Instructor Bios

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Rick Bernhardt

A town planner for over 30 years, Rick is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department. Rick's practice has focused on creating sustainable communities, neighborhoods and places through the use of traditional design principles. His techniques have been used to develop community-wide and project specific master plans. Prior to joining Metro, Rick was director EDAW's Town Planning Studio. He also served as Orlando's Director of Planning and Development for seventeen years. His work with the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan and Baldwin Park led to his receiving the first Catherine Brown Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. Rick was educated at Auburn University (B.S. in Economics) and The Ohio State University (Master of City Planning with a concentration in housing and urban structure), and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University in 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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Stefanos Polyzoides

Stefanos Polyzoides, a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, is co-principal of the architecture and urbanist firm, Moule & Polyzoides, which he formed in 1982 with Elizabeth Moule. His career spans architecture, urban design, education and theory, with professional work on educational, institutional and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, commercial projects, campus planning and urban design. During the course of several decades, Mr. Polyzoides has led numerous design charrettes and played a pioneering role in the development, refinement and implementation of form-based codes. His firm's projects are found throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent work includes urban designs and form-based codes for San Antonio, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Visalia, California; and Paso Robles, California. Mr. Polyzoides is the author of two books, Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis and R.M. Schindler, Architect. He is recipient of the prestigious Seaside Prize.

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Victor Dover

Victor Dover is principal in the town planning firm of Dover, Kohl & Partners. His practice focuses on the creation and regeneration of sound neighborhoods as the fundamental component of livable communities. Victor holds degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Miami, and is credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and currently serves as CNU’s national chair. He is the author of the “Streets” chapter in the Charter for the New Urbanism book. He served on the core committee that established the new LEED for Neighborhood Developments (LEED-ND) standards. Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He's also a veteran marathoner and Ironman triathlete.

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Samuel E. Poole

With over twenty-five years of public and private sector experience in federal, state and local planning, Mr. Poole serves clients with his unique skill to anticipate and resolve constraints on the use of land and water. He brings over fifteen years of experience addressing both conventional and new urbanist development issues. Mr. Poole is a leading planning and zoning expert in the development and redevelopment of Florida's cities. He has prepared comprehensive plans, plan amendments, and land use codes that enable mixed use developments, new urbanist neighborhoods and buildings. He lectures frequently and has published numerous articles on form-based codes, urban redevelopment planning, zoning, water management, and environmental issues. His articles have appeared in Urban Land, The Urban Lawyer, Zoning and Planning Law Report, South Florida Business Journal, Palm Beach Post, and the Miami Herald. He was selected by the Daily Business Review as one of South Florida's most effective lawyers.

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Andrés Duany

Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since 1980, when the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. The firm's method of integrating planning codes is currently being applied to areas ranging from 10 to over 500,000 acres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. DPZ has received numerous awards, including several Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and AIA Awards. Seaside has been documented in over 800 articles and books and was named the best new town design of the decade by TIME Magazine in 1992. The projects of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company have focused international attention on urbanism and its postwar decline. Andrés Duany is well-known for his lectures and his books, The New Civic Art and Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. He is a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Established in 1993 with the mission of reforming urban growth patterns, the Congress has been characterized by the New York Times as "the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the past fifty years."


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Steve Price

A picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing is truer when it comes to explaining how cities physically work. Steve Price communicates the design principles of walkable urbanism through photo-realistic illustration. Using photo-editing software, he modifies photographs of existing landscapes, superimposing photographs of architecture, trees, people, transit vehicles and other components of an urban landscape to create before-and-after visualizations of positive change. He has worked with most of America's leading new urban designers. His images have been published in numerous newspapers, national magazines, in the book The Charter of the New Urbanism (published by the Congress for the New Urbanism), in the book The Regional City by Peter Calthorpe and William Fulton, and in Form-Based Codes by Paul Crawford, Dan Parolek and Karen Parolek. Steve wrote the Wikipedia article on form-based codes.

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Geoffrey Ferrell

Geoff Ferrell has been involved in designing communities across the United States for two decades. Before establishing his firm in 1992, Mr. Ferrell was a designer/code writer for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects in Miami and later served 2 years as the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in Florida. Recent projects include urban design and writing a Form-Based/Mixed-Use Zoning Toolkit for Prince George's County, Maryland, the form-based coding element of the new Denver, Colorado Unified Development Code, and a model mixed-use code for Louisiana (with Code Studio). Other form-based codes he has written: Peoria, IL; Farmers Branch, TX; Pleasant Hill BART, CA; Woodford County, KY; Iowa City, IA; Columbia Pike Corridor, VA; Marquette, MI; and Fremont, MI. His work is featured in the book The New Urbanism by Peter Katz and in the recently published Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford. He is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a founding board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute.


