CNU 24: The Transforming City

New speakers will be added as they are confirmed.


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


Erin Barnes
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.
Kaid Benfield
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.
Hazel Borys
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.


Hank Dittmar
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.
James Dougherty
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 jury competitions.
Victor Dover
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning
Urban designer Victor Dover, FAICP, CNUa, is a charter member of CNU. As principal-in-charge of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning in Coral Gables, Florida, Dover has won multiple Charter Awards, as well as the John Nolen Medal for contributions to urbanism. He was founding chair of the CNU Florida Chapter, the first of its kind. Dover served as CNU’s national board chair from 2010-2012. He is the co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2014).
Andrés Duany
Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.


Robert Fishman
Professor and Author, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia
Robert Fishman teaches in the urban design, architecture, and urban planning programs at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. in history from Harvard and his A.B. in history from Stanford University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning. He has authored several books regarded as seminal texts, on the history of cities and urbanism including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (1977).


Robert Gibbs
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.


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.


Peter Katz
Consultant and Author, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community
Peter Katz played a significant role in shaping the New Urbanism movement, which The New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” He served as the founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is also author of The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community (McGraw-Hill, 1994). In 1991 Mr. Katz initiated and co-edited The Ahwahnee Principles, a comprehensive statement of sustainable community-building practices that has been adopted by over 120 cities and counties in the United States. Writings by Mr. Katz have been featured in magazines such as Planning, Architecture, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Home and journals such as The Responsive Community and the Urban Land Institute’s forecast ULI on the Future. He wrote the entry on New Urbanism for The Encyclopedia of Housing. Peter Katz is the planning director of for Arlington County, Virginia. He is an associate member of The Citistates Group, a national network of speakers under the leadership of syndicated columnist Neal Peirce. Mr. Katz was the founding president of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), a national alliance advancing a new approach to development regulation. He is a board member of FBCI and is an advisory board member of the National Charrette Institute. Peter Katz has advised various government agencies, associations, and organizations including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Province of Ontario (Canada), The Community Builders (Cincinnati and Louisville), Contra Costa County (California) and Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority. He has addressed a range of university audiences, professional societies, and citizen groups, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Katz studied architecture and graphic design at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the Royal Society of Arts (London) Honor Award upon graduation in 1976.
James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.” Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. A portion of it appeared as the cover story in the September 1996 Atlantic Monthly. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, published by Simon & Schuster / Free Press, is a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it’s mutilated cities. This was followed by The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.” This was followed in 2012 by Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation which detailed the misplaced expectations that technological rescue remedies would fix the problems detailed in The Long Emergency. His 2008 novel, World Made By Hand, was a fictional depiction of the post-oil American future. It eventually became a four part series that included The Witch of Hebron, A History of the Future, and (forthcoming in June 2016), The Harrows of Spring. Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Richesand Maggie Darling, a Modern Romance. 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. Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He 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 forRolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields. He has lectured 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. He lives in Washington County, upstate New York.


Matthew Lewis
Assistant Director of Planning & Development Review- Urban Design Long Range Planning, City of Austin
Matthew Lewis is a City Planner that has the passion for creating great places. He is currently the Assistant Director of Planning & Development Review- Urban Design Long Range Planning for the City of Austin, Texas. He previously held the position as the Assistant Director of Development Services for the City of San Marcos, Texas. Before joining San Marcos he was the Community Development Director for the City of Hutto, Texas, where he implemented a three time award winning SmartCode, in just four short months. Matthew is a CNU Accredited Professional and is active in the CNU Central Texas Chapter, serving as a Co-Chair on the education committee. He earned a degree in Geography: Urban & Regional Planning from Texas State University in 2003. Matthew is currently in the process of recoding San Marcos with the use of the SmartCode and is anticipating (with fingers-crossed) adoption of the code within the month. Matthew’s planning efforts have been recognized by several agencies throughout Texas, including Envision Central Texas, Texas & Central Texas APA & Texas State Student Planning Organization.


Joe Minicozzi
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.
Sue Mosey
President, Midtown Detroit, Inc
Susan T. Mosey has been the President of the University Culture Center Association (UCCA) in Detroit for twenty four years. This non-profit organization, newly reconstructed as Midtown Detroit, Inc., is responsible foe community development, marketing, public space maintenance, security services, real estate and small business development and arts programming within Detroit's University Cultural Center and New Center districts - an area now known as Midtown. 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. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events for the district, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night.


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


Janette Sadik-Khan
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.
Terry Shook, FAIA
Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc.
Charles Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a Perception Design firm specializing in strategic consulting services, including branding, architecture, communication design and interior design. Mr. Shook serves as principal-in-charge of a multi-million-dollar New Urban planning and design group, with an emphasis on urban retail design and main street development. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and Placemaking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment.
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.


June Thomas
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.


June Williamson
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 at The City College of New York/CUNY and co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs." She has practiced architecture and urban design in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Boston. Her writing has been published in the book "Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader" as well as the journals Places, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, the Journal of Urbanism, and Thresholds.