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Executive Director, The Kentlands Initiative
James Alfandre grew up around creative neighborhood development. His father, Joe Alfandre — developer of Kentlands — instilled in James the notion that development can be used as a force for good by changing the way people live and improving quality of life. James obtained a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland and today, shares the spirit and evolution of Kentlands with a new generation. He is working with tenants, local businesses, and property owners of The Granary District, in Salt lake City, to crowd-source the revitalization of this area into a diverse, inclusive and prosperous urban neighborhood.
Developer, The Kentlands Initiative
General Manager, Utah Transit Authority
Chairman and CEO, Heart+Mind Strategies
Over his 25-year career, Dee has had experience providing market positioning and communications strategies for some of the world's largest companies and organizations, including the largest automobile manufacturer, largest aerospace manufacturer, largest hotel and lodging chain, and largest chemical company, and the largest industry and trade groups. Former Chairman and CEO of Wirthlin Worldwide (2002-2004); President of Harris Interactive Solutions Groups (2004-2008)
Dee is the principal investigator on several regional growth, visioning, and transportation efforts, including the positioning, communications, and campaign strategy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Regional visioning and smart growth projects include: Orlando's myregion.org, Envision Utah, Superstitions Vista (Phoenix), Wyoming, Grand Traverse (upper Michigan), Ko’olau Loa (Hawaii), San Diego, Sacramento, Hamilton New Zealand, and others.
Dee is the pioneer of values research in regional visioning to uncover and harness the power of public values and priorities in the design of future scenarios and the engagement of the public.
From 1986 to 1988, Dee directed the public opinion research program for the White House. The program included positioning focus groups, speech PulseLine™ assessments, large-scale monthly telephone surveys, frequent rapid turn-around "brushfire" surveys, plus daily tracking during times of crisis.
Dee's expertise covers a broad range, including advertising research, crisis communications, values marketing, ingredient branding, new product launches, brand line extensions, issues marketing, political campaigns, employee research, customer satisfaction, tracking studies, concept testing, brand essence research, brand critical standards, event marketing, sponsorship, logo and naming strategies, and corporate reputation.
Dee consults to corporate boards, served on a state Quality Growth Commission, and is a frequent speaker on current events, science and the environment, industry branding campaigns, and values based communications.
In 2000 the American Association of Political Consultants honored Dee as “Pollster of the Year”. That same year, Dee received the Advertising Research Foundation’s David Ogilvy award for his work in developing the communications strategy for “The New Steel” industry campaign. Dee was recognized again with a David Ogilvy award in 2007.
Dee has a strong academic background in quantitative survey research and advanced statistical analysis. Dee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, where he was active in teaching, writing, and survey research.
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.
Planner, Park City Municipal Corporation
Project Director, Streetscape & Urban Design, City of Chicago
Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Mr. Aulestia is a Partner in the nationally acclaimed Architecture and Planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. and is a Design Leader in the Region and Town Planning Studio. He has been with Torti Gallas and Partners for 15 years. During his career, Mr. Aulestia has led planning and design efforts throughout the United States and abroad for both private and public sector clients. His work centers on Town Planning and Urban Design at a variety of scales ranging from 5 acres to 40,000 acres and from low density to high density. Mr. Aulestia’s expertise includes Transit Oriented Development, Mixed-Use Town Centers, Traditional Neighborhood Design, Urban Revitalization, and Form-Based Codes. He also lectures often on the subjects of Smart Growth, Mixed-Use, and Form-Based Codes at the University of Maryland and other venues. As a design leader, Mr. Aulestia crafts plans that create a unique sense of place, while balancing the realities of development and construction economics, to create visionary, yet realizable, designs. Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Aulestia worked as a Planner and Landscape Architect in Alexandria, VA and as an Urban Designer for the Saint Louis Development Corporation. Mr. Aulestia studied Landscape Architecture at Utah State University and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis and is a Certified Planner. Mr. Aulestia is an avid sailor and recently enjoys participating in triathlons.
Managing Partner, Metrocology Inc.
Architect, David Baker Architects
David Baker FAIA LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker Architects in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character.
A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 160 local and national architectural design awards, including the 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence.
David was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years.
From 1977 to 1982, David was principal of Sol-Arc, a firm dedicated to energy-efficient architecture. A progressive urban activist and bicyclist, he has also been a union carpenter, a teacher, and an active board member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association).
Born and raised in a passive-solar rammed-earth house in Arizona of his father’s design, David has held a lifelong interest in architecture, design, sustainable building, and the DIY ethic. His most recent projects are Zero Cottage—a net-zero LEED Platinum urban home—and StoreFrontLab.org, a year-long exploration of the storefront as a place of community, creativity and local industry.
Executive Director/Co-Founder, ioby
Erin is an environmental writer with a background in water management. She worked as a writer on climate change and other pressing environmental issues for high-level U.S. elected officials and others before coming to ioby full time. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Land Trust that manages urban community gardens to preserve, improve, and promote community managed open spaces for the benefit of all.
From 2007-2008, she was the environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine and wrote for other publications such as New York and Plenty. From 2003-2005, she worked as a community organizer and public information officer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition in Portland, Oregon.
While completing her Master of Environmental Management in water science, economics, and policy at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies scholar in Portuguese. She did field research on socio-economic values of water in Goyena, Nicaragua, and the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon. Her report “Market Values of the Commercial Fishery on the Madeira River: Calculating the Costs of the Santo Antônio and Jirau Dams to Fishermen in Rondônia, Brasil and Pando-Beni, Bolivia” was published in the Tropical Resources Institute Journal in 2007.
Erin holds a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia. She has lived in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, since 2008.
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.
Graduate Student, Master of Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
Kai Bates is currently a graduate student in the Master of Community and Regional Planning program at the University of Oregon. He is studying urban design, sustainability and placemaking. His Masters Project is on the key elements of success of pedestrian zones.
Neighborhood Connectivity Division, City of Austin
Annick Beaudet, AICP, is a Program Manager with the City of Austin Public Works Department, Neighborhood Connectivity Division. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of bicycle and urban trail related infrastructure, consistent with the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. She plays a key role in the coordination and integration of bicycle transportation into ongoing City planning processes, private development, and regional transportation projects. She is a member of the Capital Area Planning Organization Technical Advisory Group, where she advises on bicycle and pedestrian accommodations for regional significant transportation projects. Ms. Beaudet has been an avid transportation bicyclist in Austin for over 30 years. She has an educational background in Kinesiology and Urban Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. With unique qualifications in both human movement and urban planning, the development of bicycle transportation comes naturally for her. Over the years she has become interested in the management of cities, with a specific interest in transportation policy and funding. She was recently accepted into an executive Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program at Penn State.
Associate Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Nora Beck is an associate planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The LTA program was designed to help municipalities work towards the recommendations outlined in the GO TO 2040 plan, the region’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. She is responsible for assisting communities update their comprehensive, corridor and downtown plans and development codes in order to create more livable and sustainable places. She is also a member of the 1st Ward Transportation Advisory Committee, where she works to make her Chicago neighborhood more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Previously, Nora worked for CNU, managing several of CNU's planning, policy, and design initiatives. She has an educational background in Zoology and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. Nora also serves on the board of CNU Illinois.
President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Scott Bernstein is the president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Scott leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally. He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and to other Federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, works with governors, mayors and metropolitan organizations across the U.S., and most recently helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan at the request of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Scott is a member of the Urban History Association, which includes urbanists old and new. Scott co-founded and chairs the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, led the development of the Location Efficient Mortgage®, co-founded the Center for Transit Oriented Development, and helped lead a civic network to question the premise of the proposed Deep Tunnel and Reservoir Program.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Phillip Bess is the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. 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.
Professor Bess is the author of 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).
Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists
Vinayak Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides in Pasadena, California, and has led many of the firm’s award-winning commissions, most recently the downtown revitalization in Lancaster, CA, that won the 2013 United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Award for Smart Growth Overall Achievement. His work also includes numerous international efforts from new towns and inner-city revitalization, to urban regulations and policies for government and private agencies in China, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Kenya and Mauritius. He is a joint adjunct professor of urbanism at the Price School of Public Policy and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California where he formerly held the Presidential Fellowship at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is the editor of "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms,” a seminal 24-chapter volume on the phenomenological forces shaping Asian cities; co-author of “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India,” and contributing author of several books such as "Planning Los Angeles", "Los Angeles: Building the Polycentric Region", and "Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture". He currently serves as a contributing editor of Kyoto Journal in Japan, contributing blogger of Planetizen in Los Angeles, Resource Council member at the Form Based Codes Institute in Chicago, and Advisory Board member of the international non-profit Global Urban Development.
