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Ramon Abonce, Director of Architecture and New Urbanism Masters Program, Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Queretaro
Dr. Ramón Abonce has directed the Master of Architecture and New Urbanism program at Monterrey Tech (ITESM), Querétaro Campus, since 2005. Prior to his appointment as director, he held a variety of positions at Monterrey Tech, including Professor (1995 - present); Coordinator of the Master in Architecture UNAM-ITESM (1995 - 1999); Director of the Department of Architecture and Design (1999 - 2004); Coordinator of the National Academy of Architecture (2001 - 2003); Coordinator of the Master in Architecture of the Virtual University (2001-2004). He was also a researcher at the Center for Research in Architecture and New Urbanism, ITESM.
Dr. Abonce earned his Master of Regional Planning and Development (1986) and his PhD in Urban Geography (1994) from North America’s oldest francophone university, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. While at Laval, he conducted research for the Centre for Research in Regional Planning and Development (CRAD). He was Architect for Guanajuato’s University from 1977 to 1982, and from 1992 to 1994, worked as a consultant for the Canadian .rm GMAT Inc., where he completed several development plans, including the Regional Development Plan for the industrial corridor of the Bajío, in Mexico.
In recent years, Dr. Abonce has presented refereed papers on New Urbanism in national and international seminars and congresses. He has also published widely on topics related to New Urbanism, including social participation in the processes of design, the Mexican Transect, principles and postulates of the New Urbanism, the concept of urban densities in Mexico, and Transit Oriented Development. He was a contributor to the books Space and Place in the Mexican Context: The Evolution of a Colonial City (2007) and Globalization and Big Urban Projects: The Response of 25 Cities (2006).
Alexander Adams, Preservation Officer, City of Miami
Over 15 years of progressive professional experience in Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Design and Environmental Science. Currently manage historic, archeological and environmental programs for City of Miami. Previously Urban Design Planner project management team to create Miami 21 form-based zoning code. State of Virginia Chesapeake Bay Assistance Department managing seven localities for compliance with state growth mandates and staff to the Governor appointed Chesapeake Bay Board. Master's in Urban Design- University of Miami, Master's in Urban Planning- Virginia Commonwealth, Bachelor's in Environmental Policy- University of West Florida. AICP and CNU-A certified.
Barry Alberts, Managing Partner, CityVisions Associates
Barry Alberts is the Managing Partner of CityVisions Associates, a firm specializing in the creation of innovative mixed-use private developments designed in collaboration with the public sector, resulting in an enhanced public realm. Its projects include current work on the redevelopment and rehabilitation of a 480,000 square foot H.H, Richardson-designed former sanitarium in Buffalo, NY; the development of the multi-phased Glassworks District in Louisville, Kentucky; the Henry Clay Commons; the downtown, waterfront and arts district connectivity program for Paducah, KY; and the development of urban design and connectivity guidelines for a new 22,500 seat multi-purpose arena. In addition to its development projects, CityVisions Associates provides a range of real estate, development, urban design, and financing assessments and strategies for both public and private entities, focusing wherever possible in the creation of truly collaborative public/private partnerships.
Prior to the establishment of CityVisions Associates, Mr. Alberts served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Corporation (DDC), a development entity responsible for the long-term economic health and vitality of downtown Louisville. In addition to his responsibilities regarding public downtown development activities, Mr. Alberts created the innovative Downtown Housing Fund, authored the Louisville Downtown Development Plan, created the West Main Street streetscape program (named by APA as one of America’s Great Streets) and was the Project Manager for the nationally award-winning Muhammad Ali Center.
From 1988 through 1998, Mr. Alberts created and served as the Executive Director of the Louisville Development Authority (LDA). Successful projects included the development of Louisville Slugger Field, the creation of the Louisville Community Development Bank, the Hillerich and Bradsby’s Louisville Slugger factory and museum, the Park DuValle HOPE VI redevelopment and the redesign of downtown’s urban spaces, streets, parks, and plazas.
During his professional tenure in Massachusetts, Mr. Alberts was involved in the nationally recognized Urban National Park program in Lowell, and served as an associate with an architectural and real estate development firm in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Hope Alswang, Executive Director and CEO, Norton Museum of Art
Hope Alswang was appointed Executive Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art in February 2010. Before joining the Norton, Ms. Alswang was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Museum of Art at the highly-regarded Rhode Island School of Design (2005-2010). From 1997 to 2005 Ms. Alswang served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Shelburne Museum, the largest museum in Northern New England. She was Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Society from 1992 to 1997. From 1987 to 1992, she was the Director of the Museum Program for the New York State Council on the Arts, responsible for reviewing the activities of the state’s 250 museums and historical societies. In addition, Ms. Alswang has served as consultant to a number of museums and historical societies, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She holds a BA in American History from Goddard College, and was an Electra Havemeyer Webb Fellow at the Shelburne Museum.
Monte Anderson, CEO/President, Options Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas. He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel, café and spa located in the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas & he has just received the CLIDE Award. Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement. He currently serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of CNU and was its founding president.
R. John Anderson, Principal, Anderson Kim Architecture + Urban Design
John Anderson is a builder, developer, and urbanist. He has worked for the past ten years as the director of planning and design for New Urban Builders in Chico and Redding, where the firm has demonstrated sustainable neighborhoods can be built by California production builders. He is the author with Paul Crawford of the TND Code a form-based zoning code adopted by the City of Chico as part of the entitlement of Meriam Park, a 200 acre LEED-ND Pilot Project in SE Chico. John is a principal with Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design.
Randall Anway, Principal, New Tapestry LLC
Randall is a registered architect in New York and Connecticut, USA. His professional credentials include Certifications and Accreditations in Biomimicry, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Congress for New Urbanism, and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Education: Master of Architecture - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Connecticut. His varied and broad education and experience working in small and large organizations and communities, residential, institutional, and commercial building types over more than 30 years has provided him a unique and farsighted perspective on building design. With personal, professional and volunteer experience encompassing interdisciplinary problem solving and group facilitation, entrepreneurship, new capacity development and capability management, he brings an authoritative voice for innovation to sustainability efforts. His membership and participation in emerging design-oriented innovation networks and communities of practice at local, regional, national, and international levels brings access to a diverse group of committed professionals and with that, an ability to help meet the challenge of enhancing design in meaningful ways. He is firm Principal at New Tapestry, LLC a Connecticut professional services firm offering consulting and services for design innovation that considers human-environment interaction.
G.B. Arrington, Principal Practice Leader, Parson Brinckerhoff | PlaceMaking
GB Arrington is the Principal Practice Leader for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s PlaceMaking group. In his role he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leading PB’s global transit-oriented development (TOD) practice.
GB is internationally recognized as a leader in TOD. Australia’s Urban Development Institute recently called GB “the world’s foremost authority on TOD policy, design and implementation.” His work has taken him across North America, to China, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the Caribbean. During his career GB has directed the preparation of over 150 TOD plans. In 2011 his plan for transforming Tysons Corner Virginia into America’s largest TOD received the Daniel Burnham Award, the American Planning Association’s most prestigious prize.
Before joining PB, GB charted a new, award-winning direction for Portland Oregon’s transit agency. His innovative planning and community involvement strategies changed the face of transit and land use in the Portland region and received awards from the White House and the Federal Transit Administration. One of GB’s proudest accomplishments was ‘creating’ TOD in Portland and growing it into an acclaimed program.
