver in 1974. For ten years (1980 – 1990) she ran her own business as a writing consultant and instructor. Her clients included the Arvada City Planning Department, the Colorado State Patrol, Ampex Corporation, Jefferson County MIS, Public Service Company, Gensler and Associates Architects, Richardson and Associates (Lipper Analytical), Colorado Interstate Gas, and Van Gilder Insurance. She also worked as an election coordinator for the Colorado Electronic Election Pool, a consortium of Denver television stations. Her proudest achievement is raising three great kids – two of whom live in Denver and one who recently moved to Florida.
Michael J. Rock, City Manager, City of Lakewood
Michael J. Rock is city manager of Lakewood, Colorado’s 4th largest city. He has chaired the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, served on the Blue Ribbon Housing Panel, the Colorado Aeronautical Board and the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Committee. He has also been very active in economic development, negotiating numerous public-private development partnerships and intergovernmental agreements. Rock has over 30 years of management experience. He has worked as an executive in the mining industry, served on the staff of former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, and served as both a city and county manager throughout Colorado. Rock also taught at the Graduate School of Public Affairs for the University of Colorado, and led a 20- member economic delegation to the Ukraine and Russian Republicans in 1992. Mike’s wife Trish owns a development consulting firm. They have two sons, six horses, cats, dogs and alpacas.
Yodan Rofe, Senior 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.
Jonathan F.p. Rose , President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Jonathan F.P. Rose's business, not-for-profit and public policy work focuses on integrating transportation, housing, environmental and open space policies to create healthy equitable metropolitan regions. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. The firm currently manages over $1.5 billion of work, much of it in close collaboration with not-for- profits, towns and cities. The company's mission is to repair the fabric of communities. The firm draws on its human capital, financial depth and real estate expertise to create highly integrated solutions to real estate challenges. A thought leader in the Smart Growth, national infrastructure, green building, and affordable housing movements, Mr. Rose is a frequent speaker and writer. His work has received widespread media attention from CNN to The New York Times and was recently profiled in e2, a PBS series on sustainable development. The firm's innovative development, planning, investment, new construction, conversion and historic preservation work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Global Green USA, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Rose is a Trustee of several organizations including: the Urban Land Institute and co-chair of its Climate and Energy Committee; the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Enterprise Community Partners and is deeply engaged in its Green Communities program. He chairs the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission. He also serves on the leadership councils of both Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture, and chairs the Trust for Public Land's National Real Estate Council. Mr. Rose also serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the American Museum of Natural History. He is also co-founder of the Garrison Institute with his wife, Diana Rose. Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Martha Roskowski, GO Boulder Program Manager, City of Boulder Transportation Dept
Martha Roskowski is the manager of GO Boulder, the city of Boulder’s extensive and innovative program to provide transportation choices for residents, workers and visitors. She joined the city team in 2004. She spent the previous two and a half years in Washington DC, leading America Bikes, the bicycle community’s campaign on the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill. That effort helped create the new federal Safe Routes to School program, continued important funding programs such as Transportation Enhancements and CMAQ, and helped coin the term “complete streets.” For those efforts, the bicycle industry named her “cycling’s woman of the year” in 2003. Previously, she spent seven years as Executive Director of Bicycle Colorado, a statewide advocacy effort. She has served on numerous boards, ranging from the League of American Bicyclists and the Thunderhead Alliance, to the Planning and Zoning Commission of Salida, Colorado, and Free Range Radio, a pirate radio station now turned legit.
Troy P. Russ, Principal, Glatting Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Inc.
Troy Russ is a Principal Urban Designer, leading the Denver Office of Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc. Troy works with public and private clients implementing integrated transportation and urban design solutions for revitalizing urban environments. Troy’s efforts have taken him to Charlotte, NC where he managed the City’s Integrated Land Use and Transit Program; to Edmonton, AB where assisted in creating their transit and land use policies; to Sacramento and their Delivery Guide to Transit Oriented Development.
Saeed Ahmed Saeed, CEO, Limitless LLC
Saeed Ahmed Saeed, Chief Executive Officer of Limitless, began his career as a Project Engineer with Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) in 1992. Eight years later, he was appointed Managing Director (Projects) at Nakheel, where he spearheaded some of the most prestigious developments in Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah, Ibn Batutta Mall and The Gardens. At Nakheel, Saeed was also the driving force behind several world famous projects such as Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Deira, The World Islands, Jumeirah Village and Jumeirah Islands. As CEO of Limitless, under the philosophy of ‘delivering distinction’, Saeed is leading the delivery of self-sustaining urban communities and iconic projects in the UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Jordan. Saeed grew up in Dubai and was educated in the UAE as well as the UK. A civil engineer by background, he is also an accomplished chess player, who at the age of 12, was crowned World Junior Chess Champion in 1979. He won the award again in 1981.
