James Alfandre grew up around creative neighborhood development. His father, Joe Alfandre — developer of Kentlands — instilled in James the notion that development can be used as a force for good by changing the way people live and improving quality of life. James obtained a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland and today, shares the spirit and evolution of Kentlands with a new generation. He is working with tenants, local businesses, and property owners of The Granary District, in Salt lake City, to crowd-source the revitalization of this area into a diverse, inclusive and prosperous urban neighborhood.
Over his 25-year career, Dee has had experience providing market positioning and communications strategies for some of the world's largest companies and organizations, including the largest automobile manufacturer, largest aerospace manufacturer, largest hotel and lodging chain, and largest chemical company, and the largest industry and trade groups. Former Chairman and CEO of Wirthlin Worldwide (2002-2004); President of Harris Interactive Solutions Groups (2004-2008)
Dee is the principal investigator on several regional growth, visioning, and transportation efforts, including the positioning, communications, and campaign strategy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Regional visioning and smart growth projects include: Orlando's myregion.org, Envision Utah, Superstitions Vista (Phoenix), Wyoming, Grand Traverse (upper Michigan), Ko’olau Loa (Hawaii), San Diego, Sacramento, Hamilton New Zealand, and others.
Dee is the pioneer of values research in regional visioning to uncover and harness the power of public values and priorities in the design of future scenarios and the engagement of the public.
From 1986 to 1988, Dee directed the public opinion research program for the White House. The program included positioning focus groups, speech PulseLine™ assessments, large-scale monthly telephone surveys, frequent rapid turn-around "brushfire" surveys, plus daily tracking during times of crisis.
Dee's expertise covers a broad range, including advertising research, crisis communications, values marketing, ingredient branding, new product launches, brand line extensions, issues marketing, political campaigns, employee research, customer satisfaction, tracking studies, concept testing, brand essence research, brand critical standards, event marketing, sponsorship, logo and naming strategies, and corporate reputation.
Dee consults to corporate boards, served on a state Quality Growth Commission, and is a frequent speaker on current events, science and the environment, industry branding campaigns, and values based communications.
In 2000 the American Association of Political Consultants honored Dee as “Pollster of the Year”. That same year, Dee received the Advertising Research Foundation’s David Ogilvy award for his work in developing the communications strategy for “The New Steel” industry campaign. Dee was recognized again with a David Ogilvy award in 2007.
Dee has a strong academic background in quantitative survey research and advanced statistical analysis. Dee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, where he was active in teaching, writing, and survey research.
John Anderson is a builder, developer, and urbanist. He has worked for the past ten years as the director of planning and design for New Urban Builders in Chico and Redding, where the firm has demonstrated sustainable neighborhoods can be built by California production builders. He is the author with Paul Crawford of the TND Code a form-based zoning code adopted by the City of Chico as part of the entitlement of Meriam Park, a 200 acre LEED-ND Pilot Project in SE Chico. John is a principal with Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design.
Mr. Aulestia is a Partner in the nationally acclaimed Architecture and Planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. and is a Design Leader in the Region and Town Planning Studio. He has been with Torti Gallas and Partners for 15 years. During his career, Mr. Aulestia has led planning and design efforts throughout the United States and abroad for both private and public sector clients. His work centers on Town Planning and Urban Design at a variety of scales ranging from 5 acres to 40,000 acres and from low density to high density. Mr. Aulestia’s expertise includes Transit Oriented Development, Mixed-Use Town Centers, Traditional Neighborhood Design, Urban Revitalization, and Form-Based Codes. He also lectures often on the subjects of Smart Growth, Mixed-Use, and Form-Based Codes at the University of Maryland and other venues. As a design leader, Mr. Aulestia crafts plans that create a unique sense of place, while balancing the realities of development and construction economics, to create visionary, yet realizable, designs. Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Aulestia worked as a Planner and Landscape Architect in Alexandria, VA and as an Urban Designer for the Saint Louis Development Corporation. Mr. Aulestia studied Landscape Architecture at Utah State University and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis and is a Certified Planner. Mr. Aulestia is an avid sailor and recently enjoys participating in triathlons.
David Baker FAIA LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker Architects in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character.
A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 160 local and national architectural design awards, including the 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence.
David was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years.
From 1977 to 1982, David was principal of Sol-Arc, a firm dedicated to energy-efficient architecture. A progressive urban activist and bicyclist, he has also been a union carpenter, a teacher, and an active board member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association).
Born and raised in a passive-solar rammed-earth house in Arizona of his father’s design, David has held a lifelong interest in architecture, design, sustainable building, and the DIY ethic. His most recent projects are Zero Cottage—a net-zero LEED Platinum urban home—and StoreFrontLab.org, a year-long exploration of the storefront as a place of community, creativity and local industry.
Erin is an environmental writer with a background in water management. She worked as a writer on climate change and other pressing environmental issues for high-level U.S. elected officials and others before coming to ioby full time. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Land Trust that manages urban community gardens to preserve, improve, and promote community managed open spaces for the benefit of all.
From 2007-2008, she was the environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine and wrote for other publications such as New York and Plenty. From 2003-2005, she worked as a community organizer and public information officer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition in Portland, Oregon.
While completing her Master of Environmental Management in water science, economics, and policy at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, she was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies scholar in Portuguese. She did field research on socio-economic values of water in Goyena, Nicaragua, and the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon. Her report “Market Values of the Commercial Fishery on the Madeira River: Calculating the Costs of the Santo Antônio and Jirau Dams to Fishermen in Rondônia, Brasil and Pando-Beni, Bolivia” was published in the Tropical Resources Institute Journal in 2007.
Erin holds a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia. She has lived in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, since 2008.
Kai Bates is currently a graduate student in the Master of Community and Regional Planning program at the University of Oregon. He is studying urban design, sustainability and placemaking. His Masters Project is on the key elements of success of pedestrian zones.
Annick Beaudet, AICP, is a Program Manager with the City of Austin Public Works Department, Neighborhood Connectivity Division. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of bicycle and urban trail related infrastructure, consistent with the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. She plays a key role in the coordination and integration of bicycle transportation into ongoing City planning processes, private development, and regional transportation projects. She is a member of the Capital Area Planning Organization Technical Advisory Group, where she advises on bicycle and pedestrian accommodations for regional significant transportation projects. Ms. Beaudet has been an avid transportation bicyclist in Austin for over 30 years. She has an educational background in Kinesiology and Urban Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. With unique qualifications in both human movement and urban planning, the development of bicycle transportation comes naturally for her. Over the years she has become interested in the management of cities, with a specific interest in transportation policy and funding. She was recently accepted into an executive Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program at Penn State.
Nora Beck is an associate planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. The LTA program was designed to help municipalities work towards the recommendations outlined in the GO TO 2040 plan, the region’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. She is responsible for assisting communities update their comprehensive, corridor and downtown plans and development codes in order to create more livable and sustainable places. She is also a member of the 1st Ward Transportation Advisory Committee, where she works to make her Chicago neighborhood more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Previously, Nora worked for CNU, managing several of CNU's planning, policy, and design initiatives. She has an educational background in Zoology and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. Nora also serves on the board of CNU Illinois.
Phillip Bess is the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Professor Bess teaches graduate urban design and theory, and works as a design consultant for municipalities, architects and community development corporations through the office of Thursday Associates.
Professor Bess is the author of Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred (2007). Professor Bess holds an M.Arch from the University of Virginia (1981), a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) in church history from the Harvard Divinity School (1976), and a B.A. in philosophy from Whittier College (1973).
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. His work also includes numerous international efforts from new towns and inner-city revitalization, to urban regulations and policies for government and private agencies in China, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Kenya and Mauritius. 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; co-author of “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India,” and contributing author of several books such as "Planning Los Angeles", "Los Angeles: Building the Polycentric Region", and "Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture". 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.
Howard M. Blackson III, CNU-A, is an award-winning Urban Designer from San Diego, California, and a principal with PlaceMakers. With over 20 years of professional experience, and a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, UK, Howard's expertise is in drafting Master Plans and crafting Form-Based Codes that build great places. You can find Howard's TEDxTalk on 'Coding for Community' at tedxtalks.ted.com/ and he is also known to blog too often on various topics at PlaceShakers.com.
Andy Boenau specializes in the transportation plangineer who wants to make streets safer for all users. His favorite tool in the urbanism toolbox is common sense. He works for Timmons Group, based in Richmond, Virginia. Andy’s consulting work is typically focused in population centers ranging from village town centers to large cities. His favorite projects involve road diets, roundabouts, and any other application that promotes smarter development patterns.
Andy often speaks for regional and national forums on issues related to urbanism and transportation planning, including CNU, American Planning Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.
He has been published by several magazines, and in recent years Andy contributes to several online urbanism blogs. These include Sustainable Cities Collective, Urban Times, and APA’s national blog. Andy also hosts the Urbanism Speakeasy podcast, a weekly show about human-scale design where he enjoys talking about improving communities without all the fancy-pants jargon (www.urbanismspeakeasy.com).
Ben Bolte joined the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce in July, 2011 as the SLC Bike Share Project Manager. His role was to create and implement a fully automated, solar powered, bicycle-sharing system for downtown Salt Lake City.
In one year, the SLC Bike Share project took a generous $25,000 grant from Salt Lake City and was able to develop a non-profit business model and raise the nearly $1,000,000 in funding required to launch their downtown initiative. Roughly 60% of all funding to date for Salt Lake City’s Bike Share program has come from the private sector.
Ben researched and designed the program's non-profit structure and designed budgets based on a multi-year, sliding scale sponsorship revenue model that doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Ben assembled the SLC Bike Share Board of Director’s along with Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. GREENbike SLC Bike Share is a non-profit, public/private partnership between Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Alliance. It’s Board of Directors are Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Robin Hutcheson, Transportation Director for Salt Lake City, Scott Beck, CEO and President of Visit Salt Lake, Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance, Executive VP Salt Lake Chamber, Ted Knowlton, the Deputy Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Dee Brewer, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for City Creek Retail, Bill Cutting, Marketing Director for the Tour of Utah, and our Board Chair is Tim Harpst, a now consultant and former Director of the Salt Lake City Transportation Division.
In addition, Ben is responsible for the creation of GREENbike, Utah’s Bike Share Brand. GREENbike will be a regional Bike Share brand that connects multiple stand-alone, satellite systems via light rail in surrounding municipalities. An annual bike share membership from any GREENbike system can be used in any other GREENbike system. GREENbike membership cards will also be valid accepted at Boulder, Denver, and Madison, Wisconsin’s Bike Share programs.
Ben has managed businesses in both Park City, Salt Lake, and graduated from the University of Utah where he studied Political Science and Business. His political opinion pieces have been published multiple times in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Hazel Borys, Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the SmartCode Workshop and Placemaking@Work, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers. She guides governments through zoning reforms to allow walkable, mixed-use, compact, sustainable places to develop by right. And helps developers build under form-based codes.
Jonathan Bowers is a Professional Engineer (PE) focused on designing infrastructure for cities, municipalities, institutional, and private development needs. He has extensive expertise in design for public water and storm drain systems. Mr. Bowers is a LEED Accredited Professional and has designed infrastructure for projects achieving up to LEED Platinum status. He is well versed in the standards associated with Envision, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s new rating system for sustainable public water, wastewater, storm drain, and roadway infrastructure. He has provided sustainable infrastructure design for LEED Certified projects such as the Swaner Eco Center, various University of Utah facilities, West Jordan Library, and several other LEED accredited projects throughout the state of Utah.
Mr. Brown manages Kisco Development LLC, the development arm for Kisco Senior Living, LLC. He also serves on Kisco Senior Living’s senior leadership team with a focus on strategic planning and asset management. Over the past 15 years, Kisco Development has completed over $400 million in new additions to Kisco Senior Living’s portfolio. These projects include new senior living campuses with independent, congregate and assisted living ranging from 160 to over 300 units as well as age qualified apartment communities up to 265 units. Mr. Brown also oversees major renovations and capital improvement to Kisco’s existing portfolio. Mr. Brown received a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Dr. Burbidge is the President of Active Planning, a transportation consulting firm that specializes in analyzing public health impacts of the built environment. She has a broad range of experience in academic, consulting, and non-profit community development environments and has been recognized nationally for her expertise in non-motorized transportation modeling and her work to promoting public health and physical activity in transportation planning.
In 2007, she worked with the Wasatch Front Regional Council to integrate current research into their long term transportation planning process and in turn created the first "Public Health" component of any transportation plan in the country. For this work, she was recognized with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s "Translating Research to Policy Award" (2009). Additionally, she is the author of the Utah Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Design Guide; a guidebook to help local municipalities integrate healthy policies into their existing planning and design procedures. This effort was awarded the "Best Project Award" by the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) Bicycle and Pedestrian Council (2012) in addition to be awarded an American Planning Association award for Outstanding Achievement in planning.
She has taught at U.C. Santa Barbara, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She currently serves as a special advisor to the CDC’s Office of Sustainability and the National Center for Environmental Health’s "Public Health and Built Environment Initiative", and was recently appointed to serve as a technical advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Initiative. In her local community she is a former chair of the Active Community Environments (ACE) Workgroup for the Utah Department of Health and serves as a board and research council member of the Utah Partnership for a Healthy Weight. She is a member of the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) Committee and Transportation and Health Sub-committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Burbidge is also an appointed Research Fellow with the Mineta Transportation Institute and the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs at San Diego State University.
Mr. Callender is trained as an earth scientist and manager. He has a broad range of experience in academic, consulting, community development, and business environments and remains deeply involved in education, public service, and interaction with diverse interest groups.
Jon led a long diverse career serving the natural resource industry. He managed land and water remediation issues for Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper where he proposed that non mining land assets be developed in a sustainable manner. Upon the formation of Kennecott Land, Jon led the team that masterminded the Daybreak project and developed a long term sustainable land and water development program for Kennecott assets. He led the implementation of Kennecott Land’s ISO 14001 certification, making Kennecott Land the first certified sustainable development company.
Jon provides consulting services to government and industry on public land, oil & gas, and water resource issues. He also served as the first Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Peter Calthorpe has been named one of 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek Magazine for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America. In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts. In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Around the same time he became a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and was its first board president.
