CNU Group Members

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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

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

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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. They aspire to enhance existing towns and cities to create a spirit of relaxation, renewal, and fresh energy. Since the firm's inception in 1980, it has been dedicated to creating vibrant communities that are attractive and enjoyable places to live, work, play, or visit. Its Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Architecture studios focus on designing new towns, villages, town centers, mixed-use developments, as well as resorts and custom residences.

Keystone Masonry

Keystone Masonry is a proven partner in military masonry construction projects. Our extensive experience allows us to utilize the latest technology and staff to provide complete construction solutions. Few projects involve the extensive documentation, exact specifications and attention to detail as federal government projects. We have a strong reputation as a professional and cooperative partner on government projects with owners, architects and contractors.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) enhances economic and community vitality through housing and historic preservation activities. MSHDA provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.

PlaceMakers, LLC

PlaceMakers is organized to listen to context, to nurture character, and to enable healthy, resilient growth in collaboration with its clients. PlaceMakers is comprised of planners, urban designers, form-based code wranglers, storytellers, advisors, and advocates. They spread ideas and foster relationships of shared interest. They design soul-satisfying, high performance places tailored to the needs of those who inhabit them. They teach, so that success can multiply through the work of many hands.

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.

Strategic Property Partners

Strategic Property Partners (SPP) owns or controls more than 50 acres in southern downtown on the Tampa waterfront. The phased development project intends to revitalize the surrounding area and create an urban, mixed-use waterfront district consisting of approximately 9,000,000 square feet of commercial, residential, hospitality, cultural, entertainment, education, and retail uses, totaling approximately $3 billion of investment. Integrating principles of walkability, sustainability, connectivity, quality and wellness, SPP intends to create a world-class development for Tampa. 

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.

City of Wauwatosa

The City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is located four miles west of downtown Milwaukee. Wauwatosa continues to be an attractive location for many business ranging from a regional mall to a regional medical center, while also encompassing many unique, intimate, and historic neighborhoods. Our ongoing challenge is to manage a balance among the needs of neighborhood residents, the business community, and regional institutions.


Champion Members 

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.

Dover, Kohl & Partners

Dover, Kohl & Partners was founded in 1987 in South Florida. Their expertise lies in balancing the visionary ‘civic art’ of planning with the practical consensus building needed to make projects succeed. They are trained in the principles of traditional town planning, and have advanced the techniques for gathering meaningful community input. Dover, Kohl & Partners is best known for public design charrettes, detailed master plans, and illustrative codes that emphasize complete neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities.



Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co

DPZ Partners sets the standard in urban/regional/town planning, urban design, sprawl repair and municipal code services worldwide. DPZ creates benevolent urban places in the form of cities, towns and neighborhoods, which encourage walking, diversity and complexity. Our projects generate the physical framework for a fulfilling human existence. DPZ's built projects show that, given the choice, people enjoy living in sustainable communities. People seek out our neighborhoods instead of suburban enclaves because they are environmentally responsible, and because they promote fulfillment and well-being.

Historical Concepts

Historical Concepts is a multi-disciplinary partnership established in 1982 offering architectural and planning services to quality-minded clients. We work with private and public clients to create homes, civic and main street buildings, neighborhoods, and mixed-use communities that are timeless in style and enduring in value. Proven through nationally recognized and award-winning projects, our place-making approach is built upon a belief that historical patterns provide lessons for all that is attractive, sustainable, and urbane.

Jacobs Engineering

At Jacobs, our focus on building long-term client relationships has helped us become one of the largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services, including all aspects of architecture, engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting. Jacobs planning teams are leaders in real estate strategies, demographic and economic analysis, facility and infrastructure planning, utilities and energy master planning, and land & site development, permitting, community involvement, and workplace strategies -- to name a few. Architecture represents the combination of our clients’ needs and values, art and technology, community and place – all coming together creatively to build environments that enrich people’s lives and elevate the human spirit. To do this, Jacobs focuses on promoting architectural design excellence rather than a signature style, because our design response for each project arises out of the specifics of its site, program, and physical and cultural context.