David Sargent, AIA,, Senior Associate, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists
David Sargent received a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Brown University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Rice University. He is a registered architect in the state of California and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Mr. Sargent has been practicing architecture and town planning in California since 1981, leading design teams on architectural projects of all types, including residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Since 1991 he has focused on the design of pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods and districts, including neighborhood plans and implementing regulatory codes for projects ranging from 20 to 700 acres. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sargent and Moule & Polyzoides collaborated on numerous projects, including Ventura Harbor, Downtown Ventura and the Hercules Waterfront District, a 125-acre transit-oriented urban district which is currently under construction. Mr. Sargent’s current and recent projects—ranging in scale from multiple neighborhoods to entire cities— include a new form-based development code for the City of Ventura, the King City Downtown Addition Specific Plan, the Paso Robles Gateway Plan, the Santa Paula East Area One Specific Plan, and the first phase of a general plan for the City of Tehachapi, the Interim Community Design Program. For the past two years he was under contract to the City of Ventura as the town architect, responsible for providing urban design consultation on a range of issues and providing design review services for many larger architectural and urban projects. A long-time advocate for high quality neighborhood design and architecture in California, Mr. Sargent has organized conferences and presentations on urbanism and is a frequent speaker throughout the State. In 2004 he coauthored a white paper on smart growth in California which was instrumental in the passage of legislation that enables cities to use form-based codes in lieu of conventional use-based zoning codes. Mr. Sargent was a seven-year member of Ventura’s Architectural Review Board (now the Design Review Committee), cochair of the Downtown Specific Plan Steering Committee and consulted with City staff on a
Bry Sarte, Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers
Bry Sarté, founder of Sherwood Design Engineers, has years of international engineering experience ranging from master planning and infrastructure design to site planning for individual buildings and urban spaces. Leading a group of civil and environmental engineers based in San Francisco, New York, and Cambridge, Mr. Sarté has built an international reputation by providing engineering services and design solutions which reflect a deep commitment to executing well-planned, sustainable alternatives for our world-wide communities. Mr. Sarté has served as Principal Engineer for projects that range from the sustainably-oriented site design of LEED- Platinum Berkeley School of Law, to the 5,000 acre ecological master plan for the Great Wall Villages in Northern China, and has been published internationally for his contributions to contemporary research involving global environmental issues affecting water supply, urban design, material science and energy use. His recent speaking engagements have included a talk on “Optimizing Water Re-Use” at the Ratna Ling Symposium, and a discussion on designing working wetlands and stormwater reuse in urban spaces, at the West Coast Green conference. He also regularly appears as a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University, presenting materials on environmentally sensitive infrastructure design and construction. He is the author of the soon to be published John Wiley and Sons book, The Green Infrastructure Guide: Sustainable Engineering. Bry holds a double bachelors degree, in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Katie Selby Urban, Co-Founder, Director of Community Affairs, South Main Development, Inc.
Katie is Co-Founder of South Main. She lives in South Main with her husband Dustin, son Heron and dog Hurley. She loves walking out her door to play every day, whether it be kayaking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing or hiking. Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Fort Lewis College School of Business in Durango, CO. She enjoys, among other things, being a mom, gardening and plenty of adventure.
Jed Selby, President & Co-founder, South Main Development, Inc.
Jed is co-founder of South Main. He brings passion to his study of traditional building design and construction patterns, continually raising the bar through his involvement in the South Main Building Company. Jed graduated magna cum laude from Fort Lewis College with a degree in business administration. He is a three-time US Freestyle Kayak Team member and an avid rock climber and pilot.
Brian Shea, Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Both an architect and urban designer, Mr. Shea has been with Cooper, Robertson & Partners since its inception in 1979 leading the urban design studio as design partner on many of the firm's prominent large-scale projects including Battery Park City and Celebration. Mr. Shea was partner-in-charge on new community projects including Carlyle and Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Virginia, Daniel Island in South Carolina, and Liberty in California. He has also led several waterfront projects including the Memphis Riverfront Plan, Baltimore Inner Harbor Master Plan, and the Boston Seaport Public Realm Plan. Currently, he is leading the firm’s framework plan for the expansion of Harvard University’s campus in Allston. Also a teacher and lecturer, he held the Kea Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland in 1996. Before joining Cooper, Robertson, Mr. Shea worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and then served as an urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning and the Mayor's Office of Midtown Planning and Development. He received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Terry Shook, Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley Architects
Charles Terry Shook, AIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a Perception Design firm specializing in strategic consulting services, including branding, architecture, communication design and interior design. Mr. Shook serves as principal-in-charge of a multi-million-dollar New Urban planning and design group, with an emphasis on urban retail design and main street development. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and Placemarking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment. Mr. Shook is an annual lecturer in the Professional Development Program at Harvard University and speaks regularly for the Urban Land Institute on topics relating to urban design. He is a member of the International Downtown Association and the Urban Land Institute, and was recently elevated to the College of Fellows, the highest honor given by the American Institute of Architects.