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.
Founder, Blalock & Partners Architectural Design Studio
Transportation Raconteur, Timmons Group
Andy Boenau specializes in the transportation plangineer who wants to make streets safer for all users. His favorite tool in the urbanism toolbox is common sense. He works for Timmons Group, based in Richmond, Virginia. Andy’s consulting work is typically focused in population centers ranging from village town centers to large cities. His favorite projects involve road diets, roundabouts, and any other application that promotes smarter development patterns.
Andy often speaks for regional and national forums on issues related to urbanism and transportation planning, including CNU, American Planning Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.
He has been published by several magazines, and in recent years Andy contributes to several online urbanism blogs. These include Sustainable Cities Collective, Urban Times, and APA’s national blog. Andy also hosts the Urbanism Speakeasy podcast, a weekly show about human-scale design where he enjoys talking about improving communities without all the fancy-pants jargon (www.urbanismspeakeasy.com).
Professor and Director, School of Architecture, University of Miami
Charles “Chuck” Bohl is an expert on mixed-use development and the author ofPlace 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.
Director, GREENbike (SLC Bike Share)
Ben Bolte joined the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce in July, 2011 as the SLC Bike Share Project Manager. His role was to create and implement a fully automated, solar powered, bicycle-sharing system for downtown Salt Lake City.
In one year, the SLC Bike Share project took a generous $25,000 grant from Salt Lake City and was able to develop a non-profit business model and raise the nearly $1,000,000 in funding required to launch their downtown initiative. Roughly 60% of all funding to date for Salt Lake City’s Bike Share program has come from the private sector.
Ben researched and designed the program's non-profit structure and designed budgets based on a multi-year, sliding scale sponsorship revenue model that doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Ben assembled the SLC Bike Share Board of Director’s along with Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. GREENbike SLC Bike Share is a non-profit, public/private partnership between Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Alliance. It’s Board of Directors are Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Robin Hutcheson, Transportation Director for Salt Lake City, Scott Beck, CEO and President of Visit Salt Lake, Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance, Executive VP Salt Lake Chamber, Ted Knowlton, the Deputy Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Dee Brewer, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for City Creek Retail, Bill Cutting, Marketing Director for the Tour of Utah, and our Board Chair is Tim Harpst, a now consultant and former Director of the Salt Lake City Transportation Division.
In addition, Ben is responsible for the creation of GREENbike, Utah’s Bike Share Brand. GREENbike will be a regional Bike Share brand that connects multiple stand-alone, satellite systems via light rail in surrounding municipalities. An annual bike share membership from any GREENbike system can be used in any other GREENbike system. GREENbike membership cards will also be valid accepted at Boulder, Denver, and Madison, Wisconsin’s Bike Share programs.
Ben has managed businesses in both Park City, Salt Lake, and graduated from the University of Utah where he studied Political Science and Business. His political opinion pieces have been published multiple times in the Salt Lake Tribune.
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.
Project Civil Engineer, Psomas | Balancing the Natural and Built Environment
Jonathan Bowers is a Professional Engineer (PE) focused on designing infrastructure for cities, municipalities, institutional, and private development needs. He has extensive expertise in design for public water and storm drain systems. Mr. Bowers is a LEED Accredited Professional and has designed infrastructure for projects achieving up to LEED Platinum status. He is well versed in the standards associated with Envision, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s new rating system for sustainable public water, wastewater, storm drain, and roadway infrastructure. He has provided sustainable infrastructure design for LEED Certified projects such as the Swaner Eco Center, various University of Utah facilities, West Jordan Library, and several other LEED accredited projects throughout the state of Utah.
Chief Development Officer, Kisco Senior Living
Mr. Brown manages Kisco Development LLC, the development arm for Kisco Senior Living, LLC. He also serves on Kisco Senior Living’s senior leadership team with a focus on strategic planning and asset management. Over the past 15 years, Kisco Development has completed over $400 million in new additions to Kisco Senior Living’s portfolio. These projects include new senior living campuses with independent, congregate and assisted living ranging from 160 to over 300 units as well as age qualified apartment communities up to 265 units. Mr. Brown also oversees major renovations and capital improvement to Kisco’s existing portfolio. Mr. Brown received a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Principal, Design Workshop
President, Active Planning
Dr. Burbidge is the President of Active Planning, a transportation consulting firm that specializes in analyzing public health impacts of the built environment. She has a broad range of experience in academic, consulting, and non-profit community development environments and has been recognized nationally for her expertise in non-motorized transportation modeling and her work to promoting public health and physical activity in transportation planning.
In 2007, she worked with the Wasatch Front Regional Council to integrate current research into their long term transportation planning process and in turn created the first "Public Health" component of any transportation plan in the country. For this work, she was recognized with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s "Translating Research to Policy Award" (2009). Additionally, she is the author of the Utah Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Design Guide; a guidebook to help local municipalities integrate healthy policies into their existing planning and design procedures. This effort was awarded the "Best Project Award" by the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) Bicycle and Pedestrian Council (2012) in addition to be awarded an American Planning Association award for Outstanding Achievement in planning.
She has taught at U.C. Santa Barbara, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She currently serves as a special advisor to the CDC’s Office of Sustainability and the National Center for Environmental Health’s "Public Health and Built Environment Initiative", and was recently appointed to serve as a technical advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Initiative. In her local community she is a former chair of the Active Community Environments (ACE) Workgroup for the Utah Department of Health and serves as a board and research council member of the Utah Partnership for a Healthy Weight. She is a member of the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) Committee and Transportation and Health Sub-committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Burbidge is also an appointed Research Fellow with the Mineta Transportation Institute and the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs at San Diego State University.
Executive Director, Historic Park City Alliance
Consltant, Callender Enterprises
Mr. Callender is trained as an earth scientist and manager. He has a broad range of experience in academic, consulting, community development, and business environments and remains deeply involved in education, public service, and interaction with diverse interest groups.
Jon led a long diverse career serving the natural resource industry. He managed land and water remediation issues for Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper where he proposed that non mining land assets be developed in a sustainable manner. Upon the formation of Kennecott Land, Jon led the team that masterminded the Daybreak project and developed a long term sustainable land and water development program for Kennecott assets. He led the implementation of Kennecott Land’s ISO 14001 certification, making Kennecott Land the first certified sustainable development company.
Jon provides consulting services to government and industry on public land, oil & gas, and water resource issues. He also served as the first Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Author, CNU Co-Founder, and Leading Regional & Community Planner, Calthorpe Associates
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 book Urbanism 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.
Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Oscar Carracedo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he teaches urban design and planning at the graduate level and at the Master of Urban Planning (MUP).
Oscar Carracedo received his M. Arch in Architecture and a M.S. in Urban Design and Planning with distinction from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech (UPC), where he is also Ph. D. candidate at the Urbanism and Territorial Spatial Planning Department (DUOT). He is also Post-graduate from the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT).
Before assuming his position of Assistant Professor, Carracedo taught Urban Design and Planning at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB, UPC), at the International University of Catalunya (UIC), and at the La Salle School of Architecture (ETSALS, Universitat Ramon Llull, URL). His teaching experience was in both the graduate and the master level inside the Master in Urban Design and Planning (MPU-UPC), where he was also the coordinator, the Master of Integrate Project in Architecture (MPIA-ETSALS) and in the Master for Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes (RIL) , where he was also coordinator and responsible of the Urban Sustainability area.
Professor Carracedo has been invited to many universities -Columbia University (New York), Massachussets Institute of Techology (MIT-Boston), Pratt Institute (New York), Faculty of Architecture of Ljubljiana, the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV)-, where he has been involved in different courses, workshops and lectures. Carracedo is also author of a vast number of articles and books on Urbanism.
Carracedo is also co-founder ofCSAarchitecture, where he has developed numerous master plans, urban projects, public commissions and awarded competitions, going from the territorial to the architecture scale.
Associate Architect and Town Designer, Historical Concepts
Chris is a certified planner with Historical Concepts and current president of CNU Atlanta. Chris has over 10 years of experience in architecture, town planning, and urban design serving private and public clients. His completed work includes the management of a wide range of projects including custom single family residences, urban design, mixed use master plans, campus planning, design guidelines, form-based codes, prototype housing, live-work and civic architecture. He draws upon his background in traditional architecture and urban design to create homes with enduring quality and to shape places through context sensitive design. With his unique attention to detail, drawing presentation, and construction assembly knowledge, he has guided the firms’ efforts on quality control of construction documents and construction phase services.