GB is one of the founders of PlaceMaking and the Rail~Volution conference.
Laurence Aurbach, Editor and Researcher, Office of Laurence Aurbach
Laurence “L.J.” Aurbach is an independent editor and researcher specializing in new urbanism and smart growth topics. A CNU member since 1998, he has worked on a variety of topics including certification of projects, street networks, and green urbanism. He authored the TND Design Rating Standards (listed in the EPA compilation "Smart Growth Scorecards"), and served on the review panel for the EPA Award for Smart Growth Achievement for three years. He currently serves on the LEED Location and Planning Technical Advisory Group, helping to administer and refine planning-related standards for all LEED systems. His editing credits include the Council Report on Green Architecture and Urbanism and The Language of Towns & Cities. A selection of essays available on PedShed.net includes the "Street Connectivity" series, "Towards a Functional Classification Replacement," and "Dense and Beautiful Stormwater Management." Aurbach serves as board member and secretary of the Congress for the New Urbanism DC Chapter.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Bacon is a lifelong journalist. He has worked for the Martinsville Bulletin, the Roanoke Times & World-News and Virginia Business magazine. At the magazine, he joined the start-up team as Editor and rose to the rank of Publisher before leaving in 2002 to launch Bacon's Rebellion.
Most recently, he worked as Senior Vice President-Publications for the Boomer Project, a consumer research firm specializing in marketing to the Boomer generation. He has since resumed his career as a freelance writer, author and blog publisher. He has written extensively about transportation, land use, economic development, and growth-management issues in Virginia for the past 20 years.
M. Scott Ball, Senior Project Manager, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Scott Ball has managed several redevelopment efforts along the Gulf Coast for DPZ. Prior to his work with DPZ, Mr. Ball served as The Louisiana Road Home Program's Director of Rebuilding and Construction Assistance, in which capacity he helped start up Louisiana's storm recovery programs. Mr. Ball has been actively engaged in aging and community design issues, and authored the "Aging In Place Tool Kit" and "Lifelong Communities: A Regional Guide to Growth and Longevity" for the Atlanta Regional Commission. He also co-authored the "Land-use and Public Health Toolkit" for the National Association of Local Boards of Health.
Jonathan Barnett, Professor of City and Regional Planning , Department of City and Regional Planning University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Barnett is a professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also an urban design consultant, specializing in development regulations and other implementation measures. He has been an urban design advisor to more than 20 cities in the United States, and the cities of Xiamen and Tianjin in China, and he has prepared large-scale plans and projects in the United States, Cambodia, China and Korea. He is the author of numerous books and articles about urban design and planning, the most recent being Redesigning Cities published in 2003, Smart Growth in a Changing World, published in 2007, and City Design, Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives, published in 2011. Jonathan Barnett is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2007 he received the Dale Prize for Excellence in City and Regional Planning and has also been awarded the Athena Medal by the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Dan Bartman, Senior Planner, City of Somerville, MA
Dan Bartman is a Senior Planner with the City of Somerville, the current chair of CNU NextGen, and contributor to the Tactical Urbanism series of guidebooks. Dan has written multiple form-based codes for cities across the country and focuses his research on urban design that supports the physical, social, and emotional needs of human beings.
Philip Bess, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
School of Architecture , University of Notre Dame
The Director of Graduate Studies since 2004, Professor Bess teaches graduate urban design and theory, and works as a design consultant for municipalities, architects and community development corporations through the office of Thursday Associates. From 1987-88 he was the director and principal designer of the Urban Baseball Park Design Project of the Society for American Baseball Research; and in Boston in August 2000 he directed and coordinated the ultimately successful "Save Fenway Park!" design charrette. Professor Bess is the author of numerous articles, and three books: City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense About Cities and Baseball Parks (1991); Inland Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago (2000); and most recently Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred (2007). Professor Bess holds an M.Arch from the University of Virginia (1981), a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) in church history from the Harvard Divinity School (1976), and a B.A. in philosophy from Whittier College (1973).
Howard M. Blackson III, Principal, Placemakers, LLC
Howard M. Blackson III, CNU-A, is an award-winning Urban Designer from San Diego, California, and a principal with PlaceMakers. With over 20 years of professional experience, and a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, UK, Howard's expertise is in drafting Master Plans and crafting Form-Based Codes that build great places. You can find Howard's TEDxTalk on 'Coding for Community' at tedxtalks.ted.com/ and he is also known to blog too often on various topics at PlaceShakers.com.
Andrew Boenau, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, AECOM
Andy Boenau has a passion for promoting economic vitality and livability through transportation projects. He is a vocal advocate of flexible design standards, context sensitive solutions, and multimodal safety. After beginning his career as a [vehicular] traffic engineer, Andy had the opportunity to work on several corridor studies, NEPA studies, and master plans that exposed him to holistic problem-solving techniques and the power of community engagement.
He views his career as a continually evolving journey to help plan and design infrastructure in such a way that project stakeholders can organically embrace livability concepts. Organically, in the sense that once educated about the diverse transportation options at their disposal, stakeholders use basic pattern recognition skills to detect good common sense.
In his spare time, Andy is a contributing author for social media forums Urban Times (www.theurbn.com) and This Big City (thisbigcity.net).
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.
Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers
Hazel Borys, Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the SmartCode Workshop and Placemaking@Work, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers. She guides governments through zoning reforms to allow walkable, mixed-use, compact, sustainable places to develop by right. And helps developers build under form-based codes.
Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA, Principal, Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell is the principal of Urban and Landscape Design, located in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses on the creation of sustainable, beautiful, and healthy landscapes such as the Long Beach, Mississippi Post Katrina Conceptual Plan Development. Recently, she has designed civic spaces as Consulting Town Landscape Architect for the new town of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia, a brownfield redevelopment site; the neglected Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC; and consulted on policy and programs addressing the relationship between housing, open space and transportation.
Ms. Bothwell was the founder and Director of the American Institute of Architects' Center for Livable Communities. Prior to that, she was Senior Landscape Architect for the City of Boston neighborhood open space, housing, and transportation redevelopment programs. Since its inception in the early 90’s, she has worked extensively on HOPE VI projects and program development with HUD. Ms. Bothwell is a Director and Treasurer of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She is also the co-founder and Board Chair of its DC Chapter, CNU-DC. CNU develops tools and advocates for walkable, mixed use and well designed sustainable communities. As a member of the Casey Tree Foundation Technical Advisory Committee and a director of Trees For Georgetown, and also as an advisor to the Trust for the National Mall, she has long striven to promote the greening of Washington, DC. Since receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ms. Bothwell has served on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design, Radcliffe College, and the Boston Architectural Center, and for a number of years was Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University.
Keith Bowers, FASLA, RLA, PWS, President, Biohabitats Inc.
Keith Bowers, FASLA, RLA, PWS - For nearly three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats (www.biohabitats.com), Keith has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. Using a living-systems approach as the basis for all of its work, Biohabitats employs whole-systems thinking through applied ecology to address a variety of projects at multiple scales. From site specific river, wetland and coastal habitat restoration projects to regional watershed management and conservation, to the regeneration of urban estuaries, Keith has kept Biohabitats at the vanguard of ecology and design.