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.
Stuart Sirota, Principal, TND Planning Group
Stuart Sirota is the founding principal of TND Planning Group, a national consulting practice based in Baltimore, Maryland, focused on sustainable transportation and land use planning, design, and policy. Since forming his company in 2005, Mr. Sirota has led and participated in numerous projects throughout the U.S. designed to make communities more pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-friendly. These include corridor and downtown revitalization plans, “complete streets” planning, transit oriented development and town center plans, traditional neighborhood development master plans, streetscape design guidelines, and form-based coding. Mr. Sirota assists governments, real estate developers, and community-based organizations, each seeking to create new choices through transformative change.
Daniel K. Slone, Esquire, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
As a consultant and legal counsel, Dan represents developers, design professionals, green businesses and localities around the world, advising them on traditional neighborhood development, conservation development, eco-industrial projects, distributed generation, financing, green product development and business matters. He assists developers of sustainable new towns and innovative utility projects. He also represents localities developing innovative regulatory approaches. He represents professionals providing “green” services and the developers and manufacturers of innovative products. Dan has been counsel for the U.S. Green Building Council (developers of the LEED® green building rating system) since the turn of the century and for the Congress for the New Urbanism since it began. Among his other public interest clients are the Seaside Institute and the World Green Building Council. He serves on the boards of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the National Charrette Institute, the Form Based Codes Institute and the Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences. Dan has worked for two decades on Traditional Neighborhood 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. Dan’s team has developed green real estate documents as well as green homeowner association documents. For localities, he helps identify code provisions that interfere with New Urban or sustainable projects, and crafts codes that encourage or require New Urban or more sustainable developments with practical flexibility for the development community. Dan has been the legal team leader for the land use and entitlement process for several new towns widely recognized as part of the cutting edge for the application of New Urban and green development principles. He has worked for the Department of Energy and FEMA in relocating flooded towns in the Midwest; worked with the State of Mississippi on Katrina recovery; and assisted in various aspects of the development or permitting of other new communities in California, Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut and other states. He speaks nationally on removing or overcoming legal impediments to innovative and responsible development, as well as implementing the Smart Code and other form-based code approaches. Dan’s team also helps green manufacturers determine what they can say about their products and help large-scale land owners monetize environmental attributes of their properties such as carbon credits and stream restoration credits. Dan’s law degree is from the University of Michigan, and he has degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College. In the summer of 2008 Dan and co-author Doris Goldstein co-wrote A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects, published by John Wiley & Sons which is available through on-line book sellers. In 2007 ULI published Developing Sustainable Planned Communities which includes Dan’s chapter on “Maintaining Sustainability.” For additional details please see (http://www.mcguirewoods.com/lawyers/index/Daniel_K_Slone.asp)
Lee Sobel, Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Lee Sobel is the Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst in the U.S. EPA’s Development, Community & Environment Division (the Smart Growth program). His work focuses technical assistance, outreach and education, and research and policy, related to real estate development that achieves smart growth goals and outcomes. Prior to joining the EPA, Mr. Sobel was a Senior Associate in the Miami office of CB Richard Ellis’ Investment Property Group, selling shopping centers and retail property throughout Florida. Mr. Sobel has been an active commercial real estate and mortgage broker in Florida for over eight years. Mr. Sobel is the author of "Greyfields Into Goldfields; Dead Malls Become Living Neighborhoods," and co-author of "This Is Smart Growth" and "Getting To Smart Growth II." He has a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is a resident of Maryland.
Dan Solomon, Principal, WRT Solomon E.T.C.
Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 35-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than eighty awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: ReBuilding , Global City Blues and Cosmopolis. Daniel Solomon's commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work; he was one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization whose principles have helped shape the contemporary practice of community design.
Sandy Sorlien, Director of Technical Research, Center for Applied Transect Studies
Sandy Sorlien is the Director of Technical Research at the Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS), a think tank that promotes understanding of the built environment as part of the natural environment, through the planning methodology of the rural-to-urban transect. CATS supports interdisciplinary research, publication, tools, and training for the design, coding, building and documentation of resilient transect-based communities. Sandy has been the managing editor of the transect-based model SmartCode since 2004 and is a principal co-author (with Andrés Duany) of the SmartCode Version 9 and Manual. She is a 2008-2009 Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, visiting communities across the state to present "Frontage Matters: A Critical Walk Around Your Town."