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Kaizer Rangwala

Kaizer Rangwala is the founding principal of Rangwala Associates, a town-planning firm that practices the principles of smart growth and walkable urbanism. Kaizer's training and experience as an architect, city planner, and economic developer, coupled with his international interests, allows him to bring broad and distinctive perspective to place making. He has over 20 years of public sector experience, while his work on Form-Based Codes has been recognized with numerous awards. He has lectured extensively on smart growth, new urbanism, form-based codes, and regulatory reform at planning conferences, planning schools, and at the Form-Based Codes Institute, where he currently serves as the organization's chairman. His writings have been featured in numerous architecture, urban design, planning, and economic development publications.

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Peter Katz

Author and consultant Peter Katz is a leading proponent of the New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement that the New York Times called "the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era." Peter played a key role in shaping the movement as founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He's author of a seminal book on the subject, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community (McGraw-Hill, 1994). As principal of TRANS/FORM, based in Southern California, Peter provided strategic marketing and consulting services to communities seeking to implement New Urbanist principles in transit and community development projects. He now serves as Planning Director for Arlington County, VA. Peter is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. He holds a degree from The Cooper Union in New York where he studied architecture and graphic design.


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Bob Sitkowski

Bob Sitkowski is a lawyer who focuses his practice on the legal aspects of smart growth, sustainable development, and new urbanism. He has significant experience in evaluating, drafting, and implementing land development regulations, and in representing developers, landowners, municipalities, and advocacy groups in land use matters. He's also a registered architect and a certified planner, earning a Bachelor of Architecture in Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Bob has written extensively about legal aspects of form-based codes, while speaking on this and related land use law topics at national meetings and symposia. He is a past winner of the American Planning Association's R. Marlin Smith Writing Competition and a past recipient of the "New Leaders of the Law" award presented by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

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Joseph Kohl

Joseph Kohl has been practicing professionally with Dover, Kohl & Partners, based in Coral Gables, Florida, since 1987. His clients have taken him across the United States and around the world to create master plans and development regulations for existing neighborhoods and new communities. He has co-authored form-based codes for several Florida municipalities and for Hercules CA, Beaufort SC, Lemont IL, and Jeddah Saudi Arabia. He is a board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and also serves as the organization's treasurer. Joe has degrees in architecture and urbanism from Virginia Tech and the University of Miami.

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Dan Slone

"Is it legal?" Dan Slone has been answering that question regarding codes for 25 years. He has written or helped write traditional neighborhood development codes, Smart Codes and other form-based codes for communities across the country. He's written codes for developers seeking project approval in local communities, and codes for communities trying to implement traditional neighborhood designs for sustainable development. Dan is national counsel for the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Seaside Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council. He lectures nationally on overcoming impediments to innovative development and on the legal aspects of form-based codes. He is the co-author of a new book with Doris Goldstein, entitled A Legal Guide for Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Architects and Developers.

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Mary Madden

Mary Madden has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Her recent projects have been completed in a variety of diverse locales, including: Peoria, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Farmers Branch, Texas; Prince George's County, Maryland; Marquette, Michigan; Arlington, Virginia; and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ms. Madden frequently speaks and writes on the topics of urban design and form-based codes. She co-authored "Place Making with Form-Based Codes" for the September 2006 issue of Urban Land magazine, was a contributor to the National Charrette Institute's 2008 Best Practices Report, and was a contributor to the APA/CNU publication Codifying New Urbanism: How to Reform Municipal Land Development Regulations. Before joining Ferrell Madden LLC in 2001, Ms. Madden served in several positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in her career, she was the co-director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design.


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Bill Spikowski

Bill Spikowski is a veteran advisor to local governments and a pioneer in the development of form-based codes. He's prepared community plans, redevelopment plans, and codes for cities and counties that aren't willing to settle for today's sprawling development patterns. He's become an expert in using form-based codes to translate bold visions of the future into an integral part of local regulations. Bill is a frequent lecturer on innovative planning and coding techniques and is an officer and founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. He is a regular instructor at FBCI workshops across the country. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, Bill served as growth management director for Lee County, Florida. He also serves on the Fort Myers Planning Board and is a co-founder and officer of the Calusa Land Trust & Nature Preserve. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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Daniel Parolek

Daniel Parolek is the founding principal of Opticos Design in Berkeley, California. He has a passion for working with clients to create healthy sustainable communities through the application of New Urbanist planning principles. Dan has won three international design competitions, for designs ranging from a new gateway in Washington, D.C., to a regional growth strategy for California's Central Valley. Prior to founding Opticos Design, Dan worked with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City, a internationally known architect who planned the New Urbanist community of Celebration in Florida. Dan is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the Northern California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is co-author, with Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford, of the authoritative book Form-Based Codes (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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Carol Wyant, FBCI Executive Director

Drawing on her experiences in commercial real estate development, and leadership of not-for-profit historic preservation state and national organizations, Carol Wyant has been involved with design and preservation of the built environment for over 30 years. In addition to serving as a founding board member and Executive Director of FBCI, Wyant also lends her consulting expertise to advocate for preservation of historically and architecturally significant sites and structures, context appropriate new design and land use strategies, and community beautification. For Carol, historic preservation is much more than preserving individual buildings. It is about protecting and nurturing neighborhoods, and the histories and stories they embody. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois, taking the Elevated Train daily to her office in Chicago's Loop.

