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

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  • Ponce City Market | Atlanta
    A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods. #thisiscnu

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  • South Main | Buena Vista, Colorado
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Benefactor Members 

Canin Associates

Canin Associates is an interdisciplinary firm of idea-based and forward thinking professionals who are committed to the craft of placemaking. Since our inception in 1980, they have been dedicated to creating vibrant communities that are attractive and enjoyable places to live, work, play, or visit.


Moule & Polyzoides

​Moule & Polyzoides are architects and urbanists that strive to make buildings beautiful, affordable and enduring. They work globally, within living traditions and modest resources, to bring new ideas to projects that will resonate with their culture, place and climate. They have a commitment to creating compact, diverse, walkable, mixed-use and economical projects on behalf of both public and private clients.

Ramsey Social Justice Foundation

Decades ago, Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey formed the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation to provide grants and financial assistance to under represented communities as well as in support of health care projects, to provide assistance for education and training for emergency service workers, and to support community-based solutions for Behavioral Health Care, particularly to at-risk and vulnerable populations.

The Seaside Institute

Founded in 1981, Seaside celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011. This 80-acre town is located on the coast of northwest florida and is a model for the new urbanism, a movement that is changing urban and suburban planning and development practices throughout the country. Built upon rediscovered traditional town planning principles, the residential and commercial growth of the town has been ongoing and thoughtful. As a place where the entrepreneurial spirit is nurtured, the homes and retail shops in seaside are individually owned.

The City of Rancho Cordova

The City of Rancho Cordova chose to incorporate in order to retain and improve its identity and quality of life, to increase representation and accessibility of local government, to provide greater control over local land use, planning, and regulatory matters, and to provide an increased level of service to Rancho Cordova residents.

The Walton Family Foundation

For nearly three decades, the Walton Family Foundation has continued the philanthropic vision begun by Sam and Helen Walton. Their legacy is more important than ever as the foundation accelerates efforts to improve K-12 education for all students in America, to protect rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and to give back to the region that first gave Sam and Helen Walton opportunity. In 2015, the Walton Family Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $375 million.


Champion Members 



As a professional services company, their talented employees are the key to developing and sustaining relationships: they invest time with our clients, understand their businesses, retain that accumulated client knowledge and pass it forward, and ultimately, our people deliver the work that adds value to our clients’ businesses. Their client-focused value establishes an expectation of service, trust, and business partnership.

City of San Marcos

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtown. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

Fuss & O'Neill

Fuss & O’Neill traces its roots to 1924 as a local survey practice founded by Hayden Griswold, Sr. Growth in the 1960s and 1970s added expertise in land development, transportation, structures, water and sewer systems, and water resources. In 1967 the firm became Griswold & Fuss, and then Fuss & O’Neill in the late 1970s. The early 1980s saw expansion into emerging fields of environmental compliance and permitting, and site assessment and remediation. Today the company continues to expand its expertise as engineering innovation and technological advances unfold.

Historical Concepts

Historical Concepts is an architectural partnership established in 1982, providing award winning traditional architecture and planning to residential, developer, and civic clients. They are dedicated to a shared vision and it has given them the privilege of recruiting talent of the highest caliber. Their varied backgrounds and talents offer a wide range of creativity and knowledge to draw from, and the culture of mentoring and growing the firm from within strengthens their team, with each member invested for the long term.


Mandel Group, Inc

Mandel Group, offers a unique portfolio of luxury condominium and luxury apartment homes in the greater Milwaukee area. Whether you are looking for loft living downtown or unique suburban infill neighborhoods, you will find information and tools throughout this website that will help you explore the world of luxury housing and neighborhood retail opportunities at Mandel Group.


Dover, Kohl & Partners

Design is the key to livable communities. The Dover, Kohl & Partners team is focused on revitalizing traditional towns, growing neighborhoods, and fixing sprawl - by design.


Nelson\Nygaard Consulting

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. They recognize that transportation is not an end by itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living.

Looney Ricks Kiss

Constantly looking beyond a singular style or theory, LRK’s team of 80 architects and staff working in four offices is one of the most respected full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firms in the United States.

LRK listens to clients’ expectations, recognizes the market, understands the user and acknowledges a reverence for place. Projects are executed with passion. Architectural excellence is a given. An enhanced quality of life is the end result.


Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co

DPZ creates benevolent urban places in the form of cities, towns and neighborhoods, which encourage walking, diversity and complexity. Their projects generate the physical framework for a fulfilling human existence. 

Safe, pedestrian-friendly streets encourage people to walk in and interact with their built and natural surroundings. A well-designed public realm, including “third places”, where people hang out beyond home and work, facilitates the creation of social networks and affiliations.

Frazier Revitalization, Inc.

Frazier Revitalization, Inc. (FRI), a non-profit organization founded in 2005, has a mission to be the catalyst for the revitalization of the low income neighborhoods in the Frazier area of South Dallas.  FRI’s goal is to help residents stem Frazier’s decline and rebuild the neighborhood according to the neighborhood’s own vision using a trauma-informed lens. FRI and its partners have an opportunity to enhance programs and services offered to support its families in the Frazier community and replicate what works, not just for South Dallas Fair Park but the entire city of Dallas.

Downtown Dallas, Inc

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the principal advocate, champion, and steward of Downtown. Our program areas include public safety, capital improvements, maintenance, economic development, public policy, planning/transportation, and marketing. Our mission is to develop strategies, set targets, and mobilize resources that stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment, improve infrastructure, enhance economic competitiveness, create a culturally inclusive urban center, and position the area as a global destination.

City of Dallas

With an abundant number of fortune 500 companies and businesses that are thriving, the Dallas region has one of the nation's fastest growing economies. However, nearly half of our neighborhoods are not in the labor force and our working poor are the fastest growing segment in this city. In an effort to address these growing inequities, Mayor Rawlings in 2012 introduced GrowSouth, an initiative to build, connect and reinvigorate the southern half of the city.

Chick-fil-A Foundation

We exist to help every child become all they were created to be. We do this by having a positive influence on youth in our communities by supporting innovative education, youth entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Along with all Chick-fil-A employees, our Foundation team and advisory board are the driving force behind our ability to make a difference. We are committed to strengthening the communities in which we live.

Rock Ventures

Rock Ventures LLC is the umbrella entity that provides operational coordination, guidance and integration of Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate purchases. Rock Ventures is engaged in economic and real estate development, marketing and communications, philanthropy and government relations.

Leader Members 


Riverview Group

The Riverview Group, a subsidiary company of Corkhill Bros Pty Ltd, is an active property development company along the east coast of Australia. With projects in the ACT, Jerrabomberra, Mittagong, Wagga Wagga and Wodonga the Riverview Group is committed to exploring and developing innovative solutions within the retail, commercial property and housing sectors. We aim to create frameworks for modern commerce and living that are at the forefront of international design and sustainability.

Steiner + Associates

Accomplished in development, property management, financing, and leasing, Steiner + Associates is a truly integrated development company. Steiner has the size, resources and relationships to execute even the largest and most complex projects, while still maintaining a level of flexibility and adaptive expertise that allows the firm to be responsive to an ever-changing market.

Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc

Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Inc. has a national reputation for innovative market analysis based on its proprietary target market methodology. The company specializes in the analysis of compact and sustainable development; mixed-income, mixed-tenure redevelopment; mixed-use urban revitalization; and traditional neighborhood developments.

GID Urban Development Group

GID Development Group was formed in 2008 to develop, acquire, and advise on sophisticated “best-in-breed” mixed-use projects and premier residential urban developments in major metropolitan markets throughout the United States. Under the leadership of President James Linsley, the founding principals are a unique collection of experts in the fields of mixed-use development, finance, entitlements, design, construction, leasing, and marketing – creating a team that is experienced across all major property types and development disciplines.


Farr Associates

Our planning studio is driven by creating resilient, vibrant places across the country. Our expertise is urban- focused and includes urban design, corridor and neighborhood planning, affordable housing, and site master planning. Our architecture practice is centered on creating buildings that enrich human life while minimizing negative environmental impacts. Across commercial, residential, institutional and mixed use sectors, our designers use cutting-edge, high return on investment strategies and technologies to design responsive, engaging buildings that operate at the highest levels of environmental performance.

Opticos Design, Inc

Blending the best from the past with the most innovative ideas of the present, our multidisciplinary approach results in state-of-the-art projects that are contextually rich, architecturally solid, and aesthetically appealing. From designs for individual buildings to regional master plans, whether we’re making new neighborhoods or revitalizing old spaces, we create custom-made solutions that directly address the architectural, cultural, and sustainable needs of communities. In the process, we form lasting partnerships with our clients.


