Sustainable Cities Design Academy Overview

One of the greatest challenges in developing successful sustainable design strategies is providing leadership development and technical assistance for local leaders in positions that influence policy and affect decisions regarding design in communities.

To help support and advance good sustainable design practices, the American Architectural Foundation created the Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA) in 2009. United Technologies Corporation is the presenting sponsor of AAF’s Sustainable Cities Design Academy, which is housed in AAF’s Center for Design & the City. This initiative provides development and design assistance to local community leaders who are engaged in planning sustainable building projects in their community. Through SCDA, AAF seeks to educate, inspire, and support these local government, business, and community leaders and developers. SCDA also provides them with the resources and tools they need to develop long-term solutions for their communities.


2016 Project Teams

The Pigtown Main Street Strategic Plan – Baltimore, MD

Gateway redesign and multi-modal transportation strategy for this portal from downtown to west Baltimore.

Ben Hyman: Executive Director, Pigtown Main Street
Valorie LaCour: Chief of Transportation, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Tom McGilloway, PLA, ASLA: Principal, Mahan Rykiel
Nick Rudolph: Board President, Pigtown Main Street
Graham Young: Deputy Chief of Traffic, Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Beech-Nut Factory – Canajoharie, NY

Redevelopment of a former large-scale industrial plant and site for a picturesque village in the heart of Upstate New York’s Mohawk River Valley.

Meghan M. Manion, Esq.: County Attorney, Montgomery County, New York
John McGlone: Advisor to the Mayor, Village of Canajoharie, New York
Matthew L. Ossenfort: County Executive, Montgomery County, New York
William Roehr: Senior Planner, Montgomery County, New York

Mariposa Plaza – Fresno, CA

Revisiting the keystone to Fresno’s downtown redevelopment of the Fulton Mall and preparation for High Speed Rail.

Jenna Chilingerian: Program Manager, California State University, Fresno
Sheila Hakimipour: Principal, Urban Diversity Design
Gretchen Moore: Vice President, Downtown Fresno Partnership
Lupe Perez: Downtown Revitalization Manager, City of Fresno

Project Downtown: Douglas & Main – Wichita, KS

Multi-building and vacant site activation strategy for several key blocks of Wichita’s downtown to bring activity and interest back to this historic urban core.

Jason Gregory: Executive Vice President, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation
Scott Knebel, AICP: Downtown Revitalization Manager, Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department
Mike Ramsay: Managing Manager, Bokeh Development
Tyler Swehla: Design Intern, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation


2016 Resource Team Members
Lesley Bain, FAIA: Principal, Framework Cultural Placemaking
Zabe Bent: Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
Simeon Bruner, RA: Founding Principal, Bruner/Cott & Associates
Lora Byala: Founder, President, and CEO, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning
Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA: Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Mary Hashem: Co-Founder & Principal, RE | Solutions, LLC
Nico Larco, AIA: Associate Professor of Architecture, Co-Founder / Co-Director – Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon
Dave Lustberg, LLA, PP: CEO + Managing Principal, Arterial, LLC
Josh Neiman: Principal, Hybrid Development Group
Larisa Ortiz: Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates
Damon Rich, AICP: Partner, Hector, LLC
Laura Shipman: Senior Planner and Urban Designer, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

2015 Project Teams

Englewood Square Corridor – Chicago, IL

A commercial corridor redevelopment that will support transit-oriented development and a vibrant repopulation of vacant land around this Green Line L Train stop.

Ernest Brown: President, Brown & Momen, Inc.
Monica Chadha, LEED AP: Founder / Architect, Civic Projects LLC
Glen Fulton: Executive Director, Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation.

Municipal Farms Sustainable Reuse Site – Kansas City, MO

Re-visioning of a 441 acre open space south of downtown Kansas City. The former home to several commercial and institutional uses and buildings, urban agricultural activity will help to shape the future of this topographically rich site.

Andrew Bracker: Brownfields Coordinator, City of Kansas City, Missouri
John Gordon, Jr.: Founder and Executive Director, BoysGrow
Scott A. Sculte: President/Senior Environmental Planner, Heartland Conservation Alliance/Vireo
Gerald Williams: Lead Planner, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Cultural Corridor Connector Project – Las Vegas, NV

The development and planning of underutilized public space under the US-95, creating an engaging pedestrian space that connects downtown Las Vegas to the cultural core.

Dianne Cripe: Visual Arts Specialist II, City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs
Mike Howe, AICP, LEED-GA: Senior Planner, City of Las Vegas Department of Planning
Courtney Mooney, AICP: Urban Design Coordinator & Historic Preservation Officer, City of Las Vegas Department of Planning
Gina Venglass, PE: Engineering Project Manager, City Engineer Division, City of Las Vegas Public Works Department

Rail-Arts-River Connectivity Plan – New Brunswick, NJ

The plan for a public arts focused way-finding campaign connecting downtown New Brunswick to the Raritan River to encourage walkability and awareness of asset proximity.

Heather Fenyk, PhD, ACIP/PP: Founder and Executive Director, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Tobiah Horton: Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture and Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
John Keller: Co-Producer and Director of Education, coLAB Arts
Dan Swern: Co-Founder and Producing Director, coLAB Arts

Harbor District, Milwaukee, WI

Redevelopment planning effort focused on the 1,000-acre Harbor District, a waterfront area of Milwaukee at the confluence of three rivers and Lake Michigan—America’s Freshwater Capital.