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.

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.

Urban Design Associates

Since 1964, we have been innovating, testing, and evolving the practice of urban design. Our firm was built on principles. We believe that all places, urban and rural, new and established, can have a remarkable sense of place, serve as diverse and exciting places to live, and thrive today and into the future. Urban Design Associates is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, a remarkable city that is a global model of urban innovation and regeneration. Our firm concentrates on the revitalization of established cities and expansion of new cities worldwide. Our projects range in size from the design of one building to plans for an entire city. UDA also works with talented consultants in economics, landscape architecture, traffic, and mobility to provide a full range of services for our clients.


Urban3 is a private consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property and retail tax analysis and community design. We seek to empower our clients with the ability to promote development patterns that secure a community's fiscal condition while reinforcing a stronger sense of place. Our company name acknowledges that cities and towns are a "cubed" or 3-dimensional representation of space. This space, created by the built environment, is the basis of urban design. We strive to provide a deeper understanding of this environment by measuring data and visualizing its results.


Leader Members 

Alta Planning+Design

Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create more active, healthy, and people-focused communities. Alta creates workable solutions, and our work reflects a community’s unique character. Alta is a conduit for change, improving safety, enabling mobility, and fostering livability. Coupled with a passion for active transportation, Alta’s thorough understanding of the principles of bicycle and pedestrian design allows them to offer flexible and innovative design, planning, and engineering solutions.

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.

Farr Associates

Farr Associates is a Chicago-based firm of optimistic architects and planners passionate about cities, sustainability and leadership. We operate with an intent to innovate, tracking opportunities to achieve local, regional or even global “firsts.” Farr Associates is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country. This reputation developed over twenty years of pioneering cutting-edge sustainable strategies and technologies. As thought leaders in urban sustainability, our portfolio includes seven LEED Platinum buildings, four LEED Neighborhoods, and two net-zero energy buildings.

Fieldstead and Company

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. Much of their public activity deepens awareness and fosters better policy regarding issues of affordable housing, land use, and eminent domain.

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.

Freese and Nichols

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southwest and Southeast United States. Freese and Nichols provides a broad range of services to plan, design and manage public infrastructure projects. We help our clients through every stage of the project life cycle: planning, design, program management, funding procurement, regulatory compliance, construction management, and operations and maintenance. Our project teams are known for exceeding client expectations through innovative concepts and high-performing designs. We approach stewardship of resources (ours, our clients’ and the world’s) with resiliency and balance in mind.

Fund for the Environment & Urban Life

The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life, or the Oram Foundation, supports efforts that improve the environment by focusing on the way people live their lives. Their mission is to support projects and programs with promise of significant local or broader-reaching impacts on environmental quality and urban life. They seek to initiate change. Their strategy is to focus on groups that implement and/or promote innovative activities that will benefit the environment and urban life.They expressly seek new ideas, and recognize the power of new ideas and communications about new ideas and their impacts. They seek primarily to operationalize local and regional sustainability solutions, as opposed to technology, "hard" research or similar activities.

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.

GID Development Group

GID Development Group was formed in 2007 to develop sophisticated “best-in-class” mixed-use projects and iconic residential urban developments throughout the United States. GID’s development executives 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.  The unique combination of visionary projects, access to debt and equity, and development expertise has positioned GID Development Group as one of the most active, capable, and well-capitalized development organizations in the United States.

Hamilton Anderson Associates

Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) is a Detroit-based multi-disciplinary design firm dedicated to improving the built environment through creative, contemporary design. Our design process combines rigorous analysis, intuitive curiosity and thoughtful execution to create inspiring, contextually responsive solutions. As an MBE, HAA’s diverse group of design professionals work collaboratively across multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, strategic planning, interior design, and graphic design. HAA offers informed perspectives to create compelling, sustainable projects, that provide a lasting and positive impact on our communities.

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.

Iron Bridge Capital Partners

Iron Bridge Capital Partners is a private equity and development company 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. They excel in developing unique financing structures to minimize risk and the overall cost of capital and thrive when it can bring private sector efficiencies to public sector issues.