Chris is a passionate active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism in promoting healthy, walkable, mixed-use, vibrant neighborhoods. As president of CNU Atlanta, he has coordinated several workshops to educate the public and promote the vision of CNU leading to an increase in awareness and membership. In addition to urban design, his understanding and application of classical proportion, scale, and detail contributes to his service at the University of Miami School of Architecture as Adjunct Faculty.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame [BArch, 2002] and the University of Miami [MArch: Suburb and Town Design, 2006]. He currently lives the healthy new urban lifestyle in the award winning Glenwood Park where he walks to work and plays with his family at the nearby park while supporting the local businesses.
Planner, Park City Municipal Corporation
Managing Director, Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners LLC
Senior Consultant, Cardno ENTRIX
Mr. Clark is a Senior Consultant with Cardno ENTRIX with over 30 years of project management experience in the public and private sectors. His experience includes preparation of local and regional water supply plans, water quality management plans, city and county comprehensive plans and land development regulations. Terry has worked at the state, regional and local government levels and was a small business owner/operator. In addition to his technical expertise, Terry has extensive experience with meeting facilitation and public engagement. Terry has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in human resource development. He is a certified planner and project manager. Terry is also author of the book, Project Management for Planners: A Practical Guide published by the American Planning Association (ISBN 1-884829-63-5).
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Town-Green [www.town-green.com] and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute [www.charretteinstitute.org], is an architect, urbanist, community planner, and author. He has designed and developed projects at the building, neighborhood, community, and regional scale throughout the US, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia including the 2012 National APA award winner, Contra Costa Centre, California. A leader in resilient design, Steve recent book, Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions, (www.sustainableandresilient.com) John Wiley & Sons, describes the sustainable community planning process. As contributing author to the Charrette Handbook, he remains an innovator in public engagement and in the design of beautiful, healthy, and cool places.
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).
Architectural Illustrator, 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.
Master of City Planning Student, University of California, Berkeley
Danielle Dai is a Master of City Planning student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is studying transportation policy and planning, with particular interests in transit effectiveness, finance, and safety. Prior to graduate studies, Danielle worked at a non-profit community development corporation on the southwest side of Chicago. She holds a BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
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.
Senior Vice President, Education and Outreach, AARP
Principal, Sizemore Group
Mr. de St. Aubin graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985 with a Masters in Architecture. He then worked as an Architect for Rosser International before joining Sizemore Group in 1993. He is currently a Senior Partner at Sizemore Group and guides the firm’s business development strategies while providing expertise on Sustainable Planning and Architecture to the development industry. He is a founding board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism and a subject matter expert for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Bill has published several papers, conducted seminars and received design awards for his work in sustainable town planning and architecture. Bill lives in the East Cobb Community with his wife, Sandi, and their two children.
Deputy Director, Office of Planning & Programming, IDOT - Illinois Department of Transportation
Bola Delano is the Deputy Director for Planning and Programming for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Her prior experience includes Deputy Director for Community and Technical Assistance at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning CMAP; and Senior Account Manager at Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Will, Kendall and Cook Counties. She is an accomplished professional with over 30 years in urban planning and organizational management. She has worked within both the United Kingdom and United States and has contributed greatly to a number of public and private institutions’ success by developing and implementing planning and transportation strategies; initiating policies on social investment; and providing leadership and strategic direction on business and economic development. Bola is experienced in developing and negotiating on policy matters, and is passionate about the importance of all transportation modes in promoting the global economy. Bola attended University of Central London receiving both her B.A. degree in Urban Planning Studies and masters in Project and Policy Management.
Architect & Urban Designer, B. Dennis Town and Building Design
Bill Dennis attained his professional Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and has practiced as an architect and planner since 1979. He is a charter member of The Congress for the New Urbanism and board member of New England CNU. He has also served as the director of the CNU Council for housing and codes in Sant Fe and team leader for the Governor’s Katrina Commission for Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Mr. Dennis has designed more than 120 New Urbanist neighborhoods, villages and towns, as well as all housing types, retail, office and civic buildings. His most significant projects in the last 25 years have been collaborated with such noted design firms as Moule & Polyzoides as well as Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Placemakers, Mr. Dennis has vast experience in forming and running complete teams of talented consultants for design charrettes to working on plans and buildings on his own. Mr. Dennis is a proud recipient of CNU awards for his Crewkerne, England; Dona Ana, New Mexico and Rio Nuevo, Arizona projects.
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.
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.
Transportation Engineer, Fehr & Peers - Salt Lake Office
Kerry Doane is a transportation engineer in Fehr & Peers’ Utah office, having recently joined the firm after a 10 year career with the Utah Transit Authority. At UTA, Kerry was the project manager for several major transit investment studies including network analyses, alternatives analyses, and environmental documents, providing leadership for data collection, analyses, and document authorship. Additionally, Kerry is experienced in the federal project development process, assisting in the FFGA awards for UTA’s federally funded light rail and commuter rail projects and a TIGER grant for the Sugar House Streetcar.
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.
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
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.
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.
Designer, Michael Watkins Architect, LLC
Will Dowdy is a designer at Michael Watkins Architect, LLC in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, MD. With a background in traditional urbanism and architecture, he works on a wide variety of projects: from large master plans to house designs, affordable housing, and civic, educational, commercial and mixed-use buildings. He has written architectural standards and form-based coding standards for neighborhoods and cities. His work involves an integrated approach to problem solving with an emphasis on community, financial viability and long-term sustainability.
In addition to his work at MWA, Will holds leadership positions in nationally-recognized associations. He is in his second term as Program Chair for the Next Generation of New Urbanists, a group of new practitioners dedicated to implementing the principles of the New Urbanism. He also serves as an administrator for the Incremental Sprawl Repair Working Group, a forum for creating a toolbox to convert commercial sprawl development into functionally balanced, humane, exciting, and uplifting neighborhoods. Will unwinds by laying out parking lots in CAD.
Associate Director of Citywide Planning, District of Columbia Office of Planning (DCOP)
Kimberly Driggins is the Associate Director for Citywide Planning, in the DC Office of Planning. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing city-wide planning projects across several areas including: housing, economic development, creative placemaking, transportation, facilities and capital improvement planning. Significant work accomplishments include: developed and manage Temporary Urbanism Program (includes pop-up shops, and ArtPlace grant, and other activities); developed and manage OP’s Live Near Your Work pilot program; managed the completion of the Streetcar Land Use Study – Phase 1; and managed the first amendment cycle of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2010).
Prior to joining to the Office of Planning, Ms. Driggins worked in the Office of the City Administrator/Deputy Mayor, where her main duties included: identifying key capital budget priorities, management of the capital budget process, master facility planning, and developing co-location strategies for select District facilities.
Ms. Driggins began her career as a consultant working on real estate, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization projects in the private and non-profit sectors. She received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest honors, in political science from Hampton University.
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.
Senior Counsel, Clarion Associates
Mr. Duerksen is a land use lawyer over twenty years of related experience. He has represented local governments, nonprofits, and the private sector in a variety of land-use and zoning matters and specializes in:
* Development codes and other land development regulations; * Growth management plans and studies; * Historic preservation plans and regulations; * Natural resource and scenic area protection strategies; and * Airport-area development.
He received his law degree from the University of Chicago, and his undergraduate liberal arts degree from the Kansas State College. His numerous projects have included development codes and growth management plans for a variety of large and small jurisdictions around the country. Most recently, he has been focused on sustainable development codes that address issues such as alternative energy and community health.
A co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Mr. Duerksen has written and spoken extensively on land use issues in Colorado and nationally. He has authored many books and articles on land use and conservation issues, including Takings Law in Plain English, Nature-Friendly Communities, and Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law. Mr. Duerksen is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has published over 50 articles linking contemporary theory and practice, is Chair of the Board of Directors of theCongress for the New Urbanism, and serves on the national AIA Design and Health Leadership Group. A leading authority on suburban redevelopment, she lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities and consults on individual projects. She and co-author June Williamson wrote Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009, updated paperback edition in 2011). The book’s documentation of successful retrofits of vacant big box stores, dead and thriving malls, and aging office parks into more sustainable places has received significant media attention in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record and other venues. The book received a PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers, was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 coverstory, “10 ideas changing the world right now” and is the subject of her 2010 TED talk and 2012 TED-NPR Radio Hour interview. She is continuing to research short and long-term tactics for scaling up suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad. She appeared in the 2011 documentary Urbanized, the 2012 PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities” and contributed a chapter to the honorable Henry Cisneros’s new book, Independent for Life, Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MITbefore joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009.
