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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.
Norman W. Garrick, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering , University of Connecticut
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), trustee of the Tri-state Transportation Campaign, and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable transportation and urban planning, street and street network design, and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public through the press, radio and TV. He is a 2008 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization.
In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2004, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where he studied the evolution of the urban form, the transit system and the state of motorization in the Kingston metropolitan region.
Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, AICP, Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, AICP, is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was planning director for the City of Miami from 1998 to 2010, and led the Miami 21 rezoning initiative to make Miami a more sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, and better planned city with a form-based code. She also led efforts on the Museum Park master plan, Coconut Grove master plan, Virginia Key master plan, Parks and Public Spaces master plan, and the review and approval of over 75,000 residential units, approximately 6,000 hotel rooms, over 8 million square feet of office space, and 7 million square feet of retail space, contributing to Miami’s greatest growth period in history. She directed all urban planning programs, including coordinating, developing, and implementing Miami’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, and worked closely with the development community and with Miami’s culturally diverse neighborhood groups, bridging their needs with quality projects that helped further the city’s goal of creating a sustainable community with a higher quality of life. Before joining the City of Miami, she worked in the private sector in both architecture and land planning firms as well as an adjunct design professor at the University of Miami and Florida International University. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. Recently, she was named Top Public Official of the year for 2010 by Governing Magazine and was selected to receive the 2011 CNU Groves Award.
Anthea Gianniotes, AICP, Urban Designer/Town Planner, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Anthea Gianniotes has over 18 years of experience in traditional town planning with an emphasis on implementation. Since 2004, she has worked exclusively in the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC), providing urban design, form-based coding, and smart-growth comprehensive planning assistance to local governments within a four-county region of Florida. Ms. Gianniotes has the benefit of both private and public sector experience, notably working for DPZ and later at the City of West Palm Beach administering the Downtown Master Plan, a plan and form-based code authored by DPZ and considered instrumental in the renaissance of the downtown area. She was a key member of the TCRPC team awarded the 2006 Award of Excellence from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and the 2007 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award for the Towns, Villages, and Countryside project in St. Lucie County. Ms. Gianniotes is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and is a founding member of the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group
Nationally recognized, Robert Gibbs is considered a leading urban retail planning consultant by some of the most respected mayors, architects and real estate developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and the Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have “an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts”. Charleston's Mayor Joseph P. Riley describes Gibbs's work as “The Bible for the future of our historic district”.
A speaker at the first Congress for the New Urbanism in 1992 and 10 other CNU's since, Gibbs has been a pioneer and leader in this movement to implement the environmentally sustainable principles of Traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth as an antidote to the alienating, formless sprawl of suburbia. During the past 25 years, Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities around the World. Gibbs has contributed to numerous books and gives frequent lectures including teaching an executive Urban Retail Planning session at Harvard's School of Architecture for the past 12 years. Gibbs has consulted for the cities of: Alexandria, Atlanta, Cambridge, Charleston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Naples, Portland and Seattle. Gibbs has also consulted with many new urban towns including: The Kentlands, The Glen, Rosemary Beach and Seaside. GPG has also consulted for the Universities of Brown, Johns Hopkins, Miami, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gibbs serves as GPG’s president and over sees operations, planning and research.
John Given, Principal, Investment & Development, CIM Group
John Given joined CIM Group in 1997. Prior to CIM he served five years at the MTA framing TOD plans and joint development transactions now fully built out for three Hollywood Metro stations. During the 80’s, Mr.Given was the CRA/LA’s lead project planner, where his work established the framework for the now
successful South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. After graduate school, he was the City Planner for Greeley, Colorado for 4 years, prior to returning to his native Los Angeles.
At CIM Group John helped grow a pioneering urban investment and development company, starting on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, the Gaslamp District in San Diego and Pasadena’s revival of Colorado Blvd. CIM now manages urban investment funds exceeding $7 billion with assets in Manhattan, throughout California, the DC Metro area, Miami, and other strong markets. CIM has pioneered investment and development across all asset classes in established urban districts. John has led investments in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Diego Gas Lamp, Huntington Beach, San Pedro, Midtown Los Angeles, downtown Sacramento and San Jose.
John Given is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and a founding member of the California Infill Builders Association. He also serves on the Boards of LINC Housing and the Central Hollywood Coalition (a BID). In years past John served as a founding board member of the Hollywood Entertainment District and chaired the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission. Mr. Given holds a BA in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Regional Planning from Harvard University.
Patricia Glanville, Heritage Architect, Ministry of Tourism Parks Culture and Sport
Dr. Glanville is a practicing architect, based in western Canada. Patricia has an interdisciplinary background has been practicing as both an architect and landscape architect for 25 years. Patricia’s interdisciplinary practice has led her to examine the effects of conforming to requirements to include architectural and planning controls as an attempt to create a specific architectural culture in design and planning, in the context where another architectural culture or historical precedent exists. The study involved the comparison of two rural commercial urban cores, located in western Canada, each developing with contrasting, often conflicting planning guidelines importing traditional precedents.
Pedro Godoy, President, Estudio Urbano
Pedro Godoy, a Guatemalan architect is founded the Principals of Estudio Urbano, a firm that specializes in traditional architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. Together Maria Sanchez and Pedro Godoy have been awarded diverse prizes and recognitions for their excellence in architectural and urban design for a range of projects. Both have lectured at several universities in the past recent years. They have been working as consultants for Architecture and Urbanism at an international level. Worked in Italy, United States of America, Ecuador and Guatemala. They organized the first festival of Civic Art: Genialidad Krier en Guatemala, which reunited for the first time, the five Schools of Architecture, entrepreneurs, majors, the building sector and general public to an approach to the origins of Traditional Urbanism and Architecture. Currently they are collaborating as designers with the Key Biscayne firm South Bay Developers, working on the design of High-end residences in the Key Biscayne area and in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. They are also in charge of directing the urban and architectural design of the New City of Cayalá, that is the most important extension within the city of Guatemala.
Doris S. Goldstein, Attorney, Law Offices of Doris S. Goldstein
Doris Sussman Goldstein is a lawyer who works toward the creation and effective management of sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities. Since 1986, Ms. Goldstein has been closely involved with almost every aspect of Seaside’s growth, including the development of its town center. Her solo practice has worked with developers of dozens of other new urban communities throughout the country, in cooperation with local counsel, to craft the legal structure of the community and establish the relationships among residential, commercial and civic uses. Her experience with Seaside and other communities, which extends past the initial development stage to include operational issues, gives her unique practical experience and insight.
Through her published articles and lectures, Ms. Goldstein has worked to define the best practices for communities that blend commercial and residential uses and to explore the legal issues inherent in private, public, and quasi-public spaces. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication and Harvard Law School, Ms. Goldstein is the co-author, with Dan Slone, of a book, A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects (Wiley 2008).
Rick Gonzalez, President, REG Architects Inc
Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President of REG Architects, Inc., opened his practice in Down- town West Palm Beach with his father Ricardo in 1988, and has been in Downtown ever since.
Rick received two architectural degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with additional university course work completed at Miami-Dade College, Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City and the Autonomous Uni- versity of Central America in San Jose, Costa Rica and continuing education course work under Andres Duany at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Manuel Ponce’s Venice, Florence, and Veneto Classic Design in Italy.
Professional and Architectural awards include 2009 Architectural Firm of the Year Award from the AIA Palm Beach; 2009 AIA Palm Beach Chapter Recognition Award for Corporate Place at Tradition; 2009 SWANA’s WESTCON Silver Excellence Transfer Station Award for SWA Lantana Cam- pus; 2008 Honor Design Awards AIA Palm Beach and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for the Palm Beach County 1916 Court House Restoration; the ABC Best of 2007 Award for NPBCID EOC & HQ in Palm Beach Gardens; the Associated Builders & Contractors 2006 and Southeast Construction award of 2005 for Best Public Building, City of Sebastian Municipal Complex; 2005 Sun Sentinel’s “Excalibur Award”; 2004 AIA Palm Beach Design Award for City of Miami Beach Golf Club House; 2003 Award for Excellence in Design for New Commercial Development (5th Ave. PNC Bank) from the City of Delray Beach SPRAB; 2003 AIA Palm Beach Honor Award for Design for “The Harriet” at City Place in West Palm Beach; 2001 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award also for “The Harriet”; 1998 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
He was appointed in 2008 by then Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Historical Commission (FHC) for a 3-year term (vice chair of National Register Committee in 2011) and by former Governor Jeb Bush to the State of Florida’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design (BOAID) in 2000 and he served another term in 2004 with a 2-year period as Chairman (2005-2006). Rick's community involvement include: UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc. Board; CUA School of Architecture Development Board, Washington D.C.; Maryland Institute and College of Art (MICA) Board of Trustees, Baltimore, Maryland; University of Florida, School of Architecture, Historical Preservation Department Board of Advisors; Secretary of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in Tallahassee, FL; City of West Palm Beach Culture Committee; former Board Mem- ber of Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and United Way of Palm Beach County. He has also been in- volved in the past with the Historic Society of Palm Beach County, the Planning Board for the Cities of West Palm Beach and Juno Beach, Hispanic Cultural Arts and Fiesta on Flagler, Center for Creative Educa- tion, Aspira, the Palm Beach Opera, Economic Council, SunFest and the Centennial Celebration of the City of West Palm Beach.
Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, Principal, Alexander Gorlin Architects
Alexander Gorlin studied at The Cooper Union School of Architecture before receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He opened his practice in 1986 after returning from a Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
Gorlin has since created an internationally recognized firm that is distinguished by its commitment to applying Modernist design principles to projects across the social spectrum. Alexander Gorlin Architects currently works with private clients, developers, community organizations, religious congregations and schools throughout the country. The firm has received numerous accolades including two American Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum and four Design
Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Architectural Digest magazine has named the firm to its AD100 list of leading designers for each of the past four years.
Gorlin is a respected architectural critic and scholar. He is the author of two books on contemporary architecture, The New American Town House and Creating the New American Town House, and has written extensively for periodicals such as Architectural Record, Metropolis, and Architectural Digest. Gorlin is the subject of an architectural monograph, Alexander Gorlin:Buildings and Projects, with essays by Vincent Scully and Paul Goldberger. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
Jamie S. Gorski, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, The Bozzuto Group
Jamie Gorski is senior vice president, corporate marketing for The Bozzuto Group. In her role, she provides strategic marketing direction for the entire company, overseeing all advertising, marketing and public relations efforts for each of Bozzuto’s six integrated companies – Acquisitions, Construction, Development, Homebuilding, Land Development and Property Management.
Jamie brings more than 25 years of multifamily marketing experience to Bozzuto, including five years as chief marketing officer for Kettler. Prior to Kettler, she served as vice president of marketing for Archstone-Smith and for Charles E. Smith Residential.
Jamie’s expertise includes strategic planning, brand development, standards implementation, interactive marketing and statistical market analysis. She has extensive experience overseeing major initiatives such as redeveloping corporate web sites and re-imaging campaigns and is an expert in implementing effective social media marketing strategies and programs.
Jamie has won numerous marketing awards, including 30 Pillars of the Industry Awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She was named one of the “2011 People to Watch” by Multi-Housing News and serves on the Board of the Residential Property Management Program for Virginia Tech University.
Jamie received a B.S. in mathematics from Ohio State University, where she was captain of the swim team, a Big Ten Champion and an NCAA National finalist. She and her family reside in Annapolis, Maryland.
Jane Grabowski-Miller, ASLA, CNU-A, Vice President Design Development, Erdman Development Group
Jane Grabowski-Miller is the Vice President of Design Development for the Erdman Development Group. She has over 15 years of experience as the Project Director and Town Architect for Middleton Hills, the first New Urbanist project in Wisconsin, master planned by DPZ in 1993. She has guided the project through entitlements, design refinement, lot sales, the design review process, and management of the neighborhood association. Previous experience includes master planning, urban design, landscape architecture and design review management. She lectures frequently on neighborhood retail planning at the Harvard GSD Executive Education Program, was a former faculty member and Thesis Director at the Boston Architectural Center, and a contributing editor to the book “Safescape: Creating Safer, More Livable Communities Through Planning and Design”. Jane served as the Local Host Committee Co-Chair for CNU 19 and currently serves on the founding Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter of CNU.
Charles Green, MA, MFA, CNU-A, Health Communication Specialist, Healthy Community Design Initiative, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Charles Green, MA, MFA is a Health Communication Specialist for the Healthy Community Design Initiative in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. A 24-year veteran in health communications, Mr. Green has been with CDC for more than 10 years. He served as campaign manager for CDC’s award-winning Choose Your Cover skin cancer education campaign, and Team Lead for NCEH/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Office of Communication Science. Charles’s awards include Public Relations Society of America’s Golden Anvil and Outstanding Young Professional Awards, CDC Communications Roundtable Award, and CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Honors Awards. He is the first CNU-accredited New Urbanist by the University of Miami School of Architecture and served as local executive co-chair for CNU 18’s “New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places.”
Ron Green, Founder and CEO, Another Broken Egg Cafe
Mr. Green is currently the President and CEO of ABEA and oversees all aspects of the concepts business; from franchising, operations, advertising and facility design to everyday administration of the franchised cafes and the companies two corporate stores. Mr. Green has served on numerous boards including the St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce (Director), Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Mandeville, LA. and sat on several architectural review boards as well as many special assigned committees for “Old Town” architectural and landscape enhancements in Louisiana and California.
In 1994, Ron created and developed the original Broken Egg concept from the ground up. With the assistance of an experience cafe owner in San Diego, Ron felt that he could build a better concept than what was being offered in Louisiana. After a year of negotiations, city variances and permitting, Ron purchased and started the renovation of a 1908 residual home... soon to be hatched in 96’ as “The Broken Egg Cafe”. With remarkable success, five new cafes opened in various cities over the next 7 years. Winning numerous awards and invited to cook live on telecasts, Ron knew he has something special going on! When a casual conversation with a guest created the “Another Broken Egg” name, Ron formed the Another Broken Egg of America, Inc., (ABEA) company in 2005 and arduously took on the task of becoming a National Franchisor in the casual dining sector of the restaurant world.
Previously, in 1974, Mr. Green was employed by Automation Industries and issued a secret clearance and was initially tasked to the Engineering Design department concentrating on project definition, site surveys and sensor mapping for twenty NATO Department of Defense (DOD) projects throughout the United States and Europe. He transferred to Field Engineering performing design reviews, electronic inspections and field implementation for sophisticated sensoring systems in England, Scotland, Spain, Sicily, Wales, Cuba and Malaysia. He was given a field promotion to Project Manager in 1978 and was the youngest PM to complete several multi-million dollar installations under budget and ahead of schedule.
Ron re-located to San Diego in 1983, continuing his career with General Dynamics Services Company (GDSC) designing and developing plans for remote base facilities in support of pilot training for the F/16 Fighter Pilot Program to the Egyptian Air Force and the Measurement Standards laboratory for the Saudi Arabian Government.
In 1986, Ron transferred to General Dynamics Space Systems (GDSS) Program to re-design interior launch facilities for the Atlas Centaur unmanned Space Program. In 1989, Ron was employed by Lockheed Martin employed as a senior facility designer for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), a) massive “science project” for Department of Energy (DOE). During his “spare time” while in the last two years of the SSC program, Ron was determined to start his own business. With his mid-life “clarity” kicking in, Ron slowly and methodically generated a comprehensive plan to transfer from 25 years of Government funded projects to becoming a restaurant Entrepreneur.
