CNU 23


  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

    Build Great Places / #thisiscnu

  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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Sevanne Steiner

Senior Planner

City of Fort Worth

Sevanne Steiner is a Senior Planner with The City of Fort Worth. She acts as staff for the Downtown Design Review Board, the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission and the Urban Design Review Commission. She has recently completed the revision of the Fairmount Southside Historic District Standards and Guidelines. The revision incorporates an illustrative and educational component and addresses sustainability and alternative materials. She joins the Preservation and Design Division from the City of New Orleans, where she was staff of the Central Business District Commission and the Downtown plans examiner for the Historic District landmarks Commission. 

During her tenure with the City of New Orleans her most notable projects included: Brad Pitt’s Gobal Green Project in the Lower 9th ward; Reinventing the Crescent, the development of a riverside park; and the redevelopment of the Lafitte Housing Project, located in the Treme Historic District. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelors of Arts in history from The University of Alabama. Ms. Steiner brings valuable experience in working with various design review boards in both rural and urban settings. She has worked for various design review boards in cities such as Richmond, VA; New Orleans, LA; Americus, GA; and Mobile, AL.



Dan Burden

Director of Innovation and Inspiration

Blue Zones

Dan is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.


Blue Zones



Johnny Campbell

President and CEO

Sundance Square

Since 2001, Mr. Campbell has been President and CEO of Sundance Square where he is responsible for strategic planning, financing, development, leasing, merchandising, marketing, and operations activities for Sundance Square. Sundance Square is a 35 block, 42 building mixed-use project in downtown Fort Worth. With retail, office and residential product comprising approximately 3 million SF of operating property and 11 blocks of land held for development. 

Prior to joining Sundance Square, Mr. Campbell worked with the Rouse Company of Columbia, Maryland for 20 years. His urban mixed-use management responsibilities have included Harborplace and The Gallery on the inner harbor for Baltimore; Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon; Westlake Center in Seattle; The Riverwalk in New Orleans; Tabor Center in Denver; and Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix.



JD Granger

Executive Director

Trinity River Vision Authority

JD Granger is the Executive Director of the Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) which manages a massive flood control and river redevelopment project that creates 12 miles of public urban waterfront in Fort Worth’s central city. Mr. Granger currently serves as board member for the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council, Streams and Valleys, Inc., the Fort Worth Zoological Society, Van Cliburn Foundation, and recently completed a two year term for the Texas Society of Architects. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and after serving as Public Member Director for the American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter he was named an Honorary Member in 2008. In addition, the USACE Fort Worth District and the TRVA led by Mr. Granger, recently received the USACE “Good Neighbor” Green Gov Award for outstanding partnership efforts between the two agencies on the TRV project.


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Andy Taft


Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

Andy Taft is a native of Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Marketing. He began his career in commercial real estate with the Florida Commercial Development Association and then joined Grubb & Ellis of Florida as a commercial real estate salesman in the downtown Tampa market. In 1992, he joined the Tampa Downtown Partnership as its Director of Marketing and Business Development.

Andy served Shreveport, Louisiana's Downtown Development Authority for six years as its Executive Director and while there was instrumental in relocating City Hall back to downtown after a 40-year absence, created a new public parking management program and authored the downtown strategic plan. Andy was Chairman of the United Way of NW Louisiana in 2001. Andy was also the President of Downtown Shreveport Unlimited and the Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation.

Andy joined Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (Texas) as President in 2003. DFWI is downtown Fort Worth's planning, management and advocacy organization. It manages the downtown planning process, two Public Improvement Districts, the downtown Tax Increment Finance District, two city parks, the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and Parade of Lights. It recently completed the JFK Tribute in Fort Worth. He serves on the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Boards of Directors and is a member of the TCU Board of Visitors and Fort Worth Homeless Commission and Supportive Housing Task Force. Andy is a past Chairman of the International Downtown Association.



Jason Roberts


Better Block Project

Jason Roberts was the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city's effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of "Better Block" projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement occurring everywhere from Melbourne, Australia to Tehran, Iran, and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED


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Victor Dover


Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning

Urban designer Victor Dover, FAICP, CNUa, is a charter member of CNU. As principal-in-charge of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning in Coral Gables, Florida, Dover has won multiple Charter Awards, as well as the John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism. He was founding chair of the CNU Florida Chapter, the first of its kind. Dover served as CNU’s national board chair from 2010-2012. He is the co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2014).


Emily Talen


Arizona State University, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Emily Talen, Ph.d, FAICP, is a professor at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and a senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s School of Sustainability. She holds a Ph.D in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s in city planning from Ohio State. Prior to ASU, she was a faculty in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for 8 years. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

Talen has written extensively on the topics of urbanism, urban design, and social equity. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics, and has four sole-authored books: one on the historical lineage of New Urbanism (New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures, Routledge, 2005); a study of the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, Design for Diversity (Architectural Press, 2008), Urban Design Reclaimed (Planners Press, 2009), a set of 10 urban design exercises for planners, and City Rules (Island Press, 2012), which explores the coded dimension of urban form. 

Support for her research has come from artistic agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as science foundations, including 3 grants from the National Science Foundation. In 2011, she received a $500,000 grant from HUD’s Office of Sustainable Communities to conduct a nationwide study of the walkability of affordable housing locations.

Andres Duany


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 currently being applied to areas 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.

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 earned 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.




Todd Zimmerman


Zimmerman/Volk Associates

Todd Zimmerman is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates' consulting practice and is the firm's industry liaison. Using ZVA's proprietary target market methodology, Zimmerman was instrumental in bringing market rigor to urban development and re-development and the New Urbanism within the United States and is now expanding that effort outside the country.