Dan Adams: Planning Director, Harbor District, Inc.
James Hannig: Transportation Planner / Designer, AECOM
Sam Leichtling: Long Range Planning Manager, City of Milwaukee – Department of City Development
Dave Misky: Assistant Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee
James Wasley, AIA, LEED-AP: Professor of Architecture and Director, Institute for Ecological Design, School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Smallman Street Produce Terminal, Pittsburgh, PA

Finding a new use for the approximately 125,478 square foot former Produce Terminal on Smallman street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District and making improvements to the surrounding streetscape that will preserve the chaotic market-like feel to the area while enhancing multimodal usability and safety.

Pamela Austin, LEED AP BD+C: Senior Project Manager of Development, McCaffery Interests
Ray Gastil, AICP: Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
Marty Kaminski: Director of Engineering and Construction, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Susheela Nemani-Stanger: Manager, Economic Development Department, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Strip District Riverfront Park – Pittsburgh, PA

The development and plan to activate a recreational pedestrian path adjacent to the Allegheny River, connecting a tri-river network and the burgeoning, former industrial Strip District north of downtown.

Michael Barnard, PE, LEED AP: Project Director, Oxford Development Company
Katherine Camp: Green Infrastructure Program Manager, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Jeff McCauley: Stewardship Coordinator, Friends of the Riverfront
Eric Meyer: Co-Owner, Wigel Whiskey
Addy Smith-Reiman: Senior Planner and Project Manager, Riverlife

Wasco Farmworker Housing Project, Wasco, CA

The relocation of 199 families from a disconnected, industrially‐ zoned location to newly‐designed housing in a neighborhood setting in a way that will embody national best practices in public housing redevelopment and sustainability.

Suzanne Hague, AICP: Senior Advisor for Community Development and Planning, California Strategic Growth Council
Roger Mobley, AICP: Planning Director, City of Wasco
Pat Newman: Executive Director, Wasco Affordable Housing, Inc.
J. Paul Paris: City Manager, City of Wasco


2015 Resource Team Members
Leila Aman: Principal, Fregonese Associates
Garrett Avery, ASLA: Senior Designer and Project Director, AECOM Design + Planning
Lesley Bain, FAIA: Founder & Principal, Framework Cultural Placemaking
Jason Bregman: Michael Singer Studio – South
Bill Cesanek, AICP: Vice President, CDM Smith
Dan Corson: Principal, Corson Studios LLC
Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED-AP: Principal, Quinn Evans Architects
Deeohn Ferris, JD: President, Sustainable Communities Development Corporation
Rosamond Fletcher: Director of Programs, Design Trust for Public Space
Christina Grace: Principal and Food Systems Consultant, New Territories
Anita Hairston, AICP: Associate Director, PolicyLink
Omar Hakeem, Assoc. AIA, LEED-AP: Associate Director, bcWORKSHOP
Theresa Hwang, LEED-AP: Director of Community Design and Planning, Skid Row Housing Trust
Jessy Olson Ledesma: Development Manager, Beam Development
Jane Martin, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP: Principal, SH!FT Design Studio
Dan Melman: Vice President of Parks and the Public Realm, Capitol Riverfront
Nando Micale, FAIA, AICP, PP: Principal, WRT
Josh Nims: Operations Manager, Schuylkill River Development Corporation
Sean O’Malley: Managing Principal, SWA Group
Joe Runco: Managing Principal, SWA Group
Michael Stevens, AICP: President Capitol Riverfront
Eric Tamulonis, ASLA, RLA, LEED-AP: Principal, Wallace Roberts & Todd
Clark Wilson: Senior Urban Designer, U.S. EPA – Office of Sustainable Communities
Corey Zehngebot, AIA, AICP: Senior Urban Designer and Architect, Boston Redevelopment Authority

2014 Project Teams

East Bridgeport Development Corridor – Bridgeport, CT

An opportunity to redevelop the former Remington Arms plant site into a mixed-use development with a second Amtrak station, high school, residential, and commercial development in an environmentally sensitive area.

Parag Agrawal, AICP: Director of Planning, City of Bridgeport
Matt Fulda: Regional / Environmental Planner, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
Jay Habansky: Special Projects Manager, City of Bridgeport
Peter Majewski, AIA, LEED BD+C: Senior Project Manager, Bridgeport Hospital

Cemetery Resaca Restoration – Brownsville, TX

The clean-up of a historic Rio Grande channel and redesign of public space adjacent. Near downtown Brownsville, this Resaca project will help catalyze further redevelopment downtown.

Ramiro Gonzalez: Interim Planning Director, City of Brownsville
Tim Swanson: Urban Strategist, Cannon Design
Eric Zachrison: Vice President, Cannon Design

Swift Factory Community Hub Development – Hartford, CT

Repurposing 65,000 square feet of industrial space on a 2.6 acre brownfield in northeast Hartford for community health, learning, employment, food and cultural space that can serve as a catalyst for neighborhood redevelopment of adjacent parcels.