LandUseUSA | Sharon Woods

LandUseUSA provides a modern approach to Target Market Analysis (TMA) for residential, retail, office, and mixed-use projects. Our studies are supported by Experian Mosaic Lifestyle Clusters, with a transparent methodology proven to be the most current and accurate. We specialize in the study of migrating households and their preferences for missing housing formats, shopping, entertainment, and recreational venues. We have trademarked a unique PlaceScore methodology to study the economic benefits of placemaking in urban and downtown settings. We are a 100% woman-owned firm with MBE / DBE certification. Our founder is Sharon Woods, who has been a professional consultant for 17+ years; preceded by a decade of senior responsibility for location intelligence at several Fortune 500 corporations. Sharon has coast-to-coast experience from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and from California to Maine. She is a certified Counselor of Real Estate (CRE); certified by the National Charrette Institute (NCI); and is on the Board of Directors for the Michigan CNU (MiCNU) and the Michigan Community Development Association (MCDA).

Looney Ricks Kiss

Looney Ricks Kiss is a nationally recognized full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm. LRK’s expertise is in creating places that engage people, nurture community, enhance urban life and will stand the test of time for future generations. Constantly looking beyond a singular style or theory, LRK’s team of 100 architects and staff working in eight offices is one of the most respected 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.

Mashpee Commons Limited Partnership

The Mashpee Commons development provides its community with every means necessary for a vibrant and healthy life in a charming Cape Cod setting. Mashpee Commons LP is 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. Unwavering attention to this goal, combined with an acute level of attention to detail in every aspect of the project, from design through financing and construction has resulted in Mashpee Commons becoming a nationally and internationally recognized example of smart growth and traditional town center development. Mashpee Commons has proven that new growth, involving a mix of uses in a compact form, within walking distance of one another, can in fact create a positive social and environmental influence upon the community and region in which it is located.

McCann Adams Studio

McCann Adams Studio is an Austin-based urban design firm led by architects Jana McCann and Jim Adams. The firm focuses on designs for new communities, revitalization strategies for existing districts, transit-oriented development planning, and public space design. McCann Adams Studio has extensive experience in working with both public and private clients on a wide range of complex urban projects. We strive to integrate all considerations that make a place viable and engaging. We do not subscribe to formulas, but instead seek to harness the many forces that influence a project to orchestrate a unique and appropriate framework that can result in positive change for our clients and the broader community.


McKenna Associates Inc.

McKenna & Associates is a boutique advisory firm that provides management and consulting services. McKenna also manages proprietary capital and invests into a variety of asset classes. McKenna & Associates worked closely with a prominent Washington, DC-based historical organization to identify partners for its renovation and preservation. We worked alongside the organization’s own in-house development staff and board of directors as a partner to execute the $52.6 million fundraising effort.

City of Mississauga

Mississauga is good at growing. Not long ago, the City of Mississauga was a collection of small communities spread over a largely rural area. In the last 30 years, the City has more than quadrupled its population from 172,000 people to more than 741,000 today. We are on the north shore of Lake Ontario at the centre of the Golden Horseshoe, Canada’s economic powerhouse. The country’s largest airport sits in the northeastern corner of our City, we have access to major rail corridors and three of the busiest highways in the country connect us to the rest of Ontario, Canada and the United States. You can get to anywhere from here. And it’s a great place to live.Our Future Mississauga is a place where opportunities are boundless. We are well on our way to making Mississauga the "place where people choose to be."


Mithun is an integrated design firm dedicated to creating positive change in people’s lives. As a national practice with offices in San Francisco and Seattle, we are a unified design studio with an open and collaborative spirit founded on a process of inquiry and listening. At Mithun, design is a holistic, interdisciplinary pursuit encompassing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Our team employs shared research and collaboration to explore the boundaries of high performance building and site design. Our process honors the identity of places – culture, history and ecology – with a reverence for the characteristics that make each unique.