Zimmerman was one of the framers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a member of the CNU Board of Directors, and the CNU executive committee. He also served as chairman of the CNU Council of Task Force Chairs.

Zimmerman established a national reputation for his early identification of real estate market trends as Editor and Publisher of Multi-Housing News and Senior Living News, and founding Publisher and Editorial Director of Real Estate Times.

For more than decade in the 1980s and '90s, Zimmerman was program chairman of Multi-Housing World, the nation's largest conference devoted solely to density housing. Zimmerman was a founding director and executive committee member of the National Association for Senior Living Industries. Zimmerman has been a member of the Multifamily Roundtable and a founding principal of Real Property Resource Company, a consulting and brokerage firm specializing in corporate properties, and a founding director and former president of the North County Conservancy, a non-profit housing developer.



Laurie Volk

Co-Managing Director

Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc

LAURIE VOLK is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ market studies and is the firm’s primary analyst of demographic, market, and lifestyle trends. Volk has been directly involved with every market study completed by Zimmerman/Volk Associates since the company’s founding in 1988.

Volk’s development of analytical tools to determine the market potential for downtown housing; for mixed-income, mixed-tenure repopulation and stabilization of fragile inner-city neighborhoods, and for new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented traditional neighborhoods has been instrumental in bringing Zimmerman/Volk Associates into national prominence. Since 1988, the firm has completed more than 450 market studies, for properties ranging in size from the redevelopment of half a block to the establishment of a new town on several thousand acres. She has conducted more than 65 downtown studies across the country, in cities ranging in size from Petersburg, Virginia (population 29,000) to Detroit, Michigan (population 834,000).

Volk currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute. She was a founding board member of the National Charrette Institute, and served for more than a dozen years on the Board of Governors of the Seaside Institute. She also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for Location and Planning of the U.S. Green Building Council. Volk was a recipient of a 2002 Knight Fellowship in Community Building, and has been an instructor on market analysis for the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her partner, Todd Zimmerman, are the recipients of the 2015 Seaside Prize. 

Prior to Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Ms. Volk established international credentials for her observations of consumer and economic trends as a writer and researcher for The Times of London and as a member of the prestigious Insight Team of The Sunday Times. In addition, she was chief of research for over a dozen Sunday Times books, covering topics ranging from finance to commercial aviation.

She is a graduate of Duke University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


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John Anderson


Anderson/Kim Architecture + Urban Design

John Anderson is a builder, developer, and urbanist. Prior to the Great Recession he served as the director of planning and design for New Urban Builders in Chico and Redding, where the firm demonstrated sustainable neighborhoods can be built by California production builders. He is the author with Paul Crawford of a form-based zoning code adopted by the City of Chico. John is a principal with Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design. He is also a principal with Chico Building and Land, LLC (Anderson|Kim's sister company) which is currently developing projects in joint ventures with local partners in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas. John and his partner David Kim have focused their design and development work on pragmatic smaller projects that can be build incrementally.


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Mike Lydon


The Street Plans Collaborative

Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor's GetDowntown Program. From 2006 - 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ).

As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike's work has appeared in or been featured by CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, Planning Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Village Voice, among other publications.

Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009, and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a Board Member for CNU New York, and a steering committee member of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, Lydon remains active in both local and national planning, design, and smart growth advocacy issues. Mike also speaks regularly at trainings and conferences on the topics of smart growth, planning and social media, complete streets, tactical urbanism, and active transportation. Mike remains a regular contributor to Planetizen and is a founding co-editor of A Living Urbanism. Mike was selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next American City magazine. Mike is the primary author and editor of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change, two research efforts contributing to Pattern Cities, a project about cities and the ideas they incubate.

While living in Miami, Mike served as a member of the City's Bicycle Action Committee, where he helped spearhead the creation of the city's first Bicycle Action Plan, and the formulation of a monthly open streets initiative, entitled Bike Miami Days. He currently serves on an Executive Committee for Transportation Alternatives - one of the country's leading active transportation advocacy organizations, based in New York City and is an advisor to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Mike is a CNU-Accredited Professional and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

James Dougherty

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 was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. 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 jury competitions.


Hazel Borys

Managing Principal

PlaceMakers, LLC

Hazel Borys is Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, an urban design, coding, and place-based marketing firm located throughout the US and Western Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms — allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact, resilient places to develop by right — and helps developers build under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, co-author of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.



Charles Montgomery

Author & Principal


Charles Montgomery is an author, urbanist and leader of an interdisciplinary team investigating wellbeing in cities. His award-winning book, Happy City, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. Collaborating with the Guggenheim Museum, Futurewise, Lab Para La Ciudad and other entities, Montgomery has created experiments and design methods that help participants alter their relationships with their cities, and with each other. These include programs to map the emotional effects of public space, and interventions to test the relationship between architecture and pro-social behaviour. Montgomery and his team have advised and lectured planners, students, and decision-makers in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Montgomery’s writings on urban planning, psychology, culture and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. Among his numerous awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards understanding of climate change science. He lives in Vancouver and Mexico City. Learn more at



Doug Farr

Founding Principal

Farr Associates

Doug Farr is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an architecture and planning firm regarded by many as one of the most sustainable design practices in the country. Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr Associate's unique niche is in applying the principles of green building at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates also holds the unique distinction of being the only architecture firm in the world that has designed two LEED-Platinum buildings: the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Doug is on the board of the Congress for New Urbanism and also chairs the LEED Neighborhood Development project, a first ever leadership standard for sustainable land developments, about to enter its pilot phase. Farr Associates designs healthy and valuable places and buildings for its private, not for profit and public sector clients. Having worked for John Vinci, Davis Brody and Paul Rudolph, Farr's own work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and Doug is a featured speaker on an upcoming six-part PBS series on sustainability and green buildings.



