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Principal, Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design
R. John Anderson, CNU is a co-founder and principal for Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design. He has a very diverse experience beginning with a practical foundation in the construction trades, advancing through design and development practice in public and private roles. He thrives in the problem solving and troubleshooting environment of charrettes, and the rigor of coding, entitlement and building. He can triage conventional building schemes and demonstrate the financial benefits of sustainable urbanism to private developers and municipalities in their own terms. John leads the planning and urban design work of the firm.
Architect, KH ANDERSON PC
Kent Anderson's contributions to planning and design for Detroit’s downtown, districts and neighborhoods span over thirty years, with work that has earned over 50 professional design awards for civic landscapes, community planning, waterfront development and downtown planning. Honors include recognition by Michigan State University’s School of Landscape Architecture as a distinguished alumnus, AIA Detroit for exemplary accomplishments in urban design and AIA Michigan for outstanding contributions to the allied arts of the architecture profession. His hands-on knowledge of intertwined political, cultural and physical issues for designing in Detroit offers a unique perspective on the city’s downtown and what it can become moving forward.
CEO/President, Options Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Mr. Anderson began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities. His company developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas. He is also responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel, café and spa located in the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development currently under construction in Midlothian, Texas & he has just received the CLIDE Award. Mr. Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his community involvement. He currently serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Chapter of CNU and was its founding president.
Main Street Program Manager, City of San Marcos
Samantha Armbruster is a Main Street Program Manager that has a knack for programming remarkable events and campaigns. Previously owner of a Social Media Marketing company, she is currently the Main Street Program Manager for the City of San Marcos. In two and a half years, Samantha has increased the downtown event attendance 337% while heightening the awareness of the town center through on and offline campaigns. She is currently working to create a citizen-driven work plan that drives placemaking and artistic initiatives downtown while advocating for local business. Samantha earned her Business: Management Information Systems degree from University of West Florida in 2002 and M.V.P. award from Texas Roller Derby in 2008.
Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit
Ashley Atkinson is a Co-Director at Keep Growing Detroit. She also serves as the sustainable agriculture representative for the Detroit Food Policy Council and as an Advisor to organizations including the Great Lakes Bioneers, Fitness Works Detroit, and Grow Dat youth farm in New Orleans. Ashley is a graduate of both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan where she studied International Development, Community Organization, and Environmental/Land Use Planning. In 2012, she was one of ten young people selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive their Young Leaders in Health award in celebration of the foundation’s 40th Anniversary.
Community Planner, Ford City Neighborhood Renewal
T.J. Auer, Community Planner with the Ford City Neighborhood Renewal, is an import to Windsor originally from Waterloo. He came to Windsor to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and in the meantime grew to love the City. He can often be heard referring to Windsor as the City of Hidden Treasures. T.J. went on to Wayne State University for his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning concentrating in Economic Development. He has worked on projects with both the Detroit and Michigan Economic Development Corporations and works to bring systems level approaches to the neighborhood scale. T.J. is a strong believer that planning and long term economic conditions are inextricably linked and these two neighborhoods demonstrate this concept well. We must plan for longevity despite the pressures of immediacy.
Urban Designer, The Civic Hub, The Civic Hub
Mallory Baches A.I.C.P. LEED-AP CNU-A is an urban designer and civic specialist. She focuses her professional practice on the intersection of urban design and community development, exploring the relationship between the quality of physical realm and the strength of civic engagement, involvement, and investment. Mallory holds a B-Arch professional degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A). She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is the current Past-President of the Association for Community Design, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of the Carolinas Chapter of the CNU. She has been profiled on the Design Feast series Designer Quest(ionnaire) and on NextCity.
Senior Planner, Perkins + Will
Peter Baird is a senior planner at Perkins + Will, with an experience in city planning and urban design from the UK, New Zealand and, currently, Austin Texas. Peter sits as an elected member of the Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council and chair of the Technical Subcommittee. The Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) advises the City of Austin on pedestrian planning, design, and education issues. Their work helps promote a safe, active and engaging public realm for all.
Executive Director/Co-Founder, ioby
The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin Barnes and her co-founders at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. Erin met her co-founders while studying water economics and hydrogeomorphology in graduate school at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, freelance environmental writer, and contributor to Al Gore’s book Our Choice. She conducted field research on socio-economic values of water in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. She has a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.E.M from Yale University. Erin lives in Brooklyn and serves on the Board of EcoDistricts, Resource Media, and as an advisor to ArtBridge.
President, Katherine Beebe & Associates
Kate Beebe works as a consultant for developers, investors, real estate-owning corporations and government. Her focus is on creating reinvestment strategies for pubic/private partnership-financed urban development projects. Principal Detroit project experience includes Orchestra Place, Lower Woodward Reinvestment Project , Eastern Market and the Dequindre Cut. Her work aims at leveraging public and private investment to create viable places within the urban environment. Formerly head of the Detroit Downtown Partnership and the developer and initial President of the nonprofit Eastern Market Corporation, Kate’s work frequently starts with formulation of a reinvestment strategy and results in implementation.
Senior Counsel for Environmental Strategies, Placemakers
Kaid Benfield is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on how cities, towns and neighborhoods can better work — for both people and the environment. A longtime leader of the smart growth movement, he served for two decades as director of the smart growth and sustainable communities programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, driving positive, forward-thinking approaches to environmental challenges in the places where Americans live, work, and play. He co-founded LEED for Neighborhood Development, a national process for defining and certifying smart, green land development, and is a founder and board member of Smart Growth America.
Executive Director, CNU New England
Robin Bergstrom became CNU New England's first Executive Director in March 2014, after serving for three years on its Board of Directors. Prior to this, she worked for Fort Point Associates, a Boston-based planning & consulting firm specializing in the Massachusetts environmental regulatory system. With two urban design firms -- Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative and B. Dennis Town & Building Design -- she contributed to community-based design charrettes across New England, as well as in Texas and Tennessee. Through her studies and lifelong interest in geography and philosophy, she has cultivated a special appreciation for the the cultures, landscapes, and quirky political systems that characterize New England and New Englanders.
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.
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. 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 and co-author of “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India,”. 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.
Urban Design & Community Planning Manager, RBF Consulting, a Company of Michael Baker International
A national leader in crafting innovative urban design techniques and form-based codes for cities and towns for over 20-years, Howard Blackson is a principal and Director of Planning for PlaceMakers, LLC, a new economy collaboration of seven (7) principles with no central office or staff. He has designed and managed a variety of projects both internationally and in the United States having worked in Singapore, South Korea, and throughout North America. Howard holds a Master degree in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, and a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a member of the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Peer Review Committee. Howard is a lecturer at San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design and University of California San Diego.
Managing Principal, PlaceMakers
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 get things built 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, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, New College of Florida
Professor Brain’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, and on sociological issues related to the planning and design of good neighborhoods, humane cities, and sustainable development at the regional scale. In addition to research and theoretical writing on these topics, his work has led to practical involvements that include both independent consulting and neighborhood-oriented action research that engages students in collaboration with local community groups. Locally, he and his students have worked with city and county government as well as neighborhood and community groups. He has been recognized internationally as an expert on contemporary efforts to transform the way cities are built, and as a frequent contributor to educational programs for citizens and professional practitioners— in collaboration with the Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development, the Seaside Institute, the Seaside Pienza Institute for Town Building and Land Stewardship, the Knight Program in Community Building, and the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions.
Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Gary L. Brewer joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1989 and has been a Partner in the firm since 2008. His responsibilities have involved the design and administration of various institutional, hospitality, and residential projects. He is co-author of the monograph Designs for Living: Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (Monacelli, 2014). Mr. Brewer's university work includes the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Spangler Campus Center at the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts; the renovation and expansion of Ozark Hall at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; the Ernest F. Hollings National Advocacy Center and West Campus Residence Quadrangle at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; and the Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
Principal, Brown Design Studio
Eric is a Savannah-based architect who works in New Urbanist places across the US. While he works in a broad range of building types, he is best known for his attached unit types such as Main Street buildings and townhouses. His practice focuses on traditional architecture in new construction, urban infill and historic preservation/re-use. He also has significant experience in Smart Code/Form-Based Code calibration, product planning, land planning and infill/sprawl repair design as well as community land planning and town center urban design.
Robert and Millicent Lalanne Chair of Real Estate Development, Architecture & Urbanism, University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
Chris Calott is an award-winning architect, urban designer, academic and real estate developer. In 1998, he established CALOTT + GIFFORD Architecture / Urban Design and later founded the closely-aligned real estate partnership INFILL SOLUTIONS: Innovative Urban Design and Development in order to facilitate the design and development of forward-thinking urban solutions. Together, his two firms have been responsible for creating progressive regional urban typologies in mixed-use urban housing, dense infill developments, affordable housing, transit-oriented developments, and vibrant public plazas principally in the Southwest, often working with urban Native American populations and traditional Hispanic communities in the region. Fast Company magazine recognized Calott’s award-winning design and real estate development practice in 2011 as one of the “50 brilliant urbanites helping to build the cities of America’s future”.
President, Eastern Market Corporation
A thirty five-year career in downtown and neighborhood revitalization began in Rock Island, IL where Dan grew Renaissance Rock Island into one of the Midwest’s leading community-based development organizations. Since 2007 Carmody has served as President of Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads the non-profit charged with transforming one of Detroit’s most venerable institutions into the nation’s most inclusive, convivial, resilient, and robust regional food hub.