Keith is also president and founder of Biohabitats’ sister company: Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc., (www.er-m.com). ER&M provides professional installation and management services for restoration projects throughout North America.
Keith currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wildlands Network (http://www.twp.org), a national organization focused on restoring, protecting and connecting North America's best wild places and is the Theme Lead for Ecological Restoration under IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management. Keith has also served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Ecological Restoration International (www.ser.org) since 1999, twice as its Chair and currently serves on several board committees.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, registered in over seven states, and is a Professional Wetland Scientist. Keith holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University.
M. Gordon Brown, Principal, Space Analytics,llc
M. Gordon Brown, DTech, MRICS is Principal of Space Analytics, a Chicago firm founded in 1989 providing building, site and urban design evaluation and expert services for real property.
His work focuses transforming soft spatial/visual patterns into hard evidence about functional/economic value and failure of the built environment using a combination of spatial network and behavioral economics modeling. This includes design testing for building and site development, economic development and corporate real estate. In addition, he has testified in major federal and state court cases addressing access
takings, architectural copyright, negligence, premises liability and First Amendment public forum disputes and published in peer-reviewed real estate, management and architecture journals.
He is Chair of the Midwest Chapter of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was recently Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, Academic Dean of Business and Information Technology and ALDAR Dean of Business at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. Before that, Gordon was Head of the Real Estate Management and Development Group at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. Earlier he was Managing Director of Space Syntax, Ltd., of counsel with The Roulac Group, and a columnist on architecture, planning and real estate for the Denver Business Journal.
He previously taught architectural research and management at the University of Colorado, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Arizona State University and was manager of the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. His bachelor degree is from the University of Illinois, Urbana and his graduate degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania, University College London and University of Ulster.
William Browning, Terrapin Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the U.S. military, and foreign governments.
Elizabeth Burrows, Marketing & Grants Manager, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Elizabeth, a native of Delray Beach, Florida, has worked for her hometown CRA for five years, currently serving as the Marketing & Grants Manager. She has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for more than seven years, having worked for the City of Delray Beach, the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, and the City of Coral Gables. Today, her work for the CRA includes economic development marketing, grants administration, community and media relations, graphic design, and online communications.
Before joining the CRA staff, she completed her undergraduate studies in public relations at the University of Florida and graduate studies in public administration at the University of Miami.
Michael Busha, Executive Director, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Michael has lived in Southeast Florida for 33 years, raising four boys with his wife Pam. A graduate of Florida Institute of Technology, he has spent 30 years with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council--the last 17 as its Executive Director. In this capacity he was principal author of Council’s landmark 1995 Strategic Regional Policy Plan for the Treasure Coast Region which is the regional planning council’s business and investment plan for the Region’s economy and the environment.
Michael has spoken from coast to coast on the topics of economic development, the land use/transportation connection, Florida’s growth management system and growth management strategies to support the co-existence of agriculture and development in the countryside. He has been involved in 95 different public planning charrettes for Council over the last 21 years which have contributed to making cities like Stuart, Fort Pierce, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, North Miami Beach, and West Palm Beach more desirable places to live and invest in. Under his leadership, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council was awarded the first ever John Nolan Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Urban Redevelopment in Florida and the 2007 Driehaus Award for Form Based Codes. In 2007, Michael received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Public Service from the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was recently selected by the Florida AIA as the first ever public board member to the Florida AIA Board of Directors. Michael was recently named Conservationist of the Year by the Audubon Society of the Everglades and was the 2011 recipient of the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida AIA. He serves as a board member on the Abacoa Partnership for Community and as President of the Treasure Coast Enterprise Fund, Inc. In August 2010, he was elected to the Martin County School Board.
Timothy Busse, Town Architect, The New Town at St. Charles
Over the past 26 years Tim Busse, AIA CNU, has been Architect of Record for many high end and residential developments, mixed used, commercial & industrial projects on the west coast and throughout the Midwest. Originally from San Diego and a graduate from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Busse is a licensed Architect in Missouri & California, a contractor in Louisiana and consults on projects and development-related events throughout the country. He travels extensively to study both historical & New Urbanist communities. For sixteen years, Tim served as Vice President and Director of Architecture for Whittaker Homes. Today, Tim serves as Principal for Studio Archaeos, a firm he co-founded with Laura Lyon concentrating on architecture and town planning for the new economy by designing new lines of stock homes, high-end custom homes, as well as apartment and mixed-use projects. He also serves as consultant and Director of Architecture for H3 Studio, an award winning planning and multi-disciplinary design firm, offering urban planning, architecture & landscape design, strategic visioning, social media outreach and graphic design.
Since the inception of New Town at St. Charles in 2003, Busse continues to serve as the Town Architect. Busse was instrumental in staging and leading workshops focusing on the architecture & urban design of New Town as well as leading and participating in the planning workshops for The Plaza at Noah’s Ark, the New Town at Liberty in 2007, NoVi: North Village in Columbia, Missouri and participated in the visioning charrette for Dardenne Prairie, a small outer ring city in Missouri, which he now will be serving as the Town Architect as well. In light of the recent economic environment, Busse has been sought to join teams in his efforts to dynamically adjust and develop typologies and product lines to work within the current and future markets to ensure New Urbanist developments remain relevant, as well as investigating development opportunities throughout the country to match customer desire and market sustainability.
In New Town, he is involved in every facet of building the country’s one most successful and most affordable TNDs: from conception of the development vision with the town founder, Greg Whittaker through his facilitation of the initial charrette with the Town Planning firm of Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company. His role has grown over the nine years to unite all aspects of town planning and residential governance: through an endless list of details, including urban design, development of the overall architectural style, landscape & park design, utility coordination and community organization and oversight. Spanning his role in New Town, he serves as liaison and community outreach for national and international tour and media requests including Mayors and City Council members from throughout the Midwest, a group of forty Mayors from China, the Mayor of Ludwigsburg, Germany, Town Planners from Australia, and representatives from the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. He hosted a Seaside Institute workshop where he was a featured speaker. He was also a featured speaker at the Council for European Urbanism. He has traveled throughout the country to speak to dozens of community and professional groups interested in the processes, realities, and successes of the New Town at St. Charles.
Through two decades of bicycling in urban Orlando, she saw the built environment change significantly — most notably, the expansion of suburbia with wide, fast roads and the addition of bicycle-specific infrastructure. Through an examination of her own close calls and conflicts, and observation of the behavior of both cyclists and motorists, she became convinced that the greatest challenge facing the promotion of urban cycling is lack of education, coupled with the destructive belief system Americans have developed about our roads. The vast majority of bicyclist crashes are a result of unsafe behaviors driven by this belief system. By default, American bicyclists do the direct opposite of what would improve their safety.
Along with Metroplan Orlando Smart Growth Coordinator, Mighk Wilson, Keri co-developed the innovative CyclingSavvy traffic cycling curriculum. CyclingSavvy teaches vital behaviors that empower bicyclists to travel anywhere safely, easily and without fear. Wilson and Caffrey studied strategies for influencing belief and behavior change and incorporated proven methodologies into CyclingSavvy. The curriculum is designed to interrupt the motor-culture beliefs which have made those vital behaviors counterintuitive.