Susan Henderson



As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding and Design, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form Based Code Award winner, Leander, Texas – plus numerous adoptions across North America. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing. She is a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual as well as author of the SmartCode Landscape Module. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council and is a member of the Form-Based Codes Institute’s Resource Council.

Marina Khoury


Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Marina Khoury is an expert in sustainable urbanism, TND's and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is a Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and the Director of Town Planning who leads the metro Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new towns, new codes and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada, Middle East and Europe. She was the DPZ project director for Miami 21, the comprehensive rewriting of the City of Miami's zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.



Matt Lambert


Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Matthew Lambert is a planner and architectural designer, 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.



Jennifer Hurley


Hurley-Franks & Associates

Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Her planning career encompasses work across the country involving urban revitalization, dispute resolution and community visioning, strategic planning, neighborhood planning, transportation, and land development. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Jennifer has organized numerous charrettes. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.




Ben Brown

Principal I Storyteller


Ben connects, helping build environments of trust so planning can be about testing ideas instead of protecting turf and battling through cynicism. With solid communications and facilitation skills, he fosters a genuinely inclusive process and coaxes fence-sitters and doubters towards common ground — a place where shared goals stand in bold relief against divisive perspectives. Leveraging skills acquired through training and years of experience in fiercely competitive, deadline-driven arenas, Ben helps keep the promise of placemaking as a community-building exercise.



Scott Doyon

Principal I Storyteller


Scott Doyon tells the stories that help connect people. To the idea of place. To productive, collaborative participation. To opportunities that build community ties and inform successful implementation. In his work with cities and organizations, he helps illuminate often unrecognized benefits through communications and marketing initiatives that bring their promise to life. Leveraging his ten years with global branding powerhouse J Walter Thompson and ten+ years since in the dedicated service of place, he delivers clarity of both purpose and value to the myriad endeavors that bring us together.

Lynn Richards


Congress for the New Urbanism

Lynn Richards is the incoming President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, starting July 1, 2014. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies.

Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.

Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.



Paris Rutherford


Catalyst Urban Development, LLC

Paris Rutherford is Co-Founder and Principal of Catalyst Urban Development, a Dallas-based real estate company that focuses on the planning, finance and development of transit-oriented, multifamily and mixed-use places. Whether working in urban or suburban settings, Catalyst focuses on the creation of great urban places as measured in physical, economic and social terms. Since its inception in 2009, Catalyst has arranged over $1.5 Billion in debt and equity across conventional and non-traditional transactions, specializes in mixed-use and urban housing development, and is currently implementing $180M in development. 

Mr. Rutherford has more than 20 years experience creating successful places in the United States, Mexico and South America. Prior to forming Catalyst, Paris was President of Woodmont Investment Company, Practice Leader of RTKL Associates’ Global Planning Practice, and Director of RTKL itself. The recipient of over 80 national, regional and local awards, his work has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land Magazine. He has spoken at the National Press Club, ULI, ICSC, and been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell and PBS’s News Hour. Paris is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard University.



Jan Gehl

Author, Architect, and Founding Partner

Gehl Architects

Jan is an Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and former Professor and Researcher at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, he has published several books, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life” and most recently “How to Study Public Life”. As part of Gehl, Jan has collaborated on projects for the cities of Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Sydney, New York and Moscow, among others. He is an honorary fellow of RIBA, AIA, RAIC, and PIA.



Sandy Sorlien

Environmental Educator

Fairmount Water Works / Smartcode Local

Sandy Sorlien is a code writer, photographer, and environmental educator. In 2013 she joined the Fairmount Water Works, the educational arm of the Philadelphia Water Department, where she develops programming about the urban watershed. Sandy was the managing editor of DPZ's SmartCode 2005-2010 and in 2010 produced the Neighborhood Conservation Code based on the SmartCode. With the support of the Center for Applied Transect Studies, in 2011 she created the Transect Collection photographic resource ( She is a collaborator in the Project for Lean Urbanism, and in the spirit of Lean wrote a five-page Pocket Code in 2013. She drafted the Roxborough (Philadelphia) Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, and (with Michael Watkins) wrote a complete lean rewrite and sector plan of an early SmartCode in Leander, Texas, both adopted in 2014. In 2014-2015, she is consulting with Form Ithaca (New York) on their form-based code and plan. Sandy is currently working on two books, The Heart of Town: Main Streets in America, and Along the Banks: Hidden Landscapes of the Schuylkill River, as well as an online course titled "An Environmental History of the Schuylkill" and a program for middle schoolers called "Walksheds for Watersheds."

Dan Slone


McGuireWoods LLP

Daniel K. Slone is a partner of McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, VA. Dan assists innovative clients in designing and implementing their projects. He helps to create the right entities, put together the appropriate strategies, overcome impediments, and put together effective contracts for the new types of relationships they create including for green businesses and developers, localities, professionals, and non-profit organizations. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Congress for the New Urbanism since 2011 and was a Charter Member, General Council from 1992-2010. Dan is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the Birmingham Southern College with BA Degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. He co-authored A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Architects, Planners and Developers with Doris Goldstein (John Wiley & Sons, September 2008). He is the Recipient of the Henry David Thoreau Environmental Conservator, Better Housing Coalition 2010 Groundbreaker Award and Special Recognition for Service Award fropm the Virginia Sustainable Building Network in 2006.