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Karen Parolek

Clarity, simplicity, and ease-of-use are core values of modern form-based codes. Karen Parolek is leading the way towards establishing standards of code usability and communicating those standards to a growing FBC community of practice. As a graphic designer with an extensive background in designing web sites, software, signage, and planning documents, Karen creates standard setting codes. With her husband, Dan Parolek, and the late Paul Crawford, she helped design and write the definitive book on FBCs, Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers. She lectures frequently on form-based codes and city design.


Jason Beske

Jason Beske, AICP is principal planner and urban designer for Arlington, VA. He has focused his planning career on restoring suburban communities into vital pedestrian places through site planning and urban design solutions. As Past Chair of the American Planning Association's Urban Design & Preservation Division, he has promoted the education of planners and allied professionals in the principles of urban design and its integration with urban planning. Jason holds bachelor's (with honor's & distinction) and master's degrees in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.


Additional Faculty


James Dougherty

James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books.

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Scott Polikov

President of the Gateway Planning Group, Scott is a town planner who started his professional life practicing law in Washington, D.C. Returning to Texas, he served on the boards of a local transit authority and a regional metropolitan planning organization (MPO). Alarmed that the MPO's transportation plan ignored the urban form, Scott embarked on establishing a national planning practice focusing on the marriage of place-making to the economics of transportation. Gateway Planning's awards include the Form-Based Codes Institute's inaugural Driehaus Award for best code. Scott's service includes membership on the National Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He also serves as an associate of the CitiStates Group and as a faculty member for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Ford Foundation Sustainability Program for Chamber CEOs. Recently, Scott was appointed by the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) to co-chair a committee charged with incorporating urban design criteria into the state's Roadway Design Manual, resulting in the state's adoption of the ITE/CNU Manual, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares.

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Roger Eastman

Roger Eastman is a recovering classically trained town planner! Throughout his career, Roger has been inspired by great historic walkable towns and neighborhoods, and has pursued an active interest in the need for quality human-scale urbanism. After a 15 year planning career with the City of Sedona (Arizona), he recently accepted a position with the City of Flagstaff. A strong advocate of Smart Growth ideas, he successfully promoted those concepts in Flagstaff, where he wrote a Traditional Neighborhood District (TND) ordinance based on the SmartCode. Roger is a frequent public speaker, lecturing on the City of Flagstaff's TND and the approach the city has taken to ensure its success. He is currently coordinating a comprehensive rewrite of the City of Flagstaff's zoning ordinance as an innovative, integrated zoning code that promotes Smart Growth principles with form-based code elements within it.

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David Sargent

David Sargent is the founding principal of Sargent Town Planning and has practiced architecture and town planning for 30 years, focusing for the past 20 on the design of pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods, districts and corridors, towns and cities. He has assembled and directed multidisciplinary teams for urban projects ranging in size from neighborhood and district plans to entire towns, and ranging in scale and character from small towns and villages to major metropolitan districts. He has led urban corridor, downtown district and neighborhood development projects in California, Texas and China. David led or collaborated in the preparation of the first form-based codes adopted by California municipalities, including Oxnard (1993), Ventura (1994), Hercules (2000) and Petaluma (2003), and in 2004 was the principal author and editor of the White Paper on Smart Growth in California for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, which proved instrumental in the passage of legislation explicitly enabling cities to adopt form-based codes in lieu of conventional use-based zoning. He is a registered architect in California and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. David lectures frequently on subjects related to urbanism and form-based codes.

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Kevin Klinkenberg

As Principal of K2 Urban Design in Savannah, GA, Kevin Klinkenberg continues to explore his passion for walkable communities. Kevin dedicated his career to the building of great places, seeking practical applications for TND techniques in projects of all scales. He is a frequent speaker and writer on urban design, helping to set new standards for context-sensitive transportation policy through the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is now working with professional colleagues on the formation of XNU – the next stage in the development of New Urbansim. Kevin is a Fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami, and a graduate of the University of Kansas (B. Arch, 1994).