In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with Bill Fulton, explaining how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth. His seminal regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana created a more interactive approach to environmental design at the metropolitan scale. His upcoming book Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change documents new work and analysis relating patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation.
He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of North Carolina. Over the years he has received numerous honors and awards, including appointment to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development. During the Clinton presidency, Mr. Calthorpe provided direction for HUD’s Empowerment Zone and Consolidated Planning Programs as well as the Hope VI program to rebuild some of the country’s worst public housing projects. In recognition of this broad body of work, he was awarded ULI’s prestigious “J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development” in 2006.
Oscar Carracedo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he teaches urban design and planning at the graduate level and at the Master of Urban Planning (MUP).
Oscar Carracedo received his M. Arch in Architecture and a M.S. in Urban Design and Planning with distinction from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech (UPC), where he is also Ph. D. candidate at the Urbanism and Territorial Spatial Planning Department (DUOT). He is also Post-graduate from the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT).
Before assuming his position of Assistant Professor, Carracedo taught Urban Design and Planning at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB, UPC), at the International University of Catalunya (UIC), and at the La Salle School of Architecture (ETSALS, Universitat Ramon Llull, URL). His teaching experience was in both the graduate and the master level inside the Master in Urban Design and Planning (MPU-UPC), where he was also the coordinator, the Master of Integrate Project in Architecture (MPIA-ETSALS) and in the Master for Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes (RIL) , where he was also coordinator and responsible of the Urban Sustainability area.
Professor Carracedo has been invited to many universities -Columbia University (New York), Massachussets Institute of Techology (MIT-Boston), Pratt Institute (New York), Faculty of Architecture of Ljubljiana, the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV)-, where he has been involved in different courses, workshops and lectures. Carracedo is also author of a vast number of articles and books on Urbanism.
Carracedo is also co-founder ofCSAarchitecture, where he has developed numerous master plans, urban projects, public commissions and awarded competitions, going from the territorial to the architecture scale.
Chris is a certified planner with Historical Concepts and current president of CNU Atlanta. Chris has over 10 years of experience in architecture, town planning, and urban design serving private and public clients. His completed work includes the management of a wide range of projects including custom single family residences, urban design, mixed use master plans, campus planning, design guidelines, form-based codes, prototype housing, live-work and civic architecture. He draws upon his background in traditional architecture and urban design to create homes with enduring quality and to shape places through context sensitive design. With his unique attention to detail, drawing presentation, and construction assembly knowledge, he has guided the firms’ efforts on quality control of construction documents and construction phase services.
Chris is a passionate active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism in promoting healthy, walkable, mixed-use, vibrant neighborhoods. As president of CNU Atlanta, he has coordinated several workshops to educate the public and promote the vision of CNU leading to an increase in awareness and membership. In addition to urban design, his understanding and application of classical proportion, scale, and detail contributes to his service at the University of Miami School of Architecture as Adjunct Faculty.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame [BArch, 2002] and the University of Miami [MArch: Suburb and Town Design, 2006]. He currently lives the healthy new urban lifestyle in the award winning Glenwood Park where he walks to work and plays with his family at the nearby park while supporting the local businesses.
Mr. Clark is a Senior Consultant with Cardno ENTRIX with over 30 years of project management experience in the public and private sectors. His experience includes preparation of local and regional water supply plans, water quality management plans, city and county comprehensive plans and land development regulations. Terry has worked at the state, regional and local government levels and was a small business owner/operator. In addition to his technical expertise, Terry has extensive experience with meeting facilitation and public engagement. Terry has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in human resource development. He is a certified planner and project manager. Terry is also author of the book, Project Management for Planners: A Practical Guide published by the American Planning Association (ISBN 1-884829-63-5).
Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Town-Green [www.town-green.com] and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute [www.charretteinstitute.org], is an architect, urbanist, community planner, and author. He has designed and developed projects at the building, neighborhood, community, and regional scale throughout the US, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia including the 2012 National APA award winner, Contra Costa Centre, California. A leader in resilient design, Steve recent book, Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions, (www.sustainableandresilient.com) John Wiley & Sons, describes the sustainable community planning process. As contributing author to the Charrette Handbook, he remains an innovator in public engagement and in the design of beautiful, healthy, and cool places.
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. David is also a skilled and experienced plein air painter. He has competed in the Plein Air Easton Festival in 2010 and 2011 winning an Honorable mention award. His work also remains in many private and public collections. He has conducted many seminars and lectures and is committed to the exploration of art and illustration as a means to effectively communicate design ideas. David's architectural illustrations are highlighted in The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book, both by Urban Design Associates and published by W. W. Norton Company.
Danielle Dai is a Master of City Planning student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is studying transportation policy and planning, with particular interests in transit effectiveness, finance, and safety. Prior to graduate studies, Danielle worked at a non-profit community development corporation on the southwest side of Chicago. She holds a BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Mr. de St. Aubin graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985 with a Masters in Architecture. He then worked as an Architect for Rosser International before joining Sizemore Group in 1993. He is currently a Senior Partner at Sizemore Group and guides the firm’s business development strategies while providing expertise on Sustainable Planning and Architecture to the development industry. He is a founding board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism and a subject matter expert for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Bill has published several papers, conducted seminars and received design awards for his work in sustainable town planning and architecture. Bill lives in the East Cobb Community with his wife, Sandi, and their two children.
Bola Delano is the Deputy Director for Planning and Programming for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Her prior experience includes Deputy Director for Community and Technical Assistance at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning CMAP; and Senior Account Manager at Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Will, Kendall and Cook Counties. She is an accomplished professional with over 30 years in urban planning and organizational management. She has worked within both the United Kingdom and United States and has contributed greatly to a number of public and private institutions’ success by developing and implementing planning and transportation strategies; initiating policies on social investment; and providing leadership and strategic direction on business and economic development. Bola is experienced in developing and negotiating on policy matters, and is passionate about the importance of all transportation modes in promoting the global economy. Bola attended University of Central London receiving both her B.A. degree in Urban Planning Studies and masters in Project and Policy Management.
Dennis has lectured widely, and is the author of Court and Garden: From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1986), a book widely recognized for its insightful distillation of the French hôtel as an urban spatial type. Dennis’ writings and projects have provided the foundation for the development of sophisticated spatial and compositional paradigms for the design of urban and campus buildings, an approach at the core of his professional work.
Dennis has held academic appointments at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Kentucky, Princeton, and Rice. In 1986 Michael Dennis was the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, in 1988 the Eero Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and in 2006 the Charles Moore Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Mr. Dennis is an authority on the development and form of the American Campus and has led campus planning initiatives at several of the country’s leading universities including the University of Virginia, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Southern California, the Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, and Middlebury College. His firm won a 2011 Charter Award for the campus master plan for the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He is currently working on a publication entitled, Temples and Towns: A Study of the Form, Elements, and Principles of Planned Towns.
Kerry Doane is a transportation engineer in Fehr & Peers’ Utah office, having recently joined the firm after a 10 year career with the Utah Transit Authority. At UTA, Kerry was the project manager for several major transit investment studies including network analyses, alternatives analyses, and environmental documents, providing leadership for data collection, analyses, and document authorship. Additionally, Kerry is experienced in the federal project development process, assisting in the FFGA awards for UTA’s federally funded light rail and commuter rail projects and a TIGER grant for the Sugar House Streetcar.
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 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 juried competitions.
Will Dowdy is a designer at Michael Watkins Architect, LLC in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, MD. With a background in traditional urbanism and architecture, he works on a wide variety of projects: from large master plans to house designs, affordable housing, and civic, educational, commercial and mixed-use buildings. He has written architectural standards and form-based coding standards for neighborhoods and cities. His work involves an integrated approach to problem solving with an emphasis on community, financial viability and long-term sustainability.
In addition to his work at MWA, Will holds leadership positions in nationally-recognized associations. He is in his second term as Program Chair for the Next Generation of New Urbanists, a group of new practitioners dedicated to implementing the principles of the New Urbanism. He also serves as an administrator for the Incremental Sprawl Repair Working Group, a forum for creating a toolbox to convert commercial sprawl development into functionally balanced, humane, exciting, and uplifting neighborhoods. Will unwinds by laying out parking lots in CAD.
Kimberly Driggins is the Associate Director for Citywide Planning, in the DC Office of Planning. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing city-wide planning projects across several areas including: housing, economic development, creative placemaking, transportation, facilities and capital improvement planning. Significant work accomplishments include: developed and manage Temporary Urbanism Program (includes pop-up shops, and ArtPlace grant, and other activities); developed and manage OP’s Live Near Your Work pilot program; managed the completion of the Streetcar Land Use Study – Phase 1; and managed the first amendment cycle of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2010).
Prior to joining to the Office of Planning, Ms. Driggins worked in the Office of the City Administrator/Deputy Mayor, where her main duties included: identifying key capital budget priorities, management of the capital budget process, master facility planning, and developing co-location strategies for select District facilities.
Ms. Driggins began her career as a consultant working on real estate, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization projects in the private and non-profit sectors. She received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest honors, in political science from Hampton University.
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.
The firm’s method of integrating planning with accompanying design codes is being applied in towns and cities for sites ranging from 10 to over 500,000 acres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. DPZ has received numerous awards, including two State of Florida Governor’s Urban Design Awards for Excellence. Seaside has been documented in over 800 articles and books and was described by Time Magazine as “the most astounding design achievement of its era.” The projects of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company have focused international attention on urbanism and its postwar decline. DPZ was instrumental in the creation of the Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance (TND), a prescription for pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use, compact urban growth, which has been incorporated into the zoning codes of municipalities across the country. The firm has developed a comprehensive municipal zoning ordinance called the SmartCode, prescribing appropriate urban arrangement for all uses and all densities.
Andrés Duany has delivered hundreds of lectures and seminars, addressing architects, planning groups, university students, and the general public. His recent publications include The New Civic Art and Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. He is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Established in 1993 with the mission of reforming urban growth patterns, the Congress has been characterized by The New York Times as “the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the past fifty years.”
Andrés received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, and after a year of study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he received a master’s degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates, the Brandeis Award for Architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture from the University of Virginia, the Vincent J. Scully Prize for exemplary practice and scholarship in architecture and urban design from the National Building Museum, and the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design from the Seaside Institute.
He received his law degree from the University of Chicago, and his undergraduate liberal arts degree from the Kansas State College. His numerous projects have included development codes and growth management plans for a variety of large and small jurisdictions around the country. Most recently, he has been focused on sustainable development codes that address issues such as alternative energy and community health.
A co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Mr. Duerksen has written and spoken extensively on land use issues in Colorado and nationally. He has authored many books and articles on land use and conservation issues, including Takings Law in Plain English, Nature-Friendly Communities, and Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law. Mr. Duerksen is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has published over 50 articles linking contemporary theory and practice, is Chair of the Board of Directors of theCongress for the New Urbanism, and serves on the national AIA Design and Health Leadership Group. A leading authority on suburban redevelopment, she lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities and consults on individual projects. She and co-author June Williamson wrote Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009, updated paperback edition in 2011). The book’s documentation of successful retrofits of vacant big box stores, dead and thriving malls, and aging office parks into more sustainable places has received significant media attention in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record and other venues. The book received a PROSE award from the American Association of Publishers, was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 coverstory, “10 ideas changing the world right now” and is the subject of her 2010 TED talk and 2012 TED-NPR Radio Hour interview. She is continuing to research short and long-term tactics for scaling up suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad. She appeared in the 2011 documentary Urbanized, the 2012 PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities” and contributed a chapter to the honorable Henry Cisneros’s new book, Independent for Life, Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MITbefore joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009.
Donovan Durband has three degrees from the University of Arizona: an M.S. in urban planning; a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and a B.A. in Economics. Mr. Durband was the Executive Director of the Tucson Downtown Alliance from 1999 to 2008, then worked for two years for Council Member Steve Kozachik, acting as liaison to Downtown portion of his district/policy advisor on Downtown development, transportation, and other topics. Since January 2012 he has been the Administrator for the City of Tucson's ParkWise program, which manages the City's parking assets, including six parking structures, several surface parking lots (which ParkWise plans to eliminate over time with continued Downtown development), 1,400 parking meters, neighborhood permit programs, other on-street permit programs, such as around University of Arizona campus, and city-wide parking code enforcement.
Mr. Durband was involved with most projects, initiatives and policy issues relating to Downtown Tucson for the last 15 years, and was was active in the grassroots effort to bring the Modern Streetcar to Tucson.
Thomas Eddington is the Planning Director in Park City, Utah, where he oversees current and long-range planning activities for the City. He and his staff are currently completing a new General Plan for the City, a new redevelopment area plan for a new mixed-use neighborhood, as well as revising the City’s Historic District Design Guidelines. Prior to moving to Park City, Thomas worked in community and economic development in the Chicago area before moving to Japan where he focused on urban design and redevelopment opportunities. Upon moving back to the states, Thomas ran his own planning and design consulting firm in New Jersey for almost ten years before moving to Park City in 2008. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture. He received his Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He loves living in the mountains and is an avid runner and hiker and a mediocre (at best) snowboarder!
Nan Ellin is Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at University of Utah. She holds an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and has served on the faculty of ASU, University of Cincinnati, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Southern California, and New York University. Ellin was a Fulbright Scholar in France where she carried out research for her dissertation on the European New Urbanism. Her new book Good Urbanism (2012) describes a paradigm shift in urban design and urban planning beyond sustainability to prosperity. She is also the author of Integral Urbanism (2006) and Postmodern Urbanism (1996; revised 1999), collaborated with Edward Booth-Clibborn on Phoenix: 21st-Century City (2006), and is the editor of Architecture of Fear (1997). Ellin’s collection of public scholarship, Desert Urbanism, can be found at her University of Utah website.
Her scholarly articles and essays have appeared in Journal of Urbanism, Journal of Urban Design, Lotus, History of European Ideas, Journal of Architectural Education, Design Book Review, Thresholds, Intersight, Urban Studies Review, The Hedgehog Review, Critical Planning, and the Encyclopedia of New York City. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Urbanism, and the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Ellin has delivered over 100 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad on good urbanism, sustainable urbanism, authentic urbanism, placemaking and community building, the envisioning process, desert urbanism, and the creative city. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, Serbo-Croatian, Korean, and Chinese. She was the driving force behind canalscape, an initiative to create vital urban hubs throughout metropolitan Phoenix where canals meet major streets. Canalscape has received an Arizona Humanities Council Grant and an APA Arizona Award, and has been designated a Green Phoenix initiative by the Mayor and an Arizona 2012 Centennial Legacy Project by the Governor. At University of Utah, Ellin directs the Salt Lake City Workshop,working with students from around the university to envision best possibilities and catalyze positive transformation. She serves on the Board of the Utah Center for Architecture and Chairs the Mayors’ Cultural Core Committee.