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Joel Russell

Executive Director

Form-Based Codes Institute

Joel Russell, Executive Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute since January 2014, has been a planning consultant and land use attorney for over 35 years. He has been a member of CNU since it started and is known nationally for his work in drafting form-based codes and other measures to implement New Urbanism. He has helped many communities and individuals translate their ideas into reality through reform of land development codes. He is equally familiar with the issues of preserving rural open space and the revitalization of urban centers, both of which are necessary elements of any environmentally and economically sound planning program. He is a national authority on how to combine New Urbanism with land conservation to contain suburban sprawl. Joel is a principal co-author of Codifying New Urbanism, published by the American Planning Association and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He co-authored the Wyandanch, NY form-based code, which 
won the Driehaus award in 2013. 

Complementing his work on urban and village environments, he has been active in the land conservation movement since 1982, and has played a role in preserving over 20,000 acres of land through land protection projects of twelve land trusts. In 1985, he co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Dutchess Land Conservancy in New York, and has been the organization's conservation easement counsel ever since.

Joel has been a Fellow of the Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, New York, where he focused on local agriculture, land use policy and regulation, climate change, and improving the capacity of local communities to choose their future. He has also served as a Fellow at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, where his work focused on environmental programming and the built environment. He has published numerous articles and spoken at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.



Peter Calthorpe


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.



Doug Kelbaugh

Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning

Taubman 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 Executive Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai development company with an international portfolio of mixed use, walkable and TOD projects.



Edward Mazria

Founder & CEO

Architecture 2030

Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, his seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems. 

Mazria issued the 2030 Challenge, and recently introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon/zero carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide. This past year he issued the Roadmap to Zero Emissions at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calling zero emissions in the built environment by 2050; and the 2050 Imperative that has been adopted by professional organizations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries worldwide. And recently, he developed The Urban Climate Initiative, a framework of incremental actions that governments can put in place to ensure carbon neutral built environments by the year 2050.

Mr. Mazria's awards include AIA Design Awards, American Planning Association Award, Department of Energy Awards, American Solar Energy Society Pioneer Award, Equinox Award, National Conservation Achievement Award, Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, inaugural Hanley Award, Distinguished Career Award from Pratt Institute, Zia Award from the University of New Mexico, Game Changers Award from Metropolis Magazine, 2011 Purpose Prize, and the 2015 Kemper Award from the American Institute of Architects. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, Honorary Fellow of the RAIC, and received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.



Gail Thomas

President and CEO

The Trinity Trust Foundation

Dr. Gail Thomas serves as President and CEO of The Trinity Trust Foundation in Dallas to remake the Trinity River Corridor. She is the founder and CEO of Cities Alive. In 1980, she founded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and served as its Director for seventeen years and continues as the Director of their Center for the City where she teaches and conducts seminars and conferences.

Dr. Thomas represented one of the three organizations that led the creation of the "Balanced Vision Plan" for The Trinity. After the plan's unanimous adoption by City Council, the Mayor of Dallas asked Dr. Thomas to create an entity to raise private funds to implement the plan. She works with The Trinity Trust Board of Directors to introduce the project to the entire community and to raise $100 million in private funds to ensure that the Trinity River is the centerpiece of the city.

Dr. Thomas' life work has been the study and transformation of cities. Through her teaching and lecturing, she has been a catalyst for change in the inner city. For over twenty years she has conducted seminars and conferences on cities and city life not only in Dallas but also in cities as diverse as Montreal, Portland, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Denver, and Devon, England. She began in 1982 a series of conferences called, What Makes a City?, attended by city planners, artists, scientists, poets, teachers, business and civic leaders, the effect of these conferences has been profound.

She was instrumental in the creation of Pegasus Plaza in downtown Dallas; she was Chair of the Dallas Millennium Project to restore Dallas' icon, Pegasus, the Flying Red Horse. She hosted a five year urban design for Dallas called Dallas Visions. 
Her book "Healing Pandora: The Restoration of Hope and Abundance" was released in 2009. 

Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards including the coveted Kessler Award for improving the quality of life in Dallas. She has been named Distinguished Alumna of two universities – SMU and The University of Dallas. She has been a national awards panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been named Honorary AIA by the Dallas Chapter, the Texas Society of Architects and most recently by the American Institute of Architects.



Chris Leinberger



Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. Mr. Leinberger is:

• President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
• The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George
Washington University School of Business
• Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC
• Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.

His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. He is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books. He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others, have profiled him.
Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.

Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.



Lee Sobel

Principal, Director of Public Strategies


Lee Sobel is RCLCO’s Director of Public Strategies, a position that blends his expertise in real estate and finance with his knowledge of land use and transportation policy. He has been a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis, in South Florida, and he spent 10 years handling real estate development and finance matters with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities in Washington, D.C. He is a recognized expert in urban retail, market analysis, economic development, and smart growth.

During Lee’s tenure in the public sector, he provided technical assistance, policy research and development, and implementation strategies to local governments, quasi-governmental entities, community groups, and national and local advocacy organizations on real estate, finance, and economic development issues with the goal of achieving sustainable community development. At the EPA, Lee authored and co-authored publications that reflect this work, including Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development, Smart Growth and Economic Success, Market Acceptance of Smart Growth, and This Is Smart Growth. At CB Richard Ellis, Lee brokered the acquisition and disposition of land, retail, and office properties for institutional, national, and private clients. He also provided opinions of value and market analytics for positioning and repositioning income properties. While a broker, Lee authored the first book dedicated to redeveloping shopping malls into mixed-use town centers, Greyfields into Goldfields: Dead Malls Become Living Neighborhoods.