Thomas Deller, AICP: Director, Development Services, City of Hartford
JaCinta Frazier: Architectural Technical Support, State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Financial Review & Special Projects
Gina Muslim: Director, Hartford Community Partnerships, Community Solutions
Sweta Patel: Senior Project Manager, Community Solutions
Thomas Phillips: President & CEO, Capital Workforce Partners

Boone / Collins Train Station Redevelopment Plan – Hillsborough, NC

A transit-oriented development located within an Amtrak station area plan. Several private land owners and the city are dedicated to revitalize and unify the sprawling and developed particles within the project area and better connect them to the historic downtown.

Catherine Campbell: Planning Director, North Carolina Railroad Company
Jay & Jim Hopper: Members / Managers, Daniel Boone LLC,
Margaret Haugh, AICP: Planning Director, Town of Hillsborough
Stephanie Trueblood: Planner and Construction Manager, Town of Hillsborough

Kalispell Core Area Redevelopment Plan – Kalispell, MT

Revitalization of an industrial rail corridor that will better connect this area to the downtown adjacent, making for a more walkable and sustainably designed neighborhood.

David Koel: Associate Principal of Design, CTA Architects Engineers
Tom Jentz: Planning Director, City of Kalispell
Kim Morisaki: Business Development Specialist, Flathead County Economic Development Authority
Eric Peterson, Manager, Goodale & Barbieri Company / Kalispell Center Mall

Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Study – Pittsburgh, PA

The development of a cross municipal storm water adaptation strategy that solves a regional challenge and works to resolve an EPA consent decree.

Lisa Brown: Watershed Coordinator for Saw Mill Run, Economic Development South
Katherine Camp: Green Infrastructure Program Manager, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
Greg Jones: Executive Director, Economic Development South
James J. Stitt: Manager of Sustainability, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
Brandon Vatter, PE: Associate, Hatch Mott MacDonald

Prices Fork Adaptive Reuse Project for Lifespan Housing – Prices Fork Village, VA

The adaptive reuse and retrofit of a school property that would provide for inter-generational, energy efficient living and commercial space for local food businesses. This project builds on a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Partnership planning grant that helped to develop this concept.

Carol Davis: Sustainability Manager, Town of Blacksburg
Joe Fortier: Owner, Taylor Hollow Construction
Shelley Fortier: Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley
Elisabeth Willis: Housing & Community Developer Project Manager, New River Valley HOME Consortium

West Palm Beach Transit Village – West Palm Beach, FL

A mixed-use transit oriented development that will complete the final section of a multi-modal hub for the City of West Palm Beach and the South Florida region.

Michael Busha, AICP: Executive Director, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Raphael Clemente, AICP: Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
Michael Karsch, Esq.: Partner, Belson Karsch, LLC
Michael Masanoff: Manager Memeber, Transit Village LLC
Mark House, LEED AP: Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Beck Group
Douglas Crawford, LEED GA: Project Leader, The Beck Group


2014 Resource Team Members
Matthew Arnn, ASLA: Chief Landscape Architect, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC
Garrett Avery, ASLA: Project Manager, AECOM Design + Planning, San Diego, CA
Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP: Principal, Interface Engineering, Washington, DC
Paula Conolly, AICP: Strategic Policy and Coordination, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, PA
Brian Cornell, RLA, ASLA, BCSLA, LEED AP BD+C: Associate Vice President, RTKL, Washington, DC
Bel St. John Day, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA: Landscape Design Associate, Bradley Site Design, Washington, DC
Robyn Eason, AICP, LEED AP ND, BD+C: Team Lead, Urban Planning, Green Building Certification Institute, Washington, DC
Justin Falango, AICP: Chief Architect & Urban Designer, Arlington County, Arlington, VA
Roger Frechette, PE, LEED AP: Managing Principal, Interface Engineering, Washington, DC
Elaine Gallagher-Adams, AIA, LEED AP: Professor of Building Arts and Sustainability, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Christina Grace: Principal and Food Systems Consultant, New Territories, Brooklyn, NY
Scot Hein: Campus Urban Designer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Kelley Kahn: Special Projects Director, City of Oakland, CA
Zachary Keegan, PE, CFM, LEED AP: Project Manager II, AECOM Design + Planning, Philadelphia, PA
Dan Marriott: Principal, Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, Washington, DC
Amy Bonitz Palmer: Principal, Bonitz Palmer LLC, Baltimore, MD
Dolores Root: Program Director, Marlboro College Center for Creative Solutions, Brattleboro, VT
Michael Saunders, AIA: Senior Vice President, Director of Design and Construction, St. Louis, MO
Kennedy Smith: Principal, The CLUE Group, Arlington, VA
John Southgate: Principal, John Southgate Consulting, Portland, OR
Sam Stiebel: Vice President, The JBG Companies, Chevy Chase, MD
Silvia Vargas, AICP, LEED AP: Senior Associate, Wallace, Roberts & Todd, Philadelphia, PA
James Vick, AIA: Principal, SWA Group, Houston, TX
Arlova Jackson Vonhm, AICP: Principal Planner, Arlington County, Arlington, VA

2013 Project Teams

Fulton Industrial Boulevard District Master Plan – Atlanta, GA

Master Plan to transform the largest industrial development corridor east of the Mississippi River into a vibrant and productive center of industry while enhancing the environment.

Randy Beck: Director, Fulton County Planning & Community Services Department
Michelle Macauley: Assistant Director, Fulton County Planning & Community Services Department
Gil Prado, AICP: Executive Director, Fulton Industrial Community Improvement District
Kent Walker: Vice President, Selig Enterprises, Inc.