Edward follows his passion for urbanism through his work as the Urban Designer for the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency in Stuart, Florida. His work includes seven community redevelopment areas totaling over 8,500 acres across Martin County where he is collaboratively working with residents, development teams, and community stakeholders in the implementation of both urban design and architecture strategies for redeveloping suburban and urban environments. The goal of this work is to promote cities, towns, and neighborhoods, which are beautiful and of lasting value. This body of work builds on the unique character that makes the tapestry of place. His passion for placemaking can be seen in the Pattern Books and Community Vision Books he has developed across the country and on his blog www.RestlessUrbanist.com
Edward's current work in Martin County includes the development of a Form Based Code for all seven planning areas, the development of Carter Park which is a 40 unit affordable housing neighborhood developed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Clubs, and numerous complete street retrofits.
Reid Ewing is a Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, columnist for Planning magazine, Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, and member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED LP-Technical Advisory Group. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth. He served two terms in the Arizona legislature, and worked on urban policy issues at the Congressional Budget Office. He holds masters degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research and writing are aimed at planning practitioners. He authored Developing Successful New Communities for the Urban Land Institute; Best Development Practices and Transportation and Land Use Innovations for the American Planning Association; and Traffic Calming State-of-the-Practice for the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Best Development Practices made him APA's top selling author for many years and is listed by the American Planning Association as one of the “100 Essential Books of Planning” over the past 100 years. His most recent books are Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, written for EPA and published by the Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Traffic Calming Manual, co-published by the American Planning Association and American Society of Civil Engineers.
His study of sprawl and obesity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, received more national media coverage than any planning study before or since, reaching an estimated 41 million Americans. It was the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators. His 1997 point-counterpoint on urban sprawl is listed as a classic by the American Planning Association. In 2008-2010, he has co-authored research published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Urban Design, Urban Design International, Environmental Practice, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Urbanism, Housing Policy Debate, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Transportation Research Record, and ITE Journal.
Bob Farrow’s career spans over 39 years of experience largely devoted to healthcare, commercial, and institutional architecture. He is a Principal/Senior Vice President and shareholder of HKS, Inc., an award winning and international architectural/planning firm and heads up the healthcare practice in the Atlanta office. Bob’s career experience, with a focus in healthcare, includes all phases of architectural practice from master planning and design to construction. Because Bob believes that healthcare is a significant necessity for people all over the world and a vital architectural specialty, he has dedicated his talents, both personally and professionally, to the healthcare industry, in an effort to improve available healthcare alternatives.
Bob has been the past AIA Atlanta Chapter Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for the past several years and has served in a variety of other capacities with the AIA over the years, with the most recent position serving as President. He is also an active member of the national committee- the AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health. His involvement with the Atlanta community dates back to 1975.
With a focus on Evidence-Based Design and Sustainability, Bob has been asked to speak at numerous conferences including Healthcare Design, Health Facility Institute, SMPS Atlanta and GAHE. He has also been a professor and lecturer at Georgia Tech and SCAD.
He is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Charter Board Member of the Form-Based Codes Institute, of which he is currently vice chairman. He lectures extensively on Form-Based Codes at state and national planning conferences, planning schools, and for the Form-Based Codes Institute. His work is featured in the recently published Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford and in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz. His code for the Riviera Beach Downtown Renewal Plan received special mention in that projects Progressive Architecture Magazines 1992 Award. His firm’s Form-Based Code for the Farmers Branch Texas, Station Area received the Richard Driehaus Form-Based Code Award in 2007 and again for the Heart of Peoria Form-Districts in Peoria Illinois in 2010.
John has been a planner for over 30 years, where he has earned the rare reputation of being able both to create an energizing vision for communities and to develop concrete, workable solutions to urban problems. John is known for his work in Portland, Oregon, where he served five years as the planning director of the regional government, Metro, and was the primary author of the regional growth concept known as Metro 2040. Since founding the firm in 1997, John has led a variety of planning projects, including some of the most nationally significant regional plans in recent decades. He was a key consultant in the Envision Utah process, an ongoing regional plan that has garnered national recognition, as well as the lead consultant for Chicago Metropolis 2020, the initiative by the Chicago Commercial Club to reprise the seminal Chicago Plan of 1909. He was the consultant for Compass Blueprint, the regional vision for SCAG, the regional government of Southern California, a massive region of 38,000 square miles and 17 million people. He was a key consultant for Louisiana Speaks, Louisiana’s first regional plan for the southern Louisiana, and was lead consultant to the Big Look Task Force, a committee mandated to comprehensively review Oregon’s planning system. In addition to his regional plans, John has led numerous comprehensive plans for large cities such as Denver, Tulsa, Dallas and Baton Rouge. He has also led plans and visions for diverse cities such as San Diego, Athens, Georgia and the Grand Traverse Region in Michigan, as well as numerous small area plans for downtowns, neighborhoods, and other areas such as Beaverton, Oregon, Waco, Texas, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and Portland, Oregon.
Craig D. Galli is an attorney with Holland & Hart in Salt Lake City practicing environmental and natural resources law. He earned a BA and an MA at Brigham Young University, and a JD at Columbia University. Craig previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment Division, in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Salt Lake City Land Use Appeals Board, the Steering Committee of Envision Utah, and teaches environmental law and policy at Brigham Young University.
Committed to fair and accountable government, urban living that is high quality and sustainable, and a city owned by its citizens, Councilman Luke J. Garrott represents District 4 in Downtown Salt Lake City. He was first elected to the Council in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. He served as Chair of the Board for the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) from 2010-2011 and as Vice Chair in 2012. Prof. Garrott has taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Utah since 1998, specializing in political theory and community studies. Luke's education includes a BA with honors in Latin American Studies from Stanford University (1989), and a MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida (2001).
District Four includes the Community Councils of Central City, East Central and Downtown. It also includes Gateway, the Downtown Business District, Pioneer Park, Central City, Trolley Square, the University neighborhood, East High School and several Historic Districts.
In his free time, Luke plays soccer and rides bikes. He lives in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Central City. He was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois.
Mark B. Gibbons is managing director of the Investment Properties Management Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mark has over 37 years of diversified real estate experience including development, management and acquisition of investment real estate across the United States. He has been active in structuring complex real estate investments and financing opportunities throughout his career. In the early 1980’s, Mark served as the controller of the Real Property Services Division of Citibank N.A. in New York City. Subsequently, he returned to his home in Utah and managed a real estate development portfolio for a mutual savings and loan association.
In 1986, he joined Property Reserve, Inc. (PRI) as director of acquisitions and became president of that firm in the year 2000. In 2007, he left PRI to become president of the newly organized City Creek Reserve, Inc. to develop the City Creek project which had been in the works since 2002. This exciting redevelopment encompasses twenty-three acres in the core of downtown Salt Lake City. The mixed-use project includes eight office towers, a department store-anchored regional shopping center, 535 residential units and 5,000 underground parking stalls. City Creek Center’s highly anticipated grand opening was March 22, 2012.
In January 2012, Mark was appointed as the managing director of the Church's real estate investment portfolio including City Creek Reserve, Inc., Property Reserve, Inc., Suburban Land Reserve, Inc., and Utah Property Management Associates, LLC, among others.
Mark is a licensed real estate broker and certified general appraiser in the state of Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Utah (1979 - B.A. and 1980 - M.B.A., Phi Kappa Phi).
Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist at the Salt Lake Chamber. Her experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business know-how. She advised Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker during an 18-year career as an economist and policy advisor in the Utah governor’s office. Gochnour also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a deputy to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gochnour is a sought after public speaker with the unique ability to translate policy-speak into everyday language. A native Utahn, her professional focus and passion are public policies that promote a prosperous future for all Utahns. She shares her views in monthly columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News. Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah.
Alexander Gorlin studied at The Cooper Union School of Architecture before receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He opened his practice in 1986 after returning from a Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
Gorlin has since created an internationally recognized firm that is distinguished by its commitment to applying Modernist design principles to projects across the social spectrum. Alexander Gorlin Architects currently works with private clients, developers, community organizations, religious congregations and schools throughout the country. The firm has received numerous accolades including two American Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum and four Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Architectural Digest magazine has named the firm to its AD100 list of leading designers for each of the past four years.
Gorlin is a respected architectural critic and scholar. He is the author of two books on contemporary architecture, The New American Town House and Creating the New American Town House, and has written extensively for periodicals such as Architectural Record, Metropolis, and Architectural Digest. Gorlin is the subject of an architectural monograph, Alexander Gorlin:Buildings and Projects, with essays by Vincent Scully and Paul Goldberger. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
Jane Grabowski-Miller is the Vice President of Design Development for the Erdman Development Group. She has over 15 years of experience as the Project Director and Town Architect for Middleton Hills, the first New Urbanist project in Wisconsin, master planned by DPZ in 1993. She has guided the project through entitlements, design refinement, lot sales, the design review process, and management of the neighborhood association. Previous experience includes master planning, urban design, landscape architecture and design review management. She was a former faculty member and Thesis Director at the Boston Architectural Center, and a contributing editor to the book "Safescape: Creating Safer, More Livable Communities Through Planning and Design." Jane served as the Local Host Committee Co-Chair for CNU 19 and currently serves on the founding Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter of CNU.
Anya Grahn is the Historic Preservation Planner in Park City, Utah, recently joining the City in October 2012. She has worked on a number of projects including the current remodel of the historic Park City Library, revising our City’s Historic District Design Guidelines, and contributing to Main Street improvements. She graduated with a Master of Science-Historic Preservation (MSHP) Degree from Ball State University in Indiana in 2012, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008.
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.
John Griffin is a design professional and visiting assistant research professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. In his professional career, John has worked on a variety of project types and scales, from mixed-use urban infill projects in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and London to large-scale master plans both within the US and abroad. In 2011, he 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 his current role at the University of Notre Dame, John has collaborated with Demetri Porphyrios, Leon Krier, Estudio Urbano, Hart Howerton, and Torti Gallas and Partners. John’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.
In August 2012, Robert J. Grow was chosen as Envision Utah’s new President and CEO. His appointment represents the culmination of a multi-month selection process to choose new leadership and to position the organization for its next chapter of quality growth leadership. Grow served as the founding Chair when Envision Utah started in 1997 and served a second stint as Chair of the Board of Trustees beginning in 2010.
With degrees in engineering and law from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, Grow has enjoyed a successful law practice specializing in land use planning and zoning, real estate development, regional visioning and growth planning, and environmental law. He was legal counsel for Kennecott’s Daybreak development, which is widely cited as a demonstration project for quality growth. Daybreak was the National Association of Home Builders 2010 Community of the Year, with a Platinum Award for Suburban Smart Growth.
For the past decade, Grow has also been taking the Envision Utah collaborative, voluntary approach to other places throughout the country. He has helped initiate or strengthen regional efforts in more than 75 metropolitan regions, including Boston, Denver, Fort Collins, Austin, Houston, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Portland, Tucson, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Traverse City, Florida’s Treasure Coast, Southwest Utah, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Calgary, Canada. He proposed and helped establish the “Louisiana Speaks” visioning process for Southern Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and most recently, he has been leading the consultant team for the “Our Greater San Diego Vision” effort, which set a new national record by involving more than 30,000 participants in planning the future of the 3 million residents of the San Diego region.
Andrew Gruber is the Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), which develops transportation and land use plans on Utah’s Wasatch Front as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The WFRC provides a forum for discussion and collaboration among elected representatives of local jurisdictions concerning regional issues. WFRC has developed the Wasatch Choice for 2040, a regional ‘Vision’ for growth and development. The WFRC also develops the long range (30 year) Regional Transportation Plan, which includes all regionally significant road and public transit projects.
Gruber, a native of New York City and a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, previously served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Governmental Affairs for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority, the organization that oversees the funding and regional planning for three transit agencies in the Chicago area, which has the nation's second-largest public transit system.
Gruber is a member of the Envision Utah Board of Directors, the Salt Lake Solutions Steering Committee, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Policy Committee, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Executive Director’s Council, the Utah Governor’s Clean Air (UCAIR) Partnership; Chair of the Utah Joint Policy Advisory Committee (JPAC); and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning.
Rick Hall, P.E., is President of HPE. Based on his extensive transportation planning and conceptual design experience, the firm focuses on both Planning and Preliminary Engineering, especially the vital interface between Planning and Design. Transportation aspects of community plans, subarea/sector plans and corridor studies are key HPE emphasis areas. Expert witness, public participation and charrette tasks are routinely performed by HPE. Traffic engineering, site impact studies and private and public growth management related studies are also special skills of the firm. Other practice areas of the firm include hurricane evacuation studies and calculation of the all important evacuation clearance times and specialty data collection including origin/destination and trip generation studies.
Mr. Hall serves as a Visiting Professor in the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches land use and transportation courses at the master's degree level. Extensive readings in the "New Urbanism," Neo-traditional neighborhood design and other emerging concepts led to a strengthened commitment to land use-based transportation planning. His academic background combined with active charrette and workshop design experience have made him uniquely qualified to deal with controversial transportation and land use projects.
Laura Hanson, AICP is the executive director of the Jordan River Commission. The JRC is a relatively new interlocal cooperation of three counties, ten cities, two special service districts and dozens of community partners working together to implement an ambitious vision for the 50-mile long Jordan River corridor. The vision for the river includes recreation, open space preservation, habitat restoration, water quality improvements, regional transportation connections, and community building focused on highlighting the river corridor.
Laura has applied her twelve years of professional planning experience as a consultant developing both long range community plans and natural resource management plans to her position with the JRC. She is now enjoying the tangible work of implementing such a plan for the Jordan River.
She holds bachelor degrees in urban planning and environmental studies, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Utah. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards from the Quality Growth Commission, and the Utah Chapters of the American Planning Association and American Society for Landscape Architects.