Lee is a nationally recognized speaker in smart growth, mixed-use and town center development, greyfield and suburban retrofits, economic development, land planning, infrastructure finance, retail real estate development trends, and capital investment trends as they relate to sustainable community development. Lee has made approximately 100 speeches and other presentations in the past eleven years to organizations, agencies, and communities, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, The National Association of Realtors, and the Urban Land Institute.


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Scott Polikov

Principal, Founder

Gateway Planning

Scott Polikov is a national leader advancing the New Economics of Place. President of Gateway Planning, Scott is a town planner and innovative finance consultant who started his professional life with Patton Boggs, practicing law in Washington, D.C. Returning to Texas, he was appointed by Garry Mauro as the Director of the Texas Alternative Fuels Program and became directors respectively of his transit authority, Capital Metro, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for the Central Texas Region. 

Alarmed that the MPO’s regional transportation plan ignored development patterns and land use in a sustainable way, Scott changed careers and established Gateway to focus on the marriage of walkable places and the economics of transportation. In 2013, Gateway Planning formed a joint venture with Balfour Beatty for projects involving comprehensive design implementation and P3 finance. Scott serves as an associate of the CitiStates Group and is on the National Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).



Walt Mountford

Executive Vice President

KDC Development

For over 20 years at KDC, Mountford has successfully performed progressively important and wide-ranging roles in the development of over 7 million square feet of commercial projects valued at over $1.4 billion located throughout the nation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with cum laude honors from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and attended Harvard Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA.

Mountford enjoys spending time with his family, leisure travel, painting, sculpting, business reading, and music.


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Hiram Peck

Director of Community Planning & Development

Simsbury, CT

As a professional planner for over 25 years, Hiram has worked with municipalities, the federal government/USDA, regional planning agencies and private clients. After working for many years in nurseries and greenhouses as a teenager, his focus has always been on the land and man’s optimal relation to it.

For the 15 years before coming to Simsbury, Hiram worked as a planner in lower Fairfield County in as Assistant Town Planner in Greenwich, CT and Town Planner in New Canaan, CT. 

Since coming to Simsbury about 8 years ago, Hiram has worked extensively with many citizens, boards and commissions and other groups on building a strong public consensus regarding land use planning and development in Simsbury. Included in this work are major planning efforts regarding the Town Center Form Based Code and the Route 10 Corridor Study completed in 2011. Recently the adoption of a new Form Based Code for the 173 acres at 200 Hopmeadow (The Hartford) property was another successful, major year-long effort which involved a unique public/private partnership.

Hiram has also worked on creation of a Workforce Housing Overlay Zone regulation that will help supply a small amount of housing for everyday workers who would like to reside in Simsbury. The recent development of the Specialty MS Housing and apartments at Dorset Crossing are also noteworthy. Continued sound economic development remains one of his main focus points as the basis for helping the great historic community of Simsbury become even greater for all residents and age groups in the future.

Hiram is proud to have served as a transportation officer in the US Army. He also has taught science and geology at the secondary and college levels and has served on the Board of Selectmen,Board of Tax Review and numerous other committees in his hometown of Woodbury.

He enjoys bicycle riding and showing his Parson Russell Terriers, although not at the same time.



Phil Puckett

Executive Vice President


Phil Puckett is an Executive Vice President in the Dallas office of CBRE. Phil has made his career specializing in the Downtown and Uptown office submarkets in representing tenants on their office leases. Phil has over 25+ years of individual experience, in these two submarkets and has completed over 4.2 million SF of tenant representation transactions in Downtown and Uptown of which 800,000+ SF has been law firm transactions.

Phil has represented some of the largest office transactions in Downtown and Uptown including Bank of America for 566,000 SF, the 197,000 SF world headquarters for Comerica Bank, 142,000 SF for Ernst & Young and the 247,000 SF world headquarters for Tenet Healthcare Corporation and has represented most of the major Dallas law firms in Downtown and Uptown.

Throughout his career Phil has been recognized as a leader in Downtown and Uptown by both his peers and numerous industry organizations. The Dallas Business Journal has selected him as a four (4) time winner of the #1 Heavy Hitters in office brokerage – which has only been accomplished by one other broker in Dallas. Phil was also recently awarded the 2014 Office Broker of The Year by NAIOP and was given this same award in 2010. In addition, he was selected to serve on CBRE’s International Law Firm Practice Group Executive Committee given his law firm experience in Downtown and Uptown.

Prior to the merger in 2006 of CBRE and Trammell Crow Company, Phil joined Trammell Crow in 1997 to assist in what became one of the most powerful office brokerage firms in Downtown and Uptown. Phil was consistently named as one of the top office brokers in the United States at Trammell Crow Company and served on Trammell Crow’s National Operating Committee. Today at CBRE Phil continues to be a top producer in the CBRE-Dallas office and was named the top office broker for his production in 2013.

It should also be noted that Phil won CBRE’s National Innovation Award for his creation of the Downtown–Uptown DASHBOARD. It has become common knowledge that Phil is the expert on Downtown-Uptown office submarkets. Tenants, developers, lenders, owners & investors seek Phil out for a presentation of his Downtown-Uptown DASHBOARD in order to gain an understanding of these two submarkets.



Cynthia Nikitin

Senior Vice President

Project for Public Spaces

Cynthia is a nationally-renowned expert in public participation and planning for transportation corridors and facilities, having managed complex multi-jurisdictional projects across the country during her twenty-four years with Project for Public Spaces. With a portfolio of more than 250 projects, Cynthia's technical expertise includes the development of downtown master plans and transit station area enhancement projects, corridor-wide transportation and land use strategies, and public art master plans for major cities. Cynthia’s extensive community engagement experience involves facilitating 40 public workshops, visioning sessions, and public meetings annually.