Bloody Run Creek Greenway Redevelopment Project – Detroit, MI

A creek day lighting and redevelopment project of a 3,500 acre site in Detroit that aims to address critical stormwater management needs,  spur further development and create a recreational amenity for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Chris Dorle: Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow, Detroit Future City
Jela Ellefson: Grants & Special Projects Coordinator, Eastern Market Corporation
Ceara O’Leary: Project Manager, Detroit Collaborative Design Center & Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow
Virginia Stanard: Project Director & Director of Urban Design, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Ernie Zachary, Founder & Vice President, Zachary and Associates

Greenwood, Mississippi Comprehensive Sustainable City Plan  – Greenwood, MS

Ignite holistic thinking around transit, infrastructure, and economic development and serve as a model for other Delta and southeast communities.

Angela Curry: Executive Director, Greenwood Leflore Carroll Economic Development Foundation
Emily Roush Elliott: Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Greenwood Leflore Carroll Economic Development Foundation
Thomas Gregory: Chief Administrative Officer, City of Greenwood
Dale Riser: Principal Architect, Beard + Riser Architects
Brantley Snipes: Executive Director, Main Street Greenwood

Morristown Station Redevelopment – Morristown, NJ

Redevelopment of the New Jersey Transit station area encompassing the historic Morristown Station.

Phil Abramson: Senior Planner, Morristown Planning Division & Jonathan Rose Companies
Vivian Baker: Assistant Director, Transit Friendly Land Use and Development, New Jersey Transit
The Honorable Tim Dougherty: Mayor, Town of Morristown
Dean Marchetto, AIA, PP, CNU: Founding Principal, Marchetto Higgins Stieve

40th/Colorado Transit Oriented Development – Denver, CO

Redevelopment of a commuter rail station in a former industrial district on the FasTracks’ East Rail Line, which connects downtown Denver to the Denver International Airport.

Debra Bustos: Director of Real Estate, Urban Land Conservancy
Ignacio Correa-Ortiz, AIA, AICP, LEED AP: Senior Architect / Urban Designer, Regional Transportation District
Steve Nalley: Senior City Planner, City of Denver Community Planning and Development
Emily Silverman: Associate City Planner, City and County of Denver, Department of Public Works, Policy, Planning, and Sustainability

Integral City Project – Greensboro, NC

An arts-led economic development project fostering connectivity and collaboration throughout Downtown Greensboro.

Tom Philion: President & CEO,United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
Robert Powell, AIA, LEED AP: Assistant Professor, Architectural Engineering Dept. North Carolina A&T State University
Dabney Sanders: Downtown Greenway Project Manager, Action Greensboro
George Scheer: Co-Founder & Director, Elsewhere

United Technologies Corporation’s Warner Center – Los Angeles, CA

A 46-acre former Rocketdyne industrial site north of downtown Los Angeles that hosts a central park surrounded by six mixed-use development blocks with a plan to incorporate water conservation strategies, building-specific energy efficiency mandates, cogeneration/central plant feasibility, and landscape design parameters.

Andrew Albers: Director of Sustainable Development, Boston Global Investors, LLC
Ken Drucker, FAIA: Design Director / Senior Principal, HOK
Charles Reid, RA: Executive Vice President, Boston Global Investors, LLC
Charles Veley: Director of Real Estate Development, United Technologies Corporation
Chad Wisler, PE, LEED AP: Managing Principal, Vanderweil Engineers, LLP

Downtown Links – Tucson, AZ

A $76.1-million component of a 20 year multi-modal transportation plan with the goal to best align the corridor with the existing Warehouse Arts District and a new trolley line.

Tom Fisher: Project Manager, City of Tucson Department of Transportation
Brent J. Kirkman, PE: Project Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Linda C. Samuels, RA, PhD: Project Director, Sustainable City Project, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
Eric Scharf, RLA, ASLA: Principal, Wheat Scharf Associates


2013 Resource Team
Sharon Bradley, RLA, ASLA: President & Founding Principal, Bradley Site Design, Inc., Washington, DC
Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP: Principal, Interface Engineering, Washington, DC
William Cesanek, AICP: Vice President, CDM Smith, Philadelphia, PA
Monica Chadha, LEED AP: Co-Founder, Converge:Exchange, Adjunct Assistant Professor, IIT, Chicago, IL
Tom Dalfo: Senior Vice President, Real Estate Services, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP: Principal, Latent Design, Chicago, IL
Heather Deutsch: Bicycle Program Specialist / Trail Planner, Policy, Planning & Sustainability, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Astrid Diehl: Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Projjal Dutta, AIA, LEED AP: Director, Sustainability Initiatives, NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
Dominique Hawkins, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP: Principal, Preservation Design Partnership, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Anne Haynes, AIA, LEED AP: former CEO, Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, New Haven, CT
Betsy Jackson: President, The Urban Agenda, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Jee Mee Kim, AICP: Vice President / Director of Planning & Design, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Dave Lustberg, LLA, PP: Founder, Arterial, LLC, Montclair, NJ
Janice Marks: Principal, High Marks Consulting, Inc., Washington, DC
Stuart Miner: President and Chief Operating Officer, EnviroFinance Group, Denver, CO
Faith Okuma, AICP, LEED AP, RLA: Principal, Surroundings Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Tom von Schrader, PE, LEED AP: Principal Engineer, SvR Design Company, Seattle, WA
Joanne Shelly, RLA, AICP, LEED BD+C: Landscape Architect / Urban Planner, Bradley Site Design, Inc., Washington, DC
Charlie Stott, AIA, LEED AP: Senior Associate, Leddy Maytum Stacy, San Francisco, CA
Cary Tyson: Deputy Director, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, AR
Mark Williams: Senior Environmental Scientist and Associate Principal, AECOM, San Diego, CA
Clark Wilson: Senior Urban Designer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