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Sandy Sorlien

Sandy Sorlien is a principal author of the SmartCode & Manual, the coordinator of, and the founding teacher of the SmartCode Local master classes. She has edited several versions of the SmartCode from v5.2 onward, working with principal author Andres Duany and DPZ. After Hurricane Katrina, Sandy helped customize or review SmartCodes for fifteen Mississippi and Louisiana cities. In early 2008 she calibrated Version 9.0 for Jamestown, Rhode Island and Bran, Romania. She lectured on the SmartCode and transect-based zoning to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (PA-NJ-DE), and later to the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission. In her pre-Katrina life, Sandy taught photography at the University of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania in her home town of Philadelphia. She received several fellowships for her work, and after 14 years of traveling the "American Transect", published Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road. She is working on a book about Main Streets in America.

Jim Lindberg

Jim Lindberg is Director of Preservation Initiatives in the Mountains/Plains office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located in Denver. Jim completed FBCI’s three-course series and recently finished four years of service on the Denver Zoning Code Task Force, which guided the development of a new context-sensitive, form-based code that was adopted in 2010. He’s the author of numerous articles on historic preservation and planning and is co-author of the book Protecting America’s Historic Neighborhoods: Taming the Teardown Trend (National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2002). A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Jim received a B.A. degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.


Stefan Pellegrini

Stefan Pellegrini is Principal and Vice President at Opticos Design, Inc. At Opticos, Stefan has worked on new town design, community revitalization, residential and civic buildings. He possesses a masterful knowledge of building types and vernacular architectural styles, using this knowledge to create design guidelines and form-based codes. Much of his recent work has focused on charrette-based planning, coding, and revitalization strategies for California's small towns and underserved communities. Since 2003, he's been an active lecturer in Urban Design at the University of California at Berkeley. Stefan holds a Bachelor of Architecture magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley.


George Proakis

George Proakis, AICP is the Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, a city of 77,000 with the highest residential density of any community in New England. He is currently working on the development of a new comprehensive plan and zoning overhaul for the communuity. Earlier, as planning director for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, George pursued the redevelopment of a 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District”, and coordinated the development of a form-based code for this district. He led the creation of the New England Form Based Codes Council in 2009, and has advocated for better land use planning, innovative regulatory solutions and form-based codes in many New England communities. George holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.


Matt Lawlor

Matt Lawlor, of the Robinson & Cole Land Use Practice Group in Boston, represents public and private sector clients in commercial real estate, land use and planning law, with specialties in transit-oriented and mixed use development. He drafts new land use regulatory provisions, including form-based codes, for municipalities. Matt is also an author and instructor, having recently coauthored two chapters in A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). He earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charles Wolfe

Chuck Wolfe is a Seattle-based attorney specializing in innovative land use regulatory tools and development techniques. He’s worked for governments and for private clients to bring successful infill development and redevelopment under federal, state and local regulations. Chuck is an accomplished author and speaker on growth management and innovative zoning, transit-oriented development, and brownfield/sustainable development topics. He regularly participates in regional and national seminars and serves as a reporter for the national publication, Planning & Environmental Law. Chuck is also Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law and a range of planning and development courses.


Jonathan Ford

Jonathan Ford, PE is a licensed Professional Engineer and founder of Morris Beacon Design, a New Urbanist civil engineering and urban design consulting firm in Providence, RI. He is a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture (2006), and serves on the Board of Directors for CNU New England and the Blackstone Parks Conservancy. As a New Urbanist civil engineer, Jon believes walkable eco-sensitive neighborhood planning and site design leads to vibrant communities in balance with nature. He is licensed to practice engineering in several states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and North Carolina.


Bill Dennis

Bill Dennis is pricipal of B. Dennis Town & Building Design in Providence, RI. Working on his own account, or collaborating with firms such as Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Moule & Polyzoides, and others, Bill has designed hundreds of New Urbanist neighborhoods, villages and towns. He has led charrette teams both nationally and internationally, in New England, the Southwest, and most recently in China. Bill strives to recreate the sense of neighborhood found in the best traditional neighborhoods, in new communities that accommodate the needs of today such as modern plumbing and sufficient parking. He believes that the design of a town or neighborhood can enrich all of the patterns that encompass our lives, integrating the places of work, shopping, civic participation, recreation, and home. The best integration of these elements, apparent in Bill’s work, is found in the model of the Traditional Neighborhood Development.

  James Hill

James Hill is the managing principal of Civic Design Associates, an urban planning and architecture firm in Houston. His firm engages in a wide range of community master plans, traditional neighborhood design plans and pattern books, urban codes, and mixed-use infill architecture, although he considers the firm’s specialty to be the complex, multivalent problems of large scale urban redevelopment and its regulation. Jim is a graduate engineer, architect, and planner, which together with growing up in Europe and living in unzoned Houston, lends a broad and multi-disciplinary perspective to his work. He holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Architecture degrees, both from Rice University.