Principal, Ross Chapin Architects
Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect, neighborhood planner and author based near Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for pocket neighborhoods, a term he coined for small groupings of households around shared commons, which he sees as building blocks for vibrant and resilient communities. Since 1997, Ross has designed and partnered in developing seven pocket neighborhoods and has designed dozens of communities for developers across North America, many of which have received international media coverage, professional peer review and national design awards. Ross’s work and ideas have been featured in more than 40 books and in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, Planning Magazine, Architectural Record and Professional Builder. Ross’s own book, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, has been widely read, shifting the thinking of homebuyers, architects, developers and policy makers.
Architect and Urban Designer, nARCHITECTS
Jessica Cheung is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong (HKIA). She gained her first Master Degree of Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After practicing in both Hong Kong and China, she pursued her second Master degree in Architecture and Urban Design from The Columbia University of New York. She is now currently working as design architect in nARCHITECTS, PLLC, New York.
Tzu Yi Chuang
Architect and Urban Designer, GRO Architects
Tzu Yi Chuang is an architect and urban designre, born in Taiwan, he currently resides in New York. He received her degrees for the National Cheng Kung University and Columbia University. In his work he focuses on issues of housing and resilience in dense urban environments. He is currently practicing as an architect at GRO Architects, PLLC.
founder & CEO, Collaborative Communities
Laura Clemons, founder and CEO, heads up a team of professionals with expertise in a variety of areas. She serves as the company’s head project team leader. Laura is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty designation in Building Design and Construction and has been working in the sustainable built environment since her return to Alabama in 2008. Laura uses a combination of her unique educational and professional experiences to create, implement and fully execute varied programs with refinement and precision.
Senior Fellow, American Cities Practice, Kresge Foundation
Principle Research & Planner, Seamless Collaborative
Adam Cook is a private sector consultant specializing in land use planning and research, urban design and economic analysis. He received his BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and studied Urban & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. Adam has made research contributions to two urban planning textbooks—Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development by Robert Gibbs (Wiley, 2012) and Planning and Community Development: A Guide for the 21st Century by Norman Tyler and Robert M. Ward (Norton, 2010). He is also an active educator, communicating his passion for the built environment to audiences throughout Michigan comprised of elected and appointed officials, professionals, and engaged citizens. Since 2013 he has served as a certified trainer of the MiPlace Partnership Placemaking Curriculum, a six part series of courses on Place-based planning developed by a broad range of public and nonprofit sector agencies to promote Placemaking as a 21st century economic development strategy for the state of Michigan.
Director, Planning and Development for Detroit
Maurice Cox, newly appointed Planning Director for the City of Detroit is an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, School of Architecture and Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007-2010 where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw direct design grants to the design community across the U.S. In 2013, Cox was named one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEEP-AP
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, Town-Green and The National Charrette Institute – Steve, architect, urbanist, and planner, is founder and principal of the design firm Town-Green (www.town-green.com), and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute (NCI), a non-profit organization that trains professionals in the art and practice of collaborative planning (www.charretteinstitute.org). He and his colleagues design and repair buildings, neighborhoods and towns throughout the country and Southeast Asia. A contributing author of the Charrette Handbook, he just authored Resilient Communities: Making Places Healthy and Whole, that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. With John Anderson, Paul Crabtree, and Martin Dreiling, Steve co-founded Townworks + DPZ, a multi-disciplinary firm in collaboration with that extraordinary Miami firm. With the State of California, Steve pilots the Emerald Cities program that develops sustainable community plans for local communities.
Student, Cornell University
Garrett Craig-Lucas is a student of landscape architecture and urban planning at Cornell University where he is a Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar. His research focuses on urban waterfront redevelopment and, more recently, on climate adaptation strategies for these sites. Garrett has contributed to the design process for a project on Seattle’s waterfront, participated in DredgeFest Great Lakes, and completed numerous studios involving the design of waterfronts. He is particularly interested in combining principles of planning with landscape design at the site scale.
Writer & Art Critic, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford has lived and worked in the Detroit Metro region for over 20 years. She is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and a 2016 Rauschenberg Literary Arts Fellow. Her newest book is the novel, Shankus & Kitto. (Black Square Editions, New York).
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.
Senior Vice President, Mobility Solutions, Xerox
David P. Cummins is Senior Vice President of Mobility Solutions for Xerox, which is now the largest provider of municipal transportation services in the world. David leads the Mobility Marketplace project to create a strategically important new service line for Xerox. The project involves a large team across four global R&D centers. The Mobility Marketplace is an open data exchange and payment platform for all public and private providers of mobility in a given city. It was launched in Los Angeles and Denver in early 2016. David has led numerous innovation projects in the past and has been awarded eight patents to date. Previously, David had P&L responsibility over the Parking and Justice Solutions lines of business for five years. Prior to that, he led strategy, sales, marketing, and acquisitions for the Transportation division with operations in over 30 countries.
Founder, Designer, Cusato Cottages, LLC.
Marianne Cusato, ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry in Builder magazine's annual “Power on 50” list, is well-known for her work on the Katrina Cottages, now sold in kit form at Lowe's home centers nationwide. In 2006, her 308 s.f. Katrina Cottage won the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's “People's Design Award.” In June 2006, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on the idea of the Katrina Cottage. She is the author of two books: Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing) and The Value of Design (February 2008, James Hardie). In the fall of 2008, Cusato was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame teaching agricultural urbanism and residential architecture in a 5th year studio design course. Born and raised in Anchorage, AK, Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and is currently based in Miami, FL. She is the founder of Cusato Cottages, LLC.
Marketing and Communications Director, FoodLab Detroit
A native of Detroit and daughter of a preacher, Devita lived almost 19 years in New York before moving back to her hometown in 2012. For her, words are not just letters strung together; they are vessels for love and fight, heart ache, wisdom, and profound joy. To say she wears her heart on her sleeve doesn't feel adequate; whether decrying injustices in the food system or expounding on the beauty of a ripe strawberry in summer, her passion for this work is palpable. With fiery talk, wide-open arms, and an insatiable appetite for reading the latest in food justice and innovation, Devita propels the growth of FoodLab’s programming to address the transforming needs of our members.
Director, Dittmar Associates Limited
Hank Dittmar is one of the world's leading urbanists, advising governments, companies, and communities all over the world on making cities and towns more livable, resilient and beautiful. In 2014, he stepped down as Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation to undertake a limited number of number of high impact projects for the Foundation and on his own. Dittmar was the longest serving Chief Executive for The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, directing the growth of the unique charity in the UK and around the world, and overseeing the development of its practice based approach to education from 2005-2013. He remains a Special Advisor.
Bruce F. Donnelly
Urban Planner, Office of Bruce F. Donnelly
Bruce F. Donnelly is an urban planner based in the Cleveland, Ohio area, specializing in organizing codes and plans. He has written a chapter for the forthcoming book, The Transect, edited by Brian Falk of CATS, and has contributed a chapter to Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents, edited by Emily Talen 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 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.
Architectural & Urban Designer, Principle Group
A South Coast Massachusetts native living and working in Providence Rhode Island, Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Miami and worked for several years at DPZ, before working as a freelance collaborator, and currently working with Principle Group In Boston.
Victor Dover, CNU-A
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
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).
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.
Professor of the Practice, University of Notre Dame
Douglas Duany has worked on many pivotal architectural and urban projects that have put him at the forefront of his field. He received his Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1990. Previous to that, he had designed and executed private landscapes as well as developing the public spaces and landscapes of Seaside. Duany has been involved in urban design projects in over 10 countries and 30 states while maintaining an intermittent landscape practice. He has taught as a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Miami and the University of Florida.
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an architect and professor of urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011, 2013.) Its documentation of successful retrofits of aging big box stores, malls, and office parks into healthy and more sustainable places received a PROSE award and has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, PBS, NPR, TED and other prominent venues. She is a CNU Fellow, lectures widely, conducts workshops and maintains the world’s only database tracking successful retrofits.
Transportation Planner, DC Office of Planning
Dan is the Transportation Planner for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning. He coordinates transportation and land use planning throughout the city, including reforming parking policy and implementing transit-oriented development. Dan is the project manager for several initiatives that focus on transportation, land use, and placemaking, including studies of the impacts of the planned DC Streetcar and urban design concepts for a major freeway replacement. Dan began working for OP in 2008 on the comprehensive rewrite of the District’s zoning regulations. Previously, Dan worked with the International City/County Management Association, providing assistance to local governments and researching best practices in planning and zoning. He has a Master’s of Public Management from the University of Maryland and a degree in political science from Denison University.
Founder, Chicago Basketball Academy
Wale Emmanuel was as an accountant at Ernst & Young, and as a senior consultant at AON Infrastructure Solutions. Emmanuel made a name for himself by helping government, developers, and community owners manage proposals and risk solutions in public-private partnership transactions and social infrastructure projects. With his resourceful economic mind, he next ventured out to found the Chicago Basketball Academy alongside former Chicago Bulls star Bill Cartwright. Cartwright is just one of the big names Emmanuel has had the honor of working with, with NBA All-Star Shawn Marion, Kanye West collaborator Malik Yusef, and former U.S Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Michael Bakalis among his collaborators. Boasting focus on a complete, advanced education based on an immersive study of sports, the Chicago Basketball Academy acted as a blueprint for Emmanuel’s latest project: The Sports Economy School.
Professor of Philosophy, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Jerry Erion teaches philosophy at Medaille College in Buffalo, where his scholarly interests include ethics, philosophy of mind, and critical thinking. He and his students are developing a new, experimental course on cities inspired by the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jane Jacobs, and Andrés Duany.
Director of Publications, Center for Applied Transect Studies
Brian Falk worked as a writer and editor for ten years in Charlotte, NC, occasionally writing articles about New Urbanism and Smart Growth. From 1999-2002 he was Editorial Director of Business Properties, a magazine dedicated to the commercial development industry. He was one of the first inhabitants of First Ward Place, an early Hope VI project, where he became a committed urbanist. After completing Duke University's Nonprofit Management program, he now lives in the South Beach neighborhood, where the rural-to-urban transect was discovered.