2008 – 2012 Project and Resource Teams

2012 Project Teams

Brownsville Publicly-Assisted Housing Re-Imagined – Brooklyn, NY
Comprehensive redesign of two publicly-assisted housing buildings in Brownsville, the New York City neighborhood with the largest concentration of publicly-assisted housing the United States.

Beatriz de la Torre: Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development;
Rosanne Haggerty: President, Community Solutions
Fred Harris: Executive Vice President for Development, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Michael Singer: Principal, Michael Singer Studios

Mariposa Corridor: Connecting Fresno’s Past and Future – Fresno, CA
Planning and implementation strategy for the primary connector between a future high-speed rail station and the existing and historically significant Fulton Mall.

Brian Angus: Executive Director, Fresno County Economic Opportunity Commission
Elliott Balch: Downtown Revitalization Manager, City of Fresno
David Cisneros: Manager of Special Projects, City of Fresno Department of Public Works
Sevak Khatchadourian: CEO, Beverly Hills International

City of Macon Second Street – Macon, GA
Master planning, multi-modal transit analysis, and redevelopment of a major commercial corridor

Mike Ford: CEO, Newtown Macon
David Foth: Vice President, Rail and Transit, CHA Consulting, Inc.
Gil Prado, AICP: Assistant Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Macon
Jim Thomas: Executive Director, Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization

Mill River Industrial District – New Haven, CT
Strategic economic development and design plan to provide a healthy environment for living at the water’s edge.

Tony Bialecki: Deputy Director, Economic Development, City of New Haven
Kevin Hively: Principal, Ninigret Partners
Pedro Soto: Manager, Space-Craft Manufacturing

Sands Bethlehem Sustainable Master Plan – Bethlehem, PA
Phase 3 redevelopment plan for 100 acres within the Bethlehem Works footprint, adjacent to the Sands Casino site and Steel Stacks entertainment campus.

The Honorable John Callahan: Mayor, City of Bethlehem
Robert DeSalvio: President, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Tony Hanna: Executive Director, Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority
Michael Perrucci, Esq.: Founder and Managing Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC

Chicago DeCarbonization Plan – Chicago, IL
Implementation strategy to incorporate this private DeCarbonization Plan with the City’s and other private building owner’s operations and create a district energy system.

Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator, City of Chicago
Gail Borthwick: Senior Architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Craig Burton: Director, PositivEnergy Practice
Philip Palmer: Principal, Avison Young Commercial Real Estate

Overtown Folklife Village Revitalization – Miami, FL
Arts-based revitalization strategy for a neglected inner city neighborhood.

Marcia Anderson: President, The Heritage Continuum
Philip Bacon: Vice President of Regional Initiatives, The Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc.
Lorna Bravo, LEED AP: Lead Sustainability Architect, The Heritage Continuum
Francisco Garcia: Planning Director, City of Miami

Peñuelas Solar Park – Peñuelas, PR
Alternative energy generation development on a former Brownfield site to serve the southern Puerto Rico.

Juan C. Feliciano: Land Use Planner, DISUR, Inc.
Yvette Gonzalez Cuascut: Leader and Scientist, Peñuelas Community
David Southgate: Project Manager, DISUR, Inc.
Mario Tomasini-Acevedo, Principal, Ciro Energy Partners LLC

2012 Resource Team
Andrea Adleman: Communications Consultant, Washington, DC;
Leila Aman: Senior Development Project Manager, Metro, Portland, OR;
Modesto Bigas-Valedon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C: Senior Associate, WRT, LLC, Philadelphia, PA;
Craig Churchward, ASLA: Transportation Landscape Architect, LHB Corporation, Minneapolis, MN;
Rob Dusenbury, PE: Principal, Sustainable Watershed Design, San Francisco, CA;
Phil Erickson, AIA: Founding Principal, Community Design + Architecture, Oakland, CA;
Anita Hairston, AICP: Senior Associate, PolicyLink, Washington, DC;
Dean Harrison: President, Harrison Development, Baltimore, MD;
Mia Lehrer, FASLA: President, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA;
Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C: Principal, Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, MD;
Stuart Miner: President, EnviroFinance Group, Denver, CO;
Caroline Moore: Founding Partner & CEO, Ekistics, LLC, Baltimore, MD;
Liz Ogbu: Scholar in Residence, Center for Art & Public Life, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA;
Faith Okuma, RLA, AICP, LEED AP: Principal, Surroundings Studio, LLC, Santa Fe, NM;
Casius Pealer: Principal, Oystertree Consulting, L3C, New Orleans, LA;
Rashmi Ramaswamy, LEED AP: Principal, SHED Studio, Chicago, IL;
Susan Rogers: Director of the Community Design Resource Center and Assistant Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, Houston, TX;
Ruth Todd, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP: Principal, Page & Turnbull, San Francisco, CA;
Laura Weiss: Principal, Laura Weiss Business + Design, San Francisco, CA;
Katherine Williams, RA, LEED AP: Project Manager, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA;
Clark Wilson: Senior Urban Designer, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC;
Dan Winters, LEED AP: Managing Principal, Evolution Partners Real Estate Advisors, Washington, DC;
Alexandra Zetlin: President, Zetlin Strategic Communications, New York, NY.

