Assistant Professor CTT
Office: CAP 507
Focus: Urban form, planning methodologies, downtown revitalization, infill development, history of Denver’s built environment
Bio: I am an Assistant Professor CTT of Planning and Design in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver. Prior to joining the CU Denver faculty, I worked for 12 years as a planning consultant and project manager with URS Corporation and Matrix Design Group. I received my Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from CU Denver in 2000. Since 2002, I’ve been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
I’m very active in Downtown Denver’s planning and development communities. I serve on the board of directors of Denver Civic Ventures, the Downtown Denver Partnership’s non-profit corporation that focuses on planning and design issues in the downtown area. Additionally, I’m a founding board member of Union Station Advocates, a grass-roots organization created to advocate for the public’s interest in the Denver Union Station project. I’m also on the board of directors of the Denver Architectural Foundation, where I’m working to help expand the popular Doors Open Denver program into one of the country’s premier planning and design-related public events.
I’m an active member of the Colorado chapters of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and the Congress for the New Urbanism, and I’ve served on several boards and committees for these organizations over the years.
I’m possibly best known as the founder of the DenverInfill and DenverUrbanism website and blogs, which offer news, ideas, and commentary on infill developments and other aspects of sustainable urbanism in central Denver. Launched in 2005 (DenverInfill) and 2010 (DenverUrbanism), my blogs enjoy over 70,000 visits monthly and are regarded as Denver’s leading online resources for urban planning and Downtown development information and advocacy. I’ve been honored for my work with DenverInfill, receiving the Denver Mayor’s Design Award, the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Downtown Denver Award, and two Westword Best of Denver awards. Finally, I have the privilege to frequently present on Denver’s urban history and its current growth and development to numerous civic, educational, and business organizations throughout the region and can often be found leading walking tours in the Downtown Denver area.
When it comes to urban and regional planning, what are you most passionate about?
Great cities have a well-defined and intact urban form that’s been designed to benefit the pedestrian, which is why I’m particularly passionate about urban infill development. Like many US cities in the post-war era, Denver had its historic urban fabric tattered by surface parking lots and its public rights-of-way dehumanized by over-accommodating the automobile. Each new urban infill development and multimodal transportation investment brings us closer to fully repairing our city’s urban fabric and reclaiming our streets as places for people, not just cars.
What is the most important issue you believe the planning profession should be focusing on for the future, and why?
As planners, I believe we must always be mindful of the relationship between the built environment and the quality of life for all members of society. How we build our cities, in both form and process, has a direct impact on the human condition. We have an obligation to ensure that cities exist, first and foremost, to promote the health, happiness, and well-being of all citizens.
As a planner and as an instructor, how do you view your role in the community?
I view my career is not just the job that provides a paycheck, but the sum of all of the things I do relating to my passion for cities. Therefore, I consider being a planner and an educator as only two components of my larger role in life as an urbanist, which also includes being an advocate, a leader, a volunteer, and an enthusiast for building great cities.
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