Rob Spanier, Vice President, Live Work Learn Play LLP
Rob Spanier is a Senior Executive with LiveWorkLearnPlay LLP. And has nearly a decade of hands-on experience in large-scale mixed-use analysis, project management, planning, Targeted Leasing and Casting (TLCTM), and Hospitality deal making in projects throughout North America, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. During his tenure as a Senior Management member with Intrawest Corporation, Rob worked on over 14 large-scale projects and managed international teams that helped to create world-renowned mixed-use destinations. Rob currently heads up Live Work learn Play’s Strategic Business Development initiatives as well as his continued senior management of Live Work Learn Play's TLCTM division and works on many of LiveWorkLearnPlay’s key projects as a senior project resource. Rob is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he sits on the Toronto Chapter Program Committee, is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and is actively involved with the Seaside Institute and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). Rob also participates in guest speaking engagements throughout North America through his various affiliations and other organizations. Rob is passionate about life and helping to provide places where people can connect to people, and to their environments; creating places where memories are born and will last forever.
Jeff B. Speck, AICP LEED-AP, SPECK & ASSOCIATES LLC
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who consults to public officials and the real estate industry. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he directed the Mayors' Institute on City Design and Your Town programs, and created a new initiative, the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as the forthcoming Smart Growth Manual.
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 on the Fort Myers Planning Board and is an officer and director of the Form-Based Codes Institute. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, Spikowski served as Lee County (FL) growth management director.
Bill Struever, Partner, CEO & President, Struever Brothers Eccles & Rouse
As the President and CEO of Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse for more than 30 years, C. William “Bill” Struever has led the company in its efforts to “Build Better Communities” through both commercial and residential projects located throughout the Baltimore and mid-Atlantic region. Since the company’s founding in 1974, Struever has been the driving force behind community revitalization efforts that bolster entire neighborhoods and extend beyond individual projects. He has led SBE&R from a small company started in his mother’s basement to a $180 million real estate development and general contracting company with four regional offices in the United States. Struever has played a key role in the Baltimore’s revitalization through his passion, creativity and commitment to rebuilding the city. His vision for the future is to help Baltimore lead the country in urban revitalization, adaptive reuse of economically obsolete industrial buildings, and Brownfields development. In stride with the company’s business efforts, he actively supports civic organizations aimed at fostering and expanding business and economic development. He has served as President of the Downtown Partnership, Chair of the Baltimore Metropolitan Private Industry Council and is currently on the boards of Greater Baltimore Council, Greater Baltimore Alliance and Greater Baltimore Technology Council. In 2000, Struever was named the Baltimore Sun’s Marylander of the Year, Baltimore Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year, and the Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. That same year he received the Business and Leadership Award by the Maryland Small Business Advisory Council, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Award, and the Florence Beck Kurdle Award for Community Activism and Achievement from the Maryland Department of Planning, and the Baltimore’s Extraordinary Technology Advocate Award from the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. Over the years, he has received special recognition from all levels of government including a 1996 Governor’s Citation from the Task force on Juvenile Justice Reform, a 1995 Congressional Achievement Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Serving the Citizens of Baltimore City;” the 1993 Economic Leadership Award from the National Council for Urban Economic Development; the 1987 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award, and selection as America’s Outstanding Business Volunteer of the Year in 1986 by President Reagan. As reflection of the vital role education and technology play in the success of businesses, Struever has committed himself to educational service. He recently completed his tenure as
Peter Swift, Owner, Swift and Associates
Peter Swift, P.E. Peter Swift is the owner of Swift and Associates, Civil/Traffic Engineers and Town Planners, Longmont, Colorado. He has been working within engineering and urban design for 35 years of which 4 were spent in public service, 20 in his own business and 2 years in Iraq. Mr. Swift works consistently with sustainable traffic engineering and traditional town planning throughout the United States, Central America and the Middle East. He is one of the early Charter members of the Congress of the New Urbanism. He is a Knight Fellow with the University of Miami. He has been an occasional lecturer at several Universities with a regular series on Traditional Town Planning presented at the University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Swift has been qualified as an expert witness in traffic and transportation matters by the 8th District Federal Court. He has also written code for conventional and traditional neighborhood developments.
Galina Tahchieva, Director of Town Planning, Duany Plater-Zyberk
Galina Tahchieva is a partner and director of town planning at DPZ. In her 16-year career with DPZ, Ms. Tahchieva has led, managed, designed and supported the implementation of numerous regional plans, downtown redevelopments, suburban retrofits, academic campuses, new towns and resort villages. She has provided leadership to an extensive list of projects in the US, England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Russia and Bulgaria. In all projects Ms. Tahchieva has emphasized the transformation of sprawl into sustainable communities and has published and lectured on the urgency and relevance of such efforts. Ms. Tahchieva has lectured at the University of Miami, Harvard Executive Program, as well as in Brazil, Italy and Norway. Her expertise includes retrofitting suburbia and environmental aspects of urban planning. She is a LEED certified professional, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism and a Board member of the New Urban Guild.