2011 Project Teams

Human Ecology: Urban Campus Archipelago – Caguas, PR
University campus plan to provide higher education and health services to the Caguas community.

Débora Hernández, PhD: Dean of the Center for Institutional Research and Foreign Affairs, Inter American University
Javier de Jesús Martínez: President and Founding Partner, Adaptable Paths, Inc.
Angel Luis Matos: Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Director, Downtown District Development Office
Tamara Orozco, ASLA: Project Landscape Architect & Project Coordinator, Adaptable Paths, Inc.

New Orleans Mission – New Orleans, LA
Homeless services provider to redevelop current campus, offer updated facilities, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization.

Ron Gonzales: Executive Director, New Orleans Mission
Sarah Howell, AIA, LEED AP: Project Architect, John C. Williams Architects, LLC
Andre’ Neff, ASLA: Principal / Board Member, Andre’ Neff & Associates / New Orleans Mission
John C. Williams, AIA, NCARB: President, John C. Williams Architects, LLC

Northwest One – Washington, DC
The District of Columbia’s community development initiative to reinvent a neighborhood north of the Capitol through the City’s New Communities program.

Nina Albert: Chief, Office of Green Economy, District Department of the Environment
Marc Diaz: Senior Advisor for Capital Development, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Brandon Mitchell, LEED AP: Project Manager, Sustainability Coordinator for New Communities, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Dan Winters, LEED AP: Managing Director, 5 Stone Green Capital

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse Master Plan – Atlanta, GA
Arts center spurring neighborhood development along a neglected commercial corridor between Downtown and Midtown Atlanta.

Julian Bene: Board Member, Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Atlanta Development Authority
Joe Rossidivito: General Manager, Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Mike Sizemore, FAIA: Principal, Sizemore Group
Jeff Watkins: Artistic Director, Atlanta Shakespeare Company

South Quarter Phase IV Plan – Minneapolis, MN
Mixed-income, mixed-use development informed by Living Building Challenge principles and located at a prominent intersection south of Downtown Minneapolis.

Gina Ciganik: Vice President of Housing Development, Aeon
Mark Shapiro, AIA, LEED AP: Principal, Mithun, Seattle, WA
Chris Velasco: President & CEO, PLACE
Billy Weber: Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research

Festival Pier Redevelopment Plan – Philadelphia, PA
Redesign and implementation strategy for an older industrial pier adjacent to Center City Philadelphia.

Tom Corcoran: President, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Alex Dews: Policy and Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Alan Greenberger, FAIA: Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Philadelphia
Sam Rhodes: Senior Vice President for Finance, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Sarah Thorp: Master Plan Manager, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

2011 Resource Team
Lesley Bain, AIA, LEED AP: Principal, Weinstein A|U, Seattle, WA
Jamie Blosser, AIA, LEED AP: Director, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Santa Fe, NM
Sharon Bradley, RLA, ASLA: President and Founding Principal, Bradley Site Design, Inc., Washington, DC
Monica Chadha, LEED AP: Co-Founder, Converge:Exchange, Chicago, IL
Peter Garver: Principal, Garver Development Group, Baltimore, MD
Calvin Gladney, LEED AP: Managing Partner, Mosaic Urban Partners, Washington, DC
Anthony Wolf Greenberg, LEED AP: Vice President of Development, The JBG Companies, Chevy Chase, MD
John L. Knott, Jr.: President / CEO & Co-Founder, The Noisette Company, LLC, North Charleston, SC
Matthew Kreilich, AIA: Design Principal, Julie Snow Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Leach, RLA: Senior Landscape Architect, The Olin Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Janice Marks: Director of Development, American Architectural Foundation, Washington, DC
Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP: Principal, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco, CA
Sandy Mendler, AIA, LEED AP: Principal, Mithun, San Francisco, CA
Gregg Novicoff, AIA, LEED AP: Associate, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco, CA
Virginia Stanard: Research and Design Fellow, Detroit Community Design Collaborative, Detroit, MI
Thomas Streitz, JD: Director of Housing Policy & Development, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Clark Wilson: Urban Designer, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Valerie Yaw, ASLA, LEED AP: Principal, Bluegreen, Aspen, CO

2010 Project Teams

Prefab Green Zero Energy Home – Hopewell, NJ
Prototype for single family housing that promotes Net Zero Energy goals for building construction and sustainable living.

Jerome & Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno: Filmmakers, Bongiorno Productions
James Cosgrove, Jr., PE: Principal, Omni Environmental, LLC
Christine Liaukus, RA: Senior Research Architect, New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Building Knowledge
Linda Mead: Executive Director, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Uptown Triangle Plan – Seattle, WA
Organization of new and existing transportation, commercial, and residential activities to link north Seattle to Downtown Seattle.