Cynthia is also a leader on using investments in walking and transit to leverage livability goals. She authored one of the first books on transportation and livable communities, has run more than 30 comprehensive transit and corridor planning projects, and recently completed a research project for the US Federal Transit Administration aimed at developing evaluation and engagement tools to assist low-income communities in becoming involved in the transportation planning process.

Cynthia is Director of the National Endowment for the Arts Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), a design leadership initiative that seeks to empower residents of communities with populations of under 50,000 to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play. She also manages the Heart of the Community program, a partnership with Southwest Airlines to create transformative public spaces. The program is committed to leveraging the power of Placemaking to strengthen connections between people and the places they share and to spark social, economic, and environmental benefits in communities across the country.



Laura Maczka


City of Richardson, TX

Laura Maczka was elected to the office of Mayor in May 2013, and has served as an elected member of the City Council since 2011. Maczka served as Mayor Pro Tem during her first term on the Richardson City Council from 2011-2013.

In addition to her duties on the City Council, Maczka represents the Cities of Richardson, Addison, Wylie, Sachse and Murphy as a member of the Regional Transportation Council. Maczka was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Commissioner for the State of Texas on the Commission on State Emergency Communications. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments for 2014-15 and serves as vice president of the Metroplex Mayors Association board for 2014-15. Additionally, Maczka is a member of the Texas Municipal League’s Resolutions Committee and State Rep. Angie Chen Button’s Education and Natural Resources Committees.

Maczka is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is the former Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a non-profit agency that provides for credit entrepreneurship education to 2,000 disadvantaged youths enrolled in the program in Dallas Independent School District middle and high schools.

Prior to being elected to the City Council, Maczka was appointed to the City of Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Commission in 2007 and was named vice chair in 2010. She was a lead volunteer for the development of the outdoor classroom Discovery Point at Prairie Creek Park. She has held numerous PTA positions at Prairie Creek Elementary, North Junior High and J.J. Pearce High School, including two terms as PTA president and was honored with the lifetime membership in the Texas PTA. Her service also includes time on the board of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation and she is currently part of the RISD budget review team. She is an active member on the athletic booster club boards of her sons’ schools, and is a graduate of the Inside RISD program.



Robert Wilonsky

Digital Managing Editor

The Dallas Morning News

Robert Wilonsky, a Dallas native, is the digital managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. Which makes his parents very, very proud.



Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk


Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, F.A.I.A., is a founding principal of town planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) and was dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture for 18 years. Having initiated the graduate program in Suburb and Town Design in 1988, Elizabeth continues to explore current issues in city growth and reconstruction with students and faculty. She has served as Director of the Center for Urban Community and Design, organizing and promoting numerous design exercises for the benefit of communities throughout South Florida. Plater-Zyberk is a founder and emerita board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and has authored two books, Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream and The New Civic Art.



Monte Anderson


Options Real Estate Investments, Inc.

Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas. He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel, café and spa located in the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas & he has just received the CLIDE Award. Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement. He currently serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of CNU and was its founding president.



Ellen Dunham-Jones

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record, TEDx and other venues. The book received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.” 

She has published over 50 articles and 10 chapters in books, consults on urban design projects, and lectures widely.


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Chris McCahill

Senior Associate

State Smart Transportation Initiative

Chris McCahill is researcher and educator focused on transportation engineering, planning, and policy. He is a senior associate at the State Smart Transportation (SSTI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he works with a network of reform-oriented state departments of transportation through research, knowledge exchange, technical assistance, and outreach.

Prior to joining SSTI in 2013, Chris was a project manager for CNU’s Project for Transportation in Chicago. During his time with CNU, he coordinated a series of grant-funded training workshops for state engineers, regional planners, local transportation professionals, and city officials, focused on urban street design. He has continued working with CNU and the Illinois Department of Transportation to assess and overcome obstacles to transportation reform.

Chris earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2012. While at UConn, he was a transportation engineering course instructor and collaborated on multiple interdisciplinary research projects. His writing appears in academic journals and popular media including The Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, The Hartford Courant, and The New Haven Register.

In 2012, Chris was a fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, DC.


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Angie Schmitt

Writer & Activist

Streetsblog USA

Angie is a Cleveland-based urbanist writer. She is editor of Streetsblog USA, a news site covering the movement for transportation reform and livable cities around the United States. She holds a master's degree in urban planning from Cleveland State University.


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Joseph Minicozzi


Urban3, LLC

Joe Minicozzi is the principal of Urban3, a consulting company created by Asheville real estate developer, Public Interest Projects. Urban3’s work in pioneering geo-spatial representation of economic productivity has prompted a paradigm shift in understanding the economic potency of urbanism and the value of well designed cities. Their studies of cities in the United States and Canada have affected the reevaluation of public policy and a broader understanding of market dynamics created by tax policy.

Joe is a sought after lecturer on city planning issues and his work has been featured in numerous journals and at international conferences. He is a founding member of the Western North Carolina-based, non-profit Asheville Design Center and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.



Dan Parolek


Opticos Design, Inc.

Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them. Since establishing himself early in his career as an expert in these fields, he has won national competitions and awards for his work and is often asked to contribute to publications and resources. Daniel has a unique talent for quickly assessing places and understanding what’s needed to make them better, and for understanding what drawing or set of drawings are needed to clearly and evocatively convey a design solution. He has helped found several non-profit planning and architecture organizations, he regularly speaks at national conferences, and his projects have been featured in numerous publications. His strong interest in diverse building types, at different scales that bridge architecture and urban planning, drove his desire to start Opticos in 2000—and he continues to create buildings and neighborhoods that can be future models to inspire and guide others.

Over the years, he has become one of the leading practitioners of Form-Based Coding, a revolutionary new approach to zoning about which he co-wrote what’s been called “the definitive handbook,” and he is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. With a strong commitment to sharing knowledge, he has taught several hundred advanced-level students through the Form-Based Codes Institute’s ongoing courses, and regularly teaches workshops on New Urbanism and Smart Growth, Missing Middle Housing, Coding, and Urban Living.

His love of good design and great places came from a childhood spent roaming the small town of Columbus, Nebraska, on his bike—and much of his current work is inspired by his memories of growing up in a place with a thriving main street and local businesses. After receiving a classical architectural education that emphasized visual harmony and contextual architecture, Dan worked in New York with the renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern where he became experienced at all scales of projects, from the smallest (private homes for Michael Eisner and Jon Bon Jovi) to mid-level (a federal courthouse in West Virginia and the renovation of Anaheim’s baseball stadium) to large (an entertainment complex at Tokyo Disney). He has worked alongside other leading architects and urbanists, such as Leon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Peter Katz.



Kerry Tate

Community and Home Builder

Moore Tate

Kerry Tate is a familiar Austin business and civic leader. After growing the communications firm of TateAustin over 20 years, she sold the business in 2008 to pursue her long-held interest in community development. Kerry is a founding partner of both Moore-Tate and Civic Interest LLC. She is past board chair to Leadership Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Community Foundation, and the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride. Her honors for service to others includes the 2012 Spirit of Caring Award from Care Communities, 2013 recipient of the First Tee Values Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Communications.


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Spencer Holmes

Vice President

Holmes Homes



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Jim Tischler

Director of Community Development

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

James Tischler, AICP, PCP is Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Community Development Division. He is responsible for management of the State of Michigan’s Federal- and State-funded housing and community development programs, design of housing and neighborhood policy, and facilitating the State’s community planning and development activities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of urban planning, working for public organizations, and consulting with private sector firms, as well as established specialties in urban infill, New Urbanism, form-based planning, and brownfield/greyfield redevelopment.

Tischler has initiated or facilitated a large number of development projects, including the Mason Run Neighborhood in Monroe, Michigan, the Peninsula Neighborhood in Iowa City, Iowa, the Labadie Park Neighborhood in Wyandotte, Michigan, and the West Broadway Revitalization Project in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and is considered an expert in creating, negotiating, and managing public/private partnerships.

He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Wayne State University, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. In addition to his registration with the American Institute of Certified Planners, he is a registered Michigan Professional Community Planner, a member of the American Planning Association and Michigan Association of Planning, and holds membership in the Congress for the New Urbanism.


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Jarrett Walker

Consultant in Public Transport Planning & Policy

Jarrett Walker & Associates

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, based in Portland, Oregon. He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in cities and towns of all sizes, across North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is also the author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communites and our lives (Island Press, 2011). 

He is President of Jarrett Walker + Associates, a consulting firm that provides advice and planning services North America. He is also a Principal Consultant with MRCagney Australia.

Born in 1962, he grew up in Portland in during the revolutionary 1970s, the era when Portland first made its decisive commitment to be a city for people rather than cars. He went on to complete a BA at Pomona College (Claremont, California) and a Ph.D. in theatre arts and humanities at Stanford University. Passionately interested in an impractical number of fields, he is probably the only person with peer-reviewed publications in both the Journal of Transport Geography and Shakespeare Quarterly.

In addition to Human Transit, he also writes on botany, creative writing, performing arts, and a range of other interests on his personal blog, Creature of the Shade.


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Mike Brennan

Planning Director

Fort Worth South, Inc

Mike Brennan leads planning and development initiatives for Fort Worth South, Inc., a non-profit redevelopment corporation working to revitalize Fort Worth's Near Southside. Mike’s work includes a wide range of activities, with a primary focus on facilitating redevelopment through consultation and collaboration with developers, City officials, and FWSI’s Development and Design Review Committees.

Mike led the effort to create an urban, form-based development code for the Near Southside, which received the Driehaus Award from the Form-Based Codes Institute in 2008. Mike received his Master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1999 and his certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2002.

Mike served on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority 2011-2013, and he currently serves as Board Chairman for Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Inc. and represents District 9 on the City Plan Commission.



Melissa Konur

Planning Director

Downtown Fort Worth Transportation Authority

Melissa Konur is the Planning Director at Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and serves as co-manager for the restoration of Heritage Park Plaza. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, Graduate School of Public Service. In her previous position, she was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at the New York Economic Development Corporation in the Bloomberg Administration. Her portfolio included mixed-use, commercial, hotel, retail, cultural, residential (market rate and affordable) developments, redevelopment and reuse of historic landmarks, and involved a variety of funding sources including bond financing and tax credits.


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Kirk Williams

Managing Director

Cypress Equities

As Managing Director, Kirk is in charge of leasing, budgeting, reporting and advising for all aspects of ownership. He is also responsible for continued retail development and re-development oversight and direction on numerous assets that are in development.

Kirk’s varied background of real estate expertise includes site selection, development, budget review, acquisitions, disposition management, loan origination, loan defeasance, loan workouts, leasing, asset management property management, brokerage, due diligence and valuation of all types of commercial real estate. He has worked on the assembling and disposition of a 14-building, $92 million office portfolio; the asset management of more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial properties; and the development of a national retail building development program.