Jennifer Griffin, Designer, Hartman-Cox Architects
Jennifer Griffin is a designer with Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, D.C. She received a M.ADU in 2012 from the University of Notre Dame. In 2011, she won the New Urbanism Charter Award Academic Grand Prize with the Notre Dame graduate urban design studio for the project Strategies for a Sustainable Skaneateles. Her other professional experiences include having worked with Demetri Porphyrios, Hart Howerton, and Urban Design Associates. Jennifer's recent charrette experience includes participation in the design of the new town of Cayalá, Guatemala, with Estudio Urbano and Leon Krier, and collaboration on a master plan for the new town of Bahía Muyuyo, Ecuador, with Joanna Alimanestianu.
John Griffin is a designer with Torti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a M.ADU in 2012 from the University of Notre Dame. In 2011 he won the New Urbanism Charter Award Academic Grand Prize with the Notre Dame graduate urban design studio for the project Strategies for a Sustainable Skaneateles. His other professional experiences include having worked with Demetri Porphyrios, Hart Howerton, and Duncan Stroik. John's recent charrette experience includes participation in the design of the new town of Cayalá, Guatemala, with Estudio Urbano and Leon Krier, and collaboration on a master plan for the new town of Bahía Muyuyo, Ecuador, with Joanna Alimanestianu.
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Jacquelyne D. Grimshaw works with the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago where she directs the Center's policy initiatives. Formerly as the manager of the Center’s transportation and community development programs, was responsible for research in these areas. She developed the Center's capacity to conduct computer modeling programs and community development activities. She has extensive experience developing consensus in support of less-polluting transportation options and initiating programs that assist the revitalization of inner-city neighborhoods. Grimshaw previously served as the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the Treasurer of the City of Chicago and directed the Chicago Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She was a member of the President's Council for Sustainable Development's Energy and Transportation Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. She is currently a Director of the Chicago Transit Authority. Grimshaw holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and completed graduate studies in Public Policy at Governors State University.
Dipu Gupta , Adjunct Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, University of California, Merced
Dipu Gupta is a Northern California based architect and urbanist. He is on the faculty of the new University of California campus in Merced. As well as teaching he has a professional practice with completed projects in New York, New Mexico and California. Current urban initiatives include working with the City of Merced on the local California High Speed Rail Station area planning, land use and community charrette. His interest in urban design was initially developed as a set designer when he worked widely in the US and established himself as an innovative designer of classical plays and operas. He has recently designed two productions for Opera Africa in Johannesburg. His primary area of academic research is on contemporary urban growth in South and Southeast Asia.
Valentin Hadelich, Assistant Professor, Bauhaus University Weimar & Urban INDEX Institute GmbH
After an education on fine arts in Volterra (Italy) the author studied Architecture and Urban Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany) and at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture ESA in Paris (France).
Valentin Hadelich is currently assistant Professor at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, at the chair of Urban Development and Urban Design. He teaches in the Bachelor and in several Master programs at the faculty of architecture focusing on revitalization, re-urbanization and place-making strategies. During the last years projects with his students brought him to Venice (IT), Berlin (DE) and Los Angeles (US).
Since his student times he has come in contact with the theories and instruments of the new urbanism. The Chair of urban Development and Urban Design carried out and managed a Charrette process in Berlin, one of the first to take place in Germany.
Prior to his engagement at the Bauhaus University he joined the architecture firm and urban strategies office Mediastadt working with international partners from NEW (Nord West Europe) on EU projects developing assessment and rating tools for urban quality at the city quarter level.
He then was associate project leader since its founding phase at the Urban INDEX Institute in Darmstadt, a research and development institute founded by Prof. Wolfgang Christ focusing on the urban dimension of social, economic and architectural challenges. Research and planning topics range from question regarding the sustainable integration of large scale retail structures in inner cities to comparative research in open air shopping centers or urban development strategies for Medium sized cities.
The author’s main research focus at the Bauhaus University Weimar as well as at the Urban Index Institute lies with the development of methods and instruments to objectify the subjective evaluation and assessment of urban design strategies and their impact on a social, economic and ecologic level. Lectures have brought him between others to Naples, Berlin and Tokyo.
Newest research projects focus on the potentials for innovation and creativity in the context of the knowledge society discourse relating it to the quality of public space as place for communication, meeting and social interaction.
Rosanne Haggerty, President & Founder , Common Ground
Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Founder of Common Ground Community H.D.F.C., Inc., a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions to homelessness. Common Ground was founded in 1990 and has developed and operates a range of housing facilities serving formerly homeless and low income households located in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, and has now expanded to Los Angeles, New Orleans and Washington DC. In addition, Common Ground operates programs designed to prevent homelessness among vulnerable individuals and groups and to assist long-term homeless adults in accessing housing. It provides services directly and as a consultant to government and not for profit groups.
Common Ground’s innovative work has been recognized with national and international awards including the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, the Peter Drucker Award for Non Profit Innovation, and the World Habitat Award through the United Nations and Building and Social Housing Foundation.
Haggerty is an Urban Advisor to the Urban Land Institute, a board member of the Center for Urban Community Services, the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, the Times Square Alliance, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and Quest Diagnostics, and is a Life Trustee of Amherst College. Haggerty was a Japan Society Public Policy Fellow, an Adelaide Thinker in Residence, is an Ashoka Senior Fellow and the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Prior to founding Common Ground, Ms. Haggerty held the position of Coordinator of Housing Development at Brooklyn Catholic Charities, operating in Brooklyn and Queens. She is a graduate of Amherst College and is completing studies for PhD in sociology at New York University.
Richard Hall, P.E., President, Hall Planning & Engineering Inc.
Rick Hall, P.E., is President of HPE. Based on his extensive transportation planning and conceptual design experience, the firm focuses on both Planning and Preliminary Engineering, especially the vital interface between Planning and Design. Transportation aspects of community plans, subarea/sector plans and corridor studies are key HPE emphasis areas. Expert witness, public participation and charrette tasks are routinely performed by HPE. Traffic engineering, site impact studies and private and public growth management related studies are also special skills of the firm. Other practice areas of the firm include hurricane evacuation studies and calculation of the all important evacuation clearance times and specialty data collection including origin/destination and trip generation studies.
Mr. Hall serves as a Visiting Professor in the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches land use and transportation courses at the master's degree level. Extensive readings in the "New Urbanism," Neo-traditional neighborhood design and other emerging concepts led to a strengthened commitment to land use-based transportation planning. His academic background combined with active charrette and workshop design experience have made him uniquely qualified to deal with controversial transportation and land use projects.
Karja Hansen, Director's Fellow, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Karja was first introduced to the deeper workings of the built environment helping her father renovate historic homes around the country. An accomplished carpenter and architectural drafter by the time she finished high school, she studied mechanical engineering, journalism and cartography at the University of Maryland’s Honors Campus in Baltimore, then urban homesteaded in a West Baltimore rowhouse neighborhood while working in journalism. Coming across New Urbanism through her passion for good places - wild or civilized - she dove headlong into the movement in her work as well as serving as the event chair for the CNU DC chapter. Karja is the most recent addition to the DPZ Miami Office, extensively involved with the CNU NextGen Group and recently co-founded CNU+Miami.
Lynda Harris is a Shareholder in the law firm of Carlton Fields, P.A. practicing in the West Palm Beach, Florida office. She is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate & Finance and Government Law & Consulting Practice Groups. Lyn practices in the areas of transactional real estate and land use and zoning. She has extensive experience in developer representation, specializing in mixed use projects, and in land use and governmental approvals, and public-private partnerships and lender and finance transaction. Lyn is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers for 2007 thru 2011 and Named to “Top 100 Lawyers” list in South Florida by South Florida Legal Guide for 2009 through 2011. Lyn is a member of The American Bar Association; The Florida Bar; and Palm Beach County Bar Association. She is on the Board of Directors of Boy’s Town of South Florida, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ Government Affairs Committee. Lyn speaks regularly to various organizations including ICSC, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, and the Congress for New Urbanism.
Seth Harry, AIA, President, Seth Harry & Associates, Inc.
Seth Harry is a licensed architect with over twenty years of experience in the design, master planning, and implementation of TNDs, large-scale mixed-use developments, urban entertainment projects, waterfront destination shopping, dining and entertainment complexes.
Prior to founding Seth Harry and Associates, Inc., in 1992, Mr. Harry was Design Director for the late James Rouse’s Enterprise Development Company where he contributed to many successful retail and entertainment development projects in Japan, Australia, Ireland and the United States.
Recent projects include a variety of mixed-use, town center, greenfield and infill projects in Tennessee, New Jersey, California, Guatemala, El Salvador, and New Zealand.
Michael Hathorne, Senior Planning Manager, Suburban Land Reserve
Michael Hathorne is Senior Planning Manager with Suburban Land Reserve in Salt Lake City. In this role he is responsible for all urban and environmental planning related projects associated with the company's land assets portfolio. Michael has worked previously for Property Reserve, Inc., Zions Securities Corp., and Newland Communities.
Michael’s professional background and experience includes such areas as community design, property acquisition, land use entitlements, long range land planning, and land use policy. Areas of professional specialty and interest include New Urbanism, Transit-Oriented Development, and Form-Based Code.
Michael is presently serving as Chairman of the Local Host Committee which is overseeing the organization and planning efforts for CNU 21 which will be held in Salt Lake City, UT May 28-June 1, 2013.
Michael also teaches urban planning courses at the University of Utah. He has also taught previously at Arizona State University and Brigham Young University.
Jessica Hawes, Senior Associate, Brook McIlroy
Jessica Hawes is a registered architect, planner and LEED accredited professional, and Senior Associate with Brook McIlroy. She has over twelve years experience in the sustainable planning and design of cities, communities and buildings. At Brook McIlroy, Jessica has been responsible for the project management and design of a diversity of projects including sustainable community master plans, strategic growth studies, urban design guidelines, campus master plans, secondary plans and development studies. Recently, she has focused on the Kennedy Station Mobility Hub, the Kingston Williamsville Main Street Study and Downsview National Urban Park Master Plan and Sustainability Guidelines.
Scott A.K. Hedge is Vice President of Architecture and Planning for de Guardiola Properties, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in Architecture and Town Planning and implementing the principles and concepts of Traditional Neighborhood Developments. Mr. Hedge also served as a project manager for the architectural firm of Duany & Platter-Zyberk for 6 years, where the “new urbanism” movement that emphasizes a return to mixed uses and pedestrian scaled development originated. The firm of Duany & Plater-Zyberk where part of the team that designed Abacoa in 1993.
Mr. Hedge has been with de Guardiola Properties since 1993 when he was hired to co-ordinate the architecture and urban planning of Abacoa. Under his management a new MXD zoning code was developed for the Town of Jupiter, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan was amended, and a Development of Regional Impact review was completed, permitting the development of the 2,000 acre project known as Abacoa.
Mr. Hedge also coordinated the architectural design and construction of the Abacoa Town Center and tenant improvements, which included over 200,000 S.F. of retail and restaurant uses, a 16-screen movie theater, 412 residential apartments, and a 25,000sf office building.
In addition to the Abacoa development, de Guardiola Properties focus to develop mixed-use pedestrian scaled projects includes: Mandarin Lakes in south Dade County; East Lake Village in Port St. Lucie; the redevelopment of a suburban strip center known as City Center in Port St. Lucie and Gables Gateway a mixed-use zoning overlay to an existing industrial district of Coral Gables.
Mr. Hedge is a registered architect in the state of Florida having received his bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami. He resides in the Island of Abacoa with his wife and three children.
Ms. Hegler recently accepted the position of Planning Director for the Planning and Development Services Department in Richland County, SC. Prior to that, Ms. Hegler served as a Senior Project Manager with Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc., developing designs and reports for multi-modal transportation programs. Her work centered on TND principles, with development structure identified first, then transportation solutions devised to fit the specific, desired context. Prior to joining HPE, she worked with the Florida Space Authority as the Manager of Spaceport Transportation Planning and then Director of Planning and Spaceport Transportation. Here she was responsible for developing a Five Year Work Program for the state of Florida’s space-related transportation needs and assisted in coordinating with NASA/Kennedy Space Center and the USAF/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the long-range comprehensive master planning for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
Neil Heller, Urbanist, Community by Design LLC
Neil Heller currently practices as an Urban Designer and Principal in the urban design firm, Community By Design, of Fayetteville, Arkansas. His design work includes the application and implementation of traditional town design as a response to the issues facing contemporary society. Neil has been invited to speak regularly on `Incremental Sprawl Repair', an open source blog that explores ways to incrementally transform our under performing, auto dominated environments into functional, livable, humane environments. Neil is currently researching and documenting traditional open space typologies for a manual that would act as a guide for designers.
Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As PlaceMakers' Director of Design, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form-Based Code Award winner, Leander, Texas – plus adoptions in Fitchburg, WI; Hutto, TX; Kona, Hawaii; El Paso, Texas; Lawrence, Kansas; New Castle County, Delaware; Lauderhill, Florida; Bellevue, Kentucky; and Taos, New Mexico. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing. She is a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual as well as author of the SmartCode Landscape Module, the Mississippi Renewal Forum: Architecture Report, and Traditional Construction Patterns. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council.
Aljoscha Hofmann, Dipl. Ing. Arch., TU Berlin, Think Berl!n
Aljoscha Hofmann works as assistant professor at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, department of Planning, Building, and Environment. He is a member of the Council of European Urbanism (Germany) as well as a member of the European C.E.U. board. In 2009 he co-founded Think Berl!n, a think tank of young scientists and practitioners in the field of urbanism. He currently works on his Ph.D. Thesis based on the example of a large inner city brownfield development area along the river Spree in Berlin.
Nathaniel Hood, Urban/Transportation Planner
Nathaniel Hood is a transportation planner in Minneapolis, a founding member of the non-profit Streets.MN, an organization dedicated to expanding the conversation about land use and transportation issues in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, and a contributor writer forStrong Towns. He blogs at Thoughts on the Urban Environment.
Richard Hunt, CNU-A, Principal, Peloton Research Partners
Richard Hunt is Principal, senior market analyst, and trainer for PELOTON RESEARCH PARTNERS, a market research and economic consulting firm based in the vibrant college town of Chico, California. Richard has 25 years of experience as a market analyst and development consultant, starting his career in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986. He is a certified member of the CNU and a long‐time affiliate of the ULI and NAHB. One of his early accomplishments in 1987 included the development of one of the first target market segmentation models designed specifically for real estate development in the nine counties of the Bay Area. Over the past three decades, Richard has completed more than 300 market studies and valuations for properties of a wide‐range of uses including: residential, commercial, retail, institutional, industrial, entertainment, and hospitality. In the process of gathering primary data for new product design and branding in the real estate industry, Richard has additionally spent nearly 1,000 hours directing survey research and focus groups.
Richard has been responsible for the feasibility analysis, valuation, forward planning, market positioning, design testing, retail programming, and financing of over $10 billion in mixed‐use developments and redevelopments across the United States and the Asia Pacific. He has gained a reputation as a specialist in the evaluation and determination of Highest and Best Use and for the valuation of entitlements. He is an excellent source to provide reviews and critiques of development proposals, appraisals and financial proforma. He is additionally certified by HUD to conduct market studies on behalf of their lenders.
Peloton Research provides sophisticated, highly‐valuable market and financial intelligence to assist planning and development decisions for clients in both the public and private sectors. The company has an extensive reach spanning North America and the Asia Pacific. Clients have included Marriott, Starwood, Bank of America, Wells‐ Fargo, Trammell Crow, Opus, General Growth, Hines, Gilbane, DPZ, and Apple Computer, among many others.
Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A, President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. Jennifer is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.
Richard Jackson, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
Richard J Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention program, and instituted the federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001. He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth.
Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places published in August, 2011. He will host a 2012 public television special Designing Healthy Communities which links to a separate book by the same name published by J Wiley & Sons in October, 2011. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He is married to Joan Guilford Jackson; they have three grown children and one grandchild.
Kristen Jeffers, Grassroots Planner and Placemaker
Kristen Jeffers is The Black Urbanist. Currently in her second year of a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in community and economic development, she writes to bring together the community members with its designers, planners, policy-makers and visionaries. She's been obsessed with cities since her childhood, when she started taking trips on the floor with maps, toy racecars and her Dad. She currently resides in her hometown of Greensboro, NC, where she works with nonprofits to raise their media profile. She facilitated a panel Towards a Cultural Urbanism at Next Gen 8 at CNU 19. Follow her on Twitter @blackurbanist or become her fan on Facebook (The Black Urbanist).
Robert Jenkens, Vice President, Community Solutions Group, LLC
Robert Jenkens serves as a Vice President of Community Solutions Group, LLC, an affiliate of NCB Capital Impact. Jenkens directs NCB Capital Impact’s GREEN HOUSE® Project. The Green House Project partners with long-term care providers, policy makers, and advocates to create small-scale homes, typically licensed as skilled nursing, to replace aging facilities – providing the most impaired institutional residents a non-institutional choice. Prior to the Green House Project, Jenkens directed the Coming Home Program. The Coming Home Program concentrated on making high quality, private occupancy assisted living an affordable alternative for individuals eligible for nursing home care under the Medicaid program. The Coming Home Program worked with 9 states and 42 demonstration sites to create the policy, program, and financing frameworks required to implement and sustain the demonstration models developed under the program. Both programs were funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Jenkens received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning with an emphasis on innovative housing with services models serving as institutional alternatives. He received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jenkens is a founding board member of The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). He is the recipient of the 2006 Dick Ladd Award for exemplary work in aging and the 2011 GE Award for Best Research Paper for the article Financial Implications of THE GREEN HOUSE Model.
Shyam Kannan, Principal, RCLCO
Shyam joined RCLCO in 2003 and learned the science and craft of real estate consulting within the firm. With a strong background in urban issues and sustainable development, Shyam focuses on real estate strategies for urban revitalization, mixed-use and transit-oriented development, and green or sustainable development.
Peter Katz, Consultant and author of The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community,
Peter Katz played a significant role in shaping the New Urbanism movement, which The New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” He served as the founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is also author of The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community (McGraw-Hill, 1994). In 1991 Mr. Katz initiated and co-edited The Ahwahnee Principles, a comprehensive statement of sustainable community-building practices that has been adopted by over 120 cities and counties in the United States.
Writings by Mr. Katz have been featured in magazines such as Planning, Architecture, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Home and journals such as The Responsive Community and the Urban Land Institute’s forecast ULI on the Future. He wrote the entry on New Urbanism for The Encyclopedia of Housing.
Peter Katz is the planning director of for Arlington County, Virginia. He is an associate member of The Citistates Group, a national network of speakers under the leadership of syndicated columnist Neal Peirce. Mr. Katz was the founding president of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), a national alliance advancing a new approach to development regulation. He is a board member of FBCI and is an advisory board member of the National Charrette Institute.
Peter Katz has advised various government agencies, associations, and organizations including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Province of Ontario (Canada), The Community Builders (Cincinnati and Louisville), Contra Costa County (California) and Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority. He has addressed a range of university audiences, professional societies, and citizen groups, both nationally and internationally.
Mr. Katz studied architecture and graphic design at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the Royal Society of Arts (London) Honor Award upon graduation in 1976.
Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, professor, and former Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.Arch from Princeton University. From 1977 to 1985 he was principal in Kelbaugh+Lee, which won 15 design awards and competitions. He then served as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates. He was editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book in 1989 (which helped jumpstart TOD), The Michigan Debates on Urbanism in 2005, and Writing Urbanism in 2008, and is the author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, and Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place. He recently served as Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai development company on an international portfolio of mixed use, walkable and TOD projects.
Susan Kenney, Principal, SGK Associates, Inc.
Susan Kenney, AICP, CNU-A, is principal of SGK Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the planning and implementation of walkable and bicycling communities. Ms. Kenney has more than twelve years experience in Town and City Planning. Prior to SGK Assoc., Ms. Kenney was the first Town Planner hired for the Town of Juno Beach, FL and served as the Department head and Planning and Zoning Director for eight years. She managed all planning and zoning activity, coordinated the design of roadways and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and initiated and coordinated the beautification and enhancement of the Town. Most of the improvements and beautification were financed with grants, non-city public funding sources, and resident purchase programs that were initiated and applied for by Ms. Kenney. Prior to this, Ms. Kenney was a city planner for the City of West Palm Beach, FL for approx. two years and worked on the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation planning, and on special projects such as the convention center and the waterfront market place. Ms. Kenney holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ms. Kenney was also the Chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MPO BPAC) for six years and worked with the other Committee members, cities, county, and FDOT staff, to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Palm Beach County. Ms. Kenney was also Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Plan Amendment Review Committee (an organization of Palm Beach County and City planning directors to improve planning coordination among local governments).
Ms. Kenney has and continues to serve her community by volunteering and donating her services. She served on the North Palm Beach, FL Planning and Zoning Board, and she initiated and organized creating Safe Routes to School Plans for her community in Fort Worth, TX which led to being granted federal funds.
Adam Kerr, Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates
Adam Kerr is a transportation engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has more than 10 years of experience as a project manager with a variety of traffic engineering, transportation planning, and redevelopment projects representing public and private clients. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Illinois and serves as project manager on a variety of traffic engineering, transportation planning and redevelopment projects.
Adam graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in civil engineering in 2001.
Adam was the traffic engineer for the Worth Avenue restoration and revitalization project in Palm Beach, Florida. The restoration included a lane reduction, reconfiguration of on-street parking, intersection design, new landscaping and lighting, utility relocation, and new pedestrian features. Adam has prepared several lane reduction studies for roadways in Florida, including Florida Department of Transportation facilities. Adam also serves as the engineer for several South Florida municipalities.
Since 1994, Kevin has explored his passion for walkable communities. That passion led him to the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he’s been a member since 1997, and to ultimately co-found 180 Urban Design & Architecture in 2000. Over 10 years, the firm enjoyed excellent working relationships with its clients and like-minded professionals across the country. Working on hundreds of projects in 27 states, Klinkenberg and his team designed developments for both new and redevelopment locations, wrote ordinances for cities and developers, and led award-winning public involvement processes. He is now a Senior Planner for Olsson Associates, and lives in Savannah, GA.
Paul L. Knight, Intern Architect and Urban Designer, Historical Concepts
Paul Knight is an intern architect and urban designer at Historical Concepts, an architecture and planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a recent graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with dual masters degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. His master's thesis, Beyond Metrics: Designing the Master Street Plan, was completed under Ellen Dunham-Jones. Mr. Knight strongly advocates for the revival of the master street plan found within the Standard City Planning Enabling Act of 1928. To this end, Mr. Knight is serving as editor in chief at TheGreatAmericanGrid.com.
Léon Krier, Architect and Urban Planner
Léon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart for two terms. Between 1968 and 1974 he collaborated with James Stirling in London.
He has taught in London at the Architectural Association and at the Royal College of Arts. In the United States he has been visiting professor at Princeton University, the University of Virginia, Notre Dame University and Yale University intermittently since 1990.
Krier's awards include the Silver Medal of Academie Française 1998; the Driehaus Prize 2003; and the Congress for the New Urbanism Athena Award 2006.
Exhibitions of his work have been held throughout the world including a personal show at the Museum of Modern art in New York in 1985. Krier has been masterplanning and coordinating architecturally the Prince of Wales' Poundbury development since 1988.
James Howard Kunstler, Author
James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work." Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. A portion of it appeared as the cover story in the September 1996 Atlantic Monthly. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, published by Simon & Schuster / Free Press, was a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it's mutilated cities. His recent book, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other "converging catastrophes of the 21st Century." Following that, Mr. Kunstler wrote a novel, World Made By Hand, set in America's post-oil future, to illustrate the points made in The Long Emergency. It was published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2008. He is currently writing a sequel to that novel.
Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Riches, and Maggie Darling, A Modern Romance. He is a contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields. He has lectured all over the US, in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York
Matthew Lambert, Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Matthew, a planner and architectural designer, is a partner, senior project manager, and director of technology with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. With more than ten years of practice, he has broad experience in planning and urban design as well as architectural design at all scales from regional planning and coding to infill and affordable housing. Matt is a graduate of the University of Miami with a dual major in Architecture and Computer Science.
Philip Langdon, Senior Editor, Better! Cities & Towns
Philip Langdon has been senior editor of the national newsletter Better! Cities & Towns and its predecessor, New Urban News, since 2002. With Robert Steuteville, he is co-author of the New Urbanism Best Practices Guide.
Phil’s first substantial writing about what is now called New Urbanism was published in March 1988 as an Atlantic Monthly cover story, “A Good Place to Live.” After traveling the country with a USA Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Graham Foundation , he expanded that article into his 1994 book A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb.
Phil grew up in northwest Pennsylvania and spent 11 years writing for newspapers, including The Buffalo News, covering historic and neighborhood preservation and other topics before beginning work on the first of his several books. These include Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants (1986); American Houses (1987); and Urban Excellence (1992). He was a senior editor at Progressive Architecture magazine and has written frequently in recent years for the Place page of The Hartford Courant.
Kimber Lanning, Director, Local First Arizona
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, economic specialist, and community activist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life across Arizona. Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the state. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. The organization has since mushroomed to over 2,000 members, and Lanning works extensively with city and state policy makers to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs of all sizes. Along with an advisory board of dedicated, local business owners and civic leaders, Kimber pursues the dual goal of establishing vibrant and culturally unique businesses at the forefront of the Arizona’s identity, as well as creating a sustainable and healthy region through the implementation of diverse local economies. She works to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive. Lanning was most recently appointed as a director for the City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board. She owns two small businesses, Stinkweeds and Modified Arts, and founded SilverPlatter, and additionally serves on the boards for Arizona Rural Development Council, and Metropolitan Arts High School.
Kathryn Lawler, External Affairs Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission
Kathryn Lawler is the external affairs manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Area Agency on Aging for the greater Atlanta area. She provides to support to the different divisions of the agency including transportation, land use, environment, workforce, local government support and aging. Her primary responsibility is to form strategic partnerships with federal, state and local governments, public and private organizations to transform the region into a more livable community for people of all ages and abilities.
Prior to this role, she was a consultant working with local governments, foundations and community based coalitions, interested in effectively organizing to better prepare for the rapidly growing older adult population. As a consultant, she was the project manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Lifelong Communities Charrette.
Ms. Lawler received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Jean-Francois LeJeune, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Miami
Jean Francois Lejeune, Associate AIA, is a Belgian born Professor and Director of the Graduate Program at the School of Architecture of the University of Miami. His publications include THE MAKING OF MIAMI BEACH 1933-1942, THE ARCHITECTURE OF LAWRENCE MURRAY DIXON, SITTE, HEGEMANN, AND THE METROPOLIS, and CRUELTY AND UTOPIA: CITIES AND LANDSCAPES IN LATIN AMERICA. Lejeune is founder and secretary of DioCOMOMO-US/Florida and is an Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy of Rome.
Bill Lennertz, Executive Director, National Charrette Institute
Bill Lennertz, AIA, is Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute. First as Director of the Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office, then as a partner with Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has managed over 150 charrettes. Bill co-developed and teaches the NCI Charrette System™, the first structured approach to design-based collaborative community planning. Since he co-founded NCI in 2001, Bill has trained top staff from various organizations including the US DOD, World Bank, US EPA, US General Services Administration, Parsons Brinckerhoff as well as public planning agencies and private firms nationally. Bill is co-author of The Charrette Handbook published by the American Planning Association. He received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University where he annually teaches the NCI Charrette System™ certificate course.
Sarah A. Lewis, R.A., CNU-A, LEED AP, Associate/Project Director, Fuss & O'Neill
A design professional with more than 20 years of experience, Sarah Lewis serves on the National Board of CNU, and she is also a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Sustainable Communities Task Force. She is a registered architect, an Adjunct Professor for architectural design studio at the University of Maryland, and teaches the National Charrette Institute’s advanced Charrette Management and Facilitation course.
Her expertise includes the design of urban projects with open public involvement, design guidelines and form-based coding, and facilitation of the physical implementation of those projects. She has worked with jurisdictions across the country developing urban design master plans for mixed-use developments. These new developments, plus infill and redevelopment plans for existing communities, have ranged in scale from walkable historic neighborhoods to entire downtown areas encompassing hundreds of acres.
Three notable projects under her design and management guidance have won Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards: the College Town Study for Lexington Kentucky (2006), the infill/redevelopment plan with architectural and urban design guidelines for the historic Beall’s Hill neighborhood in Macon Georgia (2005), and the Concept Plan for Rebuilding Long Beach Mississippi (2007).
William Lindeke, PHD Candidate, University of Minnesota
"My dissertation, entitled 'Towards a bicycle city: incorporating affect into planning and advocacy' is in progress. I have been a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota teaching courses on urban geography, am a member of the St Paul Planning Commission, a board member and contributor at streets.mn (an urbanism group website), and bloging at my own website, Twin City Sidewalks, since 2005.
Barbara Littenberg, Peterson Littenberg Architecture & Urban Design
Barbara Littenberg is co-partner and majority owner of Peterson Littenberg Architecture & Urban Design, with work ranging from private houses to large scale urban design projects. The work has been widely published internationally, and the firm received a National AIA award for the Clinton Master Plan in New York City.
Since September 11, 2001, Peterson Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design, has participated in an unusual set of coincident urban design projects in Lower Manhattan. Soon after the attacks, the firm began pro-bono site studies for the nonprofit group New York New Visions. Then, hired by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as urban design consultants, they generated over 15 urban design site alternatives for the World Trade Center site in an intense three-month period, working alongside the board and staff of the newly formed Corporation.
Ms. Littenberg received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State and holds N.C.A.R.B. certification. She has taught architecture as a lecturer at Princeton University School of Architecture and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, and as Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture, where she directed the Urban Housing studio and was chairperson of Graduate Architectural Admissions. She has also been a visiting studio critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on several occasions. Most recently she was Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame Rome Program.
Dana Little, Urban Design Director, TCRPC
Mr. Little has twenty years of experience in architectural and urban design projects throughout the United States and Canada with particular emphasis in traditional town planning and urban revitalization. He has worked with the firms of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, Dover-Kohl and Partners, Gibbs Planning Group, and was principal of Sardegna and Little Partners, Inc. Until 2003, Mr. Little was the City Urban Designer for the City of West Palm Beach implementing the Downtown Master Plan, a plan crafted by Duany Plater-Zyberk.
Mr. Little is currently the Urban Design Director for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and is working on such notable projects as the 26-mile S.R. 7 Corridor Redevelopment Master Plan in Broward County, the West Palm Beach Transit Oriented Development proposal for 36 acres of urban redevelopment in downtown West Palm Beach, and the Urban Redevelopment Area Master Plan in central Palm Beach County.
Mr. Little is a certified city planner and received his degree in architecture from the University of Miami in 1990. He lives in a historic downtown neighborhood in West Palm Beach with his wife Anthea, son Aidan, and their daughter Lauren Elizabeth.