ParkWise Program Administrator, City of Tucson, Arizona
Donovan Durband has three degrees from the University of Arizona: an M.S. in urban planning; a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and a B.A. in Economics. Mr. Durband was the Executive Director of the Tucson Downtown Alliance from 1999 to 2008, then worked for two years for Council Member Steve Kozachik, acting as liaison to Downtown portion of his district/policy advisor on Downtown development, transportation, and other topics. Since January 2012 he has been the Administrator for the City of Tucson's ParkWise program, which manages the City's parking assets, including six parking structures, several surface parking lots (which ParkWise plans to eliminate over time with continued Downtown development), 1,400 parking meters, neighborhood permit programs, other on-street permit programs, such as around University of Arizona campus, and city-wide parking code enforcement.
Mr. Durband was involved with most projects, initiatives and policy issues relating to Downtown Tucson for the last 15 years, and was was active in the grassroots effort to bring the Modern Streetcar to Tucson.
Manager Community Planning, Kennecott Land
Asst. Research Professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver
Director of Canadian Operations, PlaceMakers, LLC; Principal and Urban Designer, T-Six Urbanists Inc, Placemakers LLC
Planning Director, Park City Municipal Corporation
Thomas Eddington is the Planning Director in Park City, Utah, where he oversees current and long-range planning activities for the City. He and his staff are currently completing a new General Plan for the City, a new redevelopment area plan for a new mixed-use neighborhood, as well as revising the City’s Historic District Design Guidelines. Prior to moving to Park City, Thomas worked in community and economic development in the Chicago area before moving to Japan where he focused on urban design and redevelopment opportunities. Upon moving back to the states, Thomas ran his own planning and design consulting firm in New Jersey for almost ten years before moving to Park City in 2008. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture. He received his Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He loves living in the mountains and is an avid runner and hiker and a mediocre (at best) snowboarder!
Architect, Eliott Work Group
Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
Nan Ellin is Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at University of Utah. She holds an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and has served on the faculty of ASU, University of Cincinnati, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Southern California, and New York University. Ellin was a Fulbright Scholar in France where she carried out research for her dissertation on the European New Urbanism. Her new book Good Urbanism (2012) describes a paradigm shift in urban design and urban planning beyond sustainability to prosperity. She is also the author of Integral Urbanism(2006) and Postmodern Urbanism (1996; revised 1999), collaborated with Edward Booth-Clibborn on Phoenix: 21st-Century City (2006), and is the editor ofArchitecture of Fear (1997). Ellin’s collection of public scholarship, Desert Urbanism, can be found at her University of Utah website.
Her scholarly articles and essays have appeared in Journal of Urbanism, Journal of Urban Design, Lotus, History of European Ideas, Journal of Architectural Education, Design Book Review, Thresholds, Intersight, Urban Studies Review, The Hedgehog Review, Critical Planning, and the Encyclopedia of New York City. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Urbanism, and the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Ellin has delivered over 100 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad on good urbanism, sustainable urbanism, authentic urbanism, placemaking and community building, the envisioning process, desert urbanism, and the creative city. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, Serbo-Croatian, Korean, and Chinese. She was the driving force behind canalscape, an initiative to create vital urban hubs throughout metropolitan Phoenix where canals meet major streets. Canalscape has received an Arizona Humanities Council Grant and an APA Arizona Award, and has been designated a Green Phoenix initiative by the Mayor and an Arizona 2012 Centennial Legacy Project by the Governor. At University of Utah, Ellin directs the Salt Lake City Workshop,working with students from around the university to envision best possibilities and catalyze positive transformation. She serves on the Board of the Utah Center for Architecture and Chairs the Mayors’ Cultural Core Committee.
Urban Designer, Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency
Edward follows his passion for urbanism through his work as the Urban Designer for the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency in Stuart, Florida. His work includes seven community redevelopment areas totaling over 8,500 acres across Martin County where he is collaboratively working with residents, development teams, and community stakeholders in the implementation of both urban design and architecture strategies for redeveloping suburban and urban environments. The goal of this work is to promote cities, towns, and neighborhoods, which are beautiful and of lasting value. This body of work builds on the unique character that makes the tapestry of place. His passion for placemaking can be seen in the Pattern Books and Community Vision Books he has developed across the country and on his blog www.RestlessUrbanist.com
Edward's current work in Martin County includes the development of a Form Based Code for all seven planning areas, the development of Carter Park which is a 40 unit affordable housing neighborhood developed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Clubs, and numerous complete street retrofits.
Florida Market President, Gorman & Company
Hana Eskra serves as Florida Market President for Gorman and Company. Her experience includes more than 18 years of affordable housing development consultation and financial feasibility and project management services, as well as housing policy analysis and implementation. Ms. Eskra has worked for local governments and both non-profit and for-profit housing development organizations. She has an operational knowledge of nearly all aspects of affordable housing. Ms. Eskra has been directly involved in the development of over $140 million of affordable multi-family and single family housing units and has worked with local officials to create housing policies that encourage the development of affordable housing in their communities. In her previous positions, Ms. Eskra worked for a national non-profit to acquire, recapitalize and rehabilitate a failing low-income housing tax credit portfolio and was Acting Director of Miami-Dade County’s Office of Community and Economic Development. In that capacity, she managed 120 employees and oversaw a $400 million operating and capital budget that incorporated federal, state and local funding for affordable housing. Ms. Eskra has also worked as a technical advisor for a Florida statewide affordable housing organization, providing technical assistance and training to non-profits and local governments. She also was the Director of Real Estate for the Greyston Foundation, a non-profit community development corporation located in Yonkers, New York. Ms. Eskra has a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote her Master’s thesis on the low-income housing tax credit. She resides in Miami, Florida
Professor, University of Utah - Metropolitan Research Center
Reid Ewing is a Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, columnist for Planning magazine, Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, and member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED LP-Technical Advisory Group. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth. He served two terms in the Arizona legislature, and worked on urban policy issues at the Congressional Budget Office. He holds masters degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research and writing are aimed at planning practitioners. He authoredDeveloping Successful New Communities for the Urban Land Institute; Best Development Practices and Transportation and Land Use Innovations for the American Planning Association; and Traffic Calming State-of-the-Practice for the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Best Development Practices made him APA's top selling author for many years and is listed by the American Planning Association as one of the “100 Essential Books of Planning” over the past 100 years. His most recent books are Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, written for EPA and published by the Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Traffic Calming Manual, co-published by the American Planning Association and American Society of Civil Engineers.
His study of sprawl and obesity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, received more national media coverage than any planning study before or since, reaching an estimated 41 million Americans. It was the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators. His 1997 point-counterpoint on urban sprawl is listed as a classic by the American Planning Association. In 2008-2010, he has co-authored research published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Urban Design, Urban Design International, Environmental Practice, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Urbanism, Housing Policy Debate, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Transportation Research Record, and ITE Journal.
Senior Community Planning Architect, Rio Tinto/Kennecott Land
President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Doug Farr, AIA is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an award-winning architecture and planning firm identified by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.” Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr’s niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates was the first firm in the world to design three LEED-Platinum buildings (Christy Webber Landscapes, the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology), which stand as models of urban architectural sustainability. An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Doug’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the PBS documentary “The Green Machine.” Doug is on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, serves on the BioRegional Development Group board of directors, on the Energy and Climate TAC of the Star Community Index, and was the founding chair of the LEED Neighborhood Development project (LEED-ND). Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authoredSustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. This planning best seller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
Principal and Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare for the Southeast Region, HKS, Inc.
Bob Farrow’s career spans over 39 years of experience largely devoted to healthcare, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is a Principal/Senior Vice President and shareholder of HKS, Inc., an award winning and international architectural/planning firm and heads up the healthcare practice in the Atlanta office. Bob’s career experience, with a focus in healthcare, includes all phases of architectural practice from master planning and design to construction. Because Bob believes that healthcare is a significant necessity for people all over the world and a vital architectural specialty, he has dedicated his talents, both personally and professionally, to the healthcare industry, in an effort to improve available healthcare alternatives.
Bob has been the past AIA Atlanta Chapter Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for the past several years and has served in a variety of other capacities with the AIA over the years, with the most recent position serving as President. He is also an active member of the national committee- the AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health. His involvement with the Atlanta community dates back to 1975.
With a focus on Evidence-Based Design and Sustainability, Bob has been asked to speak at numerous conferences including Healthcare Design, Health Facility Institute, SMPS Atlanta and GAHE. He has also been a professor and lecturer at Georgia Tech and SCAD.