Founding Director, s!fan designs
Stephen Fan is the curator of the award-winning exhibit, SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns and the Contested American Landscape. Bridging both academia and practice, Stephen is the founding director of s!fan (www.stephenfan.com ), a research/design collaborative working at the intersections of architecture, art, craft, planning, and design. He has built projects on four continents, including a participatory-planning/design build project for a community devastated by the 311 Tokohu earthquake in Japan. He has lectured both nationally (Bard, Columbia GSAPP, NYU, UCLA, Van Alen Institute, Vassar, Yale) and internationally (Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore), and his work has been featured in Architectural Record, The Atlantic's City Lab, Metropolis, Next City, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Shinkenchiku, and the World Journal. He received his A.B. and M.Arch from Harvard University.
Director of Design, Hamilton Anderson Associates
Mark Farlow is the Director of Design at HAA with over 23-years of professional experience in the design and management of architecture and urban design projects. Mark assists clients in the development of design vision and strategies for implementation of projects. Active in the community, Mark served as president of the Birmingham Rotary Club and continues to speak at local schools and community groups about architecture and design. In addition, he has over 33-years of teaching experience in both undergraduate and graduate level classes in several schools of architecture.
Doug Farr, CNU-A
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. Based on the firm’s pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. This planning best seller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
Professor and Author, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Robert Fishman teaches in the urban design, architecture, and urban planning programs at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. in history from Harvard and his A.B. in history from Stanford University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning. He has authored several books regarded as seminal texts, on the history of cities and urbanism including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (1977).
Planner, Wayne State University
Ashley is a dual graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Community Development. She currently works for Wayne State University in Facilities Management and Planning where she is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning. An avid fan of urban environments, Ashley is one of Detroit's biggest cheerleaders. She is a member of the UDM School of Architecture Alumni Council, a founding Board Member of the Volterra-Detroit Foundation, a member of the Association for Community Design Board of Directors and manages social media for the UDM Master of Community Development Program where she also teaches Regional Development and Sustainability. Ashley, her husband Tim and their pets Hunter and Nora are renovating a 1914 Victorian home in Detroit.
Principal, Freedman Urban Solutions
Robert Freedman is an Urban Design Consultant with over twenty five years of experience working in a wide variety of urban and suburban environments in both the public and private sectors. Between 2002 and 2013, Robert was the Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto where he took the lead on a number of major urban design initiatives including: the creation of design guidelines for mid-rise and tall buildings and city-wide street design standards - including details for the City's emerging light-rapid-transit network. Robert also played a leading role in establishing the City's Design Review Panel.
Program Director, Social Cities at Cardus
Milton Friesen is the Program Director of Social Cities at Cardus, a North American public policy think tank based in Hamilton, Ontario. He has served as a municipal councillor and is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo, that explores new social imaging techniques for cities. He grew up on a farm in Northern Alberta and has always loved to design, build, and modify all things mechanical and electronic. He is a big fan of the DIY culture that has always been around but is growing in new and exciting ways.
Communications & Policy Director, Shared Use Mobility Center
Tim leads SUMC’s communications and policy efforts. He previously served as Senior Account Executive at KSA Public Relations/Public Affairs, where he worked on several transportation projects including helping to launch Getting America to Work, a national coalition advocating for increased federal transit funding. He also planned and executed strategic communications campaigns for clients such as Alexian Brothers Health System, Chicago Bar Foundation, HACIA (Hispanic American Construction Industry), Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.
Charles- Bernard Gagnon
Architect, Principal and Founder, Cargo Architecture
Charles-Bernard is a member of the Ordre des architecture du Québec and the Paris Architectural Order. He has 20 years of experience in the design and construction of projects of all kinds on two continents. As the founder of his own office in Québec City, he directs this dynamic working space with a team of talented people with complementary skills that lead to the creation of spaces and buildings for commercial and residential purposes. Charles-Bernaard’s focus is on humanist and functional with an intention of providing occupants with environmentally-friendly, quality-design and well thought out spaces to live, work and play.
Anthony T. Garcia
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Anthony Garcia is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Anthony was Project Director for six years at Chael Cooper & Associates Architects. His work there gave him a strong has a background of urban planning that includes urban design, policy writing and code analysis. He has experience in hosting public meetings, and has completed a number of bicycle and pedestrian plans at the scale of city, neighborhood, and campus and contributed to the codes and policies that help shape the resulting spaces.
Town Planner, Dover Kohl & Partners
Jennifer is a certified Charrette Planner through the National Charrette Institute and is an accredited professional with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). She received both her Master and Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. She has spoken at national conferences including Congress for the New Urbanism about creating plan report documents and her illustrations can be seen in several publications and exhibits. While at Dover-Kohl, she has worked with both municipalities and developers alike to produce innovative master plans, form-based codes, graphics and reports that contribute to the creation of walkable, sustainable urban places.
Town Planner, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Kenneth has been with Dover, Kohl & Partners since 2007 and has participated in over 50 design charrettes. He produces many of the firm’s illustrations and renderings, using a combination of computer graphics and traditional watercolor techniques. Kenneth received both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. He is CNU-Accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a Certified Charrette Planner through the National Charrette Institute. Kenneth grew up in Costa Rica and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.
Sound Writer, Scholar, Activist, Detroit Sound Conservancy
I am Carleton Gholz — a leader and activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. After completing my PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, I returned to Detroit to be the Executive Director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy. I have taught at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Northeastern University in Boston, and at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as five years teaching in and around Detroit as a secondary social studies teacher. I will be teaching a class on the history of American music this coming winter at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. I have published academically in sound and popular music studies. I have been a professional freelance journalist since 1999. I am currently working on my first book which chronicles the rise of DJ-culture in Detroit. I was born in Port Huron, Michigan.
President, Gibbs Planning Group
Robert Gibbs is a nationally recognized urban retail planning consultant who has worked with some of the most respected mayors, architects and real estate developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and the Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have “an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts.” In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions in urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand in 2011.
Deputy Technology Director, Civic Community Engagement, City of Detroit
Garlin Gilchrist II's passion for advocacy, technology and policy guide his actions as a professional and a public servant. Connecting technology, new media, and grassroots organizing is the cornerstone of Mr. Gilchrist's work. Garlin is the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, where his job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. He most recently served as the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he focused on mobilizing MoveOn's seven million members on issues of civil rights, education, and technology policy advocacy through community organizing and online action. He also coordinated MoveOn's 2012 election mobilization program, Voters Rising. Gilchrist also the founded Detroit Diaspora, a network for native Detroiters living elsewhere to connect with one another as well as people doing positive work in the city of Detroit.
E. Stephen Goldie
City Planning Advisor, Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi Dept of Municipal Affairs
Stephen Goldie has over thirty years experience in urban planning and design across Australasia and the UAE, most of this at executive level in government. His experience ranges from regional and metropolitan strategy to complex inner-city design, from high-level policy and legislation to seemingly intractable planning applications, and from detailed urban design to complex management issues. Currently, Stephen is employed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) to facilitate the development and maintenance of Al Ain as a liveable and sustainable city by providing advice and assistance to the executive leadership of both the DMA and the city.
Executive Director, Detroit Future City
Anika Goss-Foster is the Executive Director of the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office. In this role, Anika leads a dynamic team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, the guide to decision-making and investment in Detroit. She also directs all partnerships, project initiatives, investments and funding opportunities for the DFC Implementation Office. Anika joined the DFC Implementation Office after nearly 20 years of leadership in national and local roles in community development and non-profit management.
Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, NY
Larry is a transportation planner with over 30 years of experience in public transit planning and operations. He has created systems for implementing tens of billions in capital investment while maintaining nearly full service for customers as well as service plans for every major event and venue, and every potential and actual disaster, affecting New York City, including delay management for everyday problems. A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, New York chapter, Larry advocates for reinforcing good development decisions with good transit decisions. Previously, Larry served in various capacities in the Operations Planning division of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit where he was responsible for short-term service planning for bus and rail, including planning for capital projects, construction, contingencies, and special events. A member of the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, he helped developed MTA’s Smart Growth and transit-oriented development program.
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.
Associate, Opticos Design, Inc
Arti Harchekar has focused her professional and academic efforts on creating sustainable communities through placemaking and urban design. Her municipal experience includes the successful development and implementation of corridor revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, traditional neighborhood, town center, and transit oriented plans and implementation strategies. The comprehensive plans she has worked on focus on urban design, sustainability, and market capture, and she has worked to calibrate and implement numerous Form-Based Codes. Several projects under her management have won awards from the American Planning Association Texas chapter. Before joining Opticos Design in 2015, she worked with Townscape, Inc. in Dallas, TX, managing a broad range of town planning and urban design projects.
Senior Planner/Urban Design Specialist, City of Rochester
Jason is the City of Rochester’s Senior Planner/Urban Design Specialist, working to implement the city’s award-winning zoning code. Prior to joining the city in 2007, Jason was a planner with Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, helping rural towns and villages with planning and zoning. Mr. Haremza has a BA in Geography from SUNY Geneseo and an MS in Planning from the University of Toronto. Together with fellow planner Tanya Zwahlen, Jason co-founded Young Lion, an enterprise dedicated to celebrating Rochester’s sense of place by producing and marketing place-based art, clothing, and other goods.
Senior Planning Manager, Suburban Land Reserve
Michael Hathorne is a land planning executive and urbanist with experience in areas such as community design, property acquisition, land entitlements, long range land planning, and land use policy. Specialties include excellent project management, negotiation, teaching and public relations skills. Other areas of expertise include New Urbanism, Transit-Oriented Development, and Form-Based Code.