Joanna Lombard, Professor, University of Miami
Joanna Lombard, RA CNU, is a University of Miami professor who’s conducted research projects and led design studios the past few years that have focused on healthcare with respect to community design.
Gianni Longo, Principal, ACP Visioning & Planning
Mr. Longo is an architect and founding Principal of ACP Visioning + Planning. For the past two decades, he has pioneered the development of programs designed to involve citizens in the decision making process. Mr. Longo designed the creative public involvement strategies for Imagine New York: Giving Voice to the People’s Visions, one of the largest public participation efforts to help plan the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan. Imagine New York received the national American Vision Award by the American Planning Association. Mr. Longo is the author of several books. His latest, Visioning and Visualization: People, Pixels, and Plans was published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor's GetDowntown Program. From 2006 - 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ).
As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike's work has appeared in or been featured by CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, Planning Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Village Voice, among other publications.
Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009, and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010.
A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a Board Member for CNU New York, and a steering committee member of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, Lydon remains active in both local and national planning, design, and smart growth advocacy issues. Mike also speaks regularly at trainings and conferences on the topics of smart growth, planning and social media, complete streets, tactical urbanism, and active transportation.
Mike remains a regular contributor to Planetizen and is a founding co-editor of A Living Urbanism. Mike was selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next American City magazine. Mike is the primary author and editor of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change, two research efforts contributing to Pattern Cities, a project about cities and the ideas they incubate.
While living in Miami Mike served as a member of the City's Bicycle Action Committee, where he helped spearhead the creation of the city's first Bicycle Action Plan, and the formulation of a monthly open streets initiative, entitled Bike Miami Days. He currently serves on an Executive Committee for Transportation Alternatives-one of the country's leading active transportation advocacy organizations, based in New York City and is an advisor to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Mike is a CNU-Accredited Professional and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
Charles Marohn, Jr., P.E., AICP, Executive Director, Strong Towns
Charles Marohn of Strong Towns is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey Institute. Marohn is the principle author of the Strong Towns Blog and key contributor to the Strong Towns Podcast. He is a member of CNU’s NextGen and, with their collaboration, produced the popular “Conversation with an Engineer” video. He can be found online at www.strongtowns.org, on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/marohn and on Twitter at @clmarohn. Marohn lives in a small town in central Minnesota with his wife, two daughters and two Samoyeds.
Wesley Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, Denver
Dr. Marshall is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver program, director of the UCD University Transportation Center through the Mountain Plains Consortium, co-director of the Active Communities/Transportation (ACT) research group, an affiliated faculty member of the UCD Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) that houses the NSF IGERT Program, and a member of the CNU project for transportation reform sustainable street network working group. He received his Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in 2003 and transportation teaching and research dedicated to creating more sustainable urban infrastructures, particularly in terms of road safety, active transportation, public health, and transit-oriented communities. Other recent teaching and research topics involve: transportation planning and land use modeling, congestion pricing, human behaviors, parking, and street networks. Having spent time with the UConn Center for Transportation and Urban Planning, Sasaki Associates, and Clough, Harbour and Associates, Wes has been working on planning and site design issues related to civil and transportation engineering for the last twelve years. A native of Watertown, Massachusetts, Wes is a graduate of the University of Virginia, a recipient of the Dwight Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, and winner of the Charley V. Wootan Award for Outstanding TRB Paper.
Richard Martz, Vice President, Commercial Planning & Solutions, LiveWorkLearnPlay
A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Richard practiced real estate and corporate law and consulted for a non-profit community organization prior to joining LWLP. His legal background, combined with experience in community planning and cultural arts programming, lends both a practical and creative perspective to his approach on all projects.
Richard has vast expertise enhancing campus life of higher education institutions through the integration of a mixed-used experience. To that end, he has led LWLP’s commercial mixed-use strategy and planning efforts for several U.S. state universities, including the University of Indiana, Florida State University, and Rutgers University & Rowan University in New Jersey.
Richard has worked extensively in the northeast, southeast and midwest on large-scale master planned communities, urban revitalizations, and resorts. He led the town center planning effort for the redevelopment of the 700-acre Mueller Airport in Austin, Texas. He interfaces regularly with public and private stakeholders, and has led several broad public outreach initiatives to engage communities in the planning process. An avid traveler and a lover of the arts, he is also an amateur musician and theatre actor.
John Massengale, Principal, Massengale & Co LLC
John Massengale has won awards for architecture, urbanism, historic preservation and architectural history. An architect and urbanist in New York City, he is the Chair of CNU New York and co-author with Robert A.M. Stern and Gregory Gilmartin of New York 1900, the first architecture book nominated for a National Book Award.
Mathew McElroy, AICP, CNU-A, Deputy Director, Planning & Economic Development, City of El Paso, TX
Mathew McElroy, AICP, CNU-A, is Deputy Director of the Planning and Economic Development Department for the City of El Paso. Mathew is a University of Texas at El Paso graduate of the English (BA) (1997), Master in Public Administration (2000), and Master of Science in Economics (2008) programs. Mathew oversees the Planning Division, where he has grown membership in the CNU in El Paso from three people two years ago to what will be over 150 by March of 2012 and will have trained approximately 150 people to sit for and pass the CNU-A exam (city planners, engineers, private developers, private consulting engineers). He is also actively working on the adoption of a New Urbanist Comprehensive Plan for the City with Dover Kohl and Partners. Prior to joining the city of El Paso, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his work at IPED, Mathew oversaw research operations. His work extended from redevelopment studies and housing to econometric forecasting, input-output based economic impact analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). In his final year at UTEP, he co-led the team that won the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER ) National Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis for a binational industry cluster study.
Dennis McGlade, Principal, OLIN Partnership
Dennis McGlade has been at OLIN nearly since its inception, joining the studio in 1978. A regarded professional in the field of design and horticulture, his noted works include the design of the J. Paul Getty Center and Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden in Los Angeles, California; Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf in London, UK; Midway Plaisance in Chicago, Illinois; and the 500-acre development of Camana Bay in the Cayman Islands. Dennis’ active projects encompass myriad scales and typologies, from the revitalization of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Plaza in New York City, to a spiritual retreat in New Canaan, Connecticut, to a plaza streetscape design at the University of Chicago for The Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois and went on to receive his Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under renowned landscape architect Ian McHarg. He has served in various teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and he led the first-ever studio on landscape architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, in collaboration with two of his fellow Partners at OLIN.
Anne McIlroy, Principal, Brook McIlroy
Anne McIlroy is a Principal of Brook McIlroy with over twenty-five years of experience as an urban designer and project manager. Anne has particular expertise in public consultation and the development of design standards and guidelines for a variety of community, waterfront, university of other institutional projects. Anne is the founding Chair of the Urban Design Working Group, a Working Group of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Policy Development Committee. She is an inaugural member of the Toronto Waterfront Design Review Panel, and writes and speaks regularly on topics of urban and environmental design.
Marcy McInelly, AIA, President, Urbsworks, Inc
Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for more than 27 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. Over time she has sharpened her focus on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to sustainable urban design and placemaking, with a particular emphasis on smart, safe transportation and innovative codes for the benefit of communities.
In 2004, Marcy was appointed to co-chair the CNU Transportation Task Force, which she renamed the Project for Transportation Reform. This is the group that just published the “CNU Sustainable Street Network Principles,” and initiated the joint CNU and ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) Recommended Practice, “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach.”
Through this work and projects at Urbsworks, she is committed to realizing the CNU Charter Principles in their highest form. Award-winning projects include the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan, the Roseway Vision Plan, the New Columbia HOPE VI community and school (all in Portland, Oregon), El Mirage Comprehensive Plan, Arizona, and NorthWest Crossing in Bend, Oregon. Marcy served as an appointed member of the Portland Planning Commission from 1997 until May of 2002 and she is a founding member of the Portland metropolitan region Coalition for a Livable Future, a network of 100+ non-profit and community based organizations working together for regional growth management. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. She currently serves on the Board of National Charrette Institute, and in 2011 was elected to the CNU Board.
Michael Mehaffy, Managing Director, Sustasis Foundation
Michael Mehaffy is a strategic consultant, researcher, author and lecturer in sustainable urban development. Michael is on the editorial boards of three international urban journals and on boards or advisory boards of a number of other built environment NGOs, urban research projects and government panels. He is an adjunct professor and/or guest lecturer at a number of institutions in Europe and North America. He directed creation of two influential new pilot curricula in sustainable urbanism in Europe. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, professional articles and book chapters. Among the award-winning projects for which Michael has played key roles are Orenco Station, described in the New York Times as “perhaps the most interesting experiment in New Urbanist planning anywhere in the country;” Pringle Creek, a pilot community in Salem, Oregon with the highest-scoring LEED home in the US; and work on the US Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Henry Melendy, Owner and President, My Yard Farm, LLC
Henry Melendy is Owner and Founder of My Yard Farm, LLC., Central Florida's first Landscaping Firm dedicated entirely to creating aesthetically pleasing green space through the use of all Edible Plants. His mission is to create an abundant source of food, grown through Organic and Sustainable methods for all of a given Community. Design and aesthetic qualities of the landscape are as much of a priority as production. Through My Yard Farm, LLC., he services a client base ranging to single family homes, community and school yard gardens to the Resort and high end Restaurant Client.
Maria Elisa Mercer, Project Manager/Business Development in South America, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Maria Elisa Mercer is an urban designer and project manager with DPZ. Over a decade, Maria Elisa has worked on various projects, from region to building, including new urban communities under construction in the US and under implementation in Brazil. She has participated in several award-winning projects, having worked extensively with Miami 21, winner of the 2011 APA National Planning Excellence Award, among others. Her international experience includes design and codes for towns and cities in Argentina, Canada, China and Saudi Arabia. In the past years, Maria Elisa has expanded her expertise to her native country of Brazil adapting innovative planning techniques to the local culture. She is currently developing initiatives to promote sustainable New Urbanism in South America, including the translation of important publications to Portuguese. She has engaged in the role of business development and is actively working on many fronts to bring positive change to the urban planning practice in Brazil.
Scott Merrill, Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects
Scott Merrill attended the University of Virginia, receiving a BA in 1979, and Yale University, where he received a Masters of Architecture in 1984. He worked for residential firms, McCartney Lewis, and Cass and Pinnell in Washington DC from 1984 through 1987.
He moved with his wife to Seaside, Florida in 1988 and started designing his first buildings for Robert Davis, the founder of Seaside. In 1990 he moved to Vero Beach, opening a practice to work on the new Duany Plater Zyberk master plan for the project of Windsor. In the intervening years, he has taken on partners George Pastor (1997) and David Colgan (1999). They have offices in Vero Beach and Atlanta. Scott Merrill is the principal designer.
Scott received a national AIA (American Institute of Architects) award for his first Seaside project in 1990, and the firm has received a total of three national AIA awards, including one in urban design for their first group of buildings and gardens. The firm has also been recognized for its design 14 times by the Florida AIA.
The firm has designed courthouses, office buildings, housing, a rail station, hotels, markets, a visitor center, a library, public gardens, squares, master plans, churches, town halls, mixed use buildings, rowhouses, apartments, university buildings, clubs, and several dozen private residences in urban sites, historic districts and in conservation districts throughout the eastern half of the United States. The firm has done projects all over the world - New Zealand, St. Petersburg, Abu Dhabi, London, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Saudi Arabia, Haiti, St Kitts and throughout the Caribbean.
Scott has lectured all over the country on the firm’s design work, which has been widely published in the United States and Europe. The firm received the Arthur Ross Award by the Institute for Classical Architecture in New York, in recognition of a body of work that has contributed to traditional American design. Scott is the recipient of the 2012 Seaside Prize.
Joseph Minicozzi, AICP, New Projects Director, Public Interest Projects, Inc.
Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, (U3) the real estate consulting company of Public Interest Projects, Inc. (PIP). PIP is a private for-profit real estate development company focused on historic preservation, urban infill, and investing in business start-ups in downtown Asheville, NC. Joe served as the City Urban Designer for the City of West Palm Beach as well private sector design and architecture, and real estate finance. With U3, Joe develops specific analytic tools that have garnered national attention documented in The Wall Street Journal, Planning Magazine, The New Urban News, National Association of Realtors, and the Center for Clean Air Policy Growing Wealthier report. His work has been featured at the CNU, the APA, and the New Partners for SmartGrowth conferences as a paradigm shift for thinking about development patterns. Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina and serves as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association. Joe received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.
Sheuli Mitra, Associate Professor in Planning, Department of Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India
Sheuli Mitra is an architect-planner and presently Associate Professor in the Department of Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India. She studied Architecture at Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has a masters in City Planning from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Her areas of expertise include urban renewal, infrastructure planning and real estate management. She has worked as an independent consultant for urban transportation projects in Indian cities and has been Assistant Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle India, heading the consulting services in Eastern India. She has taught Architecture and Planning for 10 years and her current area of doctoral research is social inclusiveness of private sector development in urban housing in the context of Indian cities.
Tapas Mitra, Assistant Professor in Architecture, Department of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India
Tapas Mitra is an architect and presently Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India, where he teaches architecture and urban design. His areas of interest include art history and criticism, architectural design theory and urban studies. His Doctoral research work has been on transforming residential neighbourhood areas of Kolkata, India. He has been in architectural teaching, research and practice for the last 20 years.
John Moore, Systems Planner, Florida DOT
John received his BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Melon University. He has a 32-year career in Engineering and Planning including over 22 years of DOT experience. He has managed over a dozen commuter rail projects for the Conneticut DOT.
As a planner for the FDOT, John has served as an MPO liaison and DRI coordinator. John is currently the lead planner in FDOT Distriuct 5 Public Transit Office. He is leading the District's effort on corridor study development to better integrate land use and transportation planning.
John is a native of New York City but has used transit on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and in both North and Central America.
Geoffrey Mouen, Principal, Geoffrey Mouen Architects
Geoffrey Mouen is a practicing architect, planner, and teacher. He is the founding principal of Geoffrey Mouen Architects (GMA), director of Architectural Charrette Team (ACT), and the founding president of the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Since the establishment of GMA in 1999, Geoffrey has been primarily engaged in the disciplines of traditional architecture and traditional town planning. He served as town architect for Celebration, Florida from 1999-2002.
Geoffrey has and continues to serve as town architect for numerous other New Urbanist developments, including Candella Island (Kissimmee, Florida), Sugarloaf Mountain (Clermont, Florida), and Albany Golf & Beach Club (New Providence, Bahamas). He has also made substantial contributions to the success of Baldwin Park (Winter Park, Florida), which include detailing the architectural pattern book, designing Builder Magazine Showcase homes, and designing community centers such as the 2004 Palladio Award-winning Enders Park Community Center.
Geoffrey is a frequent lecturer at the Congress for New Urbanism and other organizations on the topics of architecture, planning, and sustainable communities. Geoffrey is a registered architect in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, and Mississippi, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the New Urban Guild, and the Congress for New Urbanism. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (M. Architecture, 1989).
Elizabeth Moule, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Elizabeth Moule's career includes the design and planning of projects for educational, institutional and civic clients, historic rehabilitation, mixed-use, commercial projects, housing and urban design. She is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and an Emeritus Board Member. With her partner, Stefanos Polyzoides, she founded Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists in 1982. A long-time advocate for sustainable design, Ms. Moule designed the LEED Platinum-rated west coast headquarters of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is currently leading the design for a new 180-bed residence hall for Scripps College as well as a new high-speed rail station in Tampa. Ms. Moule, with her partner, is a Seaside Prize recipient.