Craig Hanway: Principal, Comprehensive Architecture & Design Services, Inc.
Jim Holmes: Senior Urban Planner, City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development
Don Miles, FAIA: Principal, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
Matt Roewe, AIA, LEED AP: Design Director, VIA Architecture

Shreveport-Caddo Master Plan – Shreveport, LA
Regional plan to prioritize and incentivize environmental clean-up, historic preservation, and smart growth for the City of Shreveport and its region.

Larissa Brown, PhD, AICP: Chief Planner, Goody Clancy
Suzanne Hague: Urban Planner, Goody Clancy
Roy W. Jambor, PA, AICP: Senior Planner, Metropolitan Planning Commission
Wes Wyche: Manager, Office of Environmental Affairs, City of Shreveport

Brattleboro Riverfront Site Vision Plan – Brattleboro, VT
Comprehensive plan to remediate environmental damage, rehabilitate existing buildings, and connect citizens to the river’s edge.

Rod Francis, AICP: Planning Director, City of Brattleboro
Susan McMahon: Senior Planner, Windham Regional Commission
Martin Melaver: Principal and Founder, Melaver McIntosh
Michael Singer: Principal, Michael Singer Studios

Lower Ninth Ward Implementation Strategy – New Orleans, LA
Activation strategy for pre and post-Katrina Lower Ninth Ward plans to support development of a comprehensive neighborhood recovery plan.

David Eber: Communications Coordinator, Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
Ward (Mack) McClendon: Executive Director, Lower Ninth Ward Village
Joel Ross: Intern Architect and Urban Designer, John C. Williams Architects, LLC
John C. Williams, AIA, NCARB: Principal, John C. Williams Architects, LLC

Central Annapolis Road Sector Plan – Prince George’s County, MD
Enhancement of existing redevelopment plan to incorporate complete streets infrastructure on a busy corridor.

Ganesh Ramachandran, LEED AP: Senior Urban Designer, Goody Clancy
Fred Shaffer: Trails Coordinator, The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Gregory Slater: Director, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering, Maryland State Highway Administration
William Washburn, AICP: Planner Coordinator, The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

E Street Trolley Transit Oriented Design Site – Chula Vista, CA
Mixed-use, dense infill development adjacent to Chula Vista’s San Diego light rail station.

Timothy E. Allison, PE: Manager of Real Estate Assets, Metropolitan Transit System
The Honorable Cheryl Cox: Mayor, City of Chula Vista
Eric Crockett: Redevelopment Manager, Development Services Department, City of Chula Vista
Gary Halbert, AICP, PE: Assistant City Manager, City of Chula Vista

Living City Block – Denver, CO
Integration of new energy efficiency models for an urban historic district.

Doug Laub, JD: Director of Development and External Affairs, Living City Block
Chad Riley, LEED AP: Director Finance and Strategy, Living City Block
Phillip Saieg, LEED AP: Alliance Center Director, The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
Llewellyn Wells: President, Living City Block

Imagine Larimer – Pittsburgh, PA
Neighborhood garden and pop-up community facilities that increase services and eradicate crime.

Rebecca Davidson-Wagner: Project Development Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Robert Germany: Representative, Larimer Consensus Group
Carlos Gasca: Project Director, Kingsley Association
Corey Layman: Senior Planner, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning

2010 Resource Team
Robin Abrams, PhD, AIA, ASLA: Head of the School of Architecture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Lesley Bain, AIA, LEED AP: Principal, Weinstein A|U, Seattle, WA
Brent A. Brown, AIA, LEED AP: Director, bcWORKSHOP, Dallas, TX
Andre Brumfield: Principal | Director of Urban Design & Planning, AECOM, Chicago, IL
Allegra Bukojemsky, RLA, LEED AP: Team Leader, Biohabitats, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Anja Caldwell, LEED AP: Principal, eco ipso, LLC, Bethesda, MD
Patrice Carroll: Associate, Senior Planner, 02 Planning + Design, Inc., Calgary, AB
Phil Carter, CPIA, MIHT: Associate, Transportation Planning Group, Arup, New York, NY
Jeffrey Chusid: Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of City & Regional Planning, Ithaca, NY
Projjal Dutta, AIA, LEED AP: Director, Sustainability Initiatives, New York State Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York, NY
Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C: Director of Sustainability, Cannon Design, Chicago, IL
Peter Engel: Assistant Commissioner, Project Finance & Development, City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Anthony Wolf Greenberg, LEED AP: Vice President of Development, The JBG Companies, Chevy Chase, MD
Greg Handberg: Senior Vice President, Properties, Artspace Projects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Scot Hein: Senior Urban Designer, Urban Design Studio – City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Lisa Hodges, JD: Development Advisor to Director of Planning and Development, DC Housing Authority / DCHE, Washington, DC
Trent Lethco, AICP: Associate Principal, Transportation Planning Group, Arup, New York, NY
Dan Marriott: Principal, Paul Daniel Marriott + Associates, Inc., Washington, DC
Molly McCabe, LEED AP: Founder and Principal, HaydenTanner, LLC, Bigfork, MT
Kerry McWalter: Director of Ecological Engineering, AECOM Design & Planning, San Francisco, CA
Ferdinando (Nando) Micale, FAIA, AICP, PP: Principal, WRT, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Peter Schaudt, FASLA, FAAR: Principal, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED AP, Hon. ASLA: Principal, Speck & Associates, LLC, Washington, DC
Julie Snow, FAIA: Principal, Julie Snow Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Tanya Washington: Chief of Staff, DC Office of Planning, Washington, DC
Clark Wilson: Urban Designer, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation Smart Growth Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Ronald J. Wilson: Director of Housing Initiatives, Enterprise Homes, Inc., Baltimore, MD

2009 Project Teams

Parcel 24 – Boston, MA
High-rise mixed-use, mixed-income housing, community center, and retail development for Chinatown residents, adjacent to a major highway.