Emily Talen, PhD AICP, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Emily Talen is a Professor in the School of Planning and the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. A forthcoming book, The Design of Diversity (Architectural Press, 2008), explores the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.
Dhiru Thadani, AIA, Architect + Urbanist
Dhiru A. Thadani, AIA is an architect and urbanist. 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.
Abigail Thorne-Lyman, Principal, Strategic Economics
Ms. Thorne-Lyman specializes in regional economic analysis, economic and fiscal impact analysis, and transit-oriented development (TOD). She has experience with project level fiscal impact studies, downtown specific plans, general plan updates, regional economic analysis, and national research projects. She has completed dynamic fiscal and economic impact studies for several development annexation proposals in Monterey and Nevada Counties, and developed Strategic Economic’ model for dynamic fiscal impact analysis. Additionally she has completed fiscal impact studies for specific plans in Hayward, Martinez, and Monterey County. She is currently finalizing economic impact studies in San Jose, Cotati, and Hayden, Idaho. Additionally, Ms. Thorne-Lyman has extensive experience with larger scale economic analysis for City General Plans and corridor-level analysis of TOD. She has supported MTC and BART’s efforts to enhance TOD in existing and new transit corridors, by providing information about the potential market demand for TOD. Currently, she is developing national projections of future transit-oriented affordable housing need for the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD). Prior to joining Strategic Economics, Ms. Thorne-Lyman worked at the CoStar Group, following trends in commercial leasing and sales through work with brokers and developers. In graduate school she interned for the City of Emeryville Redevelopment Agency, where she updated the Agency’s Five-Year Implementation Plan mid-cycle. She received her Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley with a concentration in regional and local economic development. She has a Bachelor of Arts in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. In her spare time Ms. Thorne-Lyman plays soccer and ultimate frisbee, and volunteers as a steering committee member for the Friends of the Cerrito Theater.
Ron Tilton, President, FirstBank of Denver
Ron Tilton is the President of FirstBank of Denver. He has served in this capacity since 1998 after starting his career with the Bank in 1985. Ron has served on the Bank’s Credit Policy Committee and has just finished a three-year term as the Chair of the Credit Committee. As Colorado’s largest locally-owned banking organization, FirstBank has been providing full service banking for over 46-years. Since its first bank charter was granted in 1963, FirstBank has grown into a $8 billion organization with over 120 locations. The Bank is one of the premier investors in Colorado based real estate secured loans and bonds. Over the past two years alone, the Bank originated over $1 billion in commercial real estate loans. Ron currently serves on the board of Del Norte Housing Development Corporation, Denver Civic Ventures, The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Junior Achievement, is a NAIOP member, and serves on the board of Pinehurst Country Club. His past community involvement activities include service on the board for Parent Pathways, Urban League, Denver Area Boy Scouts, class room instructor for Junior Achievement, member/chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s City Center Housing Council, Pinehurst Country Club, Wheat Ridge DARE Foundation, the Colorado Responsible Lending Task Force, CACI, and was a founding board member of Colorado Lending source (a non-profit SBA 504 loan company). He received his BS degree in 1985 from Kansas State University in Economics and Finance. Since joining the Bank, he has graduated from the Bank Compliance School in Norman, Ok, and the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, WA.
Brent Toderian, MCIP, Director of Planning, City of Vancouver
In 2006, Brent Toderian was appointed the City of Vancouver’s Director of City Planning. His broad mandate involves current planning, including the many projects related to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and visioning/CityPlans, including Vancouver’s new “EcoDensity” city-wide initiative. Brent came to Vancouver from the City of Calgary, where as Manager of Centre City Planning + Design, among other things, created and was leading Calgary’s award-winning Centre City Plan, which meshed planning, design, and architecture issues with arts and culture, social planning, economic development, urban ecology, and anything else that relates to the future success of Centre City. Brent previously spent 4 years championing innovative neighbourhood design in Calgary as its Chief Subdivision Planner. For 9 years before that, Brent was an award-winning planning and design consultant based in Ontario, working for and with many municipalities, community groups and developers from Toronto to Yellowknife. A passionate advocate for creative city building, urban design and architecture, Brent is a frequent international writer and speaker on the subjects, has taught and lectured at numerous universities, and was called a “sophisticated urbanist” by the Vancouver Sun, and an “urban firecracker” by the Globe and Mail.