Steve A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED, Principal , The New Urban Guild
Steve Mouzon is a principal of the New Urban Guild in Miami. The New Urban Guild is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to the study and the design of true traditional buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. Involving a number of designers brings authenticity to a place that simply cannot be achieved when all buildings are designed by a single hand, no matter how talented that hand may be. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept, and continues to foster the movement, including sponsoring the website (www.katrinacottages.com). The Guild Foundation is the non-profit educational arm of the Guild; it sponsors a number of workshops, tours, and seminars that fill several of the gaps that previously existed between theory and practice. It also sponsors the Guild Tool Foundry, which is a growing collection of place-making tools that can be downloaded free of charge. www.newurbanguild.com explains all of this.
Steve also is a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Cottage Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique method that communicates principles, not just particulars. Mouzon Design’s Premium Tools Collection is a subscription service to robust new place-making tools that heretofore were unaffordable when commissioned by a single development. A Living Tradition is a framework for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions.
Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including include Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), Traditional Construction Patterns (McGraw-Hill), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans & A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast]. Steve is also continuing to shoot new editions of his Catalog of the Most-Loved Places. The Catalog typically includes every structure built before about 1925 in various historic towns or districts. There are currently dozens of volumes in the Catalog with several more soon to be released. The Catalog began in the South, but has expanded in scope to include Bath, England, Pienza, Italy, Antigua Guatemala and St. George’s Bermuda. He lectures frequently across the country and abroad.
Lisa Nisenson, Principal, Nisenson Consulting
Lisa Nisenson has worked for almost 20 years in environmental protection and smart growth. She undertook urban planning as a citizen activist, an interest that grew as her neighborhood adopted aggressive sustainability projects. For the past six years, Ms. Nisenson has worked mainly with local governments incorporating economic development and sustainable practices into zoning and planning actions. She has also worked with clients nationwide, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Ocean Protection Commission, and the California State Water Resource Control Board. She has also worked at the federal level on watershed planning, transit oriented development, community planning and climate policy.
Currently, Ms. Nisenson is writing a book on urban planning and writes for the blog Planning Edges. She and her husband live in Sarasota Florida and have a 15 year old son. She graduated from Meredith College (N.C.) and Harvard University (MA).
John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism
John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He has overseen a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977 and earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.
Peter Norton, Assistant Professor , Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia
Peter Norton is a historian interested in technology, engineers and society. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Delaware; his Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia. He is an assistant professor in STS, where he has taught since 1998. In 2005 Norton was awarded the Trigon Engineering Society's Hutchinson Award "for dedication and excellence in teaching," awarded annually to one SEAS professor. Also in 2005 he was voted "most engaging lecturer" in SEAS by the Engineering Student Council. His forthcoming book is called "Fighting Traffic; The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City," for which he has a conditional contract offer from MIT Press. He has an article under review at Technology and Culture on the invention of jaywalking as a means of redefining city streets.
Brian O'Looney, Senior Associate, Torti Gallas and Partners
Brian O’Looney is a design architect, planner, and an Associate Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners. He has participated in the design of Twinbrook Commons in Rockville, MD; Kenyon Square in Washington, DC; and The Greene in Beavercreek (Dayton), OH. He was formerly with David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. where he contributed to the designs of Southlake Town Square, the Yale University Environmental Sciences Center, Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Parker Square, and Frisco Square.
Current work includes mixed-use projects for Safeway, Peninsula Town Center in Hampton, VA; Clarendon Center, Arlington, VA; East Village, Philadelphia, PA; and Poplar Point, Washington, DC.
Richard L. Oram, Chairman, Oram Foundation, Inc.
Federal and local government employee, consultant and entrepreneur for 35 years, Oram developed expertise in transit fares/revenue, market research, marketing, traffic mitigation and private sector involvement. He assisted over 75 North American public agencies and municipalities, and earned a 1982 U.S. DOT Outstanding Public Service Award. Credited as creator of “TransitChek” vouchers, a mass-market method for tax-free employer-provided “transit benefits,” he founded Commuter Check Corp. to deliver transit benefits nationally. He now chairs The Fund for the Environment and Urban Life, focused on innovative planning, development, housing, etc. He has degrees in business/economics from Lehigh University, urban planning from London School of Economics, and published doctoral work. He authored five books and numerous articles, and co-founded Sun Farm Network, an innovative New Jersey solar energy company.
Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED, Principal, Robert Orr & Associates LLC
Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED® is a 7th generation Hoosier and an award-winning architect and planner present at the first sip of coffee that became the grounds for the New Urbanism. Robert furnished more than 6,000 hours of services to storm-ravaged Gulf Coast Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. A Founder of the Seaside Institute, a think-tank on community design and development, Robert also serves on Boards of many other vision-based organizations in Florida, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhodes Island, Washington, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. Robert co-heads a coworking loft, is responsible for a new 2-year post-professional Master of Urbanism program at the University of Hartford, and for a 6-month Master Urbanist certificate program, patterned after Master Gardener programs at Cooperative Extension Services at State Universities. He received his MArch from the Yale School of Art and Architecture and his BA from the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College. A practitioner, adjunct professor, business entrepreneur, Real Estate manager, lecturer/gaffer/enabler, and avuncular writer/commentator, Robert lives with his wife and four children in New Haven, Connecticut.
Eric Osth, AIA, Principal, Urban Design Associates
Eric Osth is an Principal at Urban Design Associates (UDA) in Pittsburgh, PA. Eric has been educated in, and practiced both architecture and urban design. Eric earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami with honors and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked for Merrill & Pastor Architects in Vero Beach, Florida where he served as a designer, project manager and illustrator. Eric illustrated over 100 perspective renderings for the office. At Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP in San Francisco, Eric directed an urban design team on projects in California and Shanghai, China.
In his current role at UDA, Eric serves as a Principal-in-Charge for Urban Design and Architecture projects. In addition to directing design teams, he is a proponent of design exploration through a combination of traditional drawing techniques and digital media. Eric has taught as a Visiting Design Critic at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York City and as a Lecturer in Urban Design at University of California, Berkeley. Eric is a registered architect in Florida, Pennsylvania and Utah. He currently serves as a Board Member of AIA Pennsylvania and as Past President of AIA Pittsburgh.
David Pace, New Broad Street Management
David Pace is an Executive Vice President with CBRE. He provides consulting and transactional services on a global basis to clients within the specialty of complex mixed-use real estate projects.
Mr. Pace is well known for generating significant financial returns by imposing strict financial and design discipline for challenging projects. His development, construction, and consulting work has included projects throughout Florida and the eastern United States as well as Poland, Paris, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Costa Rica.
As Managing Director for Pritzker Realty Group's redevelopment of the 1,100-acre former Orlando Naval Training Center property, he assembled and led the team that created over $2 billion of value in Baldwin Park. Prior to that, he served for seven years as Director of Real Estate Development for Disney with responsibilities for the real estate aspects of over $5 billion worth of projects, including Celebration and Little Lake Bryan in Orlando, Val D'Europe outside Paris, and the Latin America corporate headquarter consolidation of 13 countries. He entered the development world 27 years ago as the Chief Financial Officer for the Florida division of a NYSE-listed homebuilder.
His projects have won nearly every national development and environmental award from ULI, CNU, NAHB, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Audubon, the National Arbor Day Foundation, and the State of Florida’s Cabinet for Sustainable Development Practices. Celebration and Baldwin Park each won the coveted Global Award for Excellence from ULI as the best projects of their kind in the world.
Michael Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael A. Pagano is Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, co-editor of Urban Affairs Review, and Faculty Fellow of UICs Great Cities Institute. He was Principal Investigator on the Pew Charitable Trust’s Government Performance Project to grade the states on Infrastructure Management. He is co-editor of The Dynamics of Federalism in National and Supranational Political Systems (Palgrave 2007). He co-authored a 2004 Georgetown University Press book with Ann O’M. Bowman entitled, Terra Incognita: Vacant Land and Urban Strategies as well as Cityscapes and Capital published in 1995 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Since 1991, he has written the annual City Fiscal Conditions report for the National League of Cities and between 2003 and 2008 he wrote a column called “The Third Rail” for State Tax Notes, which examined contemporary local government fiscal issues. He earned a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.
Giovanni Palladino, Vice President Design Development, Leyland Alliance LLC
As a tested development professional, Giovanni has a rare combination of experience – that of a licensed design professional and a residential and commercial construction manager. Giovanni blends his passion for history and New Urbanism with an architect’s precise eye for scale and detail and a businessman’s keen sense of execution and bottom line responsibility.
As an implementer of New Urbanism, Giovanni is responsible for architectural design and construction for the noted developer LeylandAlliance, of Tuxedo, New York, and serves as the company’s “Town Architect” for its traditional neighborhoods. His planning and architectural expertise is bolstered by his extensive field experience as a construction manager. These skills combine to ensure that the neighborhood vision created on paper comes to fruition in the built environment.
Giovanni has been instrumental in establishing successful architectural and builder guilds. His experience includes developing processes to manage the relationship between developer and architect, then architect and builder. In particular, his professional training and field experience has established a foundation in which he can easily relate to various members of the development team, speeding education and understanding of a sometimes complex process. He has an uncanny ability to build with sensitivity to cost, without sacrificing design or quality.
Giovanni holds degrees in architecture and construction management. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the New Urban Guild.
Jennifer Parker, Associate Librarian, University of Notre Dame Architecture Library
Jennifer Parker is an Associate Librarian and Head of the Architecture Library at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, she is the Project Director for the Seaside Research Portal (http://seaside.library.nd.edu) which was developed as a tool to virtually archive the community of Seaside, Florida and provide a new way to research architecture and urban design/planning on several levels - the urban, the street, and the building. Her research and practices focus on combining physical and virtual library materials to better integrate library resources into the current academic curriculum.
Neal Payton, AIA, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED-AP, is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. where he created, opened and directs the West Coast office in Downtown Los Angeles. His efforts include urban design for the Los Angeles Metro’s Westside extension of the purple line, a.k.a., “the subway to the sea.” He is also working with the City of Santa Monica on a new Downtown Plan incorporating the terminus station of the new Expo Light Rail line. and the Wyvernwood Redevelopment, a 70-acre master plan in Boyle Heights. Outside of California he has recently completed a new Form-Based Code for the Kaka’ako redevelopment area in Honolulu.
Before coming to California, he directed Torti Gallas’ Urban Design efforts in their Silver Spring, Maryland office. His work centered on Urban Design and Town Planning at a variety of scales including inner city revitalization, inner suburban infill and refill, transit oriented development in emerging development areas as well as regional plans for counties and metropolitan areas. Torti Gallas has been involved in numerous projects involving pedestrian friendly grocery stores, throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Damian Peduto, Planning and Zoning Director, Town of Juno Beach
Damian Peduto has been the Planning and Zoning Director for the Town of Juno Beach, FL, for the past 15 years. Damian oversees the Planning, Building, Zoning, Code Compliance, and Engineering Divisions. He has worked on several projects to continue evolving the Town into a vibrant coastal community. Prior to working for the Town of Juno Beach, he worked for the Village of Tequesta, as their first in-house Town Planner, where he organized the department and acquired several grants including CDBG grants to enhance older failing facilities within the community. He also achieved re-writing the Comprehensive Plan. Previous to the Village of Tequesta, he worked as a county planner for Okeechobee County, where he participated in a wide range of planning experiences and worked under the Development Department Director. He studied Landscape Architecture and Geography at the University of Kentucky.
Steven Peterson, Peterson Littenberg Architecture & Urban Design
Steven Peterson has a 40-year involvement with urban design and city planning, and is co-founder of Peterson Littenberg Architects with his partner Barbara Littenberg. The firm has done a wide variety of Urban Design projects and has won two major international competitions – the Cité International in Montréal and the redevelopment of the Quartier Les Halles in Paris.
Peterson Littenberg Architecture has extensive experience in New York City, from the Clinton Community Master Plan to the Lower Manhattan Urban Design Plan. Since the events of September 11, 2001, Peterson Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design has participated in an unusual set of coincident urban design projects in Lower Manhattan. The firm conducted pro-bono site studies for the nonprofit group New York New Visions. Then, hired by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as urban design consultants, they generated over 15 urban design site alternatives for the World Trade Center site in an intense three-month period, working alongside the board and staff of the newly formed Corporation.
Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Design from Cornell University. He has taught Architecture and Urban Design, holding posts as Lecturer at Princeton University and as Assistant Professor at Columbia University. He was executive director of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and was appointed the Distinguished Visiting Kei Professor at the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor at Pennsylvania, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell Universities and has spent time in Florence, Italy directing the Syracuse University Post-Professional Program in Architecture. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York State and holds N.C.A.R.B. certification.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Principal , Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1979. Plater-Zyberk received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and her Master’s of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Town Planners and Architects (DPZ). DPZ is a leader in the national movement called the New Urbanism, which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The firm’s award winning method of integrating master planning with design codes and regulations is being applied in over 200 regions, towns and cities throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. She co-authored the book Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The New Civic Art.
Scott Polikov, Principal, Gateway Planning Group
Scott Polikov of the Gateway Planning Group, Inc. works with communities to reestablish their connections with place. Town planner and civic entrepreneur, Scott started his professional life in law, practicing with the Washington, D.C. firm, Patton Boggs. Returning to Texas, he was recruited to run the state’s Alternative Fuels Program and to serve on the boards of his local transit authority and MPO. Scott was alarmed to see the MPO approving multi-billion dollar regional transportation plans with virtually zero regard for land use and urban form. Scott channeled his frustration, establishing a national planning and urban design practice through the marriage of place-making and the economics of transportation. His firm’s work has been featured in ULI’s Urban Land and APA’s Planning Magazine. Gateway Planning’s awards include the Form-Based Codes Institute inaugural Driehaus Award for Best Code. Scott serves as an associate member of the Citistates Group, founded by Neal Peirce, and he serves on the National Board of Directors of CNU.
Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Stefanos Polyzoides’ career spans educational, institutional and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, commercial projects, housing, campus planning, and urban design. He was Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California for over twenty years and from 1983 through 1990, he was on the Advisory Board for the School of Architecture at Princeton University. A cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national organization reforming suburban sprawl, he is also on its Board of Directors. Mr. Polyzoides is a popular speaker on the subjects of new urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed use development, housing and sustainability and is a frequent guest at academic symposia.
With his partner, Elizabeth Moule, he founded Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists in 1982. Across the nation and around the world, Mr. Polyzoides has led projects in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Guatamala, Mexico, Anguilla, Dubai, Mauritius, and Saudi Arabia. His recent projects include a 95-acre resort village in Mauritius; a 7,200-acre specifc plan for Fresno, California downtown and surrounding neighborhoods; the extension San Antonio’s Riverwalk; master plans for downtown Santa Ana and downtown Whittier, California and two Downtown Specific Plans for mixed-use neighborhoods and districts in Southern California: Downtown Ventura and Downtown Newhall. Following the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, Moule & Polyzoides was included by Governor Haley Barbour to participate in a national charrette to provide emergency urban design and planning services to the communities that were devastated and to lead the reconstruction efforts of Biloxi.
He has led the design of various Traditional Neighborhood Developments, such as the Mercado Neighborhood-Rio Nuevo in Tucson, Arizona, and Parklands, a new neighborhood in Ventura, California. He designed a revitalization plan for reuse of the historic Sears Building in East Los Angeles as the catalyst for a new mixed-use neighborhood. He has designed two Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Developments along Southern California’s Gold Line: Del Mar Station in Pasadena and Mission Station in South Pasadena. Mr. Polyzoides has also designed several courtyard housing developments with various densities, such as Seven Fountains in West Hollywood, Granada Court in Pasadena, and The Cordoba in Santa Ana, California.