This understanding of beliefs and behavior brings a fresh perspective to the discussion of bicycle-specific infrastructure. There is no way to engineer safety for the uninformed bicyclist on a complex urban street. Worse, much of what is built to appeal to the uniformed bicyclist actually increases crash potential and undermines the ability to learn safe practices. For that reason, it is inimical to the safety of the novice, the workload of the educated bicyclist, and the sustainability of a healthy bicycling culture. On the other hand, there are many types of infrastructure that meet the comfort and safety needs of the novice while reinforcing the best practices of the educated bicyclist. This approach fits New Urbanist thoroughfare design, making use of traditional street systems and traffic patterns.
Unlike any other bicycle advocacy or training course, CyclingSavvy produces citizens who recognize and celebrate the inherent walkability and bikeability of traditional low-speed thoroughfares, while having the skills and confidence to navigate busy arterials. CyclingSavvy has been received with great enthusiasm by students and cycling educators. The program currently has instructors in seven states and is rapidly expanding. As a “home grown” Florida bicycling program, now goingnationwide, CyclingSavvy is the next frontier in bicycle planning.
Peter Calthorpe has been named one of 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek Magazine for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America. In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts. In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Around the same time he became a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and was its first board president.
In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with Bill Fulton, explaining how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth. His seminal regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana created a more interactive approach to environmental design at the metropolitan scale. His upcoming bookUrbanism in the Age of Climate Change documents new work and analysis relating patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation.
He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of North Carolina. Over the years he has received numerous honors and awards, including appointment to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development. During the Clinton presidency, Mr. Calthorpe provided direction for HUD’s Empowerment Zone and Consolidated Planning Programs as well as the Hope VI program to rebuild some of the country’s worst public housing projects. In recognition of this broad body of work, he was awarded ULI’s prestigious “J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development” in 2006.
Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, Principal, Marcela Camblor & Associates
Mrs. Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, AICP, is president of Marcela Camblor & Associates, Inc., a town planning firm established in 2008. Prior to starting her own firm, she was Urban Design Director of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, a quasi-State organization.
Under her 12-year leadership of the Council, and throughout her professional career, she conducted over 100 charrettes for which Council received numerous planning awards, including the first ever Nolen Planning Medal for contributions to planning in the State of Florida, and the first Driehaus Award for Form Based Codes. A pioneer in the New Urbanism movement and past Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, she is a leader in the public process and has vast experience conducting public charrettes for local governments.
Mrs. Camblor is the Project Director for the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Vision and Blueprint for Economic Prosperity, a Sustainable Communities Initiative to create a 2060 vision for Southeast Florida’s seven-county region to coordinate transportation, environmental protection, and housing investments and strategies.
Jorge Camejo, Executive Director, Hollywood, FL Community Redevelopment Agency
Jorge Camejo worked for the City of Boca Raton for over 28 years. Over this time span, he served as the Executive Director of the CRA from 1989 to 1998. In 1998 he took on the development role as CRA Executive Director and Director of the Development Services Department until 2009 and subsequently served as Director of Community Development. During his tenure with the City of Boca Raton he brought to fruition numerous projects and achievements including:
•Coordinated and supervised implementation of the $44.5 million dollar Visions 90 Infrastructure and Beautification Plan for Downtown, including Palmetto Park Road, US 1 and Mizner Boulevard.
•Oversaw the design, construction and implementation of all phases of Mizner Park, which opened in December of 1990.
•Instrumental in bringing about the construction of Jacobson’s Department Store, enabling the store to open for the 1996 season.
•Spearheaded the discussions and eventual resolution through mediation of the Boca Raton Road lawsuit resolving a dispute that existed since adoption of the first Downtown Plan in 1982.
•Proposed and implemented a “Front Porch” code amendment to provide a better sense of community and architectural interest for older neighborhoods in Boca Raton.
•Directed the Boca Technology Notice of Proposed Change (NOPC) for the former IBM site to revitalize the property as a major industrial site in 2001.
•Coordinated the Pearl City Master Plan for the City’s oldest residential community by obtaining consensus and support from the residents and neighborhood leaders on the “Pearl City Blue Ribbon Committee” in the design and implementation strategy of the proposed master plan in 2002.
•Instituted the “Blueprint for Excellence” to improve the services provided to our customers in the permitting and inspection process by obtaining feedback through open forums with the construction community necessary to implement enhancements and re-engineer processes in 2003.
•Coordinating the redevelopment of the North Federal Highway corridor, obtaining input by conducting a charrette in November 2003 under the auspices of a steering committee of residents and business owners to promote such efforts.
•Oversaw implementation of the Downtown Master Plan update, including Interim Design Guidelines.
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.
DeWayne Carver, Senior Project Manager, Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc
DeWayne Carver, AICP, CNU, is a transportation planner with Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc (HPE.) DeWayne is also a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certified by the League of American Bicyclists, and a bike commuter and tourist. DeWayne's professional practice includes transportation planning and street design for New Urbanist projects, including new towns as well as infill and greyfield redevelopment.
Pratt Cassity, Director, Center for Community Design, University of GA
Pratt Cassity is Director of The Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. Pratt teaches graduate courses in Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Planning. He has also conducted a ten-year service-learning studio in Ghana, initiated civic engagement partnerships in Croatia, Tunisia, India and Thailand as well as lecturing regularly in Slovakia. He has taught a year-long freshman service-learning seminar for the past nine years called Global Engagement.
For ten years he served as Executive Director of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and now his UGA office houses the administrative functions of the Alliance.
He has provided leadership for several Your Town: the Rural Institute on Design workshops throughout the southeast as well as over 80 community design charrettes in Georgia. He has worked closely with the National Trust on other projects such as Preservation Leadership Training, training for the Americans with Disability Act and Community and Countryside workshops.
Mr. Cassity holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Public and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University and a certificate in the Conservation of Traditional Structures from the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies in the UK.
Eduardo Castillo, Principal, Castillo Arquitectos, Guatemala
Eduardo Castillo is a founding principal of Castillo Arquitectos, an architecture and urban design firm based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Castillo has collaborated on many projects in the United States and Asia, and is currently working on projects throughout Central America and the Caribbean, including one of the first municipal form-based codes in the region, for the town of Curridabat in Costa Rica. The work of his firm has won several awards, including a CNU Charter Award for La Candelaria in Antigua Guatemala, a collaborative effort between Castillo Arquitectos and Dover Kohl and Partners. He lectures frequently all over Central America on the importance of place making, urban design and form based codes. In 2010 he co-wrote and published an ‘Urban Design Manual for Central American Municipalities’. Sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and distributed to municipalities and towns throughout the region, the publication is a comprehensive how-to guide on New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles that can be applied in the region. He was recently selected as a fellow of the FBCI (Form-based Codes Institute).
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development, Director CURE., The Center for Urban Real Estate, GSAPP, Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti, is the Holliday Professor of Real Estate and the Director of CURE., the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. An experienced architect, planner, and developer, Chakrabarti has transformed the Masters of Science in Real Estate Development into a curriculum dedicated to smart growth policies locally, nationally, and globally, with an emphasis on training students to synthetically tackle the three pillars of urban real estate, namely, the financial, the physical, and the transactional.