Eliza is a Senior Associate at Canin Associates in Orlando where she focuses on active transportation, regional planning and coding. She led a multi-county GIS and design effort for the metro Orlando MPO Long Range Transportation Plan that introduced land use as an important variable to improve transportation efficiency while contributing to sustainability and quality of life. Before completing a Masters of Urban Planning Degree at the Harvard School of Design, she had the privilege of interning with City of Charleston Planning and Neighborhood Design and for Cornish Associates of Mashpee Commons and Providence, RI. Eliza is a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and local representative of CNU Orlando.
As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form-Based Code Award winner, Leander, TX. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing and comprehensive planning. 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 Resource Council.
Roger Hodges is an urban designer with experience in infill design, mixed-use development, and land use planning. His work includes transit and pedestrian-oriented centers, community master plans, general and specific plan amendments, and transportation and land use policy.
Much of Mr. Hodges’ practice has been based on the principle of project stewardship. This emphasizes an ongoing relationship of designer with client, in a commitment to the design and construction of a place over time. Since joining Ken Kay Associates, he has assisted in the transformation of the HGST high-tech manufacturing campus into San Jose’s Urban Village 6. Land usage is being intensified to maintain its industrial jobs while freeing up land for transit-oriented commercial and residential uses.
For over 10 years, Mr. Hodges has helped with the master planning of Daybreak in South Jordan. Daybreak strikes a balance of setting a standard for sustainable, LEED-rated town development in Utah while being one of the fastest developing new communities in the nation. Daybreak’s walkability achieves an 88% rate of children walking to school, compared to 17% in nearby conventional communities.
Mr. Hodges chaired the Richmond (California) Design Review Board for several years, operating at scales from backyard additions to planned communities. Mr. Hodges began his career with 13 years at Calthorpe Associates, after receiving a Master’s of Architecture at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Ken Kay Associates, he ran a consultancy called Hodges Design.
Bradford Houston is a Manager of Architectural Design in the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bradford holds a Masters in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.
Andrew Howard, AICP worked for 12 years in traditional urban and transportation planning at regional government offices and a top national engineering firm before leaving to help pioneer a new approach to public outreach. Realizing that over the past several decades, designers and city officials have struggled to create and maintain interest from local communities for long-term urban revitalization, Andrew and Co-founder, Jason Roberts, created The Better Block Project.
Now being used in over forty cities and three nations, the better block illustrates how simple modifications can powerfully alter the economic, social, and ecological value of a city by gathering designers and community volunteers together to create a one-day urban intervention to spark the imagination and interest of citizens and leaders alike. The American Society of Landscape Architects called it, “a 21st-century version of what the Chicago World’s Fair did in 1893.” The project has now become a staple for communities seeking rapid urban revitalization and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, NPR’s Marketplace and showcased in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale and highlighted at the National Association for City Transportation Officials.
Leon Huang, with 35 years of professional and academic experience, is the urban design and managing principal of Huahui Design in China, and is currently a visiting professor in Tianjin University.
In the past 25 years, Mr. Huang has been working primarily in Taiwan and China, where unprecedented scale and speed of urbanization in human history is taking place. His work ranges from citywide development strategies, to urban design plans for new development district, inner city redevelopment, revitalization plan of rural villages, and to site specific designs of buildings and spaces. Insisting on the principles of transit oriented sustainable development, and protection of cultural heritage, he continues to explore opportunities to transform the thinking of, and to build consensus among the professionals and governments in order to face future social and environmental challenges in China.
Michael Huston is an architect and urban designer with Duany Plater-Zyberk in Miami. A licensed architect since 1993, he began his career as a principal designer for a firm specializing in educational facilities but transitioned to urban design over the years. He has worked in the public sector for the city of Louisville (an early adopter of form-based codes) and in the private sector as an independent architect and urban designer. More recently, he has consulted on numerous Transit Oriented Developments, Regulating Plans and Downtown Redevelopment Plans. From his final semester of college in Venice, Italy, to a four year “detour” in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, he has sought to not only design traditional urban environments but also to immerse himself in them.
Since January 2012, Robin Hutcheson has been the Transportation Division Director for Salt Lake City. Prior to this appointment, she was a transportation planning consultant for 15 years, focusing on transit, complete streets, and livable communities. Robin has worked in communities around the western United States to plan and implement comprehensive transportation solutions. She gained experience working in the transit industry in Germany and France, and has completed projects for the European Union Commission on Sustainability. In her current role, she is responsible for integrating all modes of transportation, with particular emphasis on alternative modes. Robin is the co-founder of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Northern Utah Chapter. She is active in the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Robin is a native of Connecticut and has lived in Utah for almost 20 years.
Rev. Jacobsen is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA where he lives with his wife (Liz) and four children: Katherine, Peter, Emma, and Abraham. Eric received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, in the area of Theology and the Built Environment.
Stephen James leads the community planning and neighborhood design team that is building Daybreak, a 4,300 acre smart growth community located on redundant mining land near Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine. Begun in 2004, this sustainable development project has sold 3,000 homes and was recognized in 2010 as a model community by the National Association of Home Builders, winning both the Platinum Smart Growth Community of the Year and the Best in American Living awards. The project was also recognized as the 6th best selling master planned community in the United States in 2010 and achieved a market share of 18%.
Mr. James has managed the transformation of the local home building market to align with Kennecott Land’s social goals and environmental standards since 2003. His role has expanded over the years to include land use planning, general place making strategy development and working with local and state agencies to align their transit and freeway design standards to the smart growth community making vision.
Mr. James is the 2008 recipient of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship where he researched and documented in his recent book called MADE SPACES – Enduring Places, how neighborhood development scale impacts livability in urban and sub-urban environments.
Before joining RIO TINTO / Kennecott Land, Stephen relocated with his wife and children from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he practiced architecture and specialized in museum and performing arts center design. Stephen is an active bike commuter, logging 50 miles a day between his home on the Avenues and his office in Daybreak.
Hal Johnson, AICP, PTP, is the Manager of Systems Planning and Project Development with the Utah Transit Authority. Hal has 18 years of project management experience, in both project development and direct management of procurements and construction. Hal has directly managed over $40M in total project value. Past projects include: 3500 South BRT Project Phase 1-3, West Valley Intermodal Center, Wasatch and 3900 South Park and Ride Lot, and West Valley and Mid Jordan LRT Environmental Impact Statements.
Mr. Johnson is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah, teaching the Community Planning Workshop. This class develops land based master plans for real world clients.
Mr. Johnson holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Albany, Masters of Arts in Geography from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Utah.
Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, professor, and former Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.Arch from Princeton University. From 1977 to 1985 he was principal in Kelbaugh+Lee, which won 15 design awards and competitions. He then served as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates. He was editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book in 1989 (which helped jumpstart TOD), The Michigan Debates on Urbanism in 2005, and Writing Urbanism in 2008, and is the author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, and Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place. He recently served as Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai development company on an international portfolio of mixed use, walkable and TOD projects.
Jason has been a Project Director with Dover, Kohl & Partners since 2005 and has extensive experience with illustrative plans, comprehensive planning and form-based codes. His previous years as a municipal planner informs the creation of successful, effective plans and codes. Jason has participated in over 40 design charrettes worldwide for both public and private clients and has a specialty in city and town design. Jason holds a Masters of Community Planning and is credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Jason is on the Transect Codes Council, frequently speaks at APA and CNU national conferences and his writings and graphics have been published in numerous urban design and planning publications. Jason is also the author of the first novel of the New Urbanism:www.newtownstjerome.com
Since 1994, Kevin has explored his passion for walkable communities. That passion led him to the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he’s been a member since 1997, and to ultimately co-found 180 Urban Design & Architecture in 2000. Over 10 years, the firm enjoyed excellent working relationships with its clients and like-minded professionals across the country. Working on hundreds of projects in 27 states, Klinkenberg and his team designed developments for both new and redevelopment locations, wrote ordinances for cities and developers, and led award-winning public involvement processes. He is now a Senior Planner for Olsson Associates, and lives in Savannah, GA.
Paul Knight is a certified city planner (AICP) and intern architect with Historical Concepts, an architecture and planning firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, he has worked on a variety of land planning and custom residential projects serving both municipal and private clients throughout the United States.
Mr. Knight engages in research on the link between legal codes and the built environment. His work has been presented at APA's National Planning Conference, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the University of Georgia's graduate program in landscape architecture, and to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Mr. Knight is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of two blogs that focus on city planning issues: The Great American Grid (www.TheGreatAmericanGrid.com) and Master Street Plan (www.MasterStreetPlan.com). He also contributes work to Better Cities & Towns (www.BetterCities.net).
Mr. Knight graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology receiving dual masters degrees in architecture and city & regional planning. He is currently living in Providence, Rhode Island, enjoying the urbanism of College Hill with his wife Bonney.
Hooper Knowlton is a partner in Parley’s Partners a Salt Lake City based real estate development company. Parley’s Partners focuses on the development of apartment communities and has expertise in the repositioning and development of environmentally impaired real estate. Mr. Knowlton has 40 years experience in the acquisition, planning, zoning, entitlements, municipal approvals, and financing of “Brownfield” real estate development projects. As a principle Mr. Knowlton’s experience ranges from resort development, National Historic Register commercial restorations, office and industrial parks, neighborhood retail shopping centers and residential single family homes and condominiums. The company has won both national and regional design awards from the National Home Builder’s Conference, California Golden Nuggets Design Award, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Jennifer Krouse is a strategist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Steepletown Studios, a web development studio, and Imagining North Adams, a 2012 placemaking festival that continues to effect change in its host city. From 2008-2012, she served on the Steering Committee of NextGen: The Next Generation of New Urbanists. As two-time Co-Chair and co-organizer of the Open Source Congress – the grassroots component of the Congress for the New Urbanism – she has facilitated idea marketplaces for groups as small as 30 and as large as 250. Jen holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, and she is a regular guest contributor to the Strong Towns blog.
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.
Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world. In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.
Ian Lockwood has a Bachelor Degree and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University. Ian is a Livable Transportation Engineer with AECOM, a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and the former City Transportation Planner for the City of West Palm Beach. For over 25 years, Ian has worked at the intersection of community design and social and economic health, doing traffic calming, road diets, context-sensitive solutions, network planning, and highway removals. In 1995, he chaired the ITE subcommittee to officially define “traffic calming.” In 2005, Ian helped the Complete Street Coalition define “complete streets.” He has also written reform-oriented policy regarding biased transportation language. Ian has guest lectured at several universities and is occasionally interviewed on NPR about transportation issues. Ian is currently working on walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way operations, shared spaces, and campus design. For fun, he does photography, cartooning, and road cycling.
Michael LoGrande is the Chief Zoning Administrator for the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he leads the Office of Zoning Administration, which is responsible for reviewing major development projects and quasi-judicial approval as prescribed by the City Charter. The Office of Zoning Administration decides on applications such as Conditional Use Permits for alcohol and live entertainment, as well as variances and a multitude of other discretionary applications. Mr. LoGrande also leads the Planning Department’s public policy development unit referred to as Code Studies. His work in the Planning Department has covered a variety of critical initiatives, including the creation of the Expedited Processing Section, which was developed in 2004 and has entitled over 15,000 housing units in a full cost recovery, fast-tracked process. The Expedited Processing Section has entitled major development projects such as Grand Avenue, Concerto, 8th and Grand, Luna, Evo, Hanover, Park Fifth, the Biscuit Company Lofts, Wetherly Project, and the W Hotel.
Mr. LoGrande also directs the City’s Revocations and Nuisance Abatement unit. This multi-agency taskforce works to close businesses that create public safety issues throughout various communities in Los Angeles. The Nuisance Abatement Unit has been responsible for shutting down liquor stores, slum hotels, nightclubs serving minors, and various other businesses that operated as a nuisance.
Mr. LoGrande is a native to California and holds degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Housing Development Company. Mr. LoGrande is a member of the American Planning Association and is involved in many community base planning groups.
Richard Louv is the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book, THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, (Algonquin Books, 2012) asks, “What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are today in electronics? How can each of us help create that life-enhancing world, not only in a hypothetical future, but right now for our families and for ourselves?”
His bestselling book, LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, (Algonquin Books) stimulated an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder® to define this important issue. LAST CHILD has been translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries.
In 2008, Louv received the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society; previous recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Other awards include the 2007 Cox Award, Clemson University’s highest honor for “sustained achievement in public service,” the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, and the 2009 Jane Jacobs Making Cities Livable Award.
He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), an organization helping build the movement to connect children, their families and communities to the natural world. C&NN has nurtured over 100 regional, city, state, and provincial campaigns; has organized over 100,000 volunteers; tracks current research on the human relationship with nature; and reports on the progress of the children and nature movement as well as an emerging New Nature Movement.
A former newspaper columnist, he has written for The New York Times, the Times of London, Orion, Outside, and Parents magazine, for which he was a columnist and a member of the editorial advisory board. He has been a visiting professor at Clemson University and an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program.
He speaks frequently around the world, most recently at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and at the national conferences of the American Camping Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including CBS Evening News, Today Show, Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation and Fresh Air. For more information, visit www.RichardLouv.com.
Richard Louv lives in San Diego. He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and is the father of two young men, Jason, 30, and Matthew, 24. He would rather fish than write.
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami and New York City. Mike previously worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009, and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. Mike is also the creator and primary author of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2). Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled “The Art of Building Cities,” took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism. An exhibition and conference titled “The Other Modern,” took place in Bologna, Italy in 2000, and a conference titled "Three Generations of Classical Architects: The Renewal of Modern Architecture" was held in October 2005 at Notre Dame. Dean Lykoudis is the co-editor of two publications, "Building Cities," published in 1999 by Artmedia Press, and "The Other Modern" exhibition catalogue published in 2000 by Dogma Press. A third book, "Modernity, Modernism and the Other Modern," is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co.
At Notre Dame, Dean Lykoudis has served the School in a number of capacities first as the Director of Undergraduate Studies then as Associate Chair and Chair prior to becoming Dean. As Director of Undergraduate studies for over 10 years he was the principal organizer of the new classical and urban curriculum, and Dean Lykoudis established several new initiatives within the School of Architecture. In association with the South Bend Downtown Partnership, he contributed to the formation of the South Bend Downtown Design Center, a program that gives Notre Dame students hands-on experience with urban and architectural design projects in realistic settings while also contributing to the community. This Center has been renamed the Center for Building Communities and will coordinate the regional, urban and architectural design studios of the School. Its programs will include the exploration of regionally adapted classical and vernacular students’ designs for modular buildings to be built in host cities.