Tim Torma, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency
Tim Torma is a Senior Policy Analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program where he has worked since 1999. Mr. Torma’s recent work has included research and writing on the environmental and health effects of school siting. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Journal of the American Planning Association and the Planning Commissioner’s Journal. Torma is also a member of the Transportation Commission in Arlington County, Virginia.
David Tryba, FAIA, Principal, David Own Tryba Architects
David is the Founding Principal of Tryba Architects, a Denver architecture and urban design firm with a national reputation for design excellence. Throughout its 20-year history, the firm’s work has been a force in the emergence of Denver as a national model of urban vitality including the importance of art and culture as core community values. Committed to the civic and cultural realm of the city, the firm’s designs for urban projects in the West and throughout the nation, have set a new standard for Modern Contextual Urbanism: the deliberate weaving together of the historical and the innovative, the simple and the complex, the natural and the man-made in order to recover and expand our civic sense of place. David served as President of AIA Denver in 2007. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Colorado for significant transformation of Denver’s urban form in 2005. David has lectured extensively on Adaptive Reuse and the Rebirth of the Downtown. He is a founding member of Greenprint Denver, the city’s sustainability initiative, and the Mayor’s Build a Better Denver Committee. He has served on the boards of a number of institutions including Historic Denver, the Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Jeff Tumlin, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
Jeffrey Tumlin is a principal at Nelson\Nygaard, a 65-person transportation planning firm that works exclusively on Transit Oriented Development, New Urbanist and multimodal projects. In his transportation master planning projects for cities and downtowns across the country, he has developed tailored street typologies that match the particular needs of the neighborhoods and networks those streets serve.
Gregory Tung, Principal, Freedman Tung & Sasaki
Gregory Tung is a Principal of Freedman Tung and Sasaki (FTS), a San Francisco-based urban design and town planning firm (formerly named Freedman Tung & Bottomley). Mr. Tung’s professional focus is on the development of revitalization strategies and plans for downtowns, corridors, and districts; the preparation of design guidelines and master plans for downtown and residential districts, street corridors, and civic centers; and the detailed design of streetscapes, public elements, and urban open spaces. His current and recent projects include a downtown plan update and the design of a new multiway boulevard for Bothell, Washington; a corridor revitalization study for Texas Street in Fairfield, California; the ReTRAC Corridor Study in downtown Reno, Nevada; and a corridor streetscape design for Whittier Boulevard in Montebello, California. Mr. Tung has been with FTS since it was founded in 1986 in Mountain View, California; the firm’s implemented policies and built work are located in cities throughout California and neighboring states. In addition to his design work for FTS, Mr. Tung has contributed articles on urban design to Places, Western City and the CNU Task Force Report, and has taught and presented urban design at the College of Environmental Design, U. C. Berkeley, at the Congress for the New Urbanism, and at seminars abroad. He has participated as a resource person for the Mayor's Institute for City Design and for GSA and NEA awards programs. Mr. Tung studied architecture at Yale University and the University of California-Berkeley.
Marilee A. Utter, President, Citiventure Associates, LLC
Marilee Utter is President of Citiventure Associates LLC, a Denver-based real estate advisory firm established in 1991 that specializes in mixed-use projects, public-private collaborations that transform communities and build economic vitality. The firm has particular expertise in large-scale master-plans, transit–oriented developments (TOD), failed mall sites, and recapture of environmentally impacted properties. Citiventure is known for its interdisciplinary approach and track record of successful implementation. In addition to experience as a banker, and private developer, Marilee previously established the Office of Asset Management for the City and County of Denver, and the Department of Transit-Oriented Development for the (Denver) Regional Transit District. With this unique background, she has become a nationally known speaker, writer, and advisor on innovative approaches to community redevelopment and urban issues. Marilee holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School, a certificate in State and Local Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and designation from the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). She is a national Trustee for the Urban Land Institute and Past Chair of the Colorado District Council.
Laurie Volk, Co-Managing Director, Zimmerman/Volk Associates Inc
Laurie Volk is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ market studies and is the firm’s primary analyst of demographic, market, and lifestyle trends. Since 1988, the firm has completed more than 400 market studies, for properties ranging in size from the redevelopment of half a block to the establishment of a new town on several thousand acres. Volk has conducted more than 60 downtown studies across the country, in cities ranging in size from Petersburg, Virginia (population 29,000) to Detroit, Michigan (population 834,000). Volk currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Seaside Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute, and was a founding Board Member, now emeritus, of the National Charrette Institute. Volk was also recipient of a 2002-2003 Knight Fellowship in Community Building, and is an instructor on market analysis for the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Vozzolo, Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Mr. Vozzolo is a Vice President for HDR international Transit Planning and Project Development, providing clients nationwide with strategic counsel in transportation planning and transit project development and delivery. David also provides support related to transit planning studies, environmental reviews, financing and project delivery, and transit oriented development. David has held key transit planning and project management positions in both the public and private sectors since beginning his transit career in 1979. He previously served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Planning and Environment, overseeing the major capital program known as “New Starts”. David also served as Deputy Director of FTA’s Lower Manhattan Recovery Office, overseeing $4.5 billion reconstruction following the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and provided support to the Gulf Region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. David is currently actively engaged with APTA and other national transportation advocacy organizations in developing recommendations and proposals for the new Transportation Authorization bill anticipated in 2009-2010.