Simultaneously, Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where he advances large-scale projects worldwide. One of seven partners committed to proving that intelligent, exciting, evocative design can be done in the context of real world constraints, he adds to SHoP’s already diverse internal knowledge base and highlights the curiosity and creative thinking essential to groundbreaking design and urban development.
Both Chakrabarti’s academic and professional endeavors seek to deploy dense, transit-rich, affordable urbanism in response to a growing planet increasingly characterized by the sprawl that has led to economic decline, environmental degradation, and rising inequity.
Prior to joining Columbia and SHoP, Chakrabarti was an Executive Vice President at the Related Companies where he ran the Moynihan Station project and oversaw planning and design for the firm's extensive development portfolio including Hudson Yards. In addition, Chakrabarti was the inaugural Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professor in Architecture for the University of Virginia in 2009.
From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning. While with the City, Chakrabarti successfully gained approvals for major rezonings that have begun to reshape the west side of Midtown Manhattan including the extension of the #7 subway line. In this role Chakrabarti also directed the City's design response to the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, the expansion of Columbia University into Manhattanville, the makeover of Lincoln Center, the transformation of the High Line, and several other major development proposals in Manhattan.
Prior to his work with the City, Chakrabarti was an Associate Partner and Director of Urban Design at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, as well as a transportation planner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual Bachelors’ degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and Enterprise Community Partners, is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations. Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012.
Chakrabarti is a David Rockefeller Fellow and was a Crain’s “40 under 40" in 2000. Chakrabarti lives in TriBeCa with his wife, son and daughter.
C. David Coffey, Attorney at Law, C. David Coffey PA
David Coffey, Esquire, CNU, is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, land use attorney, developer and former local elected official. David is a sole practitioner with over 30 years of experience with land use, zoning and development in Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Law and spent ten years as a faculty member at its Center for Governmental Responsibility where he co-authored the Florida Model Land Development Code and assisted numerous Florida local governments in writing unified land development codes. He served two terms as an elected City Commissioner and one term as Mayor of the City of Gainesville. David is an equity partner in several real estate development projects in Gainesville and Cedar Key, Florida. His experience in academia, municipal government, developer’s advocate and as a developer has given him a well-rounded perspective on the forces that shape real estate development. Today, he maintains a law practice focused on real estate development that conforms to the principles of traditional town planning and represents many of the most significant developments occurring in Gainesville and Alachua County proposing cutting edge new urbanism and transit oriented developments. He lives and works in one of the nation’s finest TNDs in Haile Village Center.
Diane Colonna, AICP, Executive Director, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Diane Colonna has more than thirty years of professional experience in public sector planning and redevelopment in the south Florida area. After helping to guide the revitalization of downtown Delray Beach into a thriving economic center as the Director of the Planning & Zoning Department during the 1990s, she became the Executive Director of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 2000. Under her tenure, the CRA has spearheaded the implementation of several redevelopment plans, created economic development incentives to promote private investment, helped create the Delray Beach Community Land Trust, and launched a progressive arts-based economic development initiative.
Diane grew up in the Pittsburgh area and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and has resided in Delray Beach since 1987.
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, and in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and Colombia. 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.
Jeffrey Costello, AICP, Assistant Director, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Jeff Costello has more than twenty-three years of professional experience in public and private sector planning and redevelopment in the South Florida area. He worked for the City of Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Department for more than 17 years where he was Assistant Planning Director, helping to guide the renaissance and revitalization of Delray’s downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. After serving as Director of Planning for New Urban Communities, he has held the position as Assistant Director of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), since 2007. He has been involved extensively with the coordination and implementation of the various projects outlined in the CRA Plan throughout the 2000-acre CRA district, including the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan and Southwest Area Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan. He also serves as President of the Delray Beach Community Land Trust, which provides long-term affordable housing for the community.
Jeff grew up near Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEEP-AP, Owner, Town-Green
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, Town-Green and The National Charrette Institute – Steve, architect, urbanist, and planner, is founder and principal of the design firm Town-Green (www.town-green.com), and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute (NCI), a non-profit organization that trains professionals in the art and practice of collaborative planning (www.charretteinstitute.org). He and his colleagues design and repair buildings, neighborhoods and towns throughout the country and Southeast Asia. A contributing author of the Charrette Handbook, he just authored Resilient Communities: Making Places Healthy and Whole, that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. With John Anderson, Paul Crabtree, and Martin Dreiling, Steve co-founded Townworks + DPZ, a multi-disciplinary firm in collaboration with that extraordinary Miami firm. With the State of California, Steve pilots the Emerald Cities program that develops sustainable community plans for local communities.
Steve Coyle, Principal, Town-Green
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Town-Green [www.town-green.com], and cofounder of the National Charrette Institute [www.charretteinstitute.org], is an architect, urbanist, community planner, and author. He and his colleagues design buildings, neighborhoods, and communities throughout the country and Asia. With Bill Lennertz and Lennertz, Coyle & Associates, he co-designed the Pleasant Hill BART Transit Village and many other award-winning projects. With 200 colleagues led by Andres Duany, he directed the Gulfport downtown design in the Mississippi’s Renewal Charrette. As principal of Town-Green and a leader in “low carbon” planning, Steve completed Climate Actions Plans in five California cities. His Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions [John Wiley & Sons], describes the sustainable community planning process, and was contributing author to the Charrette Handbook. Steve continues repairing high-carbon suburbia and building healthy cities, while supporting his wife’s non-profit (www.vietnamemifund.org).
Paul Crabtree, P.E., President, Crabtree Group, Inc.
Paul Crabtree is President of Crabtree Group, Inc (www.crabtreegroup.net) a Civil Engineering and Town Planning firm formed in 1999 with offices in Salida, CO and Ventura, CA. Mr. Crabtree has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. Mr. Crabtree holds Registration as a Professional Engineer (Civil) in several states. Mr. Crabtree is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Congress for the New Urbanism (where he heads the Rainwater Initiative, authored the SmartCode Regional Watersheds Module, and is a member of the Transect Codes Council - www.transect.org ), Local Government Commission, American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute; and the City of Ojai, CA Planning Commission. Crabtree Group Inc national and international clients include municipalities, counties, private, and non-profit organizations. Crabtree Group, Inc orchestrated the 1st SmartCode adoption by a municipality in CO in 2009, and was a CNU Charter Award Winner in 2010 (www.cnu.org/node/3428).
Duncan Crary, Podcaster/Author, The KunstlerCast
Duncan Crary is a journalist, new media producer and publicist. He is best known to New Urbanists as the host of “The KunstlerCast,” a weekly podcast featuring his conversations with noted author/social critic James Howard Kunstler (“The Geography of Nowhere,” “The Long Emergency”). This November, Crary authored a book based on his four years of hosting and producing the show, titled “The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler...the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl” (New Society Publishers, 2011). Through the book and podcast, Crary has helped to bring the New Urbanist conversation to the younger generations while inserting his own Gen X perspective to the dialog.