Principal, Ferrell Madden Associates LLC
Geoffrey Ferrell is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-based codes. His code work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – codes that emphasize clarity for end-users. Before establishing his firm in 1992, Geoffrey was an urban designer/code writer for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects in Miami. He also served as the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in Florida.
He is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Charter Board Member of the Form-Based Codes Institute, of which he is currently vice chairman. He lectures extensively on Form-Based Codes at state and national planning conferences, planning schools, and for the Form-Based Codes Institute. His work is featured in the recently published Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford and in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz. His code for the Riviera Beach Downtown Renewal Plan received special mention in that projects Progressive Architecture Magazines 1992 Award. His firm’s Form-Based Code for the Farmers Branch Texas, Station Area received the Richard Driehaus Form-Based Code Award in 2007 and again for the Heart of Peoria Form-Districts in Peoria Illinois in 2010.
President, Fregonese Associates, Inc.
John has been a planner for over 30 years, where he has earned the rare reputation of being able both to create an energizing vision for communities and to develop concrete, workable solutions to urban problems. John is known for his work in Portland, Oregon, where he served five years as the planning director of the regional government, Metro, and was the primary author of the regional growth concept known as Metro 2040. Since founding the firm in 1997, John has led a variety of planning projects, including some of the most nationally significant regional plans in recent decades. He was a key consultant in the Envision Utah process, an ongoing regional plan that has garnered national recognition, as well as the lead consultant for Chicago Metropolis 2020, the initiative by the Chicago Commercial Club to reprise the seminal Chicago Plan of 1909. He was the consultant for Compass Blueprint, the regional vision for SCAG, the regional government of Southern California, a massive region of 38,000 square miles and 17 million people. He was a key consultant for Louisiana Speaks, Louisiana’s first regional plan for the southern Louisiana, and was lead consultant to the Big Look Task Force, a committee mandated to comprehensively review Oregon’s planning system. In addition to his regional plans, John has led numerous comprehensive plans for large cities such as Denver, Tulsa, Dallas and Baton Rouge. He has also led plans and visions for diverse cities such as San Diego, Athens, Georgia and the Grand Traverse Region in Michigan, as well as numerous small area plans for downtowns, neighborhoods, and other areas such as Beaverton, Oregon, Waco, Texas, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and Portland, Oregon.
Attorney, Akerman Senterfitt
Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP
Craig D. Galli is an attorney with Holland & Hart in Salt Lake City practicing environmental and natural resources law. He earned a BA and an MA at Brigham Young University, and a JD at Columbia University. Craig previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment Division, in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Salt Lake City Land Use Appeals Board, the Steering Committee of Envision Utah, and teaches environmental law and policy at Brigham Young University.
Council Member, Salt Lake City Council
Committed to fair and accountable government, urban living that is high quality and sustainable, and a city owned by its citizens, Councilman Luke J. Garrott represents District 4 in Downtown Salt Lake City. He was first elected to the Council in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. He served as Chair of the Board for the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) from 2010-2011 and as Vice Chair in 2012. Prof. Garrott has taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Utah since 1998, specializing in political theory and community studies. Luke's education includes a BA with honors in Latin American Studies from Stanford University (1989), and a MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida (2001).
District Four includes the Community Councils of Central City, East Central and Downtown. It also includes Gateway, the Downtown Business District, Pioneer Park, Central City, Trolley Square, the University neighborhood, East High School and several Historic Districts.
In his free time, Luke plays soccer and rides bikes. He lives in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Central City. He was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois.
Program and Development Manager, Congress for the New Urbanism
Managing Director, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mark B. Gibbons is managing director of the Investment Properties Management Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mark has over 37 years of diversified real estate experience including development, management and acquisition of investment real estate across the United States. He has been active in structuring complex real estate investments and financing opportunities throughout his career. In the early 1980’s, Mark served as the controller of the Real Property Services Division of Citibank N.A. in New York City. Subsequently, he returned to his home in Utah and managed a real estate development portfolio for a mutual savings and loan association.
In 1986, he joined Property Reserve, Inc. (PRI) as director of acquisitions and became president of that firm in the year 2000. In 2007, he left PRI to become president of the newly organized City Creek Reserve, Inc. to develop the City Creek project which had been in the works since 2002. This exciting redevelopment encompasses twenty-three acres in the core of downtown Salt Lake City. The mixed-use project includes eight office towers, a department store-anchored regional shopping center, 535 residential units and 5,000 underground parking stalls. City Creek Center’s highly anticipated grand opening was March 22, 2012.
In January 2012, Mark was appointed as the managing director of the Church's real estate investment portfolio including City Creek Reserve, Inc., Property Reserve, Inc., Suburban Land Reserve, Inc., and Utah Property Management Associates, LLC, among others.
Mark is a licensed real estate broker and certified general appraiser in the state of Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Utah (1979 - B.A. and 1980 - M.B.A., Phi Kappa Phi).
Chief Economist, Associate Dean, Salt Lake City Chamber, University of Utah
Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist at the Salt Lake Chamber. Her experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business know-how. She advised Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker during an 18-year career as an economist and policy advisor in the Utah governor’s office. Gochnour also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a deputy to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gochnour is a sought after public speaker with the unique ability to translate policy-speak into everyday language. A native Utahn, her professional focus and passion are public policies that promote a prosperous future for all Utahns. She shares her views in monthly columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News. Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah.
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.
Managing Director, Tower Research Capital, LLC
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 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.
Historic Preservation Planner, Park City
Anya Grahn is the Historic Preservation Planner in Park City, Utah, recently joining the City in October 2012. She has worked on a number of projects including the current remodel of the historic Park City Library, revising our City’s Historic District Design Guidelines, and contributing to Main Street improvements. She graduated with a Master of Science-Historic Preservation (MSHP) Degree from Ball State University in Indiana in 2012, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008.
Communications Consultant, Sustainability / Planning, City of Austin
Designer & Visiting Assistant Research Professor, University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Griffin is a design professional and visiting assistant research professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. In her professional career, Jennifer has worked in the US, UK, and Central America on a variety of project types and scales, from small-scale renovations and additions of historic structures in Washington, D.C., to large-scale master plans both within the US and abroad. 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. Prior to her current role at the University of Notre Dame, Jennifer has collaborated with Demetri Porphyrios, Leon Krier, Estudio Urbano, Hart Howerton, and Hartman-Cox Architects. Jennifer’s current academic work includes participation in a collaborative research and design project entitled "After Burnham: Modernity, Religion, Tradition, Innovation, and the Future of Humanist Urbanism," which has been funded through the John Templeton Foundation and administered by the Historical Society's Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program.
Designer & Visiting Assistant Research Professor, University of Notre Dame
John Griffin is a design professional and visiting assistant research professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. In his professional career, John has worked on a variety of project types and scales, from mixed-use urban infill projects in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and London to large-scale master plans both within the US and abroad. 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. Prior to his current role at the University of Notre Dame, John has collaborated with Demetri Porphyrios, Leon Krier, Estudio Urbano, Hart Howerton, and Torti Gallas and Partners. John’s current academic work includes participation in a collaborative research and design project entitled "After Burnham: Modernity, Religion, Tradition, Innovation, and the Future of Humanist Urbanism," which has been funded through the John Templeton Foundation and administered by the Historical Society's Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program.
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.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Envision Utah
In August 2012, Robert J. Grow was chosen as Envision Utah’s new President and CEO. His appointment represents the culmination of a multi-month selection process to choose new leadership and to position the organization for its next chapter of quality growth leadership. Grow served as the founding Chair when Envision Utah started in 1997 and served a second stint as Chair of the Board of Trustees beginning in 2010.
With degrees in engineering and law from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, Grow has enjoyed a successful law practice specializing in land use planning and zoning, real estate development, regional visioning and growth planning, and environmental law. He was legal counsel for Kennecott’s Daybreak development, which is widely cited as a demonstration project for quality growth. Daybreak was the National Association of Home Builders 2010 Community of the Year, with a Platinum Award for Suburban Smart Growth.
For the past decade, Grow has also been taking the Envision Utah collaborative, voluntary approach to other places throughout the country. He has helped initiate or strengthen regional efforts in more than 75 metropolitan regions, including Boston, Denver, Fort Collins, Austin, Houston, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Portland, Tucson, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Traverse City, Florida’s Treasure Coast, Southwest Utah, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Calgary, Canada. He proposed and helped establish the “Louisiana Speaks” visioning process for Southern Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and most recently, he has been leading the consultant team for the “Our Greater San Diego Vision” effort, which set a new national record by involving more than 30,000 participants in planning the future of the 3 million residents of the San Diego region.