Michael D. Watkins, AIA AICP LEED
After 19 years with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Mr. Watkins enrolled last fall in the inaugural year of a new program being jointly offered by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (in NYC) and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The one-year program will lead to a Master of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Classical Design degree. Mr. Watkins served as Director of Town Planning for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. In 1988, Mr. Watkins opened the Washington, D.C. office of this Miami-based architecture and town planning firm. Since that time, he served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C. In Kentlands, Mr. Watkins was responsible for neighborhood design development, review of engineering drawings, and review of architectural designs submitted by builders for compliance with the Kentlands Design Code. He was also the Project Manager and/or Town Architect for numerous other neo-traditional neighborhoods. He has been a member of design teams for over seventy towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad. Mr. Watkins is one of the co-authors with Andres Duany of the SmartCode, a zoning ordinance that, once adopted, legalizes the development of traditional neighborhoods. The SmartCode has been very well received by many municipalities in the Gulf Coast region as they seek to rebuild themselves in the traditional pattern rather than in the pattern of suburban sprawl. In 2003 Mr. Watkins edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region.
William Wenk, Principal and President, Wenk Associates, Inc.
Mr. Wenk is a landscape architect and founder of Wenk Associates, Inc., a Denver-based landscape Architectural firm. Recent work includes a master plan for the reclamation of the 32-mile Los Angeles River corridor in California; “green infrastructure” planning and implementation for the redevelopment of abandoned railyards and restoration of the Menomonee River in Milwaukee; design of major parks for the Lowry Air Force Base in-fill community in Denver; and restoration of Bubbly Creek in Chicago, Illinois. Bill has lectured nationally and internationally on the creative use of urban stormwater. Bill is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Jonathan White, Senior Research Aide, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, University at Buffalo
Jonathan White is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo Department of Architecture. He has a Master's Degree in Architecture with a concentration in Inclusive Design. He has been working with the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access for two years doing research, home modifications for accessibility, and co- authoring a book on Inclusive Housing Design.
June Williamson, Associate Professor of Architecture - School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture, The City College of New York/CUNY
June Williamson, RA, LEED AP, is an associate professor of architecture at The City College of New York/CUNY and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. She has practiced architecture and urban design in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Boston and held teaching positions at Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Utah, and Boston Architectural College. Recent publications include essays in the anthology Writing Urbanism, the Journal of Urbanism, and the journal Places.
Roger Wood, AIA,, 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.
Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
Sunia Zaterman is the Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 60 members are in the vanguard of innovative housing and community developers and represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country; on any given day, they are serving more than one million households. Together they manage almost half of the public housing portfolio, and administer 30 percent of the Section 8 housing assistance program. Ms. Zaterman is a Trustee of CHF International, an international housing and community development organization and the National Housing Conference (NHC). She also serves on the editorial advisory boards of Affordable Housing Finance and Housing and Development Reporter. She has over thirty years experience in housing issues at the federal, state and local levels. From 1994 to 2004, she also served as Executive Vice President of the Housing Research Foundation (HRF), a non-profit organization focused on research, education and technical assistance in connection with the HOPE VI program, public housing revitalization initiatives and elderly housing. Prior to her tenure at CLPHA, she served as the Director of Research and Development at the Alexandria, Virginia Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Executive Director of the Travis County, Texas Housing Authority. In addition, she has worked at the Texas State Legislature and the New York State Housing Finance Agency. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Princeton University and a Bachelors Degree in History from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Madeleine Zayas-Mart, Project Director, Architecture and Urban Design, WRT / Solomon E.T.C.