Most recently he initiated the renewal of the School’s graduate program with the objective of doubling its enrollment, increasing its offerings and developing its focus on classical architecture and urbanism. For the 2000-2001 academic year Dean Lykoudis received Notre Dame's Kaneb Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations. A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Connecticut and now in South Bend, Indiana.
Charles Marohn of Strong Towns is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 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 Humphrey Institute. Marohn is the principle author of the Strong Towns Blog and key contributor to the Strong Towns Podcast. He is a member of CNU’s NextGen and, with their collaboration, produced the popular “Conversation with an Engineer” video. He can be found online at www.strongtowns.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marohn and on Twitter at @clmarohn. Marohn lives in a small town in central Minnesota with his wife, two daughters and two Samoyeds.
Walt is responsible for Balfour Beatty Construction’s U.S. healthcare market sector. Currently operating in twenty states, Balfour Beatty services include at-risk construction management, design-build, and program management. His group also provides consulting services to hospitals for medical equipment and technology planning, as well as strategic capital, real estate planning, and clinical transition services.
During his fourteen years with Balfour Beatty, Walt has led the planning or construction of more than $3 billion and seven million square feet of large hospital projects including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a LEED Gold facility, and the 1.4 million square foot Children’s Hospital Colorado. Currently, he serves as project executive for BARA, a joint venture building the two million square foot New Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
A consistent theme throughout his career is building high-performing teams and working collaboratively with other project team members such as owners, architects, engineers, consultants, and community leaders. His focus on collaborative teams is what led to his partnership with Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning. Concluding that the ability to deliver sustainable, high performance buildings is also about facilitating walkable neighborhood contexts, public-private partnerships and the resulting value capture, Walt and Scott created Vialta Group, a Balfour Beatty and Gateway Planning Company.
Walt’s education includes a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management. Early in his career, he served as a surface warfare and intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, he and his family currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Walt serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan, state-wide policy and leadership organization.
Alan Matheson has been the Senior Environmental Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert since October, 2011. In this role, he works closely with a range of stakeholders throughout Utah to develop sound natural resource and environmental policy. Alan previously served as Executive Director of Envision Utah, where he oversaw numerous regional growth initiatives. He has consulted with dozens of regions seeking to address the challenges of growth and has published articles on water, transportation and land use. He has additional experience as a partner in a Phoenix law firm, as senior attorney and environmental policy advisor for Arizona’s largest electric utility, and as the founding director of the Utah Water Project. In the community, Alan serves as Chair of the Western Governors' Association Staff Council, Vice Chair of Envision Utah, Secretary of the Utah Clean Air Partnership, and Vice Chair of the Sandy City Planning Commission. Alan received his A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University and graduated from the UCLA School of Law where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.
Natalie is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and spends part of her time in the central Utah desert. She has a Masters of Education degree and has taught English teachers in the Jordan, Salt Lake and Granite school districts for Career Ladder advancement. She taught in the pilot program for the UBSCT and led writing workshops in classrooms from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She was a guest lecturer for Human Pursuits, the Western Humanities. She has served on the Foster Care Citizen Review Board and has published essays in several books including New Genesis, A Mormon Reader on Land and Community, edited by Terry Tempest Williams. Natalie serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Bradley Center, The Sharing Place and Good Shepherd Home hospice. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She is married to James McCullough and has four children and nine grandchildren.
Ty is Vice President at Kennecott Land where he is responsible for leading the community development team for Daybreak, a 4,000 acre master plan in the Salt Lake Valley with entitlement for 20,000 residential units and 14,000,000 sq. ft. of commercial uses, that has not only been the top selling community in Utah each year since opening in 2004 but also a leader in advancing sustainable development practices and smart growth. In his role he oversees market research, planning and design, entitlement, infrastructure engineering and construction, homebuilder sales, consumer marketing and community association governance.
Ty received his BA in Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA and has more than 20 years of experience in planned community development, having held a variety of sales, marketing and operations roles with major land developers in both Utah and Southern California.
He is involved in his community serving as a Board Member of Salt Lake Habitat for Humanity, Vice President of the Utah Homebuilders Association and Treasurer of the Utah Property Rights Coalition and was named one of Utah’s rising business leaders, “Forty under 40”, by Utah Business Magazine in 2010.
Jerry is a recognized leader in Senior Living and Special Needs Housing, and brings more than 30 years of design and management experience creating Active Adult, and Independent Living and Assisted Living Communities with Dementia Care, as well as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) with Skilled Nursing environments. As a principal at GGLO, Jerry works closely with clients in creating vibrant hospitality inspired and sustainable communities for this rapidly expanding segment of our population in locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and British Columbia. Jerry is well-versed in coordinating integrated teams from early feasibility/entitlement work through final design and construction.
Jerry is an active member of AIA/Design for Aging, ULI Senior Housing Council, Leading Age, ALFA and NAHB 55+, and frequently speaks at conferences, promoting research and education with the goal of “raising the bar” for design of Senior Living and urban residential communities.
Mathew McElroy, AICP, CNU-A, is Deputy Director of the Planning and Economic Development Department for the City of El Paso. Mathew is a University of Texas at El Paso graduate of the English (BA) (1997), Master in Public Administration (2000), and Master of Science in Economics (2008) programs. Mathew oversees the Planning Division, where he has grown membership in the CNU in El Paso from three people two years ago to what will be over 150 by March of 2012 and will have trained approximately 150 people to sit for and pass the CNU-A exam (city planners, engineers, private developers, private consulting engineers). He is also actively working on the adoption of a New Urbanist Comprehensive Plan for the City with Dover Kohl and Partners. Prior to joining the city of El Paso, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his work at IPED, Mathew oversaw research operations. His work extended from redevelopment studies and housing to econometric forecasting, input-output based economic impact analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). In his final year at UTEP, he co-led the team that won the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER ) National Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis for a binational industry cluster study.
Michael Mehaffy is a consultant, researcher, author and educator with an international practice based in Portland, Oregon. He is also executive director of the Sustasis Foundation, an NGO that develops neighborhood-scale tools and strategies for sustainable development, including pattern languages, wikis, and other tools for “tactical urbanism.” Michael has served as visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at five graduate institutions in four countries, teaching sustainable technology, urban planning, architecture and philosophy. He is on the editorial boards of three international journals, and the boards of three internationally active NGOs in sustainable urbanism. Michael regularly publishes peer-reviewed research, and also writes regularly for Urban Land Institute, The Atlantic Cities, Metropolis, Planetizen and Better Cities and Towns, and he is also a contributing author to 17 books.
Michael works as a consultant to governments, NGOs and businesses internationally, assembling ingredients of successful, sustainable developments, with a focus on proven implementation tools and strategies. Among the tools he offers are pattern languages, form-based codes, rating systems, and scenario-modeling tools. He has played key roles in a number of landmark projects including Orenco Station, described in the New York Times as "perhaps the most interesting example of New Urbanist planning anywhere in the country."
At the Sustasis Foundation, Michael and his colleagues work on new solutions for sustainable cities by facilitating collaborations between leading minds in a range of fields including planning, mathematics, computer science, biology, medicine and economics. Sustasis is also the host of the US chapter of INTBAU, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, a patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. Michael was formerly the first director of education for the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in London, the Prince's think tank consultancy on sustainable cities, where he launched its new professional program in sustainable urbanism, and he has helped to develop three other pilot curricula in sustainable urban development in Europe and Latin America.
Michael is the former Sir David Anderson Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, where he did research on walkable cities and urban networks. Michael is currently completing doctoral research in urban form and climate change at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Previously he did graduate work in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and in philosophy, public affairs and business management at the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin. Reflecting his inter-disciplinary background and interests, Michael also studied music, the arts and liberal arts at the interdisciplinary program of the California Institute of the Arts.
Ron Milam, AICP, PTP is the principal-in charge of technical development for Fehr & Peers. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. During his 20+ years of professional work he has completed a wide variety of planning studies throughout the western U.S. Ron is currently developing transportation analysis guidelines for Caltrans to aid in the evaluation of projects including new analysis techniques to address climate change and working on a new GHG Tools Handbook for FHWA. In addition to Ron’s work experience he has also published over 20 professional papers and is the lead instructor for the U.C. Davis Extension Program’s – The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use.
Ben is the co-founder of Fundrise, an online investment platform for local real estate, and affiliate Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. Ben helped create both companies to transform traditional commercial real estate development by giving local people the power to participate and invest in local real estate. Alongside, Fundrise and Popularise, he is the Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a real estate development company focused on the Mid-Atlantic. Formerly, Ben was President of Western Development Corporation, the largest retail developer in Washington, DC and co-founder of US NordicVentures, a cross-Atlantic venture capital company. Ben has worked as an analyst for private equity real estate fund, Lubert-Adler, and was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and on the boards of Tumml and the National Center for Children and Families.
Rock Miller is a registered Traffic Engineer in California and is a Registered Civil Engineer in California and Hawaii. A graduate of UC, Davis, he has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines of traffic engineering. He is currently serving as Immediate Past President for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) after serving in similar roles for his home ITE District and Section.
Rock’s experience includes work as a municipal Traffic Engineer and for various consulting firms. He is currently serving as Principal – Traffic and Transportation for Stantec Consulting. Rock also teaches several one-day courses in Traffic Engineering for UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, including Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering and the MUTCD. He was also recently appointed to a position on the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC), a State committee that oversees the California version of the MUTCD.
Rock has extensive experience in designing enhanced facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. His work has helped cities to earn Pedestrian Friendly and Bicycle Friendly status through national designation programs. He has also contributed to main downtown streetscape and place-making projects.
Steve Mouzon is a principal of the New Urban Guild in Miami. The New Urban Guild is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to the study and the design of true traditional buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. Involving a number of designers brings authenticity to a place that simply cannot be achieved when all buildings are designed by a single hand, no matter how talented that hand may be. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept, and continues to foster the movement, including sponsoring the website (www.katrinacottages.com). The Guild Foundation is the non-profit educational arm of the Guild; it sponsors a number of workshops, tours, and seminars that fill several of the gaps that previously existed between theory and practice. It also sponsors the Guild Tool Foundry, which is a growing collection of place-making tools that can be downloaded free of charge. www.newurbanguild.com explains all of this.
Steve also is a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Cottage Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique method that communicates principles, not just particulars. Mouzon Design’s Premium Tools Collection is a subscription service to robust new place-making tools that heretofore were unaffordable when commissioned by a single development. A Living Tradition is a framework for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions.
Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including include Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), Traditional Construction Patterns (McGraw-Hill), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans & A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast]. Steve is also continuing to shoot new editions of his Catalog of the Most-Loved Places. The Catalog typically includes every structure built before about 1925 in various historic towns or districts. There are currently dozens of volumes in the Catalog with several more soon to be released. The Catalog began in the South, but has expanded in scope to include Bath, England, Pienza, Italy, Antigua Guatemala and St. George’s Bermuda. He lectures frequently across the country and abroad.
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.
Dr. Nelson is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Finance, and Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program at the University of Utah. He is the author of more than 20 books and 300 other scholarly works. Dr. Nelson has received more than $10 million in research funding from such sponsors as the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Science, HUD, US DOT, EPA, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Realtors, National Apartment Association, Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institution among others. His current research focuses on how emerging demographic and economic trends will reshape America’s metropolitan areas. Dr. Nelson’s research in this and related areas has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CBS Evening News, among others. Time magazine cited his suburban redevelopment projections as second of the ten most important trends to follow.
John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He has overseen a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977 and earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.
Nick Norris is a Planning Manager for Salt Lake City. Nick has over 10 years of urban planning experience, with a professional background in long range planning, current planning, historic preservation and project management. Mr. Norris has made several presentations at professional conferences, including the HUD Sustainability Communities Grantee Convening as a panel member in 2011, the Utah League of Cities and Towns (2004 and 2010), the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association (2010 and 2011) and the Utah Ordinance Compliance Association (2006). Nick was the project manager for two award winning projects with Salt Lake City, the North Temple Boulevard Station Area Plans (2010) and the TSA Transit Station Area Zoning District (2010). Nick has worked with a number of City staff members and members of the Salt Lake community to find innovative ways to improve public outreach and participation as well as identifying policies that implement community driven policies. Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and is a member of American Institute of Certified Planners.
Rene was born and raised in South Africa and received his education in Advertising and Marketing. He has been developing and marketing innovative product for the residential construction industry for over 12 years and has received multiple national and international awards for his work with Garbett Homes. He is credited for putting Garbett Homes on the map as one of the foremost green builders in the country with award-winning progressive designs.
Federal and local government employee, consultant and entrepreneur for over 35 years, Oram developed expertise in transit finance/fares/revenue, market research, marketing, traffic mitigation and private sector strategies. He assisted over 75 North American public agencies and municipalities, and earned a U.S. DOT Outstanding Public Service Award. Credited as creator of “TransitChek” vouchers, a mass-market method for tax-free employer-provided “transit benefits,” he founded Commuter Check Corp. to deliver transit benefits nationally. He now chairs The Fund for the Environment and Urban Life, which focuses on planning, development, housing, transportation, etc. He has degrees in business and economics from Lehigh University, urban planning from London School of Economics, and published doctoral work. He authored five books and numerous articles, and co-founded Sun Farm Network, an innovative New Jersey solar energy company.
Jon Osier is the Senior Engineer - Long Range Planning for Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC). He is responsible for the strategic planning of KUC’s non-operational lands. He is in charge of preserving and enhancing value generation of non-operational lands, protecting license to operate, and regional stakeholder engagement. He was responsible for coordinating and negotiating all aspects of the design build process with UTA and construction contractor for the Mid-Jordan TRAX Line. He was also in charge of design review, scoping, and construction scheduling. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Montana Tech University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
Eric Osth, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. Experienced in both Architecture and Urban Design, Eric’s past credits include a position with Merrill & Pastor Architects of South Florida where he worked on architectural commissions in a number of communities along the Atlantic Seaboard, including Seaside and Windsor. Immediately following his subsequent graduate work, he joined at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in San Francisco, CA where he was Senior Urban Designer, directing an urban design teams on projects in the state of California and overseas in Shanghai, China. Since joining Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh, Eric serves as Principal-in-Charge on urban design projects across the United States and beyond, including projects in Canada, Russia, and India.