Janelle Chan: Project Manager, Asian Community Development Corporation
Lillian Lew-Hailer, LEED AP: Project Manager, New Boston Development Partners
Jefferson Poole, LEED AP: Project Architect, Goody Clancy
Geoffrey Wooding, AIA, LEED AP: Principal, Goody Clancy

Fairhaven Mills – New Bedford, MA
Former Brownfield site remediation and gateway development for a neighborhood grocer, office complex, and community rowing center to provide residents with access to the Acushnet River.

Mark Dickinson: President, Dickinson Development Corporation
The Honorable Scott W. Lang: Mayor, City of New Bedford
Matthew Morrissey: Executive Director, New Bedford Economic Development Council
Derek Santos: Director, Business Development, New Bedford Economic Development Council

Philadelphia Navy Yard – Philadelphia, PA
1,200 acre master plan to incorporate principles from GreenPlan Philadelphia and the sustainability goals of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation for Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.

Brian Cohen: Vice President of Development and Leasing, Liberty Property Trust
John Grady: Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Quentin Kruel: Project Manager, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Alan Urek, AICP: Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Park 7 – Washington, DC
Highly visible, Metro-accessible mixed-use office and residential development, east of the Anacostia River.

Eric Colbert, AIA: Principal, Eric Colbert & Associates PC
Zach Dobelbower, LEED AP: Urban Sustainability Planner, DC Office of Planning
Evelyn D. Kasongo: Neighborhood Planning Coordinator Ward 7, DC Office of Planning
Ayris Scales: Project Manager, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

O’Donnell Heights – Baltimore, MD
Planning and implementation strategy overhaul for Baltimore’s eastern-most affordable housing development.

William Doane: Community Planner, City of Baltimore
Peter Engel: Assistant Commissioner, Project Finance and Development, City of Baltimore
Lembit Jogi: Project Manager, Planning and Development, Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Ganesh Ramachandran, LEED AP: Senior Urban Designer, Goody Clancy

MacArthur Square – Milwaukee, WI
Redesign of the museum / municipal campus area west of Downtown Milwaukee.

Ellen Censky: Vice President of Museum Programs, Milwaukee Public Museum
Vanessa L. Koster: City Planning Manager, Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee
Larry Witzling, PhD, AIA, ASLA: Principal, PDI/GRAEF

East Bank Mills – Minneapolis, MN
Redevelopment plan for historic mill complex adjacent to the Mississippi River.

David Frank: Director of Development, Schafer Richardson
Tom Lincoln: Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
Thomas Streitz, JD: Director of Policy & Housing Development, City of Minneapolis
Sam Riesgraf: Project Manager, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

The Arts Exchange – Tallahassee, FL
Planning and implementation strategy for county arts live/work facilities, west of Downtown Tallahassee.

Peggy Brady: Executive Director, Council on Culture & Arts (CoCA)
David Gilchrist, AIA: Principal, GRC Architects
Andrew Michaelson, JD: Manager, Property Development, Artspace Projects, Inc.

2009 Resource Team
Eliot Allen, AICP: Principal, Criterion Planners, Portland, OR
Jamie Blosser, AIA: Associate, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Santa Fe, NM
Brent A. Brown, AIA, LEED AP: Director, bcWORKSHOP, Dallas, TX
Scott Cataffa: Principal, CMG Landscapes Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Philip A. Esocoff, FAIA: Principal, Esocoff & Associates | Architects, Washington, DC
Mami Hara, AICP, ASLA, LEED AP: Principal, WRT, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Diane Van-Buren Jones: Director, WARM Training Center–Sustainability Initiatives, Detroit, MI
Brian Loughlin: City Architect, Jersey City Housing Authority, Jersey City, NJ
Sandra Mallory, LEED AP: City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle, WA
Jane Martin, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP: Principal, Shift Design Studio, San Francisco, CA
Victoria Meyers, AIA: Principal, hanrahanMeyers Architects, New York, NY
Ferdinando (Nando) Micale, FAIA, AICP, PP: Principal, WRT, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Nancy O’Donnell, ASLA: Director, Philadelphia Green, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA
Kenneth D. Potts, AIA, LEED AP: Director-Sustainability, McGough Companies, St. Paul, MN
Dave Rogers, PE, LEED AP: Principal, SvR Engineers, Seattle, WA
Sheri Sanzone, AICP, ASLA, LEED AP: Principal, Bluegreen, Aspen, CO
Cameron Thomson, LEED AP: Sustainability Consultant, ARUP, New York, NY
Michael Thornton, PE, LEED AP: Principal Engineer, Sherwood Design Engineers, New York, NY
Clark Wilson: Urban Designer, Development, Community & Environment Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC



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