He is the author of two books, Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis and R.M. Schindler, Architect. His research has produced four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs: “Caltech: 1910–1950,” “Myron Hunt: 1868–1952,” “Wallace Neff,” and “Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate.” Stefanos Polyzoides is a Seaside Prize recipient, the nation’s most prestigious award in the field of urbanism.
Mr. Polyzoides received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. He is a registered architect in the states of California, Arizona, Florida and New Mexico. He was born in Athens, Greece and has lived in Los Angeles since 1973.
Lesley Pories, Candidate, Master of City and Regional Planning (2013), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lesley Pories is pursuing her Master in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll concurrently with a Master of Arts in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before returning to academia, Lesley served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, a Deshpande Foundation Sandbox Fellow in India and supported development projects at PADCO/AECOM as well as the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. Lesley holds a BA in International Studies and English from Emory University.
Shelley Poticha, Senior Adviser for Sustainable Housing and Communities, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Poticha serves as Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A well respected expert in growth management and urban policy, Poticha is responsible for advancing housing and communities that promote affordable, livable and sustainable living environments. She also provides technical and policy support for energy, green building, and integrated housing and transportation programs at HUD and around the nation. Poticha leads HUD’s interagency efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
Poticha previously served as President and CEO of Reconnecting America, where she became a national leader for the reform of land use and transportation planning and policy with the goal of creating more sustainable and equitable development and served as founding co-chair of the Transportation for America Campaign. Prior to joining Reconnecting America, Poticha was the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. In this role, she guided the organization’s growth into a national coalition with a prominent voice in national debates on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She also launched a number of key initiatives addressing inter-city revitalization, mixed-income housing, infill development techniques, environmental preservation, alternative transportation policies, and real estate finance reform.
Poticha holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Donald Powers, AIA, Leed AP, Founding Partner, Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design
Donald has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. His completed work includes urban and town planning, commercial and institutional buildings, affordable housing, historic restoration of landmark buildings and single-family residences. In recent years his work has concentrated on integrated, mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating truly diverse and vibrant places. A 13 year association with the Congress for the New Urbanism and frequent collaboration with some of the best firms in the country doing traditional urban design and architecture has honed an expertise in the technique and art of creating liveable communities and cherished places.
Before forming Union Studio in 2001, Donald worked with several internationally recognized architects and planners including Cooper Robertson + Partners of New York City. For seven years he worked as a lead designer with The Gund Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts before relocating to his native Rhode Island and founding Union Studio.
Donald received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia, where he was awarded the annual Design Prize, and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a founding board member of its New England Chapter, as well as a board member of GrowSmart Rhode Island. He is a longstanding member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art as well as a member of the venerated Providence Art Club. Donald regularly speaks at regional and national venues on the topic of restoring communities through best practices in neighborhood design, furthering his single-minded vision to save the world from sprawl. He holds professional licenses in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.
Russell S. Preston, Design Director, Principle Group
Russell Preston is founder of Principle Group, a design and development firm focused on creating living places. He has worked as a developer and urbanist since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and the University of Miami master’s program in architecture and urban design. Preston is an editor of “Living Urbanism”, a publication on contemporary urban design and city building. He currently serves as Secretary of the board of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is President of the CNU New England chapter. Prior to founding Principle Group, Preston worked with Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of Downcity, Providence and Mashpee Commons, a mixed-use neighborhood on Cape Cod. In 2010 he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession from the University of Miami. Preston is also a working artist and illustrator. He lives in Boston with his wife, sculptor Gillian Christy.
Steve Price, Owner, Illustrator, Urban Advantage Inc.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing is truer when it comes to explaining urban form. Steve Price of Urban Advantage communicates the urban design principles of Smart Growth to non-professional audiences through photo-realistic illustration. After getting a degree in sociology in the 1970s, dabbling in fine art in Los Angeles, and working for many years as a technical illustrator for high-tech companies like Apple and Hewlett Packard, he combined his interests in urbanism and visual communication, creating instructional illustrations about walkable urban form. Using photo-editing software, he modifies photographs of existing places, superimposing photographs of architecture, trees, people, transit vehicles and other components of an urban landscape to create before-and-after visualizations of positive change.
Steve’s clients for his visualization services have included cities, urban design firms, community development corporations, transportation agencies, environmental organizations, foundations, universities, and neighborhood groups. He has worked with the Fannie Mae Foundation to visualize urban revitalization of neighborhoods in Kansas City, Miami, Memphis, and Washington, D.C. He has produced sets of images depicting New Urban design principles as they would apply to: cities within the jurisdiction of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area; metropolitan Honolulu; the jurisdiction of the San Diego Association of Governments; and the City of El Paso, Texas.
George Proakis, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Somerville, MA
George Proakis, AICP, is the Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, a city of 77,000 with the highest residential density of any community in New England. He is currently working on the development of a new comprehensive plan and zoning overhaul for the community. Earlier, as planning director for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, George pursued the redevelopment of a 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District”, and coordinated the development of a form-based code for this district. He led the creation of the New England Form Based Codes Council in 2009, and has advocated for better land use planning, innovative regulatory solutions and form-based codes in many New England communities. George holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.
Linda Pruitt, President, The Cottage Company
Linda Pruitt, Co-founder of the Cottage Company, has had a lengthy career in consumer product development, and marketing that spans more than 20 years with national firms including Federated Department Stores, drugstore.com, and Anderson Consulting. Born to a Central Illinois farm family, Linda's no stranger to a construction site, playing an active role through all steps of new community design, development and construction. Linda contributes her expertise with city planning and community leadership groups as a resource for new housing choices, green building, and sustainable development. Linda was awarded a B.S. in Business Administration from International University a M.B.A. from the University of Washington, serves as a member of the Cascade Land Conservancy Cascade Agenda Cities Advisory Board and as an Executive Committee member of the Northwest Architectural League/ARCADE.
Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin is an urban and environmental planner and currently a visiting scholar at FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies. Her expertise lies in land-use planning, natural hazards resiliency, and property market research.
Since 2004, Ana’s academic research focused on coastal land use planning policy in Florida and neighboring states; work that was funded by NOAA through the Florida Hurricane Alliance, and completed while she was a Senior Research Fellow at Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University and consulted for the Trust for Public Land, real estate companies and neighborhood organizations. She has been published in peer-review journals and co-authored a chapter for The Appraisal Institute. In 2009, she started the Spatial Studies Project, an education initiative aimed at improving of the built environment among middle and high school students and teachers.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oberlin College in 1986, and a MS and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York in 1989 and 2007, respectively.
Peter Quintanilla, Senior Design Advisor, The Prince's Foundation
Peter Quintanilla is a Senior Design Advisor for the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment. He has extensive experience in both national and international projects, including Haiti, China, Korea, Jamaica and Galapagos resulting in creating reports and strategies that assisted the local residents in having a voice in the planning and design of their communities. He has received a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami, Florida. Prior to joining the Foundation, Peter was a Project Manager at the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, in Miami Florida. During his 10 years at the firm, he worked on a series of projects from masterplanning, to Smartcodes and architecture.
Mary Taylor Raulerson, City Planner/Transportation Planner, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc.
Mary is a senior city planner and transportation planner with Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin and has over 19 years of experience in developing livable transportation solutions for small- and large-scale communities across the country. She has worked with a variety of transportation agencies to implement balanced transportation systems that include rail, busways, highways, national parks, scenic highways, and bridges. She has a proven track record of working with transportation agencies and communities to develop efficient decision-making processes and livable transportation and land use solutions that are community-driven, are environmentally responsible and are affordable.
For the past several years, Mary has focused on developing and implementing Smart Transportation policies, procedures and projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that emphasize a smarter and more efficient approach to choosing and integrating land use and transportation investments.
Lynn Richards, Policy Director, USEPA - Office of Sustainable Communities
Richards is currently the Policy Director of EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. She focuses on all aspects of sustainable community development policy approaches and strategies, with a special focus on the nexus between water quality and land use, public participation, green infrastructure, and transportation issues. In addition to a wide array of articles on smart growth and water resources, in 2006 she published “Protecting Water Resources with Higher Density Development,” and in 2004, “Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth.” In addition, she was one of the primary authors of “Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation” that was published by the Smart Growth Network in 2002.
Prior to EPA, Richards worked for ICF Consulting and addressed sustainable development, environmental justice, and long-term stewardship. In addition, she also worked with the Government of the Bahamas to establish a Ministry of Environmental Protection. During this time, Richards served on the President’s Council for Sustainable Development Environmental Management Task Force.
Richards holds a MS in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Alison Richardson has been a registered landscape architect for 30 years and, for the past 17 years, a principal at Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc., Landscape Architects and Planners, located at 3 Post Office Square in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1976 and worked as a senior associate at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA from 1979-1987. She is a native of Needham, Massachusetts, born at Wilson Farm and spent her later childhood in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her great-grandfather was the noted architect Henry Hobson (“HH”) Richardson, designer of Boston’s Trinity Church. Her grandfather, Fredrick Leopold William (FLWR) Richardson, son of HH, was also a notable architect, and her father, Joseph Priestly Richardson, was a principal at Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott from 1950 to 1978, the architectural firm that HH began in the 19th century in Brookline that is currently named Shepley Bulfinch.
Alison’s experience has centered on public work, primarily urban parks, waterfront parks, and transportation and restoration projects. She has also completed significant private corporate, urban housing and institutional projects. The largest landscape design projects of her career have been those of the “The Big Dig.” Two of these, Spectacle Island (105 acres) and the East Boston Central Artery Contract that included Logan Airport Roadway, Memorial Park Expansion (23 acres), and Bremen Street Park (18 acres) are giants of landscape construction that will benefit many urban dwellers citizens for decades.
Mr. Rosado directs C3TS's urban planning and neighborhood revitalization efforts for municipal and private clients as well as community redevelopment agencies. He is currently completing a Doctorate in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Master of Public Policy & Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University. Prior to joining C3TS, Mr. Rosado worked for the City of South Miami as the Assistant to the City Manager and was promoted to Director of the South Miami Community Redevelopment Agency.
Rick Rybeck, Director, Just Economics LLC
Rick Rybeck is an attorney with a master's degree in real estate and urban development. Rybeck is presently the director of Just Economics, LLC. He advises communities about restructuring taxes, fees and regulations so that the economic incentives embedded within them are more harmonious with public policy objectives such as job creation, affordable housing, transportation efficiency and sustainable economic development. Prior to Just Economics, Rybeck spent 12 years as the Deputy Associate Director for Transportation Policy & Planning at the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. Rybeck has worked on issues related to state and local government for 30 years.
David Sajecki, Senior Advisor, Metrolinx
David Sajecki is a Civil Engineer, Planner, LEED accredited professional and Senior Advisor, serving as Chief of Staff to the President of the Air Rail Link at Metrolinx. David has worked on key infrastructure projects with both Metrolinx and the Province of British Columbia including Union Station revitalization, the Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport, the Eglinton Scarborough Crosstown and the Bloor/Dundas West and Kennedy Station Mobility Hubs.
Jorge Sánchez’s interest in architecture and history have led him to landscape design. His firm Sanchez & Maddux, Inc., founded in 1982 by himself and Phil Maddux, maintains a philosophy which incorporates a “botanical garden” approach fused with the historic and classical formal garden design framework, creating exotic and thoughtful design solutions. Many national magazines have acclaimed the works of his firm. He has dedicated many years to zoning and architectural boards for the town of Palm Beach.
Frederick Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc
Fred Schwartz is a Senior Vice President with Kimley-Horn and Associates in downtown Chicago. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Illinois and serves as project manager on a variety of traffic engineering, transportation planning, transit and redevelopment projects.
Fred holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University with a focus on traffic engineering and urban planning and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He was a contributing author to Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach.
Fred spent over 25 years in Florida, most recently in West Palm Beach where he served as the City traffic consultant and led the efforts to reconstruct US 1, Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue through downtown. Fred relocated to Chicago in 2008 where his projects include those for CDOT and CTA including transit oriented station area planning and typology planning. He also assists on other Kimley-Horn projects across the country in the area of context sensitive design and complete streets.
Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Stewart Schwartz is the Executive Director and a founder of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which he built into the leading smart growth organization in the Washington, D.C. region, addressing the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, urban design, housing, and energy. He leads the Reconnecting Virginia transportation reform project and serves on the board of the Virginia Conservation Network. He is also a founder and board member of the Richmond Area Partnership for Smarter Growth. The Coalition has been recognized for the second time in five years by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region.
An attorney with experience in land use, transportation and the environment, Mr. Schwartz has worked for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the Land Trust Alliance, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and has volunteered for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Coalition, whose Blueprint for a Better Region makes the case for urban revitalization, transit and transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and more walkable communities.
A retired Navy Captain with 24 years of active and reserve service, Mr. Schwartz earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Georgetown University. The Washington Business Journal recognized him as a Business Person of the Year in 2002 and a finalist for their Green Business Visionary Award in 2009. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association.
Kent Schwendy, Sr VP, Fuss & O'Neill Inc.
Kent Schwendy is Senior Vice President of Development Services with Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. Mr. Schwendy specializes in sustainable site design, green parking, innovative stormwater management solutions, and wetlands mitigation/creation. He has led design teams for many projects using these concepts, including the Stadium at Rentschler Field (home of the Division 1A UConn Football Team) and the Lake of Isles Golf Club and Resort, in North Stonington, Connecticut. He continues to work on diverse projects pursuing sustainable design goals, including the Westminster School Academic Facility which achieved LEED-Gold certification and includes a geothermal heat exchange system to meet all its heating and cooling demands.
Mr. Schwendy has presented sustainable site design and green parking concepts at many venues including the American Planning Association National Convention and Regional Stormwater and Energy Conferences. Mr. Schwendy is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York. He is an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a LEED Accredited Professional from the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Certified Construction Specifier from the Construction Specifications Institute.
Mr. Schwendy’s designs incorporate sustainable “green” site design and often include innovative stormwater systems such as detention system design using created wetland areas as a biofiltration/water polishing systems. His designs seek to balance the size and complexity of projects with the need to protect the environmental resources and aesthetically fit into the site, without sacrificing functionality.
Steven W. Semes, Academic Director, Rome Studies Program, University of Notre Dame
Steven W. Semes is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and the 2010 recipient of the Clem Labine Award from Traditional Building magazine. From 2008-2011 he was Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Studies Program. He is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009), The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004) and, as a contributor, The Elements of Classical Architecture (2001), all published by W. W. Norton & Co. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Traditional Building, Period Homes, American Arts Quarterly, and the National Trust Forum Journal. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Change Over Time (University of Pennsylvania) and also publishes a blog, "The View from Rome," at http://traditional-building.com/Steve_Semes. His website iswww.thefutureofthepast.net. He was educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University.
Robert Sharp, Principal, Robert Sharp Architect, Inc., Partners for Better Housing
Robert Sharp is an architect practicing in his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. His design ethic is deeply rooted in the history, patterns, and construction methods of the region. Over the years, he has developed expertise in designing mixed-use buildings in in-fill locations. He also has deep experience in adaptive re-use and historic restoration. Robert Sharp has done extensive work designing two and three story courtyard apartment buildings for TND and infill locations. In addition to his architectural practice, Robert has worked as a developer and has a good understanding of the role that good design plays in maximizing the value of a real estate investment.