CEO, ASH NYC
Ari Heckman is a co-founder and CEO of ASH NYC, a New York-based real estate investment and design firm. ASH NYC acquires, designs, develops and manages real estate across the United States, focused on historic assets in revitalizing urban centers. Ari graduated with honors from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.
Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
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.
Urban Planner, Milieu
Victoria Ho specializes in urban planning and public involvement. She is committed to cultivating healthier communities and loves to connect brilliant ideas to action. Victoria is interested in how to leverage expertise from both governed and chaotic spaces, and her masters research used participatory documentary video as a tool to facilitate socially just land use. Victoria has worked in farming, policy analysis, and community engagement.
Executive Director, City of Windsor, Planning and Building Services Department
Thom is a graduate of St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, and holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering, an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning, and a Masters Degree in Anthropology. Thom has held various roles in both private and public practice including work with consulting engineers, conservation authorities, and community sustainability initiatives; he joined the City’s Planning and Building Department in the late 1990s and is currently the Department’s Executive Director and City Planner responsible for planning and development approvals, community improvement, economic development incentives, urban design, and long range policy formulation.
Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A
President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. She is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.
Co-Founder, Designer, Milieu
Luisa is a graduate of the Master of Architecture at Carleton University. Her interests involve the unseen spaces and the unwanted spaces. After a term of exchange in Helsinki, Finland, she worked for Urbanus in China as an architectural designer and researcher on the Tulou Preservation Project dedicated to saving undervalued vernacular architecture. Her graduate thesis "Does Architecture Dream of Upheaval?" explores an architectural scenario where the collective intelligence of the public rejuvenates the previously derelict urban site in a restlessly playful manner.
Principal Urban Designer, SmithGroupJJR
Michael Johnson is a leading multidisciplinary specialist in urban design, campus planning and landscape architecture. A co-leader of SmithGroupJJR’s Urban Design Practice, his background includes major projects for the city of Detroit and Ford Motor Company. Michael’s formal training as a landscape architect and urban designer allow him to fill a unique niche in the industry, as a practitioner, Board member for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and guest lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University and Ball State University.
Consultant and Author, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community
Peter Katz played a catalytic role in launching the New Urbanism. He wrote the seminal book, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community, and was the first executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). During Peter’s tenure CNU obtained its first grant funding, adopted its charter, began a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and convened its first international congress. Peter was recently named a fellow of CNU in recognition of his contributions to the movement. He was also the founding president of the Form-Based Codes Institute and is currently an emeritus board member of that organization. As strategic consultant to government, public agencies, and private-sector clients, Peter addresses real-world needs with state-of-the-art planning practices. In this role, he has played a key role in shaping and implementing a range of nationally significant community design and development projects. Peter studied architecture and graphic design at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He now serves on Cooper Union’s board of trustees.
Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA
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. Doug is the winner of the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award in the field given by the AIA and ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). 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.
Principal, FIRM Architecture and Design
James Khamsi (RA, AIA) is principal of FIRM Architecture and Design, an emerging New York City-based practice he founded in 2010. The firm specializes in public and cultural spaces within the city, and is known for its innovative use of structure, patterns and materials. James has experience delivering projects in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom which range in scale from urban masterplans and public infrastructure to private interiors and furniture pieces. James received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and his Masters of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work has been published in Metropolis, Actar’s Verb series, Volume, MONU, Scapegoat and Interior Design magazine. He is the editor of “Huburbs: Transit and Urbanism in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area,” published 2012 by the University of Toronto. Beyond his practice, James is active in research and teaching. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, and he has held positions at Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard.
Partner, 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.
Founding Principal, Schemata Workshop
Grace Kim is a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and has been practicing architecture in Chicago and Seattle for more than 20 years. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed project will be experienced. She is a compassionate listener and sensitive designer, paying attention to both the present and future needs of her clients. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was recipient of the National AIA Young Architect Award. For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. She is also a founding member of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Grace is currently a commissioner of the Seattle Planning Commission and serves on the board for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Grace is frequently asked to present at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, Cohousing, and alternative housing models for seniors and those with disabilities.
Katherine Kittrell is founder of micro.villas, a developer of high density, urban infill intentional communities. Summer 2016, twelve game-changing 435 square foot modular units will be available for rent near downtown Salt Lake City light rail. At over 160 dwellings/acre, the five-story design provides sweeping mountain views, amenity-rich shared patios, and private balconies. Furnished units are carefully designed to exceed the functionality typically found in a one-bedroom apartment. Katherine’s professional career includes over 20 years of financial systems analysis and asset management experience. Her educational background includes extensive coursework in the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan Planning PhD program and Arizona State University’s Sustainability PhD program. She holds a BA in Finance and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from ASU. Katherine’s two millennial-aged college children continue to inspire her unique approach to lifelong learning.
Principal, Quinn Evans Architects
Lis has over 30 years experience in architecture and historic preservation and has served as architect on a wide range of adaptive use projects to facilitate the rehabilitation and expansion of historic buildings to meet contemporary needs. She has special expertise and experience in historic tax credit programs and has assisted clients in designing projects that meet state and federal historic preservation standards. Lis leads our Detroit studio.
Paul L. Knight, AICP, CNU-A
Urban Designer & Architect, Historical Concepts
Paul L. Knight, AICP, is an architectural and urban designer at Historical Concepts, an architecture and planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the president of the Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities, a nonprofit devoted to advancing the collective knowledge of how cities grow and evolve over time. Mr. Knight is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with dual Masters degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. As a professional member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Mr. Knight engages in research on the link between legal codes and the built environment. His work has been presented at multiple Congresses for the New Urbanism, National Planning Conferences, the University of Georgia, and to the Atlanta Regional Commission.
James H. Kunstler
Author, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition
James Howard Kunstler has written several non-fiction books focusing in on urbanism, including The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind, and The Long Emergency. Mr. Kunstler has also written several fictional novels including World Made By Hand, A History of the Future, and the forthcoming The Harrows of Spring. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. He graduated from the State University of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA, the APA, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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.
President and Founder, Lander Group
Michael Lander, 57, is founder and president of the Lander Group, a Minneapolis-based real estate development firm specializing in urban infill projects. He has been active in the planning, design, and development of commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate projects in California, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Since relocating to Minneapolis in 1990, the Lander Group, alone and in partnerships with other firms, has developed and sold many successful infill residential projects and completed substantial renovations of mixed-use commercial buildings. Lander is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Congress of the New Urbanism, T4America/LOCUS, and the Minnesota chapter of the AIA. He serves on the public policy committee of the Builders' Association of the Twin Cities and the Board of Directors of Transit for Livable Communities. He is a licensed real estate broker and general contractor in Minnesota, and holds the CCIM designation from the National Association of Realtors. He is a past president of the Minnesota/South Dakota CCIM chapter.
Vice President, Nautilus Group, NEMO Building Systems
Jason Laub is Vice President & Director of Operations for Nautilus Group, a fully integrated real estate development firm which performs all aspects of real estate development in house, from land acquisition to sales and leasing activities, including design, engineering and general contracting. Jason and his team are currently focused on their factory-built housing manufactured by their sister company, Nemo Building Systems, at their own factory in Lathrop, California. The factory-built housing arrives on site 95% complete, including all finishes, appliances and building skin. Jason was honored by Engineering News Record as ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2016. He is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Concord, CA and a graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in Construction Management and a Business Minor.
Assistant Director of Planning & Development Review- Urban Design Long Range Planning, City of Austin
Matthew Lewis, CNUa, is an urbanist, geographer, and city planner that discovered the real truth to community based investment and economic prosperity. He currently holds the position as Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning for the City of Austin and is on the National CNU Board. His ability to achieve community happiness and political balance has helped reshape the way cities look at development and community processes. Matthew was previously the Development Services Director for two of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Hutto and San Marcos, Texas. He earned a degree in Geography: Urban & Regional Planning from Texas State University in 2003. Matthew travels across the world assisting communities in creating places people love. Matthew’s approach to redefining our communities has received local, state and national awards and recognition.
Sarah A. Lewis, R.A., CNU-A, LEED AP
Architect & Urban Designer, GreaterPlaces
Sarah Lewis was born in Great Britain and moved to the U.S. during high school. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, moved to Washington DC in 1988 to practice architecture, and then realized her true passion was urban design. She was President of the Washington DC Chapter of the CNU since its inception in 2002 through 2012 and is also a National Board Member. She has taught architectural design studios at the University of Maryland and frequently teaches Management and Facilitation for the National Charrette Institute.
Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group
Ian Lockwood, P.E. is a recognized national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. As a former partner in the Orlando-based Glatting Jackson (which later became AECOM), Ian led a wide variety of transportation projects aimed at making communities more walkable, bikable and transit-friendly. He also served as the City Transportation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach, where he transformed state arterial roads, local roads, and the City’s approach to parking to help the city overcome its blighted condition and evolve into an economically and socially successful city. Ian’s current work includes walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way, taming arterials, shared spaces, policy reform, and designing main streets, campuses, and downtowns. Ian has guest lectured at several universities and is occasionally interviewed on National Public Radio. In 2011, Ian was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University during which he studied the links between transportation, land use, and successful outcomes for communities at all scales. For fun, Ian enjoys photography, cartooning, and road cycling.
Senior Architect / Principal, Populous
Wayne London is a project manager at Populous with more than 40 years of architectural experience in the greater Kansas City community. Prior to joining Populous, Wayne’s experience included a diverse background in housing, commercial developments and collegiate projects. During his 19 years with that firm, he played an active role in projects at William Jewell College, Rockhurst University and Longview Community College. At Populous, Wayne has served as project manager on many professional and collegiate sports facilities.
Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor's GetDowntown Program. From 2006 - 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ). As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike's work has appeared in or been featured by CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, Planning Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Village Voice, among other publications.
Designer, Torti Gallas & Partners
Michael Mabaquiao has been a designer at Torti Gallas and Partners for two years, working on mixed-use urban infill projects in the Washington/Baltimore area, as well as international projects in Turkey, the Caribbean, and Canada. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Architecture from the New Urbanist program at Andrews University, and went on to study advanced urban design techniques under Douglas Duany at the University of Notre Dame, earning a Master's Degree in Classical Architecture and Urban Design. Michael also worked for several years at Duany-Plater Zyberk & Partners in Miami, contributing to a number of community design initiatives and regional planning projects in the United States, the Middle East and Asia.
Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress
Charles Marohn, Jr., P.E., AICP
President, Strong Towns
Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 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 University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV. Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about planning and small towns, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and is a season ticket holder of the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota.
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.
Steve J. Maun
Principal, Leyland Alliance
Steve J. Maun is the President of LeylandAlliance LLC, a Tuxedo, New York-based company that is taking a leading role in creating traditional neighborhoods across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Steve has been a student of New Urbanism since its inception, and has fostered the vision now pursued by LeylandAlliance – to build a new company exclusively focused on the creation of new towns and neighborhoods – places that embrace tradition while setting new standards for innovation and environmental responsibility. To carry out its vision, LeylandAlliance forms strong working partnerships with talented and dedicated professionals who share its values and support its vision. Mr. Maun is a graduate of Princeton University and an executive board member of the Seaside Institute and the National Town Builders Association, a leading organization advocating smart growth and traditional neighborhood design.
Retired Teacher and Principal, Detroit Public Schools
Neil McEachern retired from the Detroit Public Schools after a long career as a teacher and principal. While not an architect, he is both an architecture and local history enthusiast. He has lived in Lafayette Park for 25 years and is very familiar with the area.
Marcy McInelly, AIA
President, Urbsworks, Inc
Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for more than 27 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. Over time she has sharpened her focus on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to sustainable urban design and placemaking, with a particular emphasis on smart, safe transportation and innovative codes for the benefit of communities. In 2004, Marcy was appointed to co-chair the CNU Transportation Task Force, which she renamed the Project for Transportation Reform. This is the group that just published the “CNU Sustainable Street Network Principles,” and initiated the joint CNU and ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) Recommended Practice, “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach.”
Architect & Urbanist, MGLM Architects
Matthew’s passion for restoring ornament and a sense of wonder to modern-day architecture is one of the defining features of MGLM’s approach. With a goal of creating beautiful buildings that make people stop in delight, Matthew specializes in meticulous decorative details that enrich and incorporate high art into every project. A published and awarded artist and designer, Matthew has served as guest design critic at Judson University, Andrews University, and the University of Notre Dame—the latter his alma mater, where he received his Bachelor’s of Architecture and Master’s of Architectural Design and Urbanism.
Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo
Brendan Mehaffy was appointed Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning in March 2010. Mehaffy’s appointment was a central part of the city’s economic development reorganization effort, which Mayor Brown announced during his 2009 State of the City Address. Mehaffy began working as an attorney in the city’s Law Department, where he was the point person on several high profile projects, including negotiating with the county on the return of the operation and management of city parks. Prior to working for the city, he worked in private practice and was focused on land use, environmental and small business development issues. This included working with municipalities across the country to revise and update their zoning codes. He holds a B.A. in economics from SUNY Binghamton, a Masters degree in urban regional planning from the London School of Economics and a J.D. in law from the University at Buffalo.
Executive Director, Sustasis Foundation
Michael Mehaffy is a consultant, researcher, author and educator, a contributing author to sixteen books, on the editorial boards of three international urban design journals, and a regular contributor to Better Cities and Towns, The Atlantic Cities, Metropolis, Urban Land, Planetizen and others. He is also executive director of the Sustasis Foundation in Portland, where he collaborates with wiki inventor Ward Cunningham, pattern language inventor Christopher Alexander, and other innovators in planning, architecture, software and other fields, developing new neighborhood-scale tools and approaches.
Director, Jefferson Chalmers Community Food System
As the director of the Jefferson Chalmers Community Food System JCCFS), a Michigan non-profit organization, Tom Milano, his partner Nancy Weigandt and several board members, oversee two projects: The Garden Detroit where they have transformed 23 vacant lots into a beautiful and productive organic urban farm and Detroit Abloom, a new cut-flower business being established on nine vacant lots purchased from the Detroit Land Bank Authority. While the JCCFS is pioneering innovative ways to repurpose vacant land for the betterment of local communities, Tom loves to plant a vision in peoples minds of why Detroit is poised to inspire the world.
Senior Urban Designer, Nederveld
Mark Miller is an urban designer for Nederveld in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a Masters of Architecture at the University of Michigan and is a registered architect and a certified planner. Mr. Miller is the past-chairman of the City of Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and past-president of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the AIA. Mark’s award-winning projects include recently completed form-based codes for the Michigan cities of Wyoming, Muskegon, and Traverse City; a parking strategy for downtown Muskegon; the Imagine Hudsonville 2030 Master Plan; GR Forward, a master plan for downtown Grand Rapids; and the East Hills Public Space Strategy, a people-centered guide to build a better neighborhood. Mr. Miller also serves on the City of Grand Rapids Vital Street Oversight Commission and the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Alliance for Investment.
Executive Director, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Currently, Miller is serving as President & CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). As CEO of DEGC, Miller is firmly committed to enhancing strategies and programs that are aggressive and effective, thoughtful and focused, and that play to the inherent strengths of the local market. Previously, Miller served as the founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the official economic development organization responsible for ensuring the long-term economic vitality and driving job growth for the City of New Orleans. In that role, his team was responsible for nearly $900M in new private sector investment and over 7,500 new jobs. Prior to that position, Miller served as the Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber where he managed day-to-day operations, developed strategic initiatives, and helped deliver on the firm’s $20M capital campaign. He has held other roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Owner, The Agora Group, LLC
Jessica Cogan Millman is an expert and leader in urban planning, environmentally sustainable development, and the principles of smart growth. As a founding member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Core Committee, Jessica drafted (and re-drafted and re-drafted) many of the credits. Currently, Jessica is the Chair of the LEED ND Core Committee and a member of the Location and Planning TAG. Jessica was also a member of the Near Westside Initiative LEED ND Pilot Project in Syracuse, NY. In addition, Jessica is LEED faculty and helped design the LEED ND Core Concepts Workshop.Jessica has extensive experience working at all levels of government (Federal, State, andLocal) and also in the non-profit arena. Jessica now leads a private consulting practice, the Agora Group, which draws on her active and diverse career promoting and advancing the best practices to achieve high quality, sustainable communities. In addition, Jessica serves on the Planning Board for the Town of Skaneateles, NY.Prior to founding the Agora Group, Jessica served as the Planning Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. At the Coalition, Jessica primarily advocated for the adoption of good planning policies around the Washington region. Jessica has held many other positions including: the Deputy Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, which was created by former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening to help state and local elected, civic and business leaders design and implement effective smart growth strategies; Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth in Maryland and as the Director of Program and Policy Coordination at the Maryland Department of Planning; and a variety of positions in the Urban and Economic Development Division and the Office of Water at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Principal, 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.
Founder, Chief Financial Officer, ASH NYC
Jonathan Minkoff leads financial and business operations at ASH NYC. He is responsible for directing the analytics and underwriting team, as well as liaising with lenders, investors and outside counsel. He was previously at Cayuga Capital Management. Jonathan was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Economics. His family is active in the real estate and construction industries in the Washington, DC area.
Principal, The Monahan Company
D.J. Monahan is a principal of the Detroit-area based Construction Management / General Contracting firm The Monahan Company (TMC). The firm specializes in intense, complex, projects that typically involve work in high-density urban environments - often with historic implications - with a wide variety of mixed uses including residential, hospitality, retail, commercial, institutional, health care, worship, light-industrial and the like. DJ joined TMC in 1993 after graduating with a B.S. in Construction Management from Michigan State University. Since that time, DJ has had the opportunity to be involved in various capacities on several hundred projects ranging in size from under $1 million to in excess of $40 million. DJ also served a 7-year term as Board Chairman of LifeBUILDERS (LB); a faith-based community development corporation on Detroit’s east side during which time the ministry’s budget grew from $50,000.00 to over $2 million.
Vice President, Archive DS
Dorian Moore, AIA, vice-president of the award-winning architectural firm, Archive DS, has been involved in a wide range of architecture, and urban planning projects. Dorian’s focus has been on large-scale planning issues and analyzing how they affect localized placemaking. In addition to being an urban design consultant on the Woodward Avenue BRT and Complete Streets Masterplans he was among a select group of architects and planners invited to Mississippi as part of the charrette planning team for 11 cities along the Gulf Coast that were ravaged by hurricane Katrina. He was a member of an international team of architects and urban designers invited to develop a vision for the underutilized “portlands” in Toronto, Canada. He was a member of the Core Support Staff for the Mayor’s Detroit Land Use Master Plan Task Force in Detroit, Michigan.