In addition to his responsibilities at UDA, Eric recently served as the 2011 President of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute if Architects, and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Riverlife, a Pittsburgh organization that acts as a steward for the improving the character and quality of the environment around Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Osth has also been a guest juror at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture in Pittsburgh and has taught as a Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Eric is an honors graduate from the University of Miami, holding a Bachelor of Architecture. He also received a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brandon A. Palanker is currently Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs for Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns LLC the branded leader in the comprehensive and holistic redevelopment of suburban downtowns. His role extends to leading the efforts for the CSPM Group, which Renaissance spun off as a firm that specializes in grass roots, social media campaigns to gain public support and key entitlements for large scale, comprehensive mixed-use developments. He has over 15 years combined experience within the Real Estate, Public Affairs and Communications arenas.
A key contributor to the development of Renaissance’s Unified Development Approach™ and Crowdsourced Placemaking programs, Mr. Palanker believes the only way to provide positive, transformative change within our nation’s downtowns is through a comprehensive, holistic approach to downtown redevelopment that includes significant public engagement.
Renaissance has been named Master Developer in seven northeast municipalities, including Bristol, CT headquarters of ESPN and Hempstead, NY, the nation’s largest Village which represents a catalytic redevelopment opportunity for the Long Island region. Bristol was home to the nation’s first ever Crowdsourced Placemaking program, representing a model of successful pubic engagement for transformative mixed-use redevelopment efforts in areas with typically high barriers to entry. This effort was the catalyst for the formation of CSPM Group.
Both the Glen Isle and Hempstead projects have garnered the distinction as “Projects of Regional Significance” from the Long Island Regional Planning Council and are slated for shovel ready status in 2012. Renaissance has also been designated as Master Developer for the Nassau Coliseum Development site in Nassau County, NY, the largest developable parcel remaining in the County. This designation was due in large part due to the Company’s focus on public engagement through Crowdsourced Placemaking utilizing the services of the CSPM Group.
Mr. Palanker’s keen understanding of market trends and the use of social media to engage the public throughout the development process has positioned him as a leading expert in the arena of public engagement in real estate. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has been interviewed by leading industry publications that include the Urban Land Institute, the National League of Cities, the National Main Streets Organization, Vision Long Island, Sustainable Long Island, the American Planning Association, Multi Housing News and Multi Family Executive amongst others.
A Graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA, Mr. Palanker has always attempted to combine social responsibility with business success as demonstrated by his designation as Business Person of the Year by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce during his time as President of Networked Now, LLC. Renaissance Downtowns is another example of Mr. Palanker’s approach to business, as the Renaissance philosophy aligns the needs of economic sustainability with environmental sensitivity and public inclusion. His passion for the arts is exhibited by his participation on the Council of Overseers for the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts as well as his work within the Glen Cove community.
Peter J. Park was appointed Denver’s Manager of Community Planning and Development on January 14, 2004. The Community Planning and Development Department is comprised of more than 200 employees that provide Denver’s planning, zoning, construction permit and inspection services. He was formerly the City Planning Director in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was instrumental in establishing a disciplined approach to comprehensive planning, raising awareness of design, creating the Milwaukee Development Center (consolidating planning, zoning and construction permit functions), streamlining development review procedures and completing a comprehensive update of the city’s zoning code.
Mr. Park also holds an appointment at the University of Colorado at Denver as an Associate Professor of Urban Design and Director of the Master of Urban Design Program. He was formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning where he coordinated the Joint Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning Degree Program and taught urban design lectures and studios. The work explored in his design studios influenced significant development activities in Milwaukee including the removal of an elevated downtown freeway that makes way for more than 25 acres of new development.
Mr. Park has specialized in urban design and planning work requiring innovative design solutions that balance development needs with unique site and design quality concerns. He has worked with a variety of organizations dealing with regional planning, neighborhood planning, urban design, design guidelines and building renovation.
Mr. Park has lectured at various institutions including the University of Chicago, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Marquette University, University of Montreal, and the University of Tokyo. He has also spoken to numerous local and national organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) and Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Mr. Park co-authored The Wisconsin State Building Program Research Project: A Comparative Analysis and edited Growth Management and Environmental Quality.
Daniel Parolek is an architect and urbanist who is committed to creating and reinforcing walkable, sustainable places and designing buildings that reinforce them. His article on Missing Middle Housing was recently one of 20 finalists featured in the Smart Growth Network’s Compendium. He is at the forefront of the practice of Form-Based Coding, which is a revolutionary alternative to zoning regulations that has proven to be highly effective in encouraging and incentivizing more sustainable development patterns. He is coauthor of the first comprehensive book on the topic "Form-Based Codes: A guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers," which was published by Wiley in 2008, and has been called "the definitive handbook" on the subject.
He is also a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the founding principal of Opticos Design, Inc., a firm that applies the principles of sustainability at the regional, city, and building scale. This work includes the Charter Award winning Seaside Town Square and Beachfront Master Plan, Form-Based Codes for the Cities of Cincinnati, Ohio, Flagstaff and Mesa, Arizona, and cities across California, the creation of a transit-oriented new town center for Hercules, California that is LEED-ND Stage 1 Gold Certified, and the design of Missing Middle housing including a Charter Award-winning, affordable, green housing project in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Opticos is one of 12 Bay Area founding B Corporations with a commitment to a triple bottom line of social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility. Daniel has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California at Berkeley. Daniel first became passionate for urbanism and traditional architecture while growing up in a small, rural community in Nebraska. He is an avid biker, supporter of local businesses, and an advocate of local, organic foods.
Scott Polikov is a national leader advancing the New Economics of Place. His firm’s work is well known for its design and implementation, focusing on public-private partnerships to advance value capture.
Scott is President of Vialta Group, a joint venture company formed by his town planning firm, Gateway Planning, and the global infrastructure and construction company, Balfour Beatty.
Scott is a town planner and innovative finance consultant who started his professional life practicing law in Washington, D.C. with Patton Boggs. Returning to Texas, he became director of the State’s Alternative Fuels Program, while also serving on the Board of Directors respectively of his transit authority, Capital Metro, and the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Central Texas Region.
Alarmed that the MPO’s regional transportation plan ignored development patterns and land use in a sustainable way, Scott changed careers and established a national town planning practice focusing on the marriage of urbanism and the economics of transportation. Scott’s town planning work includes leading the design and implementation of walkable urban neighborhoods in rural and suburban communities as well as downtowns, with a focus on transit oriented development.
Scott’s civic service includes membership on the National Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), as well as services as an associate of the CitiStates Group (Neal Peirce, founder) and as a faculty member for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Ford Foundation Sustainability Program for Chamber CEO’s.
Stefanos Polyzoides’s career encompasses includes architecture and urbanism, design education and theory. His professional experience includes the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning, and urban design. From 1973 until 1997, he was Associate Professor of Architecture at USC and from 1983 through 1990 he was on the Advisory Board for the School of Architecture at Princeton. He is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his partner Elizabeth Moule, he founded Moule & Polyzoides, in 1982. Mr. Polyzoides has led projects across the nation and throughout the world— including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Guatemala, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius and Panama.
Christine Pomeroy has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah since August 2007, and teaches courses in water resources and urban water infrastructure. Her research and teaching interests focus on urban systems and their interaction with natural environment systems. Dr. Pomeroy earned a BSCE degree with an environmental emphasis from Michigan State University and completed her graduate studies at Colorado State University. From May 1995 to July 2001 she worked as a water resources engineer for Camp Dresser and McKee in Detroit, Michigan focusing primarily on urban watershed management issues as part of the Rouge River Wet Weather Demonstration Project. Dr. Pomeroy is an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WEF) and is currently co-chair of the WEF task force to update the Manual of Practice No. 23 Design of Urban Runoff Controls. Dr. Pomeroy is a registered professional engineer in Michigan.
Ms. Poticha serves as Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A well respected expert in growth management and urban policy, Poticha is responsible for advancing housing and communities that promote affordable, livable and sustainable living environments. She also provides technical and policy support for energy, green building, and integrated housing and transportation programs at HUD and around the nation. Poticha leads HUD’s interagency efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
Poticha previously served as President and CEO of Reconnecting America, where she became a national leader for the reform of land use and transportation planning and policy with the goal of creating more sustainable and equitable development and served as founding co-chair of the Transportation for America Campaign. Prior to joining Reconnecting America, Poticha was the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. In this role, she guided the organization’s growth into a national coalition with a prominent voice in national debates on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She also launched a number of key initiatives addressing inter-city revitalization, mixed-income housing, infill development techniques, environmental preservation, alternative transportation policies, and real estate finance reform.
Poticha holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Donald has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. His completed work includes urban and town planning, commercial and institutional buildings, affordable housing, historic restoration of landmark buildings and single-family residences. In recent years his work has concentrated on integrated, mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating truly diverse and vibrant places. A 13 year association with the Congress for the New Urbanism and frequent collaboration with some of the best firms in the country doing traditional urban design and architecture has honed an expertise in the technique and art of creating liveable communities and cherished places.
Before forming Union Studio in 2001, Donald worked with several internationally recognized architects and planners including Cooper Robertson + Partners of New York City. For seven years he worked as a lead designer with The Gund Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts before relocating to his native Rhode Island and founding Union Studio.
Donald received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia, where he was awarded the annual Design Prize, and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a founding board member of its New England Chapter, as well as a board member of GrowSmart Rhode Island. He is a longstanding member of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art as well as a member of the venerated Providence Art Club. Donald regularly speaks at regional and national venues on the topic of restoring communities through best practices in neighborhood design, furthering his single-minded vision to save the world from sprawl. He holds professional licenses in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing is truer when it comes to explaining urban form. Steve Price of Urban Advantage communicates the urban design principles of Smart Growth to non-professional audiences through photo-realistic illustration. After getting a degree in sociology in the 1970s, dabbling in fine art in Los Angeles, and working for many years as a technical illustrator for high-tech companies like Apple and Hewlett Packard, he combined his interests in urbanism and visual communication, creating instructional illustrations about walkable urban form. Using photo-editing software, he modifies photographs of existing places, superimposing photographs of architecture, trees, people, transit vehicles and other components of an urban landscape to create before-and-after visualizations of positive change.
Steve’s clients for his visualization services have included cities, urban design firms, community development corporations, transportation agencies, environmental organizations, foundations, universities, and neighborhood groups. He has worked with the Fannie Mae Foundation to visualize urban revitalization of neighborhoods in Kansas City, Miami, Memphis, and Washington, D.C. He has produced sets of images depicting New Urban design principles as they would apply to: cities within the jurisdiction of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area; metropolitan Honolulu; the jurisdiction of the San Diego Association of Governments; and the City of El Paso, Texas.
Linda Pruitt is President and co-founder of the Cottage Company, which is building some of the most innovative infill cottage housing types in the west, and writes cottage ordinances to encourage sensitive, medium-density infill. The Cottage Company creates communities that demonstrate the shift in thinking from “quantity” to "quality.” These communities are viewed as models of national importance for innovative land use projects and innovative ‘infill development’ – smart growth without sacrifice. They have been featured in the “Wall Street Journal,” on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, and in Cottage Living magazine.
The Cottage Company began somewhat as a direct result of the adoption of the Cottage Housing Development (CHD) Code, first implemented in Langley, Washington, in 1995. At the time, most cities didn't have single-family land use codes that would allow for the visionary pocket neighborhoods that the Cottage Company wanted to create. “Rather than contributing to the sprawl, taking root in the suburban areas of the Pacific Northwest, our choice was to utilize existing urban areas and infrastructure in a better way.”
Chris Riley serves on the Austin City Council. He was elected at large in 2009 and reelected in 2011, and his current term runs until January 2015. He also serves on the boards of Capital Metro and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Prior to his election, Chris worked as an attorney, and was actively involved in civic issues. He co-founded the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association in 1997, and served as its president for five years. He was then appointed to Austin’s Planning Commission and served on it for six years, including two years as its chair. He has also served on numerous other city boards and task forces, including the Downtown Commission, the Water Conservation Task Force, and the Street Smarts Task Force.
Chris has also been deeply involved in a number of local non-profits, including the Austin Parks Foundation, the Austin History Center Association, Austin CarShare, and the Alliance for Public Transit.
A native Austinite, Chris is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Texas School of Law.
Jason Roberts was the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and recent candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city's effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of "Better Block" projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block was showcased in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
Molly O’Neill Robinson is the new Urban Designer for Salt Lake City. As the urban designer, she is responsible for building value in the public realm through civic leadership, citizen empowerment, and design controls and incentives. Her goal is to help Salt Lake City be competitive by advocating for the qualities and design details that make memorable places and livable neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Planning Division staff in Salt Lake, Molly was a planner and project manager at OLIN, an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design and planning studio in Philadelphia. At OLIN, she contributed to civic master planning, design guidelines, park planning, and institutional projects. Molly holds a MS in Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and a BS in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served as an Assistant Instructor at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regularly invited guest juror at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning.
Gilbert is recognised internationally as a leading voice in placemaking and the relocalisation movement. A sought after speaker and motivator, he is known for his innovative thinking, dynamic engagement processes and inspirational approach to community activation. Gilbert has worked with hundreds of mainstreets, cities, developers and businesses over the last 20 years to create and regenerate more vibrant, connected and resilient communities. He has been a key contributor in making Melbourne one of the world’s most liveable cities and was previously General Manager of the Chadstone, the largest and most successful shopping center in the southern hemisphere. He is renowned for the activation of evening economies and night markets.
Gilbert was the co-founder of the Epoch Foundation that promoted the adoption of a new paradigm of ethical business practice, and he believes placemaking is the new environmentalism with the potential to inspire a deeper social and environmental awareness, a new measures of progress, and stewardship that can make a difference both locally and globally in how we live, work and play.