Robert has also served the community as a member of the Historic District Commission, Downtown Architectural Standards Committee, and as chair of the Land Use Working Group for Fayetteville Natural Heritage’s Green Infrastructure project. Robert is currently Executive Director of Partners for Better Housing, a group dedicated to providing energy efficient, well designed affordable houses in Fayetteville’s Walker Park Neighborhood.
Currently, Robert is focused on two overarching project types: The first is maximizing the design potential of the normative American wood frame house. His designs celebrate the confidence, frugality, and cultural heritage of this most loved domestic architecture. The second is Incremental Sprawl Repair, a sequential process of converting poorly performing, worn out commercial strip centers into vibrant, healthy, and valuable neighborhoods.
John Sickler, AICP, Planning Director, Town of Jupiter
John Sickler, AICP, is the Planning & Zoning Director for the Town of Jupiter, FL. He has over 20 years experience as a planning professional in Florida municipal government. John has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland.
John serves as vice chair of the City of West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee, responsible for administering the downtown master plan. As Director of Planning & Zoning for the Town of Jupiter, he has had a leading role in key successes, such as: the creation of the Town’s Development Review Committee; the review of development in Abacoa,
pursuant to a Mixed Use Development zoning district; overseeing the drafting and implementation of the US One/Intracoastal Waterway Corridor, which has enabled the development of the Riverwalk and associated development; the drafting of the Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Zoning regulations to implement the vision for Inlet Village; and assisting with the development of the North County Proposal to accommodate The Scripps Research Institute at the FAU MacArthur Campus in Jupiter and the anticipated 8,000,000 square feet of spin-off development in a plan based on urban infill across multiple jurisdictions.
Mitchell Silver, AICP, Planning Director, City of Raleigh
Mitchell Silver is president of the American Planning Association (APA). As APA president, he is leading the effort to make planning one of the most relevant professions in the 21st Century. Mitchell is also the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mitchell is an award-winning planner with over 27 years of experience. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, land use planning and implementation strategies. Before coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell had worked as policy and planning director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, DC.
Mitchell lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of planning topics. He is a contributing author and editor of ICMA’s latest edition of “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which is a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known by his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River, Vision for Jamaica Center and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Raleigh.
As planning director in Raleigh, he is led the comprehensive plan update process to create a vibrant 21st century city. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the City’s Development Code. Since coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell has been an outspoken advocate to transform Raleigh into a world class city with a modern transit system and great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. Mitchell’s work has been featured in Time.com, the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Planning Magazine, the News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer, the Triangle Business Journal and Crain’s Business Journal and BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).
Mitchell served on the APA Board of Directors since 2000 and was president of the New York Metro Chapter of APA from 1996-2000. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Triangle Council of ULI. He has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute and NC State University. Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a licensed Professional Planner (PP) in the State of New Jersey.
Samantha Singer, Urban Project Manager, The Prince's Foundation
Samantha Singer is a project manager and has been with The Prince’s Foundation since 2007. She received a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois in the United States, where she focused on urban renewal of derelict neighborhoods around Chicago. Focusing on international planning and urban design in her role at The Prince’s Foundation, she has managed and been a team member on over 20 UK and international projects. Samantha has worked at Albert Speer and Partner in Frankfurt Germany, where she assisted with urban design competitions in Saudi Arabia.
Jennifer Siqueira, Co-Founder Up-Lab, Up-Lab
Jennifer T. Siqueira, LEED ap, AIA Assoc. is an architectural designer in search of a balanced architecture practice; one which provides sustainable architectural solutions for those going through humanitarian, social, and/or climatic crisis. Even though Jennifer’s portfolio as a designer includes projects such as a Napa Valley winery for Robert Redford and a Miami Beach home for Chris Bosch (among others), her true passion lies in the idea of making good sustainable architecture, design and research accessible to all. Jennifer’s work as founder of the local chapter for Architecture for Humanity chapter in 2009 brought her the UEL Orchid Award for Environmental education.
Robert Sitkowski, Real Estate Officer, University of Connecticut
Robert Sitkowski currently serves as the Real Estate Officer for the University of Connecticut. Among other duties he oversees real estate development for the University. As an attorney Sitkowski focused his practice on the legal aspects of smart growth, sustainable development, and new urbanism. He has significant experience in evaluating, drafting, and implementing land development regulations, and in representing developers, landowners, municipalities, and advocacy groups in land use matters. He is a registered architect and a certified planner, earning a Bachelor of Architecture in Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has written extensively about legal aspects of form-based codes, and has spoken on this and other land use law topics at national meetings and symposia. He is a past winner of the American Planning Association’s R. Marlin Smith Writing Competition and a past recipient of the "New Leaders of the Law" award presented by the Connecticut Law Tribune.
Daniel K. Slone, Esquire, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
As a consultant and legal counsel, Dan represents developers, design professionals, green businesses and localities around the world, advising them on traditional neighborhood development, conservation development, eco-industrial projects, distributed generation, financing, green product development and business matters. He assists developers of sustainable new towns and innovative utility projects. He also represents localities developing innovative regulatory approaches. He represents professionals providing “green” services and the developers and manufacturers of innovative products.
Dan has been counsel for the U.S. Green Building Council (developers of the LEED® green building rating system) since the turn of the century and was counsel for the Congress for the New Urbanism for 17 years before joining its board. Among his other public interest clients are the Rideshare Institute and the World Green Building Council. He serves on the boards of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the National Charrette Institute, the Form Based Codes Institute and Tricycle Gardens urban agriculture organization.
Dan has worked for more than two decades on Traditional Neighborhood Development projects in most regions of the country. Having worked on smaller infill, as well as large-scale projects with thousands of homes and several million square feet of commercial space, he represents both developers and localities. For developers, he helps obtain environmental and land use entitlements, drafts code provisions to propose to the governing locality, drafts the community code imposed through the covenants and restrictions, drafts homeowner association documents, and performs other tasks. Dan’s team has developed green real estate documents as well as green homeowner association documents. For localities, he helps identify code provisions that interfere with New Urban or sustainable projects, and crafts codes that encourage or require New Urban or more sustainable developments with practical flexibility for the development community.
Dan has been the legal team leader for the land use and entitlement process for several new towns widely recognized as part of the cutting edge for the application of New Urban and green development principles. He has worked for the Department of Energy and FEMA in relocating flooded towns in the Midwest; worked with the State of Mississippi on Katrina recovery; and assisted in various aspects of the development or permitting of other new communities in California, Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut and other states. He speaks nationally on removing or overcoming legal impediments to innovative and responsible development, as well as implementing the Smart Code and other form-based code approaches.
Dan’s team also helps green manufacturers determine what they can say about their products and help large-scale land owners monetize environmental attributes of their properties such as carbon credits and stream restoration credits.
Dan’s law degree is from the University of Michigan, and he has degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College.
In the summer of 2008 Dan and co-author Doris Goldstein co-wrote A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects, published by John Wiley & Sons which is available through on-line book sellers. In 2007 ULI published Developing Sustainable Planned Communities which includes Dan’s chapter on “Maintaining Sustainability.” Other publications include a chapter on "Sustainability Planning and the Law" in Stephen Coyle's 2011 Sustainable and Resilient Communities and "New Urbanism as a Site Planning Tool" in the ABA's 2009 Green Building and Sustainable Development.
Kennedy Smith, Principal, Community Land Use and Economics Group
Kennedy Lawson Smith is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and main street economics and is a prominent spokesperson for economically and environmentally sustainable community development.
Kennedy has been a leader in downtown economic development for 25 years. After serving as director of Charlottesville, Virginia’s downtown revitalization organization in the early 1980s, she joined the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in 1985 and became its director in 1991, a position she held for 13 years. During her tenure the Main Street program was recognized as one of the most successful economic development programs in the US, generating $18 billion in new investment and stimulating development of 226,000 new jobs and 56,000 new businesses and expanding to a nationwide network of almost 2,000 towns and cities, with additional programs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the UK.
In 2004, Kennedy and several colleagues launched the Community Land Use and Economics Group, LLC, a private consulting firm that helps civic leaders gather and apply market information to successfully cultivate locally owned businesses, strengthen community development programs and policies, improve main street revitalization efforts, and enliven downtowns. The CLUE Group focuses on practical implementation plans that translate economic development strategies into achievable action steps. Kennedy is also an occasional columnist for several planning and economic development journals, including Communities and Banking, Journal of Town and City Management, and Main Street Now. She teaches a graduate course in historic preservation economics at Goucher College.
Kennedy has been featured in news media ranging from the New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, Governing, NPR and Red Herring to “Donahue,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and Public Radio International’s “Marketplace.” She has written numerous articles on the economic dynamics of traditional business districts and is a popular international speaker on small businesses, retail development policy, and commercial district development issues. In March 2002, Fast Company magazine named her to its first list of “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation,” recognizing “creative thinkers whose sense of style and power of persuasion change what our world looks like and how our products perform.” In May 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized her achievements with its President’s Award, for her “leadership and vision … in creating one of the most admired and successful preservation programs in the country.” In 2009, Planetizen.com included her on its first list of “100 Top Urban Thinkers”. She was a 2005-06 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Lee Sobel, Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation
Lee Sobel is the Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst in the US EPA’s Development, Community & Environment Division (the Smart Growth program). Mr. Sobel’s work focuses technical assistance, outreach and education, and research and policy, related to real estate development that achieves smart growth goals and outcomes.
Prior to joining the EPA, Mr. Sobel was a Senior Associate in the Miami office of CB Richard Ellis’ Investment Property Group, selling shopping centers and retail property throughout Florida. Mr. Sobel has been an active commercial real estate and mortgage broker in Florida for over eight years.
Mr. Sobel is the author of Greyfields Into Goldfields; Dead Malls Become Living Neighborhoods, and co-author of This Is Smart Growth and Getting To Smart Growth II. He has a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is a resident of Maryland. Mr. Sobel can be contacted at 202.566.2851 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Solomon, Principal, Daniel Solomon Design Partners
Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 44-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than eighty-five awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: ReBuilding, Global City Blues, and Cosmopolis. A fourth book Attack of the Slab Monsters is nearing completion.
As one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Daniel Solomon's commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work and writing.
Sandy Sorlien, Transect Codes Council
Sandy Sorlien is a founding member of the Transect Codes Council, advisory board to the Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS). She managed and edited DPZ's SmartCode for six years, along with transect-based modules by 30+ New Urbanist firms. Sandy is also a lifelong photographer of the built environment. She received three Fellowships in Photography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is the author of Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road. Her current ten-year project documents Main Streets in America. In 2011, she and CATS created the Transect Collection photographic resource. Sandy lives in Philadelphia.
Rob Spanier, Vice President, LiveWorkLearnPlay
Rob Spanier is the Senior Vice President of LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), an international urban development and advisory firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Austin, and Nashville. LWLP is dedicated to creating and redeveloping iconic mixed-use real estate projects, and has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale, mixed-use urban real estate developments.
With over 13 years of international ‘hands-on’ experience in mixed-use development and deal making, Rob has helped develop over 30 large-scale projects in North America, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Before joining LWLP, Rob spent five years with Intrawest Corporation creating globally renowned mixed-use destination resort towns. During his time with Intrawest, he led an international leasing team that completed over 300 retail, restaurant and entertainment deals.
Managing the Toronto office, Rob leads LWLP’s strategic development initiatives while maintaining a senior leadership role within LWLP’s advisory services and implementation businesses. Most recently, Rob has been involved in projects such as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village, The City of Mississauga, Ontario, and Cadillac Fairview’s Shops at Don Mills development (Ontario).
Rob is the Vice Chair of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council, and is actively involved with The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). Rob is a regular guest speaker on mixed-use development and successful business strategies that help to implement vibrant mixed-use projects.
Rob is passionate about helping to develop places where people can connect to each other and to their environments; where memories are born and will last forever.
Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA, Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. He currently leads a private consultancy offering design and advisory services to public officials and the real estate industry.
Important recent work of Speck & Associates includes the Lowell, MA, Downtown Evolution Plan, walkability studies for six different cities, and the design of two transit oriented developments along the Long Island Rail Road in Babylon, NY: Wyandanch and East Farmingdale. He also led street design for Project 180 in Oklahoma City, which is currently rebuilding 50 blocks of downtown city streets. This project has converted a one-way system back to two way, doubled the amount of on-street parking, and introduced a full bicycle network where none existed.
As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Mr. Speck presided over two NEA leadership initiatives, the Mayors' Institute on City Design andYour Town, both of which teach design skills to community leaders nationwide. He also created and oversaw a new initiative, the Governors' Institute on Community Design, which is bringing smart growth principles and techniques to state leadership.
Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., Architects and Town Planners, where he directed or managed more than forty of the firm’s projects. DPZ is a leader in the international movement called the New Urbanism, which promotes alternatives to suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment.
Mr. Speck is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine, and serves on the Sustainability Task Force of the US. Department of Homeland Security. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, he is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” With Andres Duany, he has written The Smart Growth Manual, published in 2010 by McGraw Hill. His next book,Walkable Cities, will be released by Farrar Straus in summer, 2012.
Bill Spikowski, FAICP, Principal, Spikowski Planning Associates
Bill Spikowski operates the consulting firm of Spikowski Planning Associates, based in Fort Myers (FL). The firm prepares redevelopment plans and codes for communities that are unwilling to settle for sprawl. Spikowski is a frequent speaker and author on innovative town planning and code writing. Spikowski is a director and founding officer of the Form-Based Codes Institute. Spikowski currently serves on the Fort Myers Planning Board and in 1976 founded the Calusa Land Trust & Nature Preserve of Pine Island. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, Spikowski served as Lee County (FL) growth management director.
Katlyn Springstead, Lead Student and Content Coordinator, Seaside Research Portal
Katie Springstead will graduate in May 2012 from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture with a B.Arch and a concentration in Historic Preservation. She has worked for the Notre Dame Architecture Library for three years, serving as Content Coordinator for the Seaside Research Portal for the last year and a half. In this role, she has worked to digitize archival images, interviewed contributing architects, and written many of the original essays published in the Portal.
Frank Starkey, President, Longleaf Development Co.
Frank Starkey is co-founder (with his brother, Trey) of Longleaf, a 568-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development just Northwest of Tampa, Florida. Throughout its ongoing development Frank has been intimately involved in Longleaf’s design, entitlement, engineering, permitting, construction, builder program, marketing, homeowner association, mixed-use development and property management, even operating a coffee shop in its Downtown. Beginning in 2005 Frank and Trey began planning and entitlement of Starkey Ranch, a 2,500-acre multi-use development planned for the family’s land.
Frank is Chairman of the Board of The Seaside Institute, President of the National Town Builders Association, was the first Developer in Residence at University of Miami’s Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism (MRED+U) program and serves on the Rollins College Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism advisory board. He holds undergraduate and professional degrees in architecture from Rice University, is CNU Accredited, a member of ULI and Leadership Florida.
Rob Steuteville, Editor/Publisher, New Urban News
Robert Steuteville is a publisher, editor, and writer with a specialty in cities and towns, development, transportation, urban design, planning, and architecture. He founded the publication New Urban News in 1996. New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide, which he coauthored, is used as a text in CNU accreditation. His website New Urban Network was named one of the top 10 for planning, design, and development by Planetizen in 2011.
Galina Tachieva, Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Galina Tachieva is an expert on urban redevelopment, sprawl retrofit, sustainable planning and form-based codes. As a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), Tachieva directs and manages the design and implementation of projects in the United States and around the world. She is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, published October, 2010 by Island Press. She is the primary author of the Sprawl Repair Module, a special application to the SmartCode, which enables the transformation of sprawl types into community patterns. Galina is one of the leaders of the CNU Sprawl Retrofit Initiative, a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, a member of the Transect Codes Council, a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation, and is certified by the US Green Building Council as a LEED-accredited professional.