City of Mississauga

The sixth largest city in Canada, Mississauga is situated in Southern Ontario. It lies on the shores of Lake Ontario, located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, in the central part of the Greater Toronto Area, to the west of Toronto.

Nederveld, Inc

Nederveld, Inc. was founded in 1977, specializing in land surveying. We have developed today into a multi-service organization providing comprehensive services in the disciplines of Land Planning, Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Environmental Consulting, High Definition Scanning, Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation. We service our clients across the country from seven offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Holland, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Mashpee Commons Limited Partnership

Mashpee Commons is comprised of a group of land-use practitioners who share the common goal of creating exemplary mixed use, commercial, residential, and conservation-oriented development projects based upon traditional architectural and land-use principles.

National Association of REALTORS®

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Mithun | Solomon

Daniel Solomon Design Partners has joined Seattle- and San Francisco-based Mithun to create an integrated team of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers. The Mithun San Francisco office now operates as Mithun | Solomon.


Hunt Companies, Inc.

Hunt Companies, Inc. is a privately-owned company dedicated to building value through the development, investment, management and financing of real assets. Founded in 1947 and headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Hunt is a respected full-service real estate company. From affordable and multifamily housing, public infrastructure and commercial properties, to our focus on management of assets, investments and financing, Hunt’s family of companies is committed to adding value and providing solutions to public and private sector clients worldwide.

Fieldstead & Co

Fieldstead is a private company that manages the assets of the Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. family. Among other things, one of the functions of Fieldstead and Company is to help manage the family's various philanthropic programs as part of a Christian worldview.


Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 300-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. Over its forty-five-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work.

Options Real Estate

Full Service Real Estate Agency specializing in Southern Dallas & Northern Ellis Counties.

City of Richardson

Richardson is a city in Dallas and Collin counties in the State of Texas. Richardson is an affluent inner suburb of Dallas and home of The University of Texas at Dallas and the Telecom Corridor with a high concentration of telecommunications companies.

Torti Gallas and Partners

Torti Gallas and Partners was established in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1953. Today, with offices in Silver Spring, Los Angeles and Istanbul, the firm is one of the largest planning and architectural firms in the United States solely dedicated to the principles of the New Urbanism.

PlaceMakers, LLC

PlaceMakers is comprised of planners, urban designers, form-based code wranglers, storytellers, advisors, and advocates. They are committed to cultivating environments that nurture human needs in all their diversity.

City of Garland

Garland enjoys a rich history that has shaped it into the thriving metropolitan-area city that offers its residents and businesses a high quality of life, excellent educational and workforce development opportunities, and is enhanced by community leadership and partners. Garland is proud of its affordable and business-friendly climate.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.


As planners, architects and landscape architects we work to create livable and sustainable communities. Throughout history, people have bonded together to live, work, play, learn, and worship. This shared experience is what we define as community. Since 1990, TSW has been committed to making great places where this shared experience can be sustained.

Space Between Design Studio

Cities are defined and remembered by the life between buildings, the public realm; the vibrancy brewed only by proper configuration and design of buildings, uses, transportation, and open spaces. The members of the Space Between Design Studio are proven experts at merging all of these into the creation of memorable magnetic spaces suitable for commercial vitality, livable cities, and lovable communities; all necessary and oft forgotten ingredients of sustainability.

Alta Planning + Design

Since 1996, Alta has been working hand-in-hand with you, creating active communities. We create workable solutions, and our work reflects your community’s unique character. We are a conduit for change, improving safety, enabling mobility, and fostering livability.

Laura Heery Prozes | Live/Work/Walk Foundation

Laura Heery Prozes, AIA, is co-founder of Brookwood Group, with George and Shepherd Heery; and Satulah Group, which they sold to Jones Lang Lasalle in 1998. Brookwood Group is a development, design, planning and project management company for corporate real estate, institutions, universities and new urban transit districts. As an architect and master planner, Laura lead the first Peachtree Corridor redesign, from urban highway to livable boulevard in Atlanta, now completed in Buckhead.

