Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), and a co-founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for over 300 new towns, downtowns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. These projects have ranged from the scale of the building to over 500,000 acres, and are found in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Andrés has delivered over one thousand lectures and seminars, addressing architects, planning groups, university students, and the general public. He has co-authored many books including “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,” “The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning,” “The Smart Growth Manual,” “Garden Cities: Theory & Practice of Agrarian Urbanism,” and “Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents.” He is the principal author of The SmartCode which is the first open source form-based zoning code template, and he is a founding board member of the Transect Codes Council and the Form-Based Codes Institute.
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 earned 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, the Society of American Registered Architects International Award, the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence, the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design from the Seaside Institute, and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.
Professor & Coordinator of Master of Urban Design Program
Ellen is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is a Fellow of the Brooks Byers Institute of Sustainable Systems. She serves on the Policy Subcommittee of the AIA Design and Health Leadership Group, is on the Board of Commons Planning, and is a Fellow and past Board Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
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, 2009, 2011, 2013). 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, TED and other venues.
She continues to research short and long-term tactics for scaling up suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009.
Founding Principal & President
Douglas Farr (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. He is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. Bold, brave, and scrappy in his practice, Doug has been responsible for a series of impactful “firsts,” designing the first LEED building in Chicago and the Midwest, and leading one of the inaugural national campaigns aiming to drastically reduce the country’s carbon footprint by 2050.
He co-chaired the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. A native Detroiter, he is an architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of "the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.”
Doug is the author of several books including the widely acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature (November 2007, Wiley) and his newest release Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future (April 2018, Wiley).
Kennedy is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization, downtown economics, and independent business development. She co-founded the CLUE Group in 2004. Kennedy’s work focuses particular attention on creating dynamic retail development plans, cultivating locally owned businesses, creating effective business and property development incentives, finding new uses for key historic buildings, and strengthening the organizational infrastructure needed to create vibrant town centers.
Before launching the CLUE Group, Kennedy served on the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center for 19 years, the last 14 of them as the director of the national Main Street program. During her tenure the Main Street program became one of the most successful economic development programs in the US, generating $18 billion in new investment and stimulating development of 226,000 new jobs and 56,000 new businesses and expanding to a nationwide network of almost 2,000 towns and cities.
In addition to her work with the CLUE Group, Kennedy serves as adjunct faculty for the graduate program in historic preservation at Goucher College, where she teaches a class in historic preservation economics. She is a popular international speaker on community economic development and writes occasional columns for several professional journals. In 2002, Fast Company magazine named her to its inaugural list of "Fast 50 Champions of Innovation," recognizing “creative thinkers whose sense of style and power of persuasion change what our world looks like and how our products perform.” She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2005. In 2009, Planetizen.com included her in its list of " 100 Top Urban Thinkers".
Joe is the principal of Urban3, a consulting company created by Asheville real estate developer, Public Interest Projects. Urban3’s work in pioneering geo-spatial representation of a city’s economic productivity has prompted a paradigm shift in understanding the dramatic impact that the way we design our communities impacts our municipal fiscal health.
Before moving to Asheville, Joe was the primary administrator of the form-based code for downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Joe's cross-training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as well as private sector real estate finance, has allowed him to develop award-winning analytic tools that have garnered national attention in a wide range of national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Planning, New Urban News, Realtor, Atlantic Cities, Planetizen, and the Center for Clean Air Policy's Growing Wealthier report.
His work has been featured at the Urban Land Institute, the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers, the International Downtown Association; and the New Partners for SmartGrowth conferences as a paradigm shift for thinking about development patterns.
Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.
Memphis Medical District Collaborative
Tommy is the President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a community development organization focused on strengthening the communities between and around eight major medical, educational, and research anchor institutions.
Previously, Tommy served as a member of Innovate Memphis, a non-profit funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop and implement data driven strategies to urban challenges. Prior to being recruited to that special project, he worked with the Austin, Texas based firm Code Studio where he managed several national planning and development code projects. Tommy began his career as an Assistant City Attorney in Memphis representing the city on legal matters involving planning, zoning and constitutional law.
Tommy is the Chair for the Memphis Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, a Commissioner with the Memphis Area Transit Authority, and is actively involved with the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 2015, Tommy was named one of the top 40 Real Estate Professionals under the age of 40 by the Urban Land Institute.
Tommy received his B.B.A. from the University of Georgia, and both his law degree and Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of Memphis.
Principal and Director of Strategy
For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation in complex places to achieve a community’s wider goals and best utilize their limited resources. He has developed transformative plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic.
Jeff is renowned for helping people define what they value and building consensus on complex and controversial projects. He provides residents and stakeholders the tools they need to evaluate their transportation investments in the context of achieving their long-term goals. He understands that managing parking and transportation demand is a critical tool for revitalizing city centers and creating sustainable places.
A dynamic and frequent guest speaker, Jeff is the author of "Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities."
Laurie is the principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates' market studies and is the firm's primary analyst of demographic, market and lifestyle trends.
Laurie's development of the target market methodology--- analytical tools to determine the market potential for downtown housing; for mixed-income, mixed-venture repopulation and stabilization of fragile inner-city neighborhoods, and for new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented traditional neighborhoods--- has been instrumental in bringing Zimmerman/Volk Associates into national prominence. Laura has conducted more than 85 downtown studies across the country, in cities ranging in size from Utica, New York to Detroit, Michigan.
She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She was a founding board member, now emeritus, of the National Charrette Institute, and served on the Board of Goernors of the Seaside Institute and the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute. She was also a mameber of the Technical Advisory Group for Location and Planning of the U.S. Green Building Council. Volk was a recipient of a 2002 Knight Fellowship in Community Building, and has been an instructor on market analysis for the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Laurie established international credentials for her observations on consumer and economic trends as a writer and researcher for The Times of London and as a member of the prestigious Insight Team of The Sunday Times. She is a graduate of Duke University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Nathan R. Norris
CityBuilding Partnership LLC
Prior to establishing the CityBuilding Partnership, Nathan served as the CEO of the Lafayette Downtown Development Authority where he and his team spearheaded the development of the award-winning Downtown Action Plan and the Creativity Everywhere initiative; created the Development & Design Center; secured adoption of a groundbreaking and graphically-intensive form-based code; established the CityBuilding Exchange educational conference for community leaders; and initiated a major road diet on one of the two main thoroughfares, as well as the development of the Return on Infrastructure Investment Analysis Tool.
Previously, Nathan was the co-founder and Director of Implementation Advisory for the international urban design firm PlaceMakers, LLC. At PlaceMakers, Nathan worked with developers and municipalities to plan, entitle, develop and market neighborhoods, towns and cities. During this time Nathan started the annual CityBuilding Express (formerly the Magical Mystery Tour) series of intensive site tours of leading projects and places.
Prior to the creation of PlaceMakers, Nathan served as the Director of Marketing & Sales for multiple large scale traditional neighborhood developments.
He is a contributor to the Charter of the New Urbanism and the SmartCode Manual; a co-founder of the New Urban Guild; a founding board member of the Transect Codes Council; the primary author of the Smart Growth Schools Report Card; a certified instructor for the National Association of Realtors Smart Growth course; and the project manager for the Appraisal System which rates the merits of development from the perspective of Smart Growth principles.
He regularly speaks across the country on how communities can leverage placemaking as an economic development tool. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Alabama.