Executive Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council
Andrew Gruber is the Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), which develops transportation and land use plans on Utah’s Wasatch Front as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The WFRC provides a forum for discussion and collaboration among elected representatives of local jurisdictions concerning regional issues. WFRC has developed the Wasatch Choice for 2040, a regional ‘Vision’ for growth and development. The WFRC also develops the long range (30 year) Regional Transportation Plan, which includes all regionally significant road and public transit projects.
Gruber, a native of New York City and a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, previously served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Governmental Affairs for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority, the organization that oversees the funding and regional planning for three transit agencies in the Chicago area, which has the nation's second-largest public transit system.
Gruber is a member of the Envision Utah Board of Directors, the Salt Lake Solutions Steering Committee, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Policy Committee, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Executive Director’s Council, the Utah Governor’s Clean Air (UCAIR) Partnership; Chair of the Utah Joint Policy Advisory Committee (JPAC); and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning.
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.
Executive Director, Jordan River Commission
Laura Hanson, AICP is the executive director of the Jordan River Commission. The JRC is a relatively new interlocal cooperation of three counties, ten cities, two special service districts and dozens of community partners working together to implement an ambitious vision for the 50-mile long Jordan River corridor. The vision for the river includes recreation, open space preservation, habitat restoration, water quality improvements, regional transportation connections, and community building focused on highlighting the river corridor.
Laura has applied her twelve years of professional planning experience as a consultant developing both long range community plans and natural resource management plans to her position with the JRC. She is now enjoying the tangible work of implementing such a plan for the Jordan River.
She holds bachelor degrees in urban planning and environmental studies, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Utah. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards from the Quality Growth Commission, and the Utah Chapters of the American Planning Association and American Society for Landscape Architects.
Urban Planner, Canin Associates
Eliza is a Senior Associate at Canin Associates in Orlando where she focuses on active transportation, regional planning and coding. She led a multi-county GIS and design effort for the metro Orlando MPO Long Range Transportation Plan that introduced land use as an important variable to improve transportation efficiency while contributing to sustainability and quality of life. Before completing a Masters of Urban Planning Degree at the Harvard School of Design, she had the privilege of interning with City of Charleston Planning and Neighborhood Design and for Cornish Associates of Mashpee Commons and Providence, RI. Eliza is a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and local representative of CNU Orlando.
Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form-Based Code Award winner, Leander, TX. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing and comprehensive planning. She is a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual as well as author of the SmartCode Landscape Module. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council and is a member of the Form-Based Codes Institute Resource Council.
Associate Principal, Ken Kay Associates
Roger Hodges is an urban designer with experience in infill design, mixed-use development, and land use planning. His work includes transit and pedestrian-oriented centers, community master plans, general and specific plan amendments, and transportation and land use policy.
Much of Mr. Hodges’ practice has been based on the principle of project stewardship. This emphasizes an ongoing relationship of designer with client, in a commitment to the design and construction of a place over time. Since joining Ken Kay Associates, he has assisted in the transformation of the HGST high-tech manufacturing campus into San Jose’s Urban Village 6. Land usage is being intensified to maintain its industrial jobs while freeing up land for transit-oriented commercial and residential uses.
For over 10 years, Mr. Hodges has helped with the master planning of Daybreak in South Jordan. Daybreak strikes a balance of setting a standard for sustainable, LEED-rated town development in Utah while being one of the fastest developing new communities in the nation. Daybreak’s walkability achieves an 88% rate of children walking to school, compared to 17% in nearby conventional communities.
Mr. Hodges chaired the Richmond (California) Design Review Board for several years, operating at scales from backyard additions to planned communities. Mr. Hodges began his career with 13 years at Calthorpe Associates, after receiving a Master’s of Architecture at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Ken Kay Associates, he ran a consultancy called Hodges Design.
Urban/Transportation Planner, Streets.MN
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 for Strong Towns. He blogs atThoughts on the Urban Environment.
City Manager, City of Rocklin, California
Manager, Architectural Design: Temple Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Bradford Houston is a Manager of Architectural Design in the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bradford holds a Masters in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.
Civic Entrepreneur, Team Better Block
Andrew Howard, AICP worked for 12 years in traditional urban and transportation planning at regional government offices and a top national engineering firm before leaving to help pioneer a new approach to public outreach. Realizing that over the past several decades, designers and city officials have struggled to create and maintain interest from local communities for long-term urban revitalization, Andrew and Co-founder, Jason Roberts, created The Better Block Project.
Now being used in over forty cities and three nations, the better block illustrates how simple modifications can powerfully alter the economic, social, and ecological value of a city by gathering designers and community volunteers together to create a one-day urban intervention to spark the imagination and interest of citizens and leaders alike. The American Society of Landscape Architects called it, “a 21st-century version of what the Chicago World’s Fair did in 1893.” The project has now become a staple for communities seeking rapid urban revitalization and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, NPR’s Marketplace and showcased in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale and highlighted at the National Association for City Transportation Officials.
Principal, Huahui Design
Leon Huang, with 35 years of professional and academic experience, is the urban design and managing principal of Huahui Design in China, and is currently a visiting professor in Tianjin University.
In the past 25 years, Mr. Huang has been working primarily in Taiwan and China, where unprecedented scale and speed of urbanization in human history is taking place. His work ranges from citywide development strategies, to urban design plans for new development district, inner city redevelopment, revitalization plan of rural villages, and to site specific designs of buildings and spaces. Insisting on the principles of transit oriented sustainable development, and protection of cultural heritage, he continues to explore opportunities to transform the thinking of, and to build consensus among the professionals and governments in order to face future social and environmental challenges in China.
Architect / Urban Designer, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Michael Huston is an architect and urban designer with Duany Plater-Zyberk in Miami. A licensed architect since 1993, he began his career as a principal designer for a firm specializing in educational facilities but transitioned to urban design over the years. He has worked in the public sector for the city of Louisville (an early adopter of form-based codes) and in the private sector as an independent architect and urban designer. More recently, he has consulted on numerous Transit Oriented Developments, Regulating Plans and Downtown Redevelopment Plans. From his final semester of college in Venice, Italy, to a four year “detour” in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, he has sought to not only design traditional urban environments but also to immerse himself in them.
Transportation Director, Salt Lake City
Since January 2012, Robin Hutcheson has been the Transportation Division Director for Salt Lake City. Prior to this appointment, she was a transportation planning consultant for 15 years, focusing on transit, complete streets, and livable communities. Robin has worked in communities around the western United States to plan and implement comprehensive transportation solutions. She gained experience working in the transit industry in Germany and France, and has completed projects for the European Union Commission on Sustainability. In her current role, she is responsible for integrating all modes of transportation, with particular emphasis on alternative modes. Robin is the co-founder of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Northern Utah Chapter. She is active in the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Robin is a native of Connecticut and has lived in Utah for almost 20 years.
Environmental Program Director, Mid-America Regional Council
Reverend, First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma
Eric Jacobsen is the author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos Press, 2003) and The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment (Baker Academic Publishing, 2012), as well as numerous articles on New Urbanism. He is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, and a participant in the Colloquium on Theology and the Built Environment sponsored by St. Andrews University and the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship at Calvin College.
Rev. Jacobsen is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA where he lives with his wife (Liz) and four children: Katherine, Peter, Emma, and Abraham. Eric received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, in the area of Theology and the Built Environment.
Manager: Planning & Community Design, Kennecott Land
Stephen James leads the community planning and neighborhood design team that is building Daybreak, a 4,300 acre smart growth community located on redundant mining land near Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine. Begun in 2004, this sustainable development project has sold 3,000 homes and was recognized in 2010 as a model community by the National Association of Home Builders, winning both the Platinum Smart Growth Community of the Year and the Best in American Living awards. The project was also recognized as the 6th best selling master planned community in the United States in 2010 and achieved a market share of 18%.
Mr. James has managed the transformation of the local home building market to align with Kennecott Land’s social goals and environmental standards since 2003. His role has expanded over the years to include land use planning, general place making strategy development and working with local and state agencies to align their transit and freeway design standards to the smart growth community making vision.
Mr. James is the 2008 recipient of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship where he researched and documented in his recent book called MADE SPACES – Enduring Places, how neighborhood development scale impacts livability in urban and sub-urban environments.