Emily Talen, Ph.D., AICP, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Emily Talen is a Professor in the School of Planning and the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. A forthcoming book, The Design of Diversity (Architectural Press, 2008), explores the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.
David Taulbee, AIA, Architectural Manager, Publix Super Markets Inc.
Dave is a Florida resident and practicing Architect for over 20 years. He is currently the Architectural Manager for Publix Super Markets Inc., a grocery retailer with over 1000 stores in the southeastern United States. Over the last 7 years Dave has helped develop 12 grocery store projects within walkable communities. Publix expects to double these types of stores within the next 3 years, Dave is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.
Brian Teague, PE CNU, Director of Design, Community by Design
Mr. Teague is an urbanist and civil engineer. He is the Director of Community By Design, a Fayetteville, Arkansas based multidisciplinary urban design firm dedicated to the principles of New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Design. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arkansas and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Brian has directed a wide range of projects all working closely with local officials to approve and implement more human-scaled and livable urban environments. Currently, Brian is directing the design for the Houses at Willow Bend, a collaborative effort of the Fayetteville Partners for Better Housing, the City of Fayetteville, the National Center for Appropriate Technologies, and the Sustainable Cities Institute to create a replicable model of sustainable, affordable housing.
Since its formation in 1993, Dhiru has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and was appointed to the Board in 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chair of the CNU's Design Task Force. He has also been the lead designer for several large and small ranged real estate developments in first and third world countries.
He is the author of The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary, published by Rizzoli in Fall 2010, and Co-editor of Léon Krier: The Architecture of Community, published in 2009 by Island Press.
John Torti, FAIA, LEED AP, President, Torti Gallas and Partners
As President of Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti has provided the strong conceptual leadership to bring his firm to national recognition. His firm has been the recipient of 72 national design awards in the last 15 years.
With offices on both coasts and a liaison office in Istanbul, Turkey, he and his partners have built a firm that understands the inextricable tie between urban design and architecture, and between conceptual thinking and creating value for clients and for communities.
Mr. Torti joined the firm in 1973. His conceptual design leadership is key to the success of the firm’s projects. As the leader of a market-focused firm, he and his partners have specialized expertise in the development and design of new towns and villages, neighborhoods, homes, main streets, workplaces, and civic and institutional buildings.
Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti was affiliated with NASA and the National Capital Planning
Commission, where he worked on numerous designs to rebuild Washington after the 1968 riots. He also was a Principal in an architectural firm in the Midwest and was the director of a non-profit housing and community development corporation.
In recognition of his many design contributions in architecture and urban design, Mr. Torti was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2001. Mr. Torti is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. In 2004, Mr. Torti became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Ramon Trias, Principal, Trias and Associates
Ramon Trias is a professional town planner and urban designer. He is the founder of Trias and Associates, a town planning and urban design firm based in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he works with public and private clients.
Ramon earned bachelor's and master's degrees of Architecture form the University of Miami. In the early 90's he established the urban design studio at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, in Stuart, Florida, where he pioneered the use of Charrettes for public sector planning. Several successful redevelopment projects resulted for this work, including downtown Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Lake Park.
In 1995 he became Planning Director of Fort Pierce, Florida. In Fort Pierce, Ramon developed a city-wide redevelopment plan, through 7 charrettes, and many workshops and public hearings. The plan had overwhelming public support and was implemented during the next decade. Among the key projects were innovative road design concepts, such as roundabouts, and public buildings located at prominent locations, such as a library, a police substation, and several buildings along the waterfront.
Ramon served in Fort Pierce until October of 2005. He is currently working in projects throughout Florida, including Vero Beach, Sarasota, Port St. Lucie, and several cities in Broward County.
Ramon serves in the St. Lucie County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Indian River Community College where he teaches history and theory. In 2001 he published the book Fort Pierce, a Town in Florida.
Jeff Tumlin, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
Jeffrey Tumlin is an owner and sustainability practice leader of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. Over the past 19 years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes, in 20 U.S. states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the General Services Administration, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities, published by Wiley in January 2012.
His 23 years of professional land planning experience includes multiple successful residential, commercial, mixed use, environmental, industrial, institutional, wireless and terrestrial communication infrastructure, electric power generation facilities, and multiple large scale mining projects throughout Florida.
Mr. Verdone has spent the past 16 years working with Carlton Fields permitting and developing major urban projects within West Palm Beach Master Plan area. These projects include CityPlace, CityPlace South Tower, CityPlace Office Tower, Esplanade Grand, The Strand, One City Plaza, Two City Plaza, The Mark, Watermark Towers, The Slade, Villa Lofts, The Metropolitan, The Prado, The Edge, Florida Department of Health, Burlington Self Storage, and the Clematis Street Hotel Incentive.
Mr. Verdone prides himself on his ability to serve clients as a problem solver and coordinator that moves projects from abstract ideas to reality.
Mr. Verdone also performs research, analysis, due diligence, and feasibility studies for the firm’s real estate and financial clients. In this capacity he has also worked on a multitude of medium and large scale acquisitions and financing projects. He is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA), American Planning Association (APA), and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Mr. Verdone received his B.S., Architectural Construction Engineering, in 1989 from Florida A & M University.
Laurie Volk, Co-Managing Director, Zimmerman/Volk Associates
Laurie Volk is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ market studies and is the firm’s primary analyst of demographic, market, and lifestyle trends.
Since 1988, the firm has completed more than 400 market studies, for properties ranging in size from the redevelopment of half a block to the establishment of a new town on several thousand acres. Volk has conducted more than 60 downtown studies across the country, in cities ranging in size from Petersburg, Virginia (population 29,000) to Detroit, Michigan (population 834,000).
Volk currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute. She was a founding board member, now emeritus, of the National Charrette Institute, and served for more than a dozen years on the Board of Governors of the Seaside Institute. Until recently, she was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for Location and Planning of the U.S. Green Building Council. Volk was recipient of a 2002 Knight Fellowship in Community Building, and has been an instructor on market analysis for the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
Alexander von Hoffman is a Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate School of Design, both at Harvard University. He is the author of House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America’s Urban Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2003), Fuel Lines for the Urban Revival Engine: Neighborhoods, Community Development Corporations, and Financial Intermediaries (Fannie Mae Foundation, 2001); and Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood, 1850 to 1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). Dr. von Hoffman has written numerous articles on urban history, housing, and community development for scholarly journals as well as general-interest periodicals such as the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His current major research projects are a history of American low-income housing policy, the issue of preservation of affordable housing in the United States, and the rise of regulatory barriers to housing development in greater Boston. He received a Ph. D. from the Department of History at Harvard University.
James von Klemperer has worked as a designer at KPF since 1983, and became a Principal of the firm in 1998. He has been responsible for a wide range of program types and scales of projects, from a house to a city.
Mr. von Klemperer has designed some of the most advanced urban planning and design projects in Asia, including the new Songdo International Business District (IBD) in Incheon, Korea, and Meixi Lake in China’s Hunan Province. As prototypes for a new kind of ecologically sustainable city, these master plans employ advanced environmental engineering, pedestrian planning, clustered zoning, and the integration of gardens into the urban environment. Currently, Mr. von Klemperer is leading the KPF’s work on the Ga Mashie Project in Accra, Ghana, which aims to rejuvenate the historic center of the capital city.
Mr. von Klemperer has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Tongji, Tsinghua, Seoul National, and Yonsei Universities, and at the ESA in Paris. After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, he received a BA Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1979. In 1980 he received an MA from Trinity College Cambridge, where he was the Charles Henry Fiske Fellow. He completed his MArch from Princeton in 1983.
Jarrett Walker, Consultant in Public Transport Planning and Policy, Jarrett Walker & Associates
Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in transit network design and policy. He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He currently serves as a Principal Consultant with MRCagney in Australia, and as a freelance consultant in North America.
His new book is Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives published by Island Press. The book is a readable introduction to the fundamentals of transit, a subject not taught in most planning programs, and argues that planning and development must become more sensitive to how transit works as a mobility and access tool.
Walker grew up in Portland, Oregon during the era when Portland first made its decisive commitment to be a city for people rather than cars, and began his career as an intern with Portland’s transit agency. He went on to complete a BA at Pomona College and a Ph.D. at Stanford University. In addition to his consulting, teaching, and speaking, he writes about public transit issues on HumanTransit.org.
William Waters has been appointed the City of Lake Worth’s Community Sustainability Director after serving as the City’s Planning and Preservation Administrator for four months. The appointment is effective immediately. His educational background includes studies at the University of Virginia, the University of Miami, and Wake Forest University. He holds Master’s Degrees in Planning and Architectural Design as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning. He also received a Historic Preservation Certificate while studying planning. He is both a Florida licensed architect and interior designer and has received a certification from the National Council of Architectural Boards. In addition, he has been recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. Past professional endeavors have including serving as President for William Waters Designs, LLC; President for Coscan Architecture and Design; Architectural Project Manager for both Smith and Moore Architects and REG Architects; and Historic Preservation Coordinator as well as Acting-Neighborhood Services Section Chief for Arlington County, Virginia. He also has served the City of West Palm Beach and the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Council as a Historic Preservation Planner.
Mr. Waters originally is from North Carolina. His educational pursuits and professional work have taken him to Georgia, Virginia, Great Britain and the Bahamas as well as across South and Central Florida. Following a five year stint with Arlington County, Virginia, he returned to Florida in 2000 to obtain his master’s degree in architecture. While studying at the University of Miami, he co-authored John L. Volk, Palm Beach Architect, which was published in 2001. His graduate thesis entitled, The Rosemary Avenue Corridor – Addressing Corner Lots from a Historic Perspective was published in 2002. He also co-authored the City of West Palm Beach’s first Historic Preservation Guidelines published in 1993.
Michael Watkins, AIA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, CNU-A, Architect, Michael Watkins Architect, LLC
Mike Watkins is an architect and urbanist with his own practice based in the new urbanist neighborhood, Kentlands.
In 1988, Watkins opened the Washington, D.C. office of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, a Miami-based architecture and town planning firm. While with DPZ, he served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for neighborhood design development, review of engineering drawings, and review of architectural designs submitted by builders for compliance with the Kentlands Design Code and overall design intent. He was also the project manager and town architect for numerous other neo-traditional neighborhoods. He was also a member of design teams for over seventy towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad.
In 2007, after 19 years with DPZ, Watkins enrolled in a Masters program in Classical Design offered by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America in NYC and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Simultaneously he began his own practice in architecture and urbanism. He continues to serve as the Town Architect for Norton Commons which has a master plan prepared by DPZ. He has collaborates with numerous other New Urbanist firms, among them Urban Design Associates (UDA), TortiGallas and Partners, Placemakers and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. His current work includes the extension of a small town in Virginia, preparation of design guidelines, various town architect services for other communities and leading and participating in urban design charrettes.
Mr. Watkins is one of the co-authors with Andres Duany of the SmartCode, a zoning ordinance that, once adopted, legalizes the development of traditional neighborhoods. The SmartCode has been very well received by many municipalities in the Gulf Coast region as they seek to rebuild themselves in the traditional pattern rather than in the pattern of suburban sprawl. In 2003 Mr. Watkins edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region.
Tony Weremeichik, Principal, Architectural Design Studio
Tony Weremeichik, CPBD, AIBD, CGP is the Principal of the Architectural Design Studio at Canin Associates - an urban planning, landscape architecture and architectural design firm in Orlando, Florida. His wide-ranging expertise in housing design includes advancing innovative design trends in new home, custom home and remodeling design. Tony has over 20 years of experience designing residential, mixed-use and community buildings in master planned communities and resorts throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Tony can be reached at email@example.com.
With his passion for design excellence and sharing knowledge, Tony is the Home Design columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and he frequently contributes articles on home design trends to numerous national publications including Builder Magazine, Luxury Living and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared as a residential design expert in several episodes of a local home design television show as well as being a guest remodeling design expert on Talk Radio.
In addition to local educational seminar opportunities, Tony often speaks at some of the home building industry’s biggest events including The Home and Garden Show, the International Builder’s Show and the Southeast Builder’s Conference.
Paul Whalen, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP
Paul Whalen, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has been responsible for the design and management of projects ranging from private residences to resorts, hotels, institutional buildings, and large-scale planning projects worldwide. Mr. Whalen's experience includes two of the most influential planning projects of our time: the new town of Celebration, Florida, and plan and guidelines that revived the theater block of New York City's 42nd Street, which won a 1999 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. His planning work also includes a new town for a brownfield site in the New Jersey Meadowlands; Del Sur Village, a new 135-acre mixed-use community in Southern California; and a resort village in New York State's Hudson Valley. Internationally, Mr. Whalen has planned seaside resorts in Europe and South America. His 450,000-square-foot mixed-use retail and residential urban infill project in Arnhem, the Netherlands, won a 2006 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. The Grand Harbor courtyard house neighborhood in Vero Beach, Florida, was chosen by Builder Magazine as their 1989 Project of the Year and received a 1991 AIA National Honor Award. His current projects include a master plan and residential community in Xiamen, China, planning, residential and mixed-use projects in Asia and Europe, as well as a 2.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Uttar Pradesh, India. Mr. Whalen, a graduate of Columbia University, received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1981. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Greg Witherspoon, Vice President, Canin Associates
Mr. Witherspoon’s 18-year career in Landscape Architecture and Planning at a Principal level has provided him with experience in a wide array of project typologies and clients as a trained facilitator. He specializes in community planning and design, working from project conceptualization and visioning, project team management, planning and design to entitlement processing, and landscape architecture to construction documentation. With detailed experience in sustainable planning and design methods for communities and institutions, Mr. Witherspoon has an in-depth understanding of smart growth principles, land-based analysis, form-based codes, and their application. His passion lies in providing community planning and design services that demonstrate innovative technologies in the creation of places with enduring quality for future generations.
Carol Wyant, Executive Director, Form-Based Codes Institute
Drawing on her experiences in commercial real estate development and leadership of not-for-profit historic preservation state and national organizations, Carol Wyant has been involved with design and preservation of the built environment for over 30 years. In addition to serving as Founding Board Member and Executive Director of FBCI, Wyant also lends her consulting expertise to advocate for preservation of historically and architecturally significant sites and structures, context appropriate new design and land use strategies, and community beautification.
For Wyant, historic preservation is much more than preserving individual buildings. It is about protecting and nurturing neighborhoods, and the histories and stories they embody. Wyant lives in Oak Park, a beautiful and walkable19th century train suburb of Chicago, and takes the Elevated Train to her office in Chicago’s Loop. Wyant was attracted to Form-Based Coding because of its ability to protect and/or revitalize the historic places she loves.
Todd Zimmerman, Co-Managing Director, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc.
Todd Zimmerman is a managing director of Zimmerman/Volk Associates, the New Jersey-based research and development consulting company. ZVA is generally acknowledged by the country’s most experienced practitioners of the New Urbanism to be the leading expert on the residential market feasibility of mixed-income, compact, traditional and sustainable communities. ZVA’s work ranges from urban redevelopment to desert new towns; from new mixed-income inner-city neighborhoods to high-end beachfront resorts. Using its unique target market methodology, ZVA has established the optimum market position for hundreds of proposed urban redevelopments and new urban communities in 44 states from New England to Hawaii. Zimmerman was one of the framers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and is a member of the CNU Board of Directors and executive committee. He is a frequent speaker—on housing, households, urban and regional settlement patterns, and compact and sustainable development.