Brenda Case Scheer, AIA, FAICP, has been the dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah since 2002. She is a nationally recognized authority on urban design, design legislation, and the development of cities. Her most recent book is The Evolution of Urban Form: Typology for Planners and Architects. She won the prestigious Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism Prize for her writing, and she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Dean Scheer has grown the College dramatically, establishing new departments of City and Metropolitan Planning, as well as Interdisciplinary Design. She has marshaled University resources and her own expertise to bear on community problems and issues, including downtown redevelopment and design, support for public transportation, regional smart growth, enhanced urban design, and support for artist housing and regional arts facilities.
Dean Scheer is appointed to the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Board and the United States GSA National Register of Peer Professionals. She serves on the boards of Envision Utah, Artspace, and was also on boards of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Utah AIA chapter and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Peter has seen the inside of the system, has found ways to change it, and is looking for alliances. He is a land use planner and project manager, and has worked for federal, territorial, municipal, and tribal levels of government over the last ten years and now runs a small consulting firm, providing a variety of planning and design consulting services. He has spearheaded many site-sensitive developments in the Arctic. Peter has worked voluntarily for the last 18 months with Alderman Gian-Carlo Carra, and Scott Deederley from the Mayor's Office, of the City of Calgary, on reviewing and critiquing every form of municipal revenue generation. Preliminary results will be discussed by Peter, on behalf of the team, as well as discussing the potential solutions that have emerged.
For fifteen years, Shannon Scutari has facilitated changes in Arizona’s public policy and transportation worlds, creating a path in Arizona for rail, transit, sustainability, smart growth, and transit-oriented development. Currently, she is leading the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, a unique endeavor with a $20 million fund that harnesses the collective power of public, private and non-profit organizations to build equitable transit-oriented-development along the 20-mile light rail corridor connecting Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. As a lobbyist for eleven legislative sessions and a policy advisor for two Arizona Governors (Governor Napolitano and Governor Brewer) – Shannon specializes in working with diverse constituencies and coalitions to get things done that surprise even the staunchest cynics. During her time at the Governor’s Office, Shannon led the Governor’s Growth Cabinet (15 Cabinet Agencies) to create the Arizona Smart Growth and Development Implementation Plan and the Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard that is serving as a model for growth and development performance measurements throughout the country.
As an executive with the Arizona Department of Transportation, Shannon led the team that created Arizona’s first State Rail Plan, and worked with partners to: 1) Secure $6.5M in federal and state funding to launch Arizona’s first-ever Intercity Rail Environmental Impact Statement (Phoenix-Tucson); and 2) Get Arizona on the National Rail Map with lines connecting Phoenix to LA/San Diego and Phoenix to Las Vegas.
As the Government Relations Director for the City of Tempe, Shannon helped secure political support, and federal and regional funding for the initial 20-mile Metro light rail line and future extensions.
Shannon earned her joint J.D./MBA and Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.
Robert Sharp is an architect practicing in his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. His design ethic is deeply rooted in the history, patterns, and construction methods of the region. Over the years, he has developed expertise in designing mixed-use buildings in in-fill locations. He also has deep experience in adaptive re-use and historic restoration. Robert Sharp has done extensive work designing two and three story courtyard apartment buildings for TND and infill locations. In addition to his architectural practice, Robert has worked as a developer and has a good understanding of the role that good design plays in maximizing the value of a real estate investment.
Robert has also served the community as a member of the Historic District Commission, Downtown Architectural Standards Committee, and as chair of the Land Use Working Group for Fayetteville Natural Heritage’s Green Infrastructure project. Robert is currently Executive Director of Partners for Better Housing, a group dedicated to providing energy efficient, well designed affordable houses in Fayetteville’s Walker Park Neighborhood.
Currently, Robert is focused on two overarching project types: The first is maximizing the design potential of the normative American wood frame house. His designs celebrate the confidence, frugality, and cultural heritage of this most loved domestic architecture. The second is Incremental Sprawl Repair, a sequential process of converting poorly performing, worn out commercial strip centers into vibrant, healthy, and valuable neighborhoods.
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.
Mr. Shook speaks regularly for the Urban Land Institute on topics relating to urban design. He is a member of the International Downtown Association and the Urban Land Institute, and was recently elevated to the College of Fellows, the highest honor given by the American Institute of Architects.
Søren is an accomplished design and planning professional. He is a principal and executive officer of Community Studio, where his professional work focuses on the planning, design and implementation of sustainable community development and public policy initiatives. He has received broad recognition for his design, policy and advocacy work, including the national AIA Young Architect Award and three Best of State Gold Medals in Community Development. His work has earned 19 Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Awards, as well as numerous citations from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, and US Green Building Council. He has guided the development of numerous LEED certified projects including the LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter in Summit County.
Søren was elected to the Salt Lake City Council in November 2005, and reelected in November 2009. He currently serves as City Council Chair. Søren previously chaired the Salt Lake Historic Landmark Commission, and the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee. He has served on numerous local and national boards and committees and has been a community champion for arts and culture, social equity, ecology and environmental stewardship, sustainable development, public health, and alternative transportation.
As a consultant and legal counsel, Dan represents developers, design professionals, green businesses and localities around the world, advising them on traditional neighborhood development, conservation development, eco-industrial projects, distributed generation, financing, green product development and business matters. He assists developers of sustainable new towns and innovative utility projects. He also represents localities developing innovative regulatory approaches. He represents professionals providing “green” services and the developers and manufacturers of innovative products.
Dan has been counsel for the U.S. Green Building Council (developers of the LEED® green building rating system) since the turn of the century and was counsel for the Congress for the New Urbanism for 17 years before joining its board. Among his other public interest clients are the Rideshare Institute and the World Green Building Council. He serves on the boards of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the National Charrette Institute, the Form Based Codes Institute and Tricycle Gardens urban agriculture organization.
Dan has worked for more than two decades on Traditional Neighborhood Development projects in most regions of the country. Having worked on smaller infill, as well as large-scale projects with thousands of homes and several million square feet of commercial space, he represents both developers and localities. For developers, he helps obtain environmental and land use entitlements, drafts code provisions to propose to the governing locality, drafts the community code imposed through the covenants and restrictions, drafts homeowner association documents, and performs other tasks. Dan’s team has developed green real estate documents as well as green homeowner association documents. For localities, he helps identify code provisions that interfere with New Urban or sustainable projects, and crafts codes that encourage or require New Urban or more sustainable developments with practical flexibility for the development community.
Dan has been the legal team leader for the land use and entitlement process for several new towns widely recognized as part of the cutting edge for the application of New Urban and green development principles. He has worked for the Department of Energy and FEMA in relocating flooded towns in the Midwest; worked with the State of Mississippi on Katrina recovery; and assisted in various aspects of the development or permitting of other new communities in California, Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut and other states. He speaks nationally on removing or overcoming legal impediments to innovative and responsible development, as well as implementing the Smart Code and other form-based code approaches.
Dan’s team also helps green manufacturers determine what they can say about their products and help large-scale land owners monetize environmental attributes of their properties such as carbon credits and stream restoration credits.
Dan’s law degree is from the University of Michigan, and he has degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College.
In the summer of 2008 Dan and co-author Doris Goldstein co-wrote A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects, published by John Wiley & Sons which is available through on-line book sellers. In 2007 ULI published Developing Sustainable Planned Communities which includes Dan’s chapter on “Maintaining Sustainability.” Other publications include a chapter on "Sustainability Planning and the Law" in Stephen Coyle's 2011 Sustainable and Resilient Communities and "New Urbanism as a Site Planning Tool" in the ABA's 2009 Green Building and Sustainable Development.
Sandy Sorlien is a code writer, teacher, and photographer who has coordinated Transect-based tools by more than thirty different New Urbanist firms, including the model SmartCode and Neighborhood Conservation Code. The tools provide building-scale, community-scale, municipal, and regional standards and performance goals for numerous placemaking disciplines. In 2011, in partnership with the Center for Applied Transect Studies, she launched the Transect Collection image resource. Elements of built and natural environments were chosen for their contribution to walkable neighborhoods and land conservation. In addition, Sandy has been photographing and writing about American Main Streets since 2001, and writes a blog called Street Trip. In 2013 she began a photographic research project about the Schuylkill River floodplain.
Adolf Sotoca received his M.Arch in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona TECH (UPC). He teaches and does research at the Architecture Schools of Barcelona and UPC_BarcelonaTECH. He has been invited by many universities such as the University of Columbia (New York), MIT (Boston), NUS (Singapore), Pratt (New York), UICU (Illinois), IUAV (Venice), ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute (Rotterdam) UIUAM (Bucharest), CTU (Krakow), and UL (Ljubjiana).
Adolf is one of the founders and main partners of CSArchitects. He is the author and editor of a wide range of publications on urbanism, as well as a member of editorial and scientific boards of national and international publications. CSArchitects has been awarded in several urban scale competitions.
Rob Spanier is the Senior Vice President of LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), an international urban development and advisory firm with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Austin, and Nashville. LWLP is dedicated to creating and redeveloping iconic mixed-use real estate projects, and has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale, mixed-use urban real estate developments.
With over 13 years of international ‘hands-on’ experience in mixed-use development and deal making, Rob has helped develop over 30 large-scale projects in North America, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Before joining LWLP, Rob spent five years with Intrawest Corporation creating globally renowned mixed-use destination resort towns. During his time with Intrawest, he led an international leasing team that completed over 300 retail, restaurant and entertainment deals.
Managing the Toronto office, Rob leads LWLP’s strategic development initiatives while maintaining a senior leadership role within LWLP’s advisory services and implementation businesses. Most recently, Rob has been involved in projects such as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village, The City of Mississauga, Ontario, and Cadillac Fairview’s Shops at Don Mills development (Ontario).
Rob is the Vice Chair of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council, and is actively involved with The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). Rob is a regular guest speaker on mixed-use development and successful business strategies that help to implement vibrant mixed-use projects.
Rob is passionate about helping to develop places where people can connect to each other and to their environments; where memories are born and will last forever.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. He currently leads a private consultancy offering design and advisory services to public officials and the real estate industry.
Important recent work of Speck & Associates includes the Lowell, MA, Downtown Evolution Plan, walkability studies for six different cities, and the design of two transit oriented developments along the Long Island Rail Road in Babylon, NY: Wyandanch and East Farmingdale. He also led street design for Project 180 in Oklahoma City, which is currently rebuilding 50 blocks of downtown city streets. This project has converted a one-way system back to two way, doubled the amount of on-street parking, and introduced a full bicycle network where none existed.
As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Mr. Speck presided over two NEA leadership initiatives, the Mayors' Institute on City Design and Your Town, both of which teach design skills to community leaders nationwide. He also created and oversaw a new initiative, the Governors' Institute on Community Design, which is bringing smart growth principles and techniques to state leadership.
Mr. Speck is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine, and serves on the Sustainability Task Force of the US. Department of Homeland Security. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, he is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” With Andres Duany, he has written The Smart Growth Manual, published in 2010 by McGraw Hill. His next book, Walkable Cities, will be released by Farrar Straus in summer, 2012.
Frank Starkey is co-founder (with his brother, Trey) of Longleaf, a 568-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development just Northwest of Tampa, Florida. Throughout its ongoing development Frank has been intimately involved in Longleaf’s design, entitlement, engineering, permitting, construction, builder program, marketing, homeowner association, mixed-use development and property management, even operating a coffee shop in its Downtown. Beginning in 2005 Frank and Trey began planning and entitlement of Starkey Ranch, a 2,500-acre multi-use development planned for the family’s land.
Frank is Chairman of the Board of The Seaside Institute, President of the National Town Builders Association, was the first Developer in Residence at University of Miami’s Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism (MRED+U) program and serves on the Rollins College Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism advisory board. He holds undergraduate and professional degrees in architecture from Rice University, is CNU Accredited, a member of ULI and Leadership Florida.
Mr. Steiner formed Steiner + Associates in 1993 with a vision and passion for creating sustainable, pedestrian–friendly and highly performing mixed-use destinations. This vision was inspired and realized while Mr. Steiner was developing CocoWalk in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1990. It has evolved and matured with the delivery of more than 7.4 million square feet of mixed-use projects across the United States including the iconic 1.7 million square foot Easton Town Center in Columbus Ohio.
Mr. Steiner’s civic, and financially disciplined model has inspired and transformed the industry, leading the way for a new generation of dynamic mixed-use environments that encourage interaction and exploration and infuse experiential elements into the retail equation. His vision and subsequent execution has earned him international recognition and has significantly challenged and expanded the traditional definitions of mixed-use design and development worldwide.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey and a veteran of the French 11th Airborne Division, he holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and a post graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Toulouse in France. He speaks four languages and resides in New Albany, Ohio.
Sarah Susanka, FAIA is an architect, a public speaker, and an author of nine books about her "Not So Big" philosophy of residential architecture, which aims to "build better, not bigger." Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding--not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. As a cultural visionary with an incredible ability to understand the underlying structure of the American lifestyle, Susanka is providing the language and tools that are redefining how we live.
Sumner worked as a wildlife and fisheries biologist for the State of Utah in the 1970s until he discovered Utah State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and decided to get his BLA. He has since created his own design firm, Swaner Design, has served on the Utah Open Lands Board and the Utah Department of Commerce Landscape Architects, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2002, Sumner was asked to speak at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.
In 2003, he established the Swaner Green Space Institute, along with the Sumner M. Swaner Endowment Professorship, within the LAEP Department. The institute and professorship served to expand the methods, knowledge and application of green space principles in community design. Through 2011 the Swaner Professorship focused upon research in green space concepts as developed through projects in the Intermountain West. Today that research has evolved into a broad array of planning and design studies relating to sustainable development in the 21st century, with the work of Dr. Carlos Licon forging a new era of critical lands research.
Sumner created the Center for Green Space Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space. Through this institution, he conducts community development meetings to help a community define “open space” in their own terms by using the “CEDAR” method, which encompasses cultural, ecological, developmental, agricultural and recreational elements of the landscape.
Sumner loves spending his spare time with his two children, Pamela and Sumner, and he also enjoys skiing, golfing, backpacking, hiking and hunting.
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.
Neil Takemoto is a cofounder of the CSPM Group, a consulting firm that designs and manages 'crowdsourced placemaking' programs, developing market communities of future residential and commercial tenants for downtown development focused on sustainability and the knowledge economy. He is currently involved in five crowdsourced placemaking projects with a total development value over $5 billion, including a 17-acre downtown development in Bristol, Connecticut; transit oriented developments in Hempstead and Huntington Station, Long Island.
