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.
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".
Founder & President
Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
Marohn is the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.
Marohn is a long time commentator on KAXE Northern Community Radio. He currently co-hosts KAXE's Dig Deep program, a monthly examination of public policy issues affecting Minnesotans.
Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. In addition to being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters in their hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota.
Anderson/Kim Architecture + Urban Design
R. John Anderson is a developer, designer, builder and incremental development coach who gained his early experience in the construction trades. He’s a principal for both Tolar Anderson|Kim Planning + Urban Design and the development firm Artifex DBD LLC.
John is best known for his leadership in training and coaching small scale developers through a pragmatic workshop platform created by the Incremental Development Alliance (IncDev). John and the IncDev faculty have coached more than 1,000 participants in the design, finance and project management skills required for identifying and taking advantage of opportunities to address the growing demand for small-scale, Missing Middle rental buildings.
Together with architects David Kim and Bruce Tolar and finance and development specialist Will Burgin, John formed Artifex to collaborate in development project with non-profits, governments and other private sector players in projects likely to benefit from the firm’s strategies and skill sets.
Previously John served as the director of planning and design for New Urban Builders, a firm that demonstrated how sustainable neighborhoods could be successfully delivered by a California production builder/developer.
John is a gifted speaker who has shared his insights on implementation issues for over twenty years in a wide range of venues to include the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, National Association of Home Builders, Congress for the New Urbanism, New Partners for Smart Growth, Seaside Institute and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.
Shannon Guzman, MA, MCP
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute
Shannon Guzman is a senior strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, focusing on livable communities issues including housing, transportation and other supportive community services. Ms. Guzman’s work on the Livability Index, the Future of Housing initiative, livable and age-friendly communities policy, as well as her public appearances, inform local decision makers and other key stakeholders about aging and assist in their efforts to support residents who want to age in place. She has also authored and co-authored publications on housing, community livability, and transportation. Ms. Guzman's policy, planning and communications expertise contributed to all aspects of the Livability Index development and the Future of Housing initiative’s housing forum, home design challenge and accessible home renovation project.
Prior to joining AARP, Ms. Guzman was a senior planner for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission where she worked on long-range, comprehensive planning projects focused on the implementation of smart growth, neighborhood revitalization, and transit-oriented development policies and strategies for several communities. Ms. Guzman served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, where she worked on community development projects with an emphasis on citizen participation, girls' education, and municipal workforce development and training. She received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland and an MA in communications, culture, and technology from Georgetown University.
Mouzon Design & The New Urban Guild
Steve is a principal in Mouzon Design that is based in South Beach, Florida, and he is a co-founder of the New
Urban Guild. He is also the director of the SmartDwelling Initiative that has set out to redefine the American
home as smaller, smarter and more sustainable.
Steve is the author of many books including “The Original Green,” “Traditional Construction Patterns,” and “A
Living Tradition: Architecture of the Bahamas.” He has also authored many architectural pattern books for
numerous real estate developments, and his house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the
Month in Southern Living, Coastal Living and Cottage Living.
He currently serves as a Town Architect for numerous development projects throughout the U.S. and the
Caribbean. He has won the Barranco Award for Architecture along with numerous Charter Awards from the
Congress for the New Urbanism.
John Robert Smith
Transportation for America
John Robert Smith currently serves as Chairman of Transportation for America, where he advises on strategy, capacity building, and national outreach. He became chairman in 2012 after leading Reconnecting America as President & CEO. Prior to his role there, he served as Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi for 16 years. During his tenure as Mayor, John Robert received acclaim for his aggressive facilitation of the public-private partnerships that resulted in over $430M of infrastructure projects that bolstered the economy and quality of life for the people of Meridian. A recognized authority on public and private transportation & development funding, he guided the development and construction of the Southeast’s first multi-modal transportation center, Meridian Union Station.
A two-time graduate of the University of Mississippi and a Graduate of the Senior Executive in State & Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he is the co-owner of Point Investments and is a senior policy advisor to DC-based Smart Growth America. John Robert has served on numerous boards including the US Conference of Mayors, National Forum on the Future of Passenger Rail, and as a Chairman of Amtrak’s Board of Directors from 1998-2003; he was chairman the board for his last two years.