Executive Director, Midtown Detroit, Inc
Susan T. Mosey has been the Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in Detroit, Michigan for twenty nine years. This non-profit organization is responsible for community development, marketing, real estate, small business development and arts programming within Detroit’s University Cultural Center and New Center districts – an area now known as Midtown. MDI also manages public space maintenance and security initiatives for the district. Projects that have been undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements such as new streetscapes and park development, greenway planning and construction, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. MDI’s newest initiative is the Live Midtown Residential Incentive Program that encourages employees of the anchors to move to Midtown. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Elizabeth Moule's career includes the design and planning of projects for educational, institutional and civic clients, historic rehabilitation, mixed-use, commercial projects, housing and urban design. She is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and an Emeritus Board Member. With her partner, Stefanos Polyzoides, she founded Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists in 1982. A long-time advocate for sustainable design, Ms. Moule designed the LEED Platinum-rated west coast headquarters of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is currently leading the design for a new 180-bed residence hall for Scripps College as well as a new high-speed rail station in Tampa. Ms. Moule, with her partner, is a Seaside Prize recipient.
Steve A. Mouzon, AIA, LEED
Principal, The New Urban Guild
Steve is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and Useful Stuff. He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.
President, Mullins Management Company
Michael Mullins is a real estate developer, asset manager and entrepreneur based in Boston. He has interests in real estate development, entrepreneurship, environmental policy, and innovations in civic finance. He is the President of Mullins Management Company. He is also founder of RE|WORK Coworking, a coworking space for real estate firms and the Lean Startup Challenge, an accelerator for technology startups. Michael’s real estate experience also includes planning, finance, construction management, public relations, and entitlements. Michael has an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, a Masters degree from the MIT Center for Real Estate, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Owner & Co-Founder, Detroit Dirt
Pashon Murray has an unrelenting drive for waste reduction, recycling, and reuse of materials. She is helping to change the carbon footprint of Detroit through revitalizing neighborhoods, finding solutions for everyday waste, and eliminating trips to the landfill. In 2010 Murray co-founded Detroit Dirt, a local composting and biomass collection company that specializes in providing compost and biomass solutions for the metro Detroit community. Detroit Dirt’s closed-loop model process was designed by Murray to help revitalize Detroit. In 2012, she launched Sustainable Integrations (SI), a Detroit-based 501(c)(3) organization that combats environmental deterioration through learning, educating, leading, and serving the public with programs and services on sustainable land utilization, ecosystem remediation, renewable energy practices, and improved waste management. In May of 2014, Newsweek named Murray as one of its “13 Women in Business to Bet On.”
Founder and Editor in Chief, Streetsblog
Aaron Naparstek is a pioneering interactive media producer, journalist and leader of New York City’s livable streets movement. As the founder of Streetsblog Aaron played an instrumental role in building a movement that is transforming New York and other world cities by reversing decades of car-oriented planning and policy in favor of sustainable streets that prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. As a neighborhood activist and community organizer, Naparstek’s advocacy has led to the development of new bike lanes, public plazas, car-free parks and safer streets in his own Brooklyn neighborhood and throughout the five boroughs. Aaron got his start in transportation policy by writing haiku poetry about the endless horn-honking observed from his apartment window in Brooklyn. He taped the poems to lampposts and called them Honku. This seemingly quixotic personal anger management technique evolved into a surprisingly effective advocacy campaign that eventually compelled city officials to fix his neighborhood’s dysfunctional street. Currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two young sons Naparstek just completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and is now conducting research and developing new projects as a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Educational Planning Officer, Toronto District School Board
A father, urban planner, and problem solver, Paul Nichols has spent over a decade helping to build inclusive & inspiring communities. However, his most important professional realization came with the birth of his son. He noticed that the built form of large urban cores fail to provide the spaces and amenities required by young families, who are increasingly choosing to raise their children in these downtown environments. When not actively engaged in speaking, planning or community engagement, you can find Paul exploring his adopted home town of Hamilton, Ontario spending time with his family, and chasing after his son.
President, Archive Design Studio
Mark Nickita, AIA, co-founded the multi-disciplinary design firm Archive Design Studio [D.S] in 1991. As an architect and urbanist, Mr. Nickita has enabled Archive D.S. to incorporate the multiple disciplines of architecture, urban design and graphic design. The award-winning firm has distinct expertise in the development, enhancement and the regeneration of existing, pedestrian-oriented urban environments including downtowns, neighborhoods, developed corridors, mixed-use areas and underutilized districts of post-industrial cities. Archive D.S. has particular experience with urban areas challenged by decay and abandonment, and uncovering their potential to be redeveloped into viable participants within the greater built environment. Examples of this planning include the 1200 acre urban design plan for Detroit’s far east side that included a vision for nine neighborhoods and over 8,000 properties. Archive D.S. was invited to join an international team of urban designers to establish a design vision for the abandoned Port Lands waterfront in Toronto and was also invited to provide design direction for the hurricane Katrina devastated coastline of Mississippi as part of the Governors Commission for Renewal.
Community Coordinator, Ford City Neighborhood Renewal
Karlene Nielsen lives and works in the Ford City Neighborhood for Drouillard Place as the Community Coordinator for their United Way funded neighborhood engagement strategy the Ford City Neighborhood Renewal. Karlene graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor from their Masters Program in 2010 and holds an undergraduate degree in Criminology/Sociology. Karlene specializes in resident engagement and neighborhood safety initiatives.Karlene is a self-proclaimed "nosy neighbor" who can often be found walking in the neighborhood, digging in the community garden, volunteering at a neighborhood event and getting into conversations with residents that prevent her from staying on top of the dishes and laundry at home.
Lisa Nisenson has worked for almost 20 years in environmental protection and smart growth. She undertook urban planning as a citizen activist, an interest that grew as her neighborhood adopted aggressive sustainability goals. As a policy analyst for the U.S. EPA, she expanded her work to include federal policy on watershed planning, transit oriented development, community planning and climate change policy. For the past three years, Ms. Nisenson has worked with a wide array of clients, including the California Water Board, the California Ocean Protection Commission and for US EPA developing Post-Construction guidance for Stormwater rules. She is currently the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Coordinator for Sarasota County, with responsibility for aligning economic development, planning and energy policies and programs.
Deputy Director, Land Use & Policy, Detroit Future City
Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University
Edward M. Orlowski is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, and the former Chair of the Department. He holds a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has been a licensed architect in the state of Michigan since 1996, and has practiced with firms such as Luckenbach | Ziegelman, (where he participated in the design of the AIA-award-winning Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn) and the SmithGroup. He was the creator of the first studio related to the topic of sustainability at Lawrence Tech, and has overseen its growth and development. In addition, he has created and directs a graduate-level design studio focusing upon architectural practice within a model of activism. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity-Detroit, the SEED Network, and Architects, Planners, and Designers for Social Responsibility. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Design. On campus he is the faculty advisor for the LTU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and is a faculty fellow of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He has presented papers to numerous conferences both in the United States and abroad on sustainability and activist design paradigms.
Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED
Principal, Robert Orr & Associates LLC
Robert Orr is a 7th generation Hoosier and an award-winning architect and planner present at the first sip of coffee that became the grounds for the New Urbanism in the mid-1970s. His collaboration with Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk at Seaside, Florida in 1982 was honored by Time Magazine as "...the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope the most influential." Robert's firm furnished more than 6,000 hours services, most pro-bono, to storm-ravaged Gulf Coast Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Robert received his M.Arch. from Yale and his B.A. (History) from UVM. Robert lives with his wife and four children in New Haven, Connecticut.
Eric Osth, AIA
Principal, Urban Design Associates
Eric Osth is an Principal at Urban Design Associates (UDA) in Pittsburgh, PA. Eric has been educated in, and practiced both architecture and urban design. Eric earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami with honors and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked for Merrill & Pastor Architects in Vero Beach, Florida where he served as a designer, project manager and illustrator. Eric illustrated over 100 perspective renderings for the office. At Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP in San Francisco, Eric directed an urban design team on projects in California and Shanghai, China. In his current role at UDA, Eric serves as a Principal-in-Charge for Urban Design and Architecture projects. In addition to directing design teams, he is a proponent of design exploration through a combination of traditional drawing techniques and digital media. Eric has taught as a Visiting Design Critic at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York City and as a Lecturer in Urban Design at University of California, Berkeley. Eric is a registered architect in Florida, Pennsylvania and Utah. He currently serves as a Board Member of AIA Pennsylvania and as Past President of AIA Pittsburgh.
Architectural and Urban Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners
Delma Palma has been at Torti Gallas and Partners for two years, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Throughout her time at TGP, she has been involved in multiple projects going through the rigorous public process of entitlement in cities such as DC, Richmond, and Arlington. She currently lives in Washington, DC.
Daniel Parolek, AIA
Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article—titled “Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis?”—referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which intelligently addresses housing issues in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities and transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His company, Opticos Design, is a founding B Corporation, a revolutionary new kind of business dedicated to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska on his bike.
Principal, Opticos Design, Inc
Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). He holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.
Professor, St. Clair College
Frank Perissinotti is a professor of Architectural Technology at St. Clair College in Windsor Ontario Canada. Frank has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architecture from Ryerson University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. He has taught numerous courses in the past 27 years as a professor at St. Clair College including the History of Local Architecture. Within the curriculum of that course, he has conducted many walking tours of neighborhoods within the cities of Detroit and Windsor. Frank also sits on committees that promote local Architectural History and Heritage. He is a director in the Windsor Doors Open committee which promotes local heritage by coordinating the opening of private buildings to allow public tours in historically significant buildings. He is also a member of the Sandwich Towne Legacy Committee which has a mandate to preserve its rich history in Windsor Ontario.
Principal, Fayetteville Infill Group
President & Founder, Small Change
Eve Picker's world is wrapped around cities and change. With a background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher, and instigator, Eve employs a rich understanding of how cities and urban neighborhoods work - and how they can be revitalized. Her latest urban (ad)venture is Small Change, a real estate equity crowdfunding portal to help fund transformational real estate projects.