National Association of Realtors ®

The National Association of REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Working for America's property owners, the National Association of REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research, and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

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.

Opticos Design, Inc

Berkeley-based firm blending the best from the past with the most innovative ideas of the present. Their 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 they’re making new neighborhoods or revitalizing old spaces, they create custom-made solutions that directly address the architectural, cultural, and sustainable needs of communities. In the process, they form lasting partnerships with our clients. Coiner of Missing Middle Housing concept: a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.

Options Real Estate Investments, Inc

Options is great people working on new urbanism in its local community. They are a full service Real Estate Agency specializing in Southern Dallas & Northern Ellis Counties, Texas.  

Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) is the biggest architecture and engineering firm in West Texas, with eight offices and 300+ people who are passionate about what they do. We design and build projects in the government, commercial and institutional sectors including K-12 and higher education, public works, environmental, infrastructure, transportation, healthcare and religious. Based in Lubbock, Texas, PSC grew up in the communities we serve, getting to know our clients. PSC has the internal resources to field multidiscipline, collaborative project teams with architects, interior designers and landscape architects alongside civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers. Everyone from the lead commercial architect to a junior CAD drafter is intent upon realizing your vision.

Pinewood Forrest

Imagine a future where greater Atlanta is celebrated around the world as a hotbed of storytelling and creativity. A wellspring of original, transformative experiences. A global magnet for ambitious doers in entertainment, the arts, and business.

Now picture a place — a spot on the map — where the greatest obstacles to creativity are erased, where the craving for inspiration is constantly nourished. Part gathering space, part sanctuary, everyone is set free to be the best version of themselves.

This is the future, and this is the place we’re building at Pinewood Forrest in Fayetteville, GA. It’s a live and work community ripe for growth and ingenuity — a place to bring your story to life.

City of Plano

Plano is a city in Texas 20 miles northeast of Dallas. Its population was 269,776 and it frequently ranks near the top of national livability ratings. In 2001, the first new urbanist town center within an existing business development opened in the sprawling Legacy corporate park. Today, Legacy Town Center spans over 2500 acres and houses over 50,000 workers. DPZ, in collaboration with RTKL Architects and Post Properties, designed the 150-acre infill, mixed-use town center to provide a 400-room convention hotel; 500,000 square feet of Main Street shops and entertainment space; 2,400 units of multi-family housing; and additional office space

City of Rancho Cordova

Every year, the City of Rancho Cordova's Public Works Department completes a number of construction projects in our community. Located in the eastern part of Sacramento County, Rancho Cordova is a community with a rich history including the first 12 miles of railroad in California, a thriving military base in its time, and the home of a successful aerospace company. The community 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. These projects beautify Rancho Cordova and ensure the City has walkable and connected neighborhoods and safe routes for residents, bikers, and drivers.

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. As a mature suburb with limited undeveloped land, Richardson's planning efforts have begun to focus on reinvestment opportunities and individual efforts to revitalize private property.

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-eight-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. As the firm’s practice has diversified, its geographical scope has widened to include projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. The firm maintains an attention to detail and commitment to design quality which has earned international recognition, numerous awards and citations for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects, and a lengthening list of repeat clients.

City of Rockford, IL

Rockford is the Forest City, where you can find affordable homes on tree-lined streets in friendly neighborhoods. Its 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. The city is the home of Illinois' largest music festival and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. The Downtown Strategic Plan won the Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois Charter Award in 2016. The city has a proud past and an even brighter future. You'll find that Rockford is a wonderful place to raise a family or grow your business.


Seabrook is a dream that began years ago during childhood beach vacations in the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by those memories, and firmly rooted in the architectural traditions of a bygone era, we are creating an authentic beach village to nestle within the spectacular natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. It will itself grow even more beautiful with time.Towns do not become great by accident. The best towns are inspired by our innate need for community, combined with easy accessibility to goods and services. Today this philosophy is known as "new urbanism" and it embraces the notion of sustainability as well. It's a return to a simpler time, before cars, when people lived near where they shopped, celebrated the arts and good food, and placed great importance on green space. Cars are welcome, and stowed thoughtfully in carefully conceived lanes and in carriage houses behind homes, but bikes and flip flops are the preferred means of transportation in Seabrook.

