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2008 Excellence in Planning Speaker Series

July 2008
Arthur C. Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP, Director, Metropolitan Institute, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Nelson will present findings of his work assisting the Planning staff in developing an affordability index that includes both housing and transportation costs to a planning board.

March 12
Roger Lewis, Architect, professor and author
Roger Lewis, a noted architect, a fellow at the American Institute of Architects and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, helped launch the Planning Department's comprehensive look at ways to incorporate high-quality design throughout its work. Lewis' public seminar kicked off a series of hands-on staff workshops that will examine ways to elevate design in all types of neighborhoods - from central business districts to the corridor cities in northern Montgomery County.

March 20
David Rusk, Consultant
David Rusk is an independent consultant, who’s worked with more than 120 communities to analyze urban problems such as housing inequities. His presentation looked at how Montgomery County’s housing policies— which is considered among the most advanced in the country — could better meet the challenges that lie ahead as the county continues to grow and become more diverse.

April 24
Marina Khoury, AIA, Director of Town Planning, Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ)
Marina Khoury is an expert in traditional neighborhood development and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is the director of town planning at the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and leads the Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new town plans and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada and Europe. She is also the DPZ project director for Miami 21, an initiative which is rewriting the City of Miami's current zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code. Khoury holds two masters degrees, in architecture and urban planning, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Khoury also attended the “Ecole Speciale D'Architecture” in Paris, France. She joined DPZ in 1997. Prior to that, she worked as an architectural designer for the firm of Portuondo Perotti Architects in Coral Gables, Fla. Ms. Khoury will discuss approaches to ensuring design excellence in housing.

May 8
Margery Austin Turner, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute

Turner is a noted researcher and analyst or urban and regional planning issues. She’s one of the authors of the “Housing in the Nation's Capital” series of research report. The 2007 report is the sixth in a series of annual reports about housing in the Washington metropolitan region. It assembles and analyzes the most current data on housing conditions and trends in the District of Columbia and the surrounding suburbs. The 2006 report focused on linkages between housing and schools in the District of Columbia and the metropolitan region; the 2007 report took a regional perspective, examining how the region addresses housing for special needs populations. More specifically, the 2007 report assessed the housing options and services available to the elderly, disabled, and homeless and explored the consequences and opportunities for housing policy across the region.

May 22
Bernadette Hanlon, Research Analyst, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Hanlon is a doctoral candidate in public policy and holds two Master’s degrees in policy sciences and in philosophy. She’ll discuss her recent research on urban and suburban development, and indicators of neighborhood success and decline.

May 29
Christopher B. Leinberger
Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, and developer who focuses on alternative methods of building the built environment. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, doing research and developing strategies for creating “walkable urban” places, and creating strategy and management models for metropolitan areas. He’s also a professor of practice, director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan, and a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a progressive real estate development firm.

June 5
Sam Zimmerman
A former director of planning for the Federal Transit Administration, Sam Zimmerman will describe the benefits of bus rapid transit, a system with a dedicated lane for express buses. Zimmerman, who focused on rapid transit planning as well as finance and travel demand forecasting, will debunk the myth that people with a choice will not ride buses, describe a variety of BRT systems in use today and lay out a strong case for how BRT can drive urban-style development. View the presentation.

Date of last update: January 6, 2009