TBG Partners

TBG Partners is a purpose-driven design firm that believes in making the earth a more memorable place. Combining diverse experience and creativity with a story-based approach to project development, TBG shapes settings that connect people to nature and their community. The resulting environments harmoniously unite artful design with context, purpose and vision. Founded in 1987, TBG is a landscape architecture and planning firm with more than 125 professionals based throughout Texas and Florida.

The City of Rockford, IL

We're the Forest City, where you can find affordable homes on tree-lined streets in friendly neighborhoods.

Our central location, with easy access to major highways, rail service and one of the fastest growing airports in the country, makes Rockford a great location for new business development.

We're the home of Illinois' largest music festival, On the Waterfront; Jane, the dinosaur, at the Burpee Museum of Natural History; and we're the hometown of the internationally-known rock group, Cheap Trick.

We have a proud past and an even brighter future. We think you'll find that Rockford is a wonderful place to raise a family or grow your business.

Fund for the Environment & Urban Life

The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life supports efforts that improve the environment by focuing on the way we live our lives. We seekpositive change by focusing behavior and policies to improve the environemnt in our cities and towns. We believe that social problems result from poor “city form” decisions, and that climate change, social justice, obesity, isolation and related problems can be diminished by applying lessons that have been learned about land use.

Hamilton Anderson Associates

We are comprised of a diverse, self-motivated group of design professionals who possess a passion for creativity and participating in the urban experience. We believe in nurturing a firm culture that promotes open communication and cultivates a high level of team performance. As a multi-disciplinary design firm, we draw strength from our collective backgrounds and experiences. This diversity also informs our process, one in which multiple perspectives are valued and well-informed decisions are based in thoughtful, clear analysis and design.

Iron Bridge Capital Partners

Iron Bridge Capital Partners is a private equity and development company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with operations in the United States and abroad. Iron Bridge provides investment capital and development expertise for commercial real estate, infrastructure, power generation, and government and educational facilities. Since its inception in 2001, Iron Bridge has completed more than $250 million of investment and development projects and has created a number of operating subsidiaries to focus on specific business units including: 1) affordable housing; 2) education; and 3) power generation.

The Village: Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Village is an architecturally-protected master planned community located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Painstakingly planned and carefully implemented, every aspect of The Village is intended to optimize the quality of life of its residents.

McCann Adams Studio

Because urban design is the core service of our firm, McCann Adams Studio is uniquely qualified to tackle the many challenges that communities, property owners and developers face in realizing their vision. Reintegrating outmoded or unused land back into the life of the city requires vision, rigor and a sustained commitment. The successful solution solves multiple problems and achieves multiple objectives. It must respond to economic, environmental, social and political considerations, leverage the client’s investment and create places that enhance quality of life. We synthesize all these challenges and goals to create places that represent more than the sum of their individual parts.


McKenna Associates

McKenna & Associates draws from extensive political, commercial and financial experience to deliver superior results through proven techniques and tactics that mean the difference between success and mediocrity. We are adept in our strategic persistence and unequaled in our work ethic.

The Monahan Company

History.Integrity. Quality. Stability. Beginning with our founder, Edward V. Monahan, 4 generations of Monahans have applied these principles to building projects throughout southeast Michigan. While some contractors define success as growth, we measure success by our ability to provide personal service and build lifetime relationships. In a time of constant change, our clients can rely on a single source of responsibility: A member of our family has a personal stake in the success of your project. That means active involvement by top management from start to finish, and creative, cost-effective approaches to fulfill your specific needs.

Stantec Urban Places Group

Stantec’s Urban Places Group helps clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. Driven by data and grounded in the marketplace, our plans inspire people. They generate excitement. They respond to stakeholder concerns. And they’re helping dozens of communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. The results of our plans and designs are significant and measurable. When transit-oriented development lifts real estate values, a community gains new jobs and new revenue that can underwrite more affordable housing. When roads designed as complete streets invite people to leave the car at home and walk, bike or use transit, then public health gets a boost and our carbon footprint shrinks. When imaginative design turns a brownfield into a leafy riverside park, or a seawall into an elegant esplanade, quality of life rises and environmental threats become easier to manage. Our urban design team creates places, networks and infrastructure that connect people to place, to prosperity, and to each other.

Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

Municipal Members 

City of Plano

Plano is a city in the state of Texas, located is twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The city's population was 269,776 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth most populous city in the state of Texas.