John Robert is a passionate supporter of the arts and is a recipient of the Americans for the Arts & US Conference of Mayor’s Local Arts Leadership Award. He maintains the homestead his grandfather built in Meridian, MS that has served five generations of family members.
Crabtree Group, Inc. – Civic Engineers
Paul Crabtree is a Civil Engineer who cleverly combines his knowledge of cutting edge engineering techniques with historically lean approaches to infrastructure to produce innovative and high-performance solutions for municipalities and developers across the globe.
Paul is the founder and president of Crabtree Group, Inc. – a full service civil engineering firm established in 1999 with offices in California and Colorado. They are best known for saving clients money while reducing the environmental impact of infrastructure projects.
Paul has been a faculty instructor for the Form Based Codes Institute and is a leader in the Congress for New Urbanism Rainwater Initiative, as well as an author and lecturer on lean and sustainable infrastructure, from water to transportation.
Paul is a founding member of the Transect Codes Council, the Project for Lean Urbanism, and a contributing author of Sustainable and Resilient Cities (Wiley, 2011)
Howard M. Blackson, III
Director of Urban Design and Planning
Howard M. Blackson III, is an Urban Designer and Planner who serves as the director of Urban Design and Planning with AVRP Skyport in downtown San Diego.
A noted lecturer, writer, and innovator, Mr. Blackson’s articles and drawings have been published in the American Planning Association’s Planning and Urban Design Standards (2006), the Charter for the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition (2013), and RIBA’s Urban Design Practice: An International Review (2012).
Mr. Blackson is a former board member of Civic San Diego, Program Manager of the City of San Diego’s Civic Innovation Lab, and currently sits on the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Implementation Committee as well as the General Services Administration Design Excellence Peer Review Committee. He is also the Chairman of the California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Howard received his Masters in Urban Design from the University of Westminster, London, his bachelor’s in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and his certificate in master planning from Harvard University.
Water Valley Main Street Association
Mickey Howley is Director of the Water Valley Main Street Association and co-owner of Bozarts Gallery in Water Valley, MS.
Water Valley’s Main Street and Bozarts Gallery have been celebrated in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Preservation Magazine, Die Zeit, and were in the first film in Mississippi’s Creative Economy series, “85% Broken”.
In 2012 and again in 2015 Water Valley was featured as the town representing where Main Street is going in the National Director’s plenary speech at the National Main Street Conference and again at the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2018.
In November 2015 Mickey was an invited speaker at the White House Convening on Rural Placemaking.
For most of 2016 and 2017 he was actively involved in preservation advocacy efforts that resulted in the successful retention of the federal historic tax credits.
A native of New Orleans, Mickey has worked as a commercial shrimper as well as a history teacher in the US and overseas in Turkey. He has served as the program director for the Main Street program for the past decade.
Founder and Principal
Redmellon Restoration and Development
Neal Morris is founder and principal of Redmellon Restoration & Development, a preservationist development team based in New Orleans that focuses on urban historic rehabilitation and affordable housing.
In the past ten years Neal has developed over 1,000 units of affordable housing in Louisiana and Georgia. Neal’s Iberville Offsite Rehab project won the 2014 HUD Secretary’s Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Congress of New Urbanism’s 2015 Global Grand Prize for Excellence in Urban Design.
Neal has taught in the Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at the Tulane University School of Architecture and lectured extensively on affordable housing and historic preservation.
Neal received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from Tulane University. He is also a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Ann B. Daigle
Ann B. Daigle is an Urban planner and designer specializing in neighborhood-based community building. Her passion is the regeneration of historic neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful and walkable places. She lives and works in City of New Orleans where she is a community activist and serves as an advisor to Smart Growth Bywater.
Ann's past positions include Manager of the New Orleans "Culture of Building" and Crafts Apprenticeship Programs for the Prince's Foundation for Community Building; Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, California; and Special Advisor to the Mississippi Development Authority for the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Ann's passion for place started at a young age and continued with her formal education in architecture, interior design, communications and social psychology.
She is also a partner in The Company Farm Pecan Grove & Market, a family-owned farm in North Louisiana.
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.