Kirk has more than 30 years of experience in development, having worked on such properties as West 7th, a mixed-use development in Fort Worth, TX; Village on the Green, a mixed-use development in Dallas, TX; and Centennial Shops, a life-style retail development in Edina, MN. Additionally, Kirk has extensive experience in the re-development of office and retail properties including projects such as the Village of Leesburg in Leesburg, Virginia and Bassett Place Mall in El Paso, TX.

Kirk received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and sits on the Advisory Board for Search Ministries, Fellowship Bible Church Dallas and the Cultural District Alliance.



Megan Lee

Senior Manager, Community Relations and Giving

Southwest Airlines

Megan Lee is Senior Manager for Community Outreach at Southwest Airlines, where she is responsible for strategic direction and implementation of Southwest’s citizenship and community relations programs, such as Adopt a Pilot, Medical Transportation Grant Program, and most notably the launch of Southwest’s new nationwide signature program, Heart of the Community. In this role, she provides oversight and support for Southwest’s charitable donations, local giving boards, and volunteer events. Megan oversees a team of nine who facilitate all of Southwest’s philanthropic distribution, which totaled $20.2 million in combined cash and in-kind donations during 2013.



Jim Adams


McCann Adams Studio

Jim Adams is President of McCann Adams Studio and an architect, urban designer and planner whose work has involved a broad spectrum of project types from large-scale master plans to site-specific development projects.

As a principal of ROMA Design Group and then its affiliate ROMA Austin for more than twenty-five years, he has focused much of his career on transportation, land use planning, the design of major infill development sites and their re-integration into the urban fabric. Many of these projects have involved the incorporation of multi-modal transportation systems into mixed-use neighborhoods and districts in a way that promotes pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environments. He led the master planning for the award-winning redevelopment of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (Mueller), and is currently its master plan architect, advising Catellus Development Corporation on its implementation. He also serves as the chair of Mueller’s design review council, reviewing all residential and commercial development projects.

Jim received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design (with Distinction) from Harvard University in 1980, and his Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) from the University of Toronto in 1977. He is registered as an architect in California and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for New Urbanism and the Heritage Society of Austin. He has taught urban design at Harvard University and has been a guest critic and lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas and California College of the Arts.


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David Whitworth


David Whitworth Development Company

David Whitworth graduated from The University of Texas with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1997. David is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E. # 91217). After a career in Site Engineering (codes, layout, utilities, & drainage), David went out on his own to develop and construct small infill projects. David has the head of an engineer, but his heart is with creating and building homes that people will love.

David is a Licensed Texas Real Estate Agent and a member of the Austin Board of Realtors. David is also a registered Texas Builder. 

With the ability to start with a project from the conceptual phase beginning with land use issues, David is uniquely positioned to approach development and home construction in Austin.



Caleb Racicot

Senior Principal

Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates

Caleb Racicot is a community planner specializing in public involvement, community design, codes, community retail strategies, and the use of area studies as catalysts for place making.

Mr. Racicot has worked in both the public and private sector and is an effective consensus builder. Prior to joining TSW in 2001, he practiced planning in Atlanta with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning. While with the City, Caleb worked on a variety of projects including urban design studies, zoning initiatives, land use plans, community facilitation, and Geographic Information Systems.

He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caleb’s recent projects include: Hapeville Main Street Town Center LCI; Highway 278 LCI Corridor Study; Avondale Estates Downtown Master Plan, Buford Town Center LCI Study, Central Martinez Area Study, Cascade Acres Design Standards, Ponce/Moreland Corridor Study, and the Woodstock Downtown Zoning Code.



Joseph Kohl


Dover, Kohl & Partners

Joe Kohl is a founding partner of Dover, Kohl & Partners. He is recognized nationally as an innovator in urban design and graphic communication. He pioneered the firm's use of computer imaging simulations and authored many of its illustrated land development regulations. He holds degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Miami.


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Michael Swartz


David M. Schwarz Architects

Michael C. Swartz is a Principal with David M. Schwarz Architects in Washington D.C. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he has been with the firm for 31 years. His Professional memberships include the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects and the Congress for New Urbanism. Mr. Swartz is a LEED accredited professional and holds architectural registrations in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia. 

Mr. Swartz’s project experience includes master planning and mixed-use designs for: downtown Fort Worth, TX; Southlake Town Square, Southlake, TX; West Village, Dallas, TX; Frisco Square, Frisco, TX; Firewheel Town Center, Garland, TX; Regent Square, Houston, TX; Twinbrook West, Rockville, MD; Duke University, Durham, NC; and the University of Miami, Miami, FL. Mr. Swartz’s completed building design commissions include Southlake Town Hall, Southlake, TX; The Tarrant County Family Law Center, Fort Worth, TX; the Yale University Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center, New Haven, CT and master planning and building design for the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Facility in Sarasota, FL.. 

Mr. Swartz is currently working on the design of several mixed-use and residential projects in Washington, DC, Virginia and Texas. 

On numerous occasions Mr. Swartz has been a presenter and panel member for the Urban Land Institute’s Mixed Use Conferences and has previously participated with ULI’s TAP program. He has also served as a visiting critic at the University of Maryland.


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Gregory Hoss


David M. Schwarz Architects

Gregory M. Hoss is a Principal of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. and has been with the firm since 1997. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where he now serves on the School of Architecture’s Executive Development Board. Gregory has served as Project Manager for such signature projects as Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas and is currently working on the Fort Worth Multi-Purpose Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.