Madeleine is an architect and urban designer with 12 years of experience. Prior to joining WRT | Solomon E.T.C., Madeleine was an Associate at Pyatok Architects working on large urban scale affordable housing and mixed use projects in the Bay Area such as Coliseum Gardens Phase Three, Wood Street in Oakland, CA and Avalon Bay at Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, CA. Madeleine was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her B.A in Architecture in 1933 and has never left the Bay Area since. Subsequently, she received a double Masters in Architecture and City Planning from UC Berkeley, and has since then has focused her career on the intersection between architecture (affordable, mixed use housing), and urban design. Her architectural experience ranges from inner city affordable Hope VI projects such as Coliseum Gardens Phase in Oakland, CA, mixed- use worker rental housing over large scale retail such as Ocean Avenue in San Francisco to town center affordable housing over spec retail such as Sycamore Mixed-Use in Hercules, CA. She is also a former urban design consultant to SOM in San Francisco, where she collaborated on the design of three new towns in Tianjin, China and helped developed design guidelines for a new downtown in Beijing. She has a passion for restoring the lost fine grain of inner cities via well thought out, high quality affordable mixed use buildings. She is married with a six year old daughter. Madeleine was appointed to the Oakland Planning Commission in 2006 and currently serves as the Chair of the Oakland Design Review Committee. She has a passion for restoring the fine grain and vitality of inner cities through well articulated and thoughtfully designed affordable mixed-use developments that contribute rich, active and inspiring public urban experience.
Kyle Zeppelin, Zeppelin Development
Kyle Zeppelin, 36, is the V.P. of Zeppelin Development. His primary focus is TAXI, the modern reuse of the former Yellow Cab 18-acre industrial site in Denver’s urban core. Kyle’s role overseeing the development of the award-winning project includes acting as TAXI's curator - enhancing the mix of people working and living at TAXI. As marketing director, Kyle cultivates relationships with the hand-picked operators of the FUEL Café and Pilates Aligned studio to refine and personalize TAXI's key amenities. Currently Kyle is collaborating with a top Early Childhood Education operator to establish a cutting edge, LEED certified facility, serving up to 100 kids in TAXI's next phase. By integrating design with a select mix of uses, TAXI distinguishes itself as a community uniquely suited to serve the needs of modern business. A Denver native, Kyle holds a law degree and lives with his wife Andra and 10-month-old daughter LuLu in the southeast corner residence of the TAXI 2 building.
Sam Zimbabwe, Technical Assistance Director, Reconnecting America
Sam Zimbabwe is an urban designer with a background in TOD planning and pedestrian-oriented design. He manages Reconnecting America’s Technical Assistance Program to provide technical resources, best practices, and strategic planning to transit agencies, cities, and local communities working to implement transit-oriented development plans and policies at scales from the neighborhood to the region.
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 hundreds of proposed new urban communities and urban redevelopments in 44 states from New England to Hawaii. Zimmerman was one of the framers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and is a member of the CNU Board of Directors. He is a frequent speaker on housing, households, urban and regional settlement patterns, and compact and sustainable development.
Charles B. Zucker, Senior Urban Designer, APA, City of Boulder - Planning & Development Services
Charles B. Zucker has more than thirty-five years' experience as an architecture and urban design executive program manager, community planning consultant, educator, and researcher. His special interests are in the areas of multi-disciplinary planning, and public engagement in the community planning process. Currently Mr. Zucker the Senior Urban Designer for the City of Boulder Colorado in the Office of Planning and Development Services, a position he previously held from 1996 to 2000. From 2001 to 2005 Zucker was the Director of Planning for Lee-Papa Associates, where, among other projects, he organized and managed a multi-disciplinary team in the preparation of a master plan for a 32 square mile area of Prince Georges County, Maryland; managed a Transit Development study to determine the feasibility of reinstating a trolley or light rail system in the District of Columbia for the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority; managed a Metro station access study for joint-development locations; produced public art plans for the Shaw neighborhood in the District of Columbia as well as downtown Rockville, Maryland, and produced a pedestrian access study for WalkArllington, in Arlington County, Virginia. Prior to his work with Lee-Papa Associates, Zucker worked as a consultant for the District of Columbia Office of Planning where he helped develop the department's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. During this period he also worked with the U.S. General Services Administration to help develop local citizen engagement and planning strategies. From 1986 to 1996 Zucker was the Senior Director for Community Design and Development at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. In that position he initiated local affordable housing workshops for local communities, staffed and promoted the AIA’s Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team program, and developed local planning strategies for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under its Consolidated Planning Program. From 1978 to 186, Zucker was the Deputy Director of the Design Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts where he managed the $6 million annual budget and initiated the Endowment’s “State Arts/Design Arts” program to foster design programs in state arts agencies nation-wide. Prior to working at the Arts Endowment, Zucker taught for eight years at the City College of the City University of New York in both graduate and undergraduate programs. He was a partner in a small Baltimore based architecture and landscape firm, worked for the American Institute of Architects Research Corporation, and as a private consultant, produced redevelopment plans for public housing developments in Dade county, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Los Angeles, CA; among others. A native of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, Zucker earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois in 1966 and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 1969.