Before joining RIO TINTO / Kennecott Land, Stephen relocated with his wife and children from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he practiced architecture and specialized in museum and performing arts center design. Stephen is an active bike commuter, logging 50 miles a day between his home on the Avenues and his office in Daybreak.
Manager of Project Development, Utah Transit Authority
Hal Johnson, AICP, PTP, is the Manager of Systems Planning and Project Development with the Utah Transit Authority. Hal has 18 years of project management experience, in both project development and direct management of procurements and construction. Hal has directly managed over $40M in total project value. Past projects include: 3500 South BRT Project Phase 1-3, West Valley Intermodal Center, Wasatch and 3900 South Park and Ride Lot, and West Valley and Mid Jordan LRT Environmental Impact Statements.
Mr. Johnson is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah, teaching the Community Planning Workshop. This class develops land based master plans for real world clients.
Mr. Johnson holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Albany, Masters of Arts in Geography from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Utah.
Programs Director, White Pine Touring
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.
Project Director, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Jason has been a Project Director with Dover, Kohl & Partners since 2005 and has extensive experience with illustrative plans, comprehensive planning and form-based codes. His previous years as a municipal planner informs the creation of successful, effective plans and codes. Jason has participated in over 40 design charrettes worldwide for both public and private clients and has a specialty in city and town design. Jason holds a Masters of Community Planning and is credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Jason is on the Transect Codes Council, frequently speaks at APA and CNU national conferences and his writings and graphics have been published in numerous urban design and planning publications. Jason is also the author of the first novel of the New Urbanism:www.newtownstjerome.com
Senior Planner, Olsson Associates
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.
Urban Designer and Intern Architect, Historical Concepts
Paul Knight is a certified city planner (AICP) and intern architect with Historical Concepts, an architecture and planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, he has worked on a variety of land planning and custom residential projects serving both municipal and private clients throughout the United States.
Mr. Knight engages in research on the link between legal codes and the built environment. His work has been presented at APA's National Planning Conference, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the University of Georgia's graduate program in landscape architecture, and to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Mr. Knight is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of two blogs that focus on city planning issues: The Great American Grid (www.TheGreatAmericanGrid.com) and Master Street Plan (www.MasterStreetPlan.com). He also contributes work to Better Cities & Towns (www.BetterCities.net).
Mr. Knight graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology receiving dual masters degrees in architecture and city & regional planning. He is currently living in Providence, Rhode Island, enjoying the urbanism of College Hill with his wife Bonney.
Partner, Parleys Partners
Hooper Knowlton is a partner in Parley’s Partners a Salt Lake City based real estate development company. Parley’s Partners focuses on the development of apartment communities and has expertise in the repositioning and development of environmentally impaired real estate. Mr. Knowlton has 40 years experience in the acquisition, planning, zoning, entitlements, municipal approvals, and financing of “Brownfield” real estate development projects. As a principle Mr. Knowlton’s experience ranges from resort development, National Historic Register commercial restorations, office and industrial parks, neighborhood retail shopping centers and residential single family homes and condominiums. The company has won both national and regional design awards from the National Home Builder’s Conference, California Golden Nuggets Design Award, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Founder, Steepletown Studios and Imagining North Adams
Jennifer Krouse is a strategist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Steepletown Studios, a web development studio, and Imagining North Adams, a 2012 placemaking festival that continues to effect change in its host city. From 2008-2012, she served on the Steering Committee of NextGen: The Next Generation of New Urbanists. As two-time Co-Chair and co-organizer of the Open Source Congress – the grassroots component of the Congress for the New Urbanism – she has facilitated idea marketplaces for groups as small as 30 and as large as 250. Jen holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, and she is a regular guest contributor to the Strong Towns blog.
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.
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
Asset Manager & Land Planner , Property Reserve Inc.
Vice President Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world. In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.
Attorney & Founder, MindDrive Legal Services, LLC
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.
Founder, BUG Farms
Livable Transportation Engineer, AECOM
Ian Lockwood has a Bachelor Degree and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University. Ian is a Livable Transportation Engineer with AECOM, a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and the former City Transportation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach. For over 25 years, Ian has worked at the intersection of community design and social and economic health, doing traffic calming, road diets, context-sensitive solutions, network planning, and highway removals. In 1995, he chaired the ITE subcommittee to officially define “traffic calming.” In 2005, Ian helped the Complete Street Coalition define “complete streets.” He has also written reform-oriented policy regarding biased transportation language. Ian has guest lectured at several universities and is occasionally interviewed on NPR about transportation issues. Ian is currently working on walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way operations, shared spaces, and campus design. For fun, he does photography, cartooning, and road cycling.
Planning Director, City of Los Angeles
Michael LoGrande is the Chief Zoning Administrator for the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he leads the Office of Zoning Administration, which is responsible for reviewing major development projects and quasi-judicial approval as prescribed by the City Charter. The Office of Zoning Administration decides on applications such as Conditional Use Permits for alcohol and live entertainment, as well as variances and a multitude of other discretionary applications. Mr. LoGrande also leads the Planning Department’s public policy development unit referred to as Code Studies. His work in the Planning Department has covered a variety of critical initiatives, including the creation of the Expedited Processing Section, which was developed in 2004 and has entitled over 15,000 housing units in a full cost recovery, fast-tracked process. The Expedited Processing Section has entitled major development projects such as Grand Avenue, Concerto, 8th and Grand, Luna, Evo, Hanover, Park Fifth, the Biscuit Company Lofts, Wetherly Project, and the W Hotel.
Mr. LoGrande also directs the City’s Revocations and Nuisance Abatement unit. This multi-agency taskforce works to close businesses that create public safety issues throughout various communities in Los Angeles. The Nuisance Abatement Unit has been responsible for shutting down liquor stores, slum hotels, nightclubs serving minors, and various other businesses that operated as a nuisance.
Mr. LoGrande is a native to California and holds degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Housing Development Company. Mr. LoGrande is a member of the American Planning Association and is involved in many community base planning groups.
Richard Louv is the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book, THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, (Algonquin Books, 2012) asks, “What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are today in electronics? How can each of us help create that life-enhancing world, not only in a hypothetical future, but right now for our families and for ourselves?”
His bestselling book, LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, (Algonquin Books) stimulated an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder® to define this important issue. LAST CHILD has been translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries.
In 2008, Louv received the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society; previous recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Other awards include the 2007 Cox Award, Clemson University’s highest honor for “sustained achievement in public service,” the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, and the 2009 Jane Jacobs Making Cities Livable Award.
He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), an organization helping build the movement to connect children, their families and communities to the natural world. C&NN has nurtured over 100 regional, city, state, and provincial campaigns; has organized over 100,000 volunteers; tracks current research on the human relationship with nature; and reports on the progress of the children and nature movement as well as an emerging New Nature Movement.
A former newspaper columnist, he has written for The New York Times, the Times of London, Orion, Outside, and Parents magazine, for which he was a columnist and a member of the editorial advisory board. He has been a visiting professor at Clemson University and an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program.
He speaks frequently around the world, most recently at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and at the national conferences of the American Camping Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including CBS Evening News, Today Show, Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation and Fresh Air. For more information, visit www.RichardLouv.com.
Richard Louv lives in San Diego. He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and is the father of two young men, Jason, 30, and Matthew, 24. He would rather fish than write.
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami and New York City. Mike previously worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques. 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. Mike is also the creator and primary author of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2). Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, he has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism.
His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled “The Art of Building Cities,” took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism. An exhibition and conference titled “The Other Modern,” took place in Bologna, Italy in 2000, and a conference titled "Three Generations of Classical Architects: The Renewal of Modern Architecture" was held in October 2005 at Notre Dame. Dean Lykoudis is the co-editor of two publications, "Building Cities," published in 1999 by Artmedia Press, and "The Other Modern" exhibition catalogue published in 2000 by Dogma Press. A third book, "Modernity, Modernism and the Other Modern," is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co.
At Notre Dame, Dean Lykoudis has served the School in a number of capacities first as the Director of Undergraduate Studies then as Associate Chair and Chair prior to becoming Dean. As Director of Undergraduate studies for over 10 years he was the principal organizer of the new classical and urban curriculum, and Dean Lykoudis established several new initiatives within the School of Architecture. In association with the South Bend Downtown Partnership, he contributed to the formation of the South Bend Downtown Design Center, a program that gives Notre Dame students hands-on experience with urban and architectural design projects in realistic settings while also contributing to the community. This Center has been renamed the Center for Building Communities and will coordinate the regional, urban and architectural design studios of the School. Its programs will include the exploration of regionally adapted classical and vernacular students’ designs for modular buildings to be built in host cities.