Principal, 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.
Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, and later earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career has engaged a broad span of architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990. From 1973 until 1997, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California. His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts. Mr. Polyzoides has led such projects throughout the United States and around the world, in Canada, South America, Australia, China and the Middle East. He is the co author of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982), and the forthcoming Between House and Tower: The Architecture of Density. He also led on the production of four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs on the architectural and urban history of Southern California: Caltech: 1910–1950, Myron Hunt: 1868–1952, Wallace Neff, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate.
Architect, Torti Gallas & Partners
Laura Poncelet is a recently licensed architect at Torti Gallas and Partners. She holds a degree from the University of Miami School of Architecture where she developed an interest in New Urbanism and became CNU-Accredited. She currently enjoys biking and living in Washington, DC.
Shelley R. Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resource Defense Council
Shelley Poticha serves as the director of the Urban Solutions program, building NRDC’s work for better cities that support thriving people. Urban Solutions brings the place-based work of NRDC together into a coordinated strategy and includes promoting transportation choices through mobility options, scaling up building energy efficiency, model green and equitable neighborhoods, sustainable food systems, green infrastructure and climate preparedness. Urban Solutions is the culmination of NRDC’s thinking and work for sustainable communities since the organization adopted the area as an institutional priority.
Russell S. Preston
Design Director, Principle Group
Russell Preston is founder of Principle Group, a planning, design, and development firm focused on creating authentic places. He has worked as a designer and urbanist since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States and is currently developing several mixed use infill buildings in the greater Boston region. A national thought leader, he has contributed to the Tactical Urbanism guides and is editor of “Living Urbanism”, a publication on contemporary urban design and city building. He currently serves as a Commissioner of Boston’s Air Pollution Control Commission and is on the board of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and Boston’s South End Washington Gateway Mainstreet. Prior to founding Principle Group, Preston worked with Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of Downcity, Providence and Mashpee Commons, a mixed-use neighborhood on Cape Cod. In 2010 he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession from the University of Miami. Preston is also a working artist and illustrator.
Professor & Associate Dean for Public Outreach and Engagement, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico
Michaele Pride, AIA, NOMA, Professor & Associate Dean for Public Outreach and Engagement, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico Michaele is a professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. Prior to 2011, she was at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as the Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design from 2003-09. As an architect and urban designer, she emphasizes principles of consensus, collaboration and public engagement in her teaching, research and professional consulting. After the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, Michaele helped found the Design Professionals’ Coalition, offering assistance to neglected communities of South LA. She left private practice in Los Angeles to become the inaugural Director of the Downtown Design Center at the University of Kentucky in 1996. Michaele is on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and serves on the Design Review Committee for the Sawmill Community Land Trust.
Co-Founder, Strategist, Milieu
Lee-Michael J. Pronko is a co- founder of Milieu and Atelier Ruderal. He is completing his Master in Political Science at Carleton University. Previously, he studied Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium, while completing an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Philosophy. His research explores the role of citizens in the urban planning and development process. He re-imagines how cities manage extensive knowledge that contributes to better urban planning and development decisions by deploying new digital tools that inform and engage people.
Stephanie Reed Zurek
Associate, Union Studio
Stephanie is an Associate at Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, in Providence, RI, where she has worked on a range of residential and commercial projects. Her project background includes a number of affordable housing developments and a new public library. In the summer of 2011 Stephanie received a LeBrun Travel Grant from the Center for Architecture in New York City, which enabled her to travel to Indonesia to study urban villages. She received her Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing a Master's of Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.
President & CEO, CNU
Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. 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.
Former Mayor, City of Charleston
Joe Riley was first elected mayor of Charleston in December 1975, and went on to serve an unprecedented ten terms. During Riley's forty-year tenure as mayor, the City of Charleston saw a substantial decrease in crime, a revitalization of the historic downtown business district, the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., an expansion of the city's park system, and the development of nationally-acclaimed affordable housing. An important part of Riley's legacy will be his leadership prior to and during the aftermath of the Emanuel Nine shooting; Mayor Riley spent his entire public service career building bridges among diverse sectors of the community, which many consider important groundwork that aided the city's response to the tragedy. At the end of his final term as Mayor in January of 2016, he joined the faculty of The Citadel as the first occupant of an endowed Professorship of American Government & Public Policy created in his honor with the mission of documenting, and teaching, lessons of principled, bipartisan, and effective leadership in pursuit of excellence for the public good.
Founder & Principal, Human Scale Studio
Chad Rochkind is the Founder and Principal of Human Scale Studio. He is a Knight 880 Cities Fellow, and one of Metropolis Magazine’s ""10 New Talents"". Chad holds a Master's Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from NYU, where he graduated at the top of his class. Chad's work is currently focused on helping Corktown become a more walkable and vibrant neighborhood, through a combination of tactical urbanism projects and long-term planning. In 2015, Chad installed a parklet on Michigan Avenue that received national media exposure and started a citywide conversation about the future of Detroit’s streets. He also project managed Symphony in D, a yearlong collaboration between the MIT Media Lab, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the people of Detroit, which was covered by the New York Times and the BBC for its innovative approach to community engagement.
Attorney, Flaster-Greenberg, P.C.
Markley Roderick concentrates his practice on the representation of entrepreneurs and their businesses. He represents companies across a wide range of industries, including technology, real estate, and healthcare. Expanding on his in-depth knowledge of capital raising and securities law, Mark is one of the leading crowdfunding lawyers in the United States, and has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses in a wide variety of transactions.
Jonathan F.p. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm which has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. In 2005, the firm launched the nation’s first green transit oriented acquisition and redevelopment fund, followed by several green affordable housing and office transformation funds.
Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to New York City’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent.
Global Mobility Policy Lead, Uber
As Uber’s Global Mobility Policy Lead, Andrew focuses on making Uber an integral part of the future of urban transportation through research, partnerships, and policy development. He joined Uber in 2013 and became the Senior Operations Manager for New York City, Uber’s largest global market, before joining the global policy team. Prior to joining Uber, Andrew worked at the World Bank supporting public transportation investment projects in East Asia. He holds a bachelor of civil engineering degree from McGill University and Master in Urban Planning degree from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Andrew worked at Transport for London through MIT's Transit Research Lab using smartcard transaction data for bus network planning.
Architect & Urbanist, Fairfax & Sammons Architects
Richard has a rich background in traditional period design and is well known for his work in architectural proportion, having taught at The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture in London and The Institute of Classical Architecture and the Pratt Institute in New York. He established Fairfax & Sammons Architects, P.C. over twelve years ago with Anne Fairfax, his partner in marriage as well as business. With offices in New York and Palm Beach, the firm has grown to some twenty members, and is committed to an architecture of both tradition and innovation.
Senior Designer, Opticos Design, Inc
Cailin Shannon’s artistic sense and fascination with vernacular architecture make her a versatile, sensitive designer skilled in visioning and placemaking. Her colorful, inspiring illustrations give form to a community’s aspirations and goals, while merging traditional art techniques with new digital technologies. By identifying the nuances of each community’s character, Cailin creates contextual designs for diverse places across the United States and around the world, from the tribal communities of Northern California’s Trinidad Rancheria, to the colorful, historic streetcar neighborhoods of Cincinnati, OH, to the tropical urban environment in Gabon, Africa.
Planner, City of Huntington, WV
Breanna is the Planner for the City of Huntington, WV. Breanna graduated in 2011 from the University of Michigan Master in Urban Planning program and has been with the City Planning department since Summer 2012. Breanna took the lead on an in-house revision to the City’s comprehensive Plan update, Plan2025, concluding with a unanimous approval by the Planning Commission and City Council in December of 2013. In addition, Breanna enforces the zoning ordinance, provides administrative assistance to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and participates in several community supported revitalization projects.
Terry Shook, FAIA
Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc.
Charles Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services, melding consumer psychographic analysis, branding, architecture, planning and communication design into one united practice. Mr. Shook focuses upon the creation of new communities, in both the suburbs and within urban cores, that reflect timeless patterns of building while responding to modern aspirations for a better life. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and PlaceMarking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment.
Mitchell Silver, AICP
Commissioner, NYC Parks, City of New York
Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets. Prior to returning to his native New York City as Parks Commissioner, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. His career has included roles as a policy and planning director for New York City’s Department of Planning, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey, and deputy planning director in Washington, DC.
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns
I'm a health promotion professional and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience. My primary focus is on getting more people moving on a daily basis by helping create communities that support healthy, active lifestyles. Personally, I strive to lead by example by walking and biking to meet most of my daily needs and competing, just for fun, in triathlons and running events on a semi regular basis, which also helps to keep me motivated, focussed and fit. I also enjoy serving as a professional race announcer, mostly of the endurance athletic type such as triathlons and running events.
Daniel K. Slone, Esquire
Partner, 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.
Principal, Director of Public Strategies, RCLCO
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.
Principal, Mithun | Solomon
Daniel Solomon is an architect and urban designer whose 44-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than eighty-five awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: ReBuilding, Global City Blues, and Cosmopolis. A fourth book Attack of the Slab Monsters is nearing completion. As one of the co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Daniel Solomon's commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work and writing.
Architect & Urbanist, Sommer Design Studios
Jeremy is an architect and educator based in Georgia. He worked for several prominent New Urbanist architectural firms for several years, then pursued and received a graduate degree in Classical Design in 2009, which led to the founding of his own firm. His award-winning work can be found both in the US and abroad. He has been highly involved with the New Urbanism since college, and is a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of the CNU.
Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time –which the Christian Science Monitor called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best-selling planning/design title of 2013.