He lives, works and plays in Troy, New York, a small American city on the Hudson River. His self-titled public relations firm is Duncan Crary Communications (DuncanCrary.com)
David Csont, Urban Design Associates
David is a nationally recognized illustrator and educator with over twenty years of experience in the visualization of architecture. A key member of the UDA design team, David*s unique talents include the ability to translate urban design and architectural concepts into three-dimensional perspective drawings in a variety of traditional and digital media. These images become an integral part of the marketing program for each project because they can easily communicate complex ideas to a varied audience. His ability to combine a fine art sensibility with the illustration of architecture has resulted in a painterly style that is characterized by strong bold color and dynamic composition.
As a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), David*s work has been recognized in the juried exhibition, Architecture in Perspective, in 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2005 through 2012. He served as President of ASAI in 2007, and organized the AIP 22 Exhibition and Conference in Pittsburgh. In 2012, He was awarded the best informal Sketch category award from ASAI. David is also a skilled and experienced plein air painter. He has competed in the Plein Air Easton Festival in 2010 and 2011 winning an Honorable mention award. His work also remains in many private and public collections. He has conducted many seminars and lectures and is committed to the exploration of art and illustration as a means to effectively communicate design ideas. David*s architectural illustrations are highlighted in The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book, both by Urban Design Associates and published by W. W. Norton Company.
Mr. Chris Dabros has been with the Lake Worth CRA since July 2006. He currently serves as the CRA’s Project Manager and is responsible for assisting with the design, development and implementation of plans, programs and projects at the CRA in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. Chris works under the leadership of the CRA’s Executive Director and CRA Board which leads the agency and develops its organizational culture.
Since joining the Lake Worth CRA, Chris has been instrumental in managing several residential and commercial improvement grant programs, the multi-million dollar Gateway roadway project, and various capital improvement projects. He is currently overseeing the renovation of a historic commercial structure in the downtown area, administering the NSP affordable housing program and implementing the CRA’s bicycle network plan.
Prior to coming to Lake Worth Chris worked in the private industry and at the Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning department. Chris is a lifelong resident of South Florida and a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Ann B. Daigle, Program Manager, The Prince's Foundation
Ann Daigle is a community planner specializing in the implementation of New Urban and Smart Growth principles. She is program manager for the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment (PFBE) "Rebuilding Communities" Craftsman Apprenticeship Programme, a partnership of the PFBE and the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center. Previously, Ann served as Special Advisor to the post-Katrina Mississippi Governor's Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority. She served as Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA, and Planning Director for her hometown of Monroe, LA. Ann is co-founding principal (emeritus) of PlaceMakers, LLC, where she initiated the SmartCode Workshops. She was North Delta Regional Representative to the Louisiana Preservation Alliance for over six years and was a three-time Louisiana State Grants Awards panelist for the Division of Historic Preservation. Ann studied social psychology and communications at Loyola University before graduating with dual degrees in interior design and architecture from Louisiana Tech University. A "self-taught" urban designer, she received a Certificate in Traditional Neighborhood Development from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and has been a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism for over 15 years.
Jim Daisa, Associate Principal / Transport Planning
James M. Daisa, P.E., is a transportation planner and traffic engineer specializing in urban infill, transit-oriented development, and revitalization of downtowns. He has built a national practice in planning urbanizing areas undergoing change and intensification, and preparing design guidance for walkable urban thoroughfares and complete streets.
Jim uses a research and experience-based approach to develop context sensitive solutions to both policy and design related challenges. He is adept at integrating transportation solutions with the principles of placemaking to create high-quality streetscapes and street improvement projects valued by the community. He uses his interaction with the public in these projects as an education opportunity.
Jim emphasizes collaborating with the engineering profession at the local, state, federal and institutional levels to shift the paradigm from an exclusive focus on automobile mobility to one that considers all users. His credibility stems from advocating change through demonstrating that complete streets conform to the fundamental engineering principles for safe and functional streets.
Jim was the Project Manager and principal author of the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) Recommended Practice "Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach". Published in 2010 after seven years of collaborative effort with the Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and a multi-disciplinary group of advisors, this manual represents ITE's policy and guidance to professionals for the planning and designing of complete streets.
Robert Davis, Partner, Seaside Community Dev. Corp (SCDC) Arcadia Land Company
Robert Davis is President and principal of Seaside Community Development Corporation (SCDC). He is responsible for the planning and development of Seaside, a resort town in the Florida panhandle. Seaside has revived local vernacular traditions in its urban design, its architecture and the construction of its homes. Seaside has been the focus of widespread media attention in Time, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times and in broadcasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and the BBC. SCDC has been in business since 1982 and currently employs approximately 120 people.
Kim Delaney, Strategic Development Coordinator, Treasure Coast Regional Council
Kim DeLaney currently serves as the Growth Management Coordinator for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, which spans the four-county region from Palm Beach County to Indian River County. She is responsible for improving linkages between land use and transportation, transit-oriented development, redevelopment, school planning, and providing assistance to local governments, elected officials, agencies, and business and citizens’ groups.
A graduate of the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University, Dr. DeLaney’s prior work includes the City of Stuart, where she was the City Planner for a decade, and FAU’s Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. Dr. DeLaney and her husband Don live in Hobe Sound, Florida and continue to marvel at the exploits of their young sons Zack and Jake.
Mary Dennis, B Dennis Town & Building Design
Mary is a designer of civic landscapes, who has been working with New Urbanists for over 20 years. Her specialty has been playgrounds, schoolyards and integrated park systems that contribute to the making of civilized urban life. Her work has led to advances in embedding landscape standards in form-based codes as an essential infrastructure element of neighborhoods and towns. Mary’s most recent initiative has been in Agricultural Urbanism, which seeks to create a sustainable system of food production from the most rural to the most urban, as described in her presentation ‘Farm to Market.’ Her work in national and international charrettes has been a collaborative approach to civic landscape, whether it be a pocket park, parking lot or park system. Educated at the Radcliffe graduate program in Landscape Design and the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, Mary combines her civic perspective and knowledge of plants to the design and implementation of the ‘human habitat.'
Michael Dennis, Principal-in-Charge, Michael Dennis and Associates (MDA)
Michael Dennis is a practicing architect, scholar, and Professor of Architecture at MIT. His insights and influence have been widely acknowledged in both scholarly pursuits, such as his writings about the city and campus planning, and in private practice. The numerous award-winning projects designed by his firm, Michael Dennis & Associates, range from campus master plans to diverse facilities for higher education clients. Dennis is actively involved with each of his firm’s projects from concept to construction. He also teaches Urban Design and Theory in the post-professional program at MIT, where he is the Director of the SMArchS Architecture and Urbanism program.
Dennis has lectured widely, and is the author of Court and Garden: From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1986), a book widely recognized for its insightful distillation of the French hôtel as an urban spatial type. Dennis’ writings and projects have provided the foundation for the development of sophisticated spatial and compositional paradigms for the design of urban and campus buildings, an approach at the core of his professional work.
Dennis has held academic appointments at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Kentucky, Princeton, and Rice. In 1986 Michael Dennis was the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, in 1988 the Eero Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and in 2006 the Charles Moore Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Mr. Dennis is an authority on the development and form of the American Campus and has led campus planning initiatives at several of the country’s leading universities including the University of Virginia, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, the Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, and Middlebury College. His firm won a 2011 Charter Award for the campus master plan for the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He is currently working on a publication entitled, Temples and Towns: A Study of the Form, Elements, and Principles of Planned Towns.