Most recently he initiated the renewal of the School’s graduate program with the objective of doubling its enrollment, increasing its offerings and developing its focus on classical architecture and urbanism. For the 2000-2001 academic year Dean Lykoudis received Notre Dame's Kaneb Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations. A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Connecticut and now in South Bend, Indiana.
Professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver
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 at www.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.
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, 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.
Vice President, Live Work Learn Play
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.
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.
National Healthcare Practice Leader, Balfour Beatty Construction
Walt is responsible for Balfour Beatty Construction’s U.S. healthcare market sector. Currently operating in twenty states, Balfour Beatty services include at-risk construction management, design-build, and program management. His group also provides consulting services to hospitals for medical equipment and technology planning, as well as strategic capital, real estate planning, and clinical transition services.
During his fourteen years with Balfour Beatty, Walt has led the planning or construction of more than $3 billion and seven million square feet of large hospital projects including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a LEED Gold facility, and the 1.4 million square foot Children’s Hospital Colorado. Currently, he serves as project executive for BARA, a joint venture building the two million square foot New Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
A consistent theme throughout his career is building high-performing teams and working collaboratively with other project team members such as owners, architects, engineers, consultants, and community leaders. His focus on collaborative teams is what led to his partnership with Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning. Concluding that the ability to deliver sustainable, high performance buildings is also about facilitating walkable neighborhood contexts, public-private partnerships and the resulting value capture, Walt and Scott created Vialta Group, a Balfour Beatty and Gateway Planning Company.
Walt’s education includes a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management. Early in his career, he served as a surface warfare and intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, he and his family currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Walt serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan, state-wide policy and leadership organization.
Senior Environmental Advisor, State of Utah
Alan Matheson has been the Senior Environmental Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert since October, 2011. In this role, he works closely with a range of stakeholders throughout Utah to develop sound natural resource and environmental policy. Alan previously served as Executive Director of Envision Utah, where he oversaw numerous regional growth initiatives. He has consulted with dozens of regions seeking to address the challenges of growth and has published articles on water, transportation and land use. He has additional experience as a partner in a Phoenix law firm, as senior attorney and environmental policy advisor for Arizona’s largest electric utility, and as the founding director of the Utah Water Project. In the community, Alan serves as Chair of the Western Governors' Association Staff Council, Vice Chair of Envision Utah, Secretary of the Utah Clean Air Partnership, and Vice Chair of the Sandy City Planning Commission. Alan received his A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University and graduated from the UCLA School of Law where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.
Principal, Leyland Alliance
Steve J. Maun is President of Leyland Alliance, Inc. Mr. Maun is a graduate of Princeton University. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the National Town Builders Association, a leading organization advocating Smart Growth and Traditional Neighborhood Design. Mr. Maun lives with his family in New York City.
Interfaith Chaplain, The Bradley Center, The Sharing Place, and Good Shepherd Home
Natalie is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and spends part of her time in the central Utah desert. She has a Masters of Education degree and has taught English teachers in the Jordan, Salt Lake and Granite school districts for Career Ladder advancement. She taught in the pilot program for the UBSCT and led writing workshops in classrooms from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She was a guest lecturer for Human Pursuits, the Western Humanities. She has served on the Foster Care Citizen Review Board and has published essays in several books including New Genesis, A Mormon Reader on Land and Community, edited by Terry Tempest Williams. Natalie serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Bradley Center, The Sharing Place and Good Shepherd Home hospice. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She is married to James McCullough and has four children and nine grandchildren.
Vice President of Community Development, Kennecott Land
Ty is Vice President at Kennecott Land where he is responsible for leading the community development team for Daybreak, a 4,000 acre master plan in the Salt Lake Valley with entitlement for 20,000 residential units and 14,000,000 sq. ft. of commercial uses, that has not only been the top selling community in Utah each year since opening in 2004 but also a leader in advancing sustainable development practices and smart growth. In his role he oversees market research, planning and design, entitlement, infrastructure engineering and construction, homebuilder sales, consumer marketing and community association governance.
Ty received his BA in Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA and has more than 20 years of experience in planned community development, having held a variety of sales, marketing and operations roles with major land developers in both Utah and Southern California.
He is involved in his community serving as a Board Member of Salt Lake Habitat for Humanity, Vice President of the Utah Homebuilders Association and Treasurer of the Utah Property Rights Coalition and was named one of Utah’s rising business leaders, “Forty under 40”, by Utah Business Magazine in 2010.
Principal, Director of Senior Housing, GGLO
Jerry is a recognized leader in Senior Living and Special Needs Housing, and brings more than 30 years of design and management experience creating Active Adult, and Independent Living and Assisted Living Communities with Dementia Care, as well as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) with Skilled Nursing environments. As a principal at GGLO, Jerry works closely with clients in creating vibrant hospitality inspired and sustainable communities for this rapidly expanding segment of our population in locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and British Columbia. Jerry is well-versed in coordinating integrated teams from early feasibility/entitlement work through final design and construction.
Jerry is an active member of AIA/Design for Aging, ULI Senior Housing Council, Leading Age, ALFA and NAHB 55+, and frequently speaks at conferences, promoting research and education with the goal of “raising the bar” for design of Senior Living and urban residential communities.
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.
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 has served on the CNU Board since 2011. Marcy grew up on Vashon Island near Seattle Washington, and now lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Owner, StreetScape Development LLC
Executive Director, Sustasis Foundation
Michael Mehaffy is a consultant, researcher, author and educator with an international practice based in Portland, Oregon. He is also executive director of the Sustasis Foundation, an NGO that develops neighborhood-scale tools and strategies for sustainable development, including pattern languages, wikis, and other tools for “tactical urbanism.” Michael has served as visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at five graduate institutions in four countries, teaching sustainable technology, urban planning, architecture and philosophy. He is on the editorial boards of three international journals, and the boards of three internationally active NGOs in sustainable urbanism. Michael regularly publishes peer-reviewed research, and also writes regularly for Urban Land Institute, The Atlantic Cities, Metropolis, Planetizen and Better Cities and Towns, and he is also a contributing author to 17 books.
Michael works as a consultant to governments, NGOs and businesses internationally, assembling ingredients of successful, sustainable developments, with a focus on proven implementation tools and strategies. Among the tools he offers are pattern languages, form-based codes, rating systems, and scenario-modeling tools. He has played key roles in a number of landmark projects including Orenco Station, described in the New York Times as "perhaps the most interesting example of New Urbanist planning anywhere in the country."
At the Sustasis Foundation, Michael and his colleagues work on new solutions for sustainable cities by facilitating collaborations between leading minds in a range of fields including planning, mathematics, computer science, biology, medicine and economics. Sustasis is also the host of the US chapter of INTBAU, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, a patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. Michael was formerly the first director of education for the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in London, the Prince's think tank consultancy on sustainable cities, where he launched its new professional program in sustainable urbanism, and he has helped to develop three other pilot curricula in sustainable urban development in Europe and Latin America.
Michael is the former Sir David Anderson Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, where he did research on walkable cities and urban networks. Michael is currently completing doctoral research in urban form and climate change at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Previously he did graduate work in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and in philosophy, public affairs and business management at the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin. Reflecting his inter-disciplinary background and interests, Michael also studied music, the arts and liberal arts at the interdisciplinary program of the California Institute of the Arts.
Principal-in-Charge of Technical Development, Fehr & Peers
Ron Milam, AICP, PTP is the principal-in charge of technical development for Fehr & Peers. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. During his 20+ years of professional work he has completed a wide variety of planning studies throughout the western U.S. Ron is currently developing transportation analysis guidelines for Caltrans to aid in the evaluation of projects including new analysis techniques to address climate change and working on a new GHG Tools Handbook for FHWA. In addition to Ron’s work experience he has also published over 20 professional papers and is the lead instructor for the U.C. Davis Extension Program’s – The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use.
Real Estate Developer, Fundrise
Ben is the co-founder of Fundrise, an online investment platform for local real estate, and affiliate Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. Ben helped create both companies to transform traditional commercial real estate development by giving local people the power to participate and invest in local real estate. Alongside, Fundrise and Popularise, he is the Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a real estate development company focused on the Mid-Atlantic. Formerly, Ben was President of Western Development Corporation, the largest retail developer in Washington, DC and co-founder of US NordicVentures, a cross-Atlantic venture capital company. Ben has worked as an analyst for private equity real estate fund, Lubert-Adler, and was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and on the boards of Tumml and the National Center for Children and Families.