Associate Director, Advocacy & Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Scot Spencer leads the Foundation’s work in advancing community-focused policies, practices and strategies that increase opportunities for children, families and the places where they live and foster their success. Spencer also coordinates Casey’s local advocacy efforts in Baltimore. Before taking on these roles, Spencer managed Casey’s investments in East Baltimore, where the Foundation seeks to strengthen community and economic development in a historic, low-income neighborhood next door to the Johns Hopkins University medical campus. He previously was a transportation specialist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he focused on state-level smart-growth policy and Commuter Choice, a local tax incentive for people who use transit. He also served as deputy director for Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition. There, he led the federal Bridges to Work demonstration, which provided job training and placement services for residents in East and West Baltimore, as well as transportation from their neighborhoods to employment centers in the suburbs. In addition, he worked for several years in private architectural practice, community development and university relations in upstate New York.
Monique St. Pierre
Architectural Designer, Milieu
Monique moved to Ottawa from a rural community to pursue an Undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization, at the University of Ottawa. During this time her study focused on Human Rights, enabling her to intern and volunteer with various NGO's both locally and internationally. Her connection to the public, while taking a different direction, has been further developed in her current pursuit of a Master's of Architecture degree from Carleton University. She seeks to further explore the connection that different tools of engagement can offer -- both in her academic pursuits and in the development of Milieu -- to an evolving sphere of public consultation.
President & Founder, Gotham Design & Community Development Ltd.
Padriac Steinschneider is a placemaker, designer, and real estate developer. He is President of Gotham Design and Community Development, Ltd., a firm he founded in 1978 that seeks projects in village settings that focus on “healing the whole.” His interest in the restoration and adaptive reuse of properties has seen particular success with projects like Wit’s End in Dobbs Ferry and Wicker Park in Chicago. Paddy is very active in his local community, serving on Dobbs Ferry's Land Use Committee, the Mayor’s Task Force on Energy and the Environment, and Sustainable Westchester’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. An Environmental Science major at Columbia College, Paddy received his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 1976. With his personal philosophy of being locally involved, Paddy’s previously peripheral support for CNU was invigorated by the advent of chapters. He is a founding member of the New York Chapter and serves as the Chief Operations Officer for CNU New York.
Galina Tachieva, AICP
Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Galina Tachieva is an expert on urban redevelopment, sprawl retrofit, sustainable planning and form-based codes. As a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), Tachieva directs and manages the design and implementation of projects in the United States and around the world. She is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, published October, 2010 by Island Press. She is the primary author of the Sprawl Repair Module, a special application to the SmartCode, which enables the transformation of sprawl types into community patterns. Galina is one of the leaders of the CNU Sprawl Retrofit Initiative, a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, a member of the Transect Codes Council, a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation, and is certified by the US Green Building Council as a LEED-accredited professional.
Architect/Urban Designer, Office of Jonathan Tate
Jonathan Tate is principal of OJT (Office of Jonathan Tate), an architecture and urban design practice in New Orleans. The office engages in numerous design-related activities, including applied research, opportunistic planning, strategic development and conventional architectural practice. Notable recently completed projects include 3106 St. Thomas, the first unit under the Starter Home* development agenda, which has received wide recognition, and Wetland Urbanism, a research and publication project that was exhibited at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan
June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., is Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2003 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2013-15). Thomas writes about diversification of the planning profession, planning history, and social equity in neighborhoods and urban revitalization. Recent research assessed the role of minority-race planners in the quest for a just city, explored the relationship between the concept of social equity and the civil rights movement, and examined the land-use reactions of community organizations to vacant land in Detroit.
Community Development Policy Director , State of Michigan
James Tischler is Policy Director for the State of Michigan’s Community Development Division, where he is responsible for design of the State’s community development programs and development of statewide and neighborhood-focused policy. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of urban planning, working for public organizations and consulting with private sector firms. Mr. Tischler 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 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.
Bruce B. Tolar, P.A.
Architect, Architect Bruce B. Tolar, P.A.
Bruce is one of the real heroes of the Katrina recovery. Living and working in the destruction zone, he did a number of extraordinary things, beginning with the creation of Cottage Court in Ocean Springs. There, he assembled the first several Katrina Cottages designed and built, then expanded the court to include several of the Mississippi Cottages. Later, he teamed with manufacturers of several types of newer cottages and has literally built a neighborhood out of what began as an aspiration for “FEMA trailers with dignity.”
Principal, Smart Cities Research Services
Ray Tomalty, has been a consultant in urban sustainability for over 25 years, leading or otherwise participating in over 80 research projects. He has worked with governments, foundations and non-governmental organizations to explore every aspect of urban sustainability and help build Canada's emerging expertise on this topic. He is among the handful of researchers in Canada who have an integrated perspective on cities and their ecological, social and economic subsystems.
President, Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc.
As President of Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti has provided the strong conceptual leadership to bring his firm to international recognition. His firm has been the recipient of over 100 prestigious national design awards in the last 20 years.With offices in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, he and his partners have built a firm that understands the inextricable relationship between placemaking, architecture, and sustainability.
Torti Gallas’ work achieves success for their clients and for the communities in which it is located. Mr. Torti joined the firm he now leads in 1973. Under his leadership, Torti Gallas and Partners has focused its practice on Trans National Urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed use,mixed-income architecture, and human sustainability.Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti worked with NASA and the National Capital Planning Commission. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Tortiis a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2004, Mr. Torti became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Design Workshop
Michael Tunte is an associate, landscape architect and urban designer with Design Workshop. He has designed award-winning projects, lectured at universities and served as an adviser to numerous clients and communities. The scope of his interests is broad, from site design to the development of large urban areas, with a particular passion about the myriad ways communities use public space. Michael graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture as an ASLA Student Honor Award winner. He also holds a Master of Urban Design degree from the University of California-Berkeley, where he was a Gadsby Trudgett Scholarship recipient as well as a University of California Fellowship recipient.
Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator, Farr Associates
Sydney Blankers VanKuren is the Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator at Farr Associates. She focuses on sustainable urbanism projects including managing the production of the second edition of Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Sydney has professional experience in biology, research analysis, science communication, and environmental planning and policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources as well as a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy.
Author, This is Where you Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live
A freelance journalist, Melody Warnick is the author of the book "This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live" (Viking, June 2016). You can learn more at MelodyWarnick.com.
Urban Designer & Code Writer, Principle Group
Kara is a planner and urban designer with more than 10 years of national experience for both public and private sector clients. Prior to joining Principle Group in 2014, she worked for 8 years with Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative, cultivating their New England practice. Her work has focused on revitalization of transitioning downtowns, redevelopment of outdated retail corridors, and common sense transportation plans that promote safety and economic value. She has also spearheaded a new generation of Comprehensive Plans as well as innovative form-based codes that open the door for high quality investment. Believing in the importance of bringing national best practices to the forefront of New England planning, Kara was a co-founder of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2004 and served as the organization’s first president. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Associate Professor of Architecture - Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York/CUNY
June Williamson, RA, LEED AP, is associate professor of architecture and urban design at the City College of New York, CUNY. She is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs,” and author of “Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb.” Over a 20+ year career, she has practiced in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Boston. A frequent speaker and consultant, her writing is published in the books “Retrofitting Sprawl,” “Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs,” “Independent for Life,” and "Writing Urbanism," as well as many journals, magazines and blogs.
Lisa Wise, AICP
President, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc.
Lisa is the founder and President of Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc., a planning and economics firm founded in 2006. As a certified planner and public accountant, Lisa has almost 25 years of experience in land use planning, accounting, and finance. Lisa’s professional focus includes a commitment to inclusive and effective community engagement, comprehensive planning, development codes, affordable housing, economics, and managing complex projects. Examples from Lisa’s project experience include development code updates for the City of Cincinnati, the Cities of Livermore, CA, and Flagstaff (conventional and form-based hybrid codes), and Marin and Santa Barbara Counties, the update of the City of Ventura General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan and Form-Based Code, a City of Benicia, CA, Master Plan and Form-Based Code, the City of King, CA, Historic Corridor Revitalization Plan and Form-Based Code, the City of Kingsburg, CA, Development Code Update (conventional and form-based hybrid code), over 14 housing elements, inclusionary and employee housing studies, and financial feasibility studies for the Ports of San Diego and Long Beach.
Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Samir Younés teaches traditional urbanism and architecture and architectural theory. Samir Younés’ professional experience in the United States and Europe includes a comprehensive variety of projects: long-term master-plans, mixed use developments, private residences, and commemorative monuments. In 1993, he designed the monument for the Cornerstone laying ceremony for the Bicentennial of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.. Younés taught architecture at the Catholic University of America from 1986 until 1991 when he joined the faculty at Notre Dame by teaching in the Rome Studies Program. He was subsequently Director of Graduate Studies (1993–1999), Director of the Rome Studies Program (1999–2008), and Rooney Director of Rome Studies (2006-2008). In 2001, Younés was member of the Founders’ Committee of the School of Architecture at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Viseu, Portugal. He was master–planner and senior tutor for the Prince of Wales’ urban task force for Lebanon in 1997. He lectured on architecture at the Universities of Bologna; and Ferrara, Italy; L’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; Univ. of Portsmouth UK; and juried projects at the Univ. of Miami (Rome), Univ. of Maryland, Catholic University, Clemson University (Genova), Univ. of Oregon (Rome), and Yale.
Founder, Zanetta Illustration
Managing Director, SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation)
Sue Zielinski is one of the pioneers and leading experts on New Mobility, with consulting and public speaking experience in many countries. She is the Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) at the University of Michigan, as well as a Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning. Just before joining SMART, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and liveability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). She was also a long-time board member of Canada’s Center for Sustainable Transportation and founding board member of the Green Tourism Association.