John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor of New Haven, City of New Haven
John DeStefano, Jr. was sworn in as the 49th Mayor of New Haven on January 1, 1994. He is serving his 9th term in office. Since taking office in 1994 the City center has undergone a dramatic transformation into a mixed use community of some 12,000 residents. Anchored by the Mayor’s support of University, Hospital and medical center expansion, New Haven has emerged as a national center of life and bio science businesses. Downtown commercial, residential and retail occupancies stand at record lows. In 2010 the US Department of Transportation announced funding of the Downtown Crossing project which will remove a 1960’s era limited express highway that has divided the central business district from the City’s principal rail station and rapidly growing medical research, clinical and office district. The project will double the size of the downtown.
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 improve the quality of people's lives by teaching and practicing timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing, and building. He has led the development of The Foundation's Education Programme, its practical research in green building and sustainable urbanism and its project work, including programs with Oxford University, the University of Wales and Simon Fraser University, as well as launching traditional building crafts courses in the United Kingdom, New Orleans and Jamaica. He has been project director for The Foundation's urban extensions in East Ayrshire, Hampshire and Caithness, as well as regeneration and recovery work in Lincoln, Walthamstow, Kingston, Jamaica and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (with DPZ).
Mr. Dittmar was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2003 to 2009, and was a long time board member and Co-Chair of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago.
Prior to assuming the post with The Prince’s Foundation, Mr. Dittmar was President & CEO of Reconnecting America, a U.S. charity, formerly known as the Great American Station Foundation, and Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Pilot Project. Hank Dittmar was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Advisory Committee on Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Metropolitan Working Group, which he served as Chair.
His most recent book, Transport and Neighbourhoods, was published in 2008. New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, edited with Gloria Ohland, was published in December 2003 by Island Press. He was also a contributing author to Tradition and Sustainability, published in 2010, and Sustainable Planet: Strategies for the 21st Century, in 2003. Mr. Dittmar is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, and was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dittmar holds a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He resides in London, England.
Dao Doan, CFO/Senior Principal, Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc.
During his many years of professional experience, Dao has led numerous projects including single and mixed-use buildings, planned communities and large commercial and institutional projects. He has an extensive background in a variety of building types, including public facilities, professional offices, retail and industrial centers, and mixed-use residential. As continually demonstrated in his work, Dao is highly sensitive to issues such as scale, cultural diversity, sustainable development, cost management and community involvement. Through his participation in community task forces, Dao gives talks to numerous community groups aimed at preserving downtowns, maintaining architectural integrity, revitalizing our urban centers and raising design awareness.
Prior to moving to California and attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Dao studied architecture at the University of Liege in Belgium, where he lived for three years, from 1972 to 1975. His sojourn in Europe helped enrich his inner understanding of urban planning issues, a knowledge he gained from growing up in the urban area of Saigon, Vietnam, where mixed-use living is the norm rather than the exception. Later on, such life experience was reinforced and codified through his education and professional practice, allowing Dao to apply them effectively in all his urban design approaches. Dao continues to travel extensively to educate himself on global urban planning issues.
Since joining Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc. as a partner, Dao has been actively involved in the community to address urban planning issues. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Ventura County Civic Alliance (VCCA), serving as Chair in 2010 and Vice Chair from 2008-2009. He is a standing member of the Livable Communities Working Group of the VCCA, for which he serves as regular columnist of its e-newsletter, writing about relevant urban planning issues affecting the community. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Oxnard Merchant Association and serves on the Ventura County Housing Conference Organizing Committee, where he helps shapes local housing issues for community discourse (Dao also designed the logo for the organization); he is a former member of the Oxnard Downtown Design Review Committee, as well as the Oxnard Design Advisory Committee. He represented Mainstreet as member of the Ventura County Economic Development Association. Dao participates in many other organizations seeking his expertise in urban issues. Dao attends numerous community functions as an advocate to address the lack of affordable housing in the southern California region.
Tom Dolan, CNU-A, Principal, Thomas Dolan Architecture
Thomas Dolan is an architect and urban designer and the founder of Thomas Dolan Architecture, devoted to live-work and mixed use urban infill. In the mid-to-late 1980’s, the firm designed the first postwar purpose-built live-work projects in North America, courtyard communities located in Oakland and Berkeley, California. This pioneering work led Thomas Dolan to write Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing, a comprehensive treatment of the subject aimed at planners, architects, developers, regulators and users of live work. Due out from Wiley in April 2012, the book will incorporate the lexicon of terms he and others have developed over the last 25 years, which are intended to allow professionals to better understand and communicate regarding this hybrid building and use type. Dolan defines live-work types parsed by: dominance of work activity, proximity or separation between work and living activity, and project type, illustrating each with case studies that analyze built projects throughout North America.
Thomas Dolan has spoken widely and consulted with developers and government agencies throughout North America on live-work topics, including: coding, design, market, legalization of extra-legal projects, the role of artists, and live-work as an economic development tool. In the late 1990’s, Thomas Dolan Architecture created Live-Work in Plain English, an online interactive guide to Oakland’s new Live-Work Building Code . In 1997, Tom served as a consultant to the City of Vancouver, B.C., producing Work/Live in Vancouver. Located in Oakland, California, the firm has received numerous design awards for their live-work, mixed use and affordable housing projects.
Bruce F. Donnelly, Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly
Bruce Donnelly is an urban planner who has contributed to the SmartCode and coordinated SmartCodes with existing codes and plans. He is an editor, and a collaborator on a "generative module" with Michael Mehaffy and Andres Duany.
James Dougherty, Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 juried competitions.
Scott Douglass, Designer, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Scott grew up in Massachusetts, gaining an early worldview of resiliency and eventually convincing his entire extended family to develop their property in a revolutionary resilient manner. He studied architecture at the University of Miami and now spends his free time engaging in more traditional undertakings like making his own bows and arrows.
Victor Dover, CNU-A, Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
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.
Beth Shields Dowdle has worked on land conservation and planning for over two decades. Prior to moving to Florida in 1992 to advise the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on the disposition of their Florida landholdings, Beth directed the World Wildlife Fund’s New England office for the Successful Communities Program, providing technical assistance in managing growth and protecting natural resources throughout New England including projects as diverse as conservation-based affordable housing to creating land trusts. In partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, she helped launch the Florida Greenways Program and directed the Loxahatchee Greenways Program in Florida, a half million acre regional plan resulting in 33,000 acres of conservation land and a new town based on the compact development principles of new urbanism. As an officer of The Conservation Fund, Beth lead The Sustainable Everglades Initiative with the MacArthur Foundation, bringing together diverse partnerships of nonprofit organizations and public agencies to work on conservation and development in the fast growing region of South Florida. She has directed city and regional planning programs in Boston and North Carolina. Beth was the Vice Chairman of the Landmarks Commission in Palm Beach, Florida for nine years, is a board member of the Seaside Institute, a Trustee of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a founding member of CNU Florida, a Trustee of the Chastain Foundation and serves on other philanthropic or nonprofit boards whose missions are related to conservation and community development. Beth holds a degree in urban and regional planning and a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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 degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates, the Brandeis Award for Architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture from the University of Virginia, the Vincent J. Scully Prize for exemplary practice and scholarship in architecture and urban design from the National Building Museum, and the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design from the Seaside Institute.