He is the author of Cooltown Studios, a crowdsourced placemaking blog hosting 1700 entries since 2003, featured in Architect Magazine and the ULI’s annual developers conference. He is also the cofounder of Bubbly, a crowdsourcing web application.
With Andres Duany, he co-founded the National Town Builders Association in 1997, a trade group of Smart Growth/New Urbanism real estate developers. Prior to that, he founded a nonprofit educational clearinghouse for the New Urbanism field.
Emily Talen, Ph.d, FAICP, is a professor at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and a senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s School of Sustainability. She holds a Ph.D in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s in city planning from Ohio State. Prior to ASU, she was a faculty in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for 8 years. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Talen has written extensively on the topics of urbanism, urban design, and social equity. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics, and has four sole-authored books: one on the historical lineage of New Urbanism (New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures, Routledge, 2005); a study of the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, Design for Diversity (Architectural Press, 2008), Urban Design Reclaimed (Planners Press, 2009), a set of 10 urban design exercises for planners, and City Rules (Island Press, 2012), which explores the coded dimension of urban form. Support for her research has come from artistic agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as science foundations, including 3 grants from the National Science Foundation. In 2011, she received a $500,000 grant from HUD’s Office of Sustainable Communities to conduct a nationwide study of the walkability of affordable housing locations.
Scott M. Thomas currently serves as the Administrator of Auxiliary Services in the Jordan School District. He has oversight of their maintenance, new construction, custodial, energy, nutrition services, transportation and facility use departments. Scott has been a teacher, principal and staff assistant to the superintendent. He has worked in Jordan School District for the past 25 years.
Jeffrey Tumlin is an owner and sustainability practice leader of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. Over the past 19 years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes, in 20 U.S. states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the General Services Administration, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities, published by Wiley in January 2012.
Tom Uriona has been engaged in various aspects of commercial real estate for the past 35 years. For the last 18 years he has held the position of Corporate Real Estate Director for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that capacity he oversees the asset management of the real estate holdings of this medical services company. Intermountain Healthcare is a vertically integrated health care system located in Utah with 23 hospitals containing over 5.6 million square feet, medical office space of approximately 2.5 million square feet, 35 free standing medical clinics containing over 560,000 square feet, together with related improved properties and various strategic vacant land holdings. He directs the acquisition, disposition, leasing and various other real estate activities of the company, together with participating the strategic planning for the company. Prior to employment with Intermountain Healthcare Tom’s real estate background included commercial real estate consulting, financing, leasing, sales (acquisitions and dispositions) and appraisal activities. In addition to his CRE designation, Tom holds the CCIM and MAI designations.
Stephan Vance is a Senior Regional Planner at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG.) His three decades of work with SANDAG has encompassed public transit monitoring, transportation funding, grant program administration, bicycle and pedestrian planning and project development, smart growth planning, and urban design. Currently, he is project manager for the Healthy Works project, a partnership with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to support planning and policy development that addresses the health issues related to the effects of the built environment on public health.
Robert Vogel co-founded Peak Democracy and is the company’s CEO. Prior to founding Peak Democracy, Robert was the executive director of a non-profit organization that was awarded a grant from Berkeley, CA, to facilitate online civic engagement. After more than 5,000 residents attended those Berkeley online forums, Robert co-founded Peak Democracy to expand those services nationwide. Since 2008, Robert has pioneered online forums for government agencies that are civil, legal and insightful. Peak Democracy has now worked with more than 50 cities, counties and other government agencies to power more than 1000 online forums nationwide. Robert has two graduate degrees - one in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and another in physics from UC Berkeley.
Maria Vyas, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner in the Salt Lake City office of Fehr & Peers, with fifteen years of experience in the land use and transportation planning fields. Maria is known locally as an expert in multimodal planning; she is currently leading the Utah Collaborative Active Transportation Study, which analyzes regional connectivity for active transportation modes and the effects of active transportation on health, safety, the economy, and the environment. Maria has been a key contributor to the award-winning Utah Department of Health Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Design Guide, which advises local communities on creating a bicycle and pedestrian master plan while integrating health concerns and goals. The Design Guide won the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is being adapted by national health officials as a template for widespread use. Maria is also an approved pedestrian safety evaluator through the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Pedestrian Safety Assessment program, and she has conducted several safety assessments in the San Francisco area. In addition to her multi-modal expertise, she focuses on sustainable transportation: she has compiled transportation elements for several local climate action plans, which inventoried transportation-related emissions and evaluated effectiveness of emission and VMT reduction strategies based on national-level research. She has also participated since late 2010 in the management of the Sustainable Communities grant awarded to the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Consortium by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Major projects of Maria’s within the Intermountain West have included multiple phases of analysis on the Sugar House Street Car, the Jordan and Salt Lake Canal Trail Feasibility Study, the Zion Canyon Trail Feasibility Study, the Fort Collins Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Alameda Bicycle Master Plan, the Mill Creek Canyon Transportation Feasibility Study, corridor management plans for the Energy Loop National Scenic Byway and the Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway, the Bonanza Drive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and the Park City Traffic Calming and Walkability Study.
Michael Watkins is the founder and principal of Michael Watkins Architect, LLC, an architecture and town planning firm. The firm's work includes the preparation of master plans for neighborhoods, hamlets and town extensions, preparation of design guidelines, various town architect services for TNDs, and leading and participating in urban design charrettes. He serves as the Town Architect for Norton Commons (a DPZ master plan) in Louisviille, KY, and Whitehall (a PlaceMakers master plan) near Wilmington, Del. He collaborates with numerous other New Urbanist firms, among them Urban Design Associates, TortiGallas and Partners, Placemakers and the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.
In 2007, Mr. Watkins left his position as Director of Town Planning with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to enroll in the Masters program in Classical Design offered by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and the Georgia Institute of Technology. While with DPZ, he opened their Washington, D.C. office (1998), where he served as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C., lead many charrettes for a wide variety of types of projects, and was a member of design teams for over sixty towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Watkins is one of the co-authors with Andres Duany of the Smartcode, a zoning ordinance that legalizes the development of traditional neighborhoods. In 2003, Mr. Watkins edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region. Mr. Watkins speaks on the subject of traditional architecture and urban design at universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the New Urban Guild and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Gary Whatcott currently serves as the South Jordan City Assistant City Manager, a position he has held since 2003 following his retirement as the City’s Fire Chief. His current responsibilities include oversight of the City’s Fire, Police, Engineering and Community Development Departments. He also functions as the City-assigned liaison to Kennecott and the Daybreak development. Gary has served over 35 years in public service and municipal management. He has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
Don Whyte is a seasoned Master Planned Community professional with more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of land acquisition, project envisioning, finance, and all phases of development execution from acquisition through community completion on communities from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. Most recently, Whyte, in his capacity as President of Kennecott Land, oversaw the planning and development of Kennecott's 100,000 acre land holding in Utah including the community of Daybreak.
Karen Wikstrom is an award-winning planner and economist and founder of Wikstrom Economic & Planning Consultants, Inc., with over twenty years of experience in real estate economics and planning throughout the United States. Karen has completed over 200 regional and local plans addressing housing, economic development and community revitalization centered on the principals of environmental and economic sustainability and regional innovation strategies including the Kennecott Daybreak project in South Jordan, Utah. Karen focuses on reclaiming environmentally challenged sites with the successful reclamation of former Superfund sites such as the 900-acre Bingham Junction development in Midvale Utah, Salt Lake City’s Gateway redevelopment and the 40,000-acre Superfund site in Anaconda, Montana. She recently co-authored “Building the Clean Energy Economy: A Study on Jobs and Economic Development of Clean Energy in Utah.” Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and state, federal and local government agencies. She has taught at the University of Utah and has made presentations at the national conferences for the American Planners Association, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the FSLIC. Karen is a frequent participant in AIA-sponsored design assistance teams. She has served on the Advisory Board of the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, the Utah Women’s Business Development Commission, the Utah Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial System and chaired the Salt Lake City Housing Advisory Board. Karen received her undergraduate degree in economics from Smith College, after a year of study in art history in London. She received a master’s degree in finance from the University of Utah.
Bill Williams is the Director of Architecture & Design for the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bill is responsible for the overall design efforts for all special projects of the Church.
Bill has over 35 years of diversified architectural experience. Prior to his assignment with Special Projects, Bill was responsible for the design of City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, and worked as Director of Architecture for the Physical Facilities department of the Church, where he coordinated the efforts of 80 people in the design and development of temples, meetinghouse and other Church facilities.
For fifteen years, Bill was an Associate Partner at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects in Portland. While at ZGF directed, supervised and coordinated the design efforts of the Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has also designed numerous institutional, commercial, and urban design projects. Prior to ZGF, Bill worked for the architecture firm of Wallace Roberts & Todd in Philadelphia, and Gresham Larson Architects in Tucson Arizona.
Bill is a Registered Licensed Architect in the states of Pennsylvania and Utah, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.Arch. Degree – Architecture, High Distinction) and the University of Pennsylvania (Masters Degree – Architecture and Urban Design.)
Bill grew up in Pocatello Idaho, attended Pocatello high School, and a semester at Idaho State University. It was at ISU that he met the love of his life, Sanette Randall (Grant Idaho) who was also attending ISU. They been happily married for over 33 years, and are the proud parents of four children and two grandchildren.
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.
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.
Prior to starting her firm in December 2006, Lisa was with Crawford, Multari & Clark Associates (CMCA), a land use planning firm. From 1990 to 1999, Lisa was a manager in the securities and commodities division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Chicago and New York City (PWC is one of the “Big 4” international accounting firms and provides financial services and management consulting). At PWC, her primary responsibilities included managing large international financial services engagements, building client relationships, mentoring junior staff, and teaching in-house classes.
Lisa graduated from the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 2001. While attending Cal Poly, Lisa worked for both the County of San Luis Obispo in the Housing and Economic Development Division and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Lisa has returned to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as adjunct faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Classes taught include community planning labs (CRP 410 and 411), population and housing (CRP 442), and real estate feasibility (CRP 520 and CM 475).
Lisa has been selected as a speaker for State and national APA conferences, League of California Cities Conference, and New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, among others. In addition, Lisa recently co-authored the article, “Going Hybrid: How one city overhauled its zoning code while combining form-based and conventional elements,” featured in the February 2012 issue of Planning Magazine.
Ian Ross is an urban designer with expertise in the revitalization of city districts. Since 1999, Ian has assisted communities throughout California to plan for and achieve their desired future in support of long-term economic, social, and environmental health. In 2006 Ian founded City Design Collective (www.citydesigncollective.com), an alliance of award-winning professionals who assist cities to envision, enable, and realize desired transformation.
Ian is skilled at crafting strategies, policies, and implementing actions critical to the revitalization of downtowns, corridors, waterfronts, and mixed-use neighborhoods. Ian is an experienced workshop facilitator; his dynamic planning processes employ highly participatory and educational public workshops, design studios, and multi-day charrettes.
Ian is currently leading City Design Collective’s efforts to prepare a vision and policies necessary to retrofit a 120 acre shopping mall in Newark, California. City Design Collective recently completed the Downtown Development Plan for Colusa, CA. containing urban design, economic, and outreach strategies customized to attract and guide desired new investment in the historic downtown. City Design Collective is pleased to announce the approval of the Park Street Districts code, the first form-based code to be adopted by the City of Alameda, California. The Park Street Districts Code contains land use, site development, and building design regulations to catalyze and sustain the revitalization of Alameda’s historic auto-row.
Ian received his Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Religion from the University of Rochester. Ian studied Geography and the Economics of Natural Resources at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Doug is a Landscape Architect practicing in Parks and Open Space Planning, Urban Design, Land Development, and Land Use Planning. While attaining his Masters of Real Estate Development at the University of Utah in 2010, he Co-Authored The TDR Handbook; an Island Press publication about the design and implementation of Transferable Development Rights programs. The purpose of the book is to provide local governments with tools needed to put economic principles to work that encourage good land use planning. Most recently he has been working with Brigham Young University – Hawaii to develop a long range campus expansion plan that addresses land use and housing issues, power generation, water conservation and other sustainable measures. He has been a member of CNU for 3 years, and has actively contributed to the preparation of CNU 21. Doug lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah spending much of his free time in the surrounding wilderness, hunting, fishing, mountain biking and skiing.
Emily Yetman is Executive Director of Living Streets Alliance, a Tucson-based non-profit organization focused on improving alternative modes of transportation in the area and emphasizing streets as public space with the potential to cultivate a vibrant urban environment.
She received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 2011. Her graduate work explored the potential for creating a bicycle-friendly downtown and analyzed connectivity and access for all different types of bicycle users. While pursuing her masters, she became focused on streets as the most abundant form of publicly-owned space within a city and one of the best opportunities to improve the quality of life for Tucson residents.
While in the final semester of her graduate work, she founded Living Streets Alliance (LSA), a 501(c)(3) organization that has played a major role in bringing walkability and bikability into the public conscience. Through working with local elected officials and jurisdictional staff, LSA now sits on numerous oversight committees including the PAG (Pima Association of Governments) Pedestrian Safety Task Force, Safe Routes to School Granting Committee, Bicycle & Pedestrian Working Group, Transportation Enhancement Task Force, and Pedestrian Plan Update TAC. Just this year LSA successfully worked with the City to establish a Pedestrian Advisory Committee tasked with not only improving safety for pedestrians, but also establishing metrics for creating a comfortable and convenient walking environment.
Under Ms. Yetman’s guidance, LSA has successfully worked with business owners, neighborhood leaders, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership to inspire a vision for an integrated transportation network surrounding the City’s new Modern Streetcar. Through their newly developed Neighborhood Walking Assessment Program and “I Want to Walk” campaign, LSA is garnering support for improved walkability amongst Tucson citizens.
One of Ms. Yetman’s goals for LSA is to increase the retention of young professionals, families, and the “creative class” by improving the urban form and increasing the opportunities to live a car-free/car-lite, urban lifestyle in Tucson. Last year, she received a prestigious 40 Under 40 award recognizing her work as a young leader and visionary in Tucson.