Steiner + Associates

Steiner + Associates is a real estate developer and master-planner providing development, leasing, management, and advisory services. The company’s demonstrated ability to apply big ideas in creative and innovative ways has played a defining role in the firm’s success. Yet, Steiner’s most important insight has been the core understanding that it is not sight lines or site plans, but human activity that defines a space and creates a place. Steiner recognizes that truly memorable and engaging built environments do more than just facilitate social, commercial and experiential activity, they actively promote and enhance it.

TBG Partners

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, TBG Partners is a distinguished landscape architecture and planning firm that employs creativity and placemaking expertise to create memorable settings and elevate environments from ordinary to extraordinary. By developing and articulating the story of the place, TBG’s project solutions accommodate multifaceted environments that provide meaning and introduce elements of nature into life’s moments. The resulting places harmoniously unite artful design with context, purpose and vision.

Torti Gallas and Partners

Torti Gallas and Partners was established in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1953. Today, with offices in Silver Spring, Los Angeles, California, and Istanbul, Turkey, the firm is one of the largest planning and architectural firms in the United States solely dedicated to the principles of the New Urbanism. Torti Gallas has extensive experience with all scales of master planning and building projects in the residential, mixed-use downtown, transit-oriented, and commercial markets. Torti Gallas’ design philosophy is based on the inextricable relationship between the planning, urban design and architecture of communities and the contextual nature of the buildings they contain. Torti Gallas and Partners has made a firm-wide commitment to designs that yield economically viable and environmentally sustainable communities.


TSW is a full service planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a branch office in Denver, Colorado. Maintaining a small office size allows our principals to be hands-on in every aspect of a project and allows for more multidisciplinary collaboration. TSW works throughout the Southeast and in the Caribbean on projects ranging from mixed-use developments to large-scale planned communities to high-end resort planning. We are committed to developing sustainable places for future generations through a community planning and design process that links tradition and context with today’s cultural and environmental demands. Central to this process is an approach thoroughly grounded in the principles of New Urbanism.

Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio (formerly Donald Powers Architects) was founded in 2001 with one overriding goal: to use our skills as architects and urban designers to make a civic contribution to communities of all types. Since then our practice has grown, but we remain a mission-based firm committed to designing sustainable places that will be loved for generations. As dedicated New Urbanists and perpetual students of history, we believe that traditional town planning and architecture have resulted in our most vibrant and beautiful spaces in the past and can help to enrich our communal and civic life. Put simply, Union Studio is committed to saving the world from sprawl.

Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc.

Traditional Neighbourhood Developments Inc. began building the The Village: Niagara on the Lake in 1996. 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. Master planned by a team of world-renowned architects and town planners, The Village is completely distinct from a typical suburb, and instead has a character reminiscent of those cherished towns that we all love to visit. Assembled and directed by Liz and John Hawley, the design team, led by prominent New Urbanist Andrés Duany and his firm, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. (, rigorously studied the architectural heritage of Niagara-on-the-Lake for inspiration for this incredible community.

Armed with an understanding of the beauty and heritage of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the guiding principles of New Urbanism, Duany and his team laid the foundation for a new community perfectly suited for this historic and vibrant town.


By focusing on three key areas of placemaking – healthy communities; parks, trails and greenways; and natural resources – we are able to make a real impact, bringing life to public spaces and contributing to both the livability and economic success of our cities. Whether it’s large-scale planning for the future or starting with small-scale improvements, we listen to the people who care about the places in their lives. We create ways to make their cities more vibrant, welcoming, inclusive and a reflection of the people who live and work there.

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. Since 1988, the woman-owned company has completed more than 450 market studies, for sites ranging in size from the redevelopment of half a block to the establishment of a new town on several thousand acres. ZVA is recognized by the leading practitioners of the New Urbanism as the national expert on the market feasibility of urban redevelopment and New Urbanist communities.