Eric Dumbaugh, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Eric Dumbaugh is an expert in the areas of transportation systems planning, design, and community livability. He has authored more than 40 works in these areas, receiving the 2009 Award for Best Article from the American Planning Association, and the 2006 Award for Outstanding Paper in Geometric Design from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of the Sciences. Dr. Dumbaugh has been active in local, state, and national efforts to enhance the livability of urban transportation systems, including activities sponsored by the Smart Growth Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, among numerous others. Dr. Dumbaugh is an associate professor and the program coordinator for the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as was as Master degrees in Civil Engineering and City Planning. He lectures widely on the relationships between transportation and urban design, both in the United States and abroad.
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she teaches contemporary architectural theory and urban design and researches alternatives to sprawl. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, CNN, CBS News, Newsweek.com, Christian Science Monitor.com, Sustainable Infrastructure.com, OnEarth, Harvard Business Review, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record and was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.” The American Association of Publishers chose the book for a PROSE award, winning the 2009 architecture and urban planning category for professional and scholarly excellence. Dunham-Jones has published over 50 articles including pieces in Harvard Design Magazine, Places, Design Book Review, and Lotus International; as well as chapters in Architecture, Ethics And Globalization, 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, and the executive board of CNU-Atlanta.
Richard Economakis, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Richard Economakis teaches classical and traditional architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and is professionally active in the US, Europe and Central America. From 1990 until 1995 he was editor of traditional publications at Academy Editions in London, producing editions of A.D. magazine, monographs on the work of prominent traditional architects (including Leon Krier, Rob Krier, and Quinlan Terry), and the influential book Building Classical. He has authored numerous essays on traditional architecture and urbanism (old and new), as well as books on vernacular architecture in Greece, and the restoration of the Acropolis in Athens. Economakis has received numerous teaching and professional awards, most recently a 2010 CNU Academic Award of Excellence for his summer studio proposals in Bath, England. In 2001 he was a runner-up in the 2001 Seaside Ceremonial Landmark Competition. Economakis has organized a number of important international conferences, most recently the colloquium ‘Durability in Construction’ (2010), which highlighted the work of 24 leading traditional architects. His most recent professional work includes the Athenaeum and houses in the new town of Cayalà, Guatemala, houses in Greece and Arizona, and a chapel renovation in Dallas, Texas. Economakis holds a B. Arch and an M.A. in History of Architecture from Cornell University. He is both a US and Greek citizen.
Audun Engh, Project Manager
Audun Engh is from Oslo, Norway. Education in law. Project manager for conferences, workshops and charrettes held in several countries, including the Climate Change and Urban Design conference in Oslo, 2008, and INTBAU Scandinavia workshops in Transylvania, Romania. Member of the INTBAU College of Chapters, representing INTBAU Scandinavia. Board member of CEU – Council for European Urbanism.
Hector Fernando Burga, Co-Founder Up-Lab, Up-lab
Hector F. Burga is an architectural/urban designer and doctoral candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He holds a B.A. from the University of Miami in political science and international studies and dual masters degrees in town planning and architecture from the University of Miami School of Architecture. In 2003, Hector was a Knight Foundation Scholar in Community Building, since he has practiced architecture in Miami and Washington DC and has held adjunct faculty positions in Miami Dade College, DASH, the School of Architecture at UM , UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and at Florida International University.
Harriet Festing, Director, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
Harriet Festing joined CNT as their Water Program Director in 2011. The national program helps communities find smart, place-based approaches to reduce long-term costs of water servicing, sustain water resources, and improve people’s quality of life. Through data and personal stories we aim to reveal the cost to the public of water infrastructure failures, and we work with partners to design entrepreneurial solutions.
Harriet is British and has a Masters Degree in Business Economics from the University of London. She has variously worked on placemaking (Project for Public Spaces in New York), urban food strategies, climate change and energy, housing and transportation, and public and community engagement. She has also milked dairy cows and co-founded a sustainable tourism business – Insider Tours.
Prior to joining CNT she worked for UK Government where she advised Ministers on community approaches to cutting energy and carbon emissions. She went on to establish a $20m pilot program working with 22 communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Harriet has won a number of awards including the Winston Churchill Fellowship. Since arriving at CNT, Harriet has developed the concept of a Wetrofit Service.
Robert Fishman, Professor and Author, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
Robert Fishman teaches in the urban design, architecture, and urban planning programs at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. in history from Harvard and his A.B. in history from Stanford University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning. He has authored several books regarded as seminal texts, on the history of cities and urbanism including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (1977).
Richard Florida, Founder, Creative Class Group
The Economist recently said that Richard Florida was “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” Esquire has included him on its annual list of “The Best and the Brightest,” and Fast Companydubbed him an “intellectual rock star.”
He is author of several influential global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class, which 800-CEO-Read singled out as “one of the best business books of all time.” His latest book, The Great Reset, argues that long-term economic recovery turns on reinventing the way we live and work.
A senior editor for The Atlantic, he writes frequently for major newspapers and appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts. TIME magazine recognized his twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world. He is founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with cities, nations and companies worldwide.
Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, and been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Jonathan Ford, Principal, Morris Beacon Design
Dedication to traditional neighborhood design and a belief in interdisciplinary collaboration led Jon to found Morris Beacon Design as a New Urbanist civil engineering and planning firm. As a New Urbanist civil engineer and designer, Jon believes compact, walkable neighborhood design leads to vibrant, lovable places in balance with nature. Jon is a Professional Engineer in a number of states and is co-founder and past President of CNU New England. He lives with his wife and two kids in walkable Providence, Rhode Island.
Lawrence Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA, President, Urban Design 4 Health
Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and President of Urban Design 4 Health. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality and health, and the fuel consumption and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 20 years. Dr. Frank works directly with local governments to help translate results from research into practice based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals.
Anthony Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Principal of the Street Plans Collaborative, Anthony specializes in design, urban planning, and transportation planning. His expertise in code writing and policy development has been utilized by municipalities, developers, schools, and citizen groups who seek to balance community input with long-range planning. He has contributed to numerous plans at the scale of city, neighborhood, and campus and is a specialist in reforming land development regulations and promoting Smart Growth policies.
Prior to working with the Street Plans Collaborative, Anthony was Project Director at Chael Cooper & Associates, Architects, a leader in New Urbanist architecture. He was Project Manager on the Chael-Dover Cottage, one of a select few regional participants in the LEED-Homes pilot program - a project that earned a Gold LEED rating and a Dade Heritage Trust Award for excellence in preservation.
Tony is Publisher of TransitMiami.com, a South Florida based transportation and planning blog that seeks to encourage public participation and discourse in land use and transportation planning. His work on Transit Miami has contributed to several successful advocacy campaigns, including the implementation of Miami 21, the ongoing traffic calming of Brickell Boulevard, and the adoption of the Virginia Key Coalition Master Plan. He is the Vice-President of the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami, and is on he Board of Directors of the Green Mobility Network. He is also a member of the Dade Heritage Trust, Congress for the New Urbanism and the US Green Building Council.
Anthony possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami, where he worked as a research assistant on a number of urban policy papers related to code writing and urban development in Cuba.