Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Charlotte Obodzinski, Rapid Transit Program Manager, PACE Bus, BAUP '07 and MUP '08
Monday, February 27, 2017
A Rapid Pace for Chicago Suburbs
Noon in 225 TBH
Charlotte Obodzinski is an AICP certified, Rapid Transit Program Manager at Pace Bus in suburban Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2007, and completed the 4+1 program earning her Master of Urban Planning degree from UIUC in 2008. Following graduation, Charlotte served as a Service Planner for Pace Bus for 6 years and was responsible for the planning and modification of bus routes covering northern Cook and Kane Counties. In 2014, she became the Rapid Transit Program Manager for the agency where she oversees the planning of rapid transit services on major arterials and highways throughout Pace's 6-county region as well as their associated infrastructure. Her current projects include a partnership with the Illinois Tollway to develop an express bus network with support facilities along the I-90 corridor as well as the development and implementation of Arterial Rapid Transit services along Milwaukee Ave, Dempster St. and 22 future corridors in the northwest suburbs. In addition to her duties at Pace, Charlotte served as the 2015 President of the Transport Chicago Steering Committee and she is an active member of the American Planning Association and the Women's Transportation Seminar.
Monday, February 27
11:00 am: Lunch with 7 invited students
12:00-1:00 pm: Presentation: "A Rapid Pace for Chicago Suburbs," TBH 225; open to all
5:00-6:15 pm: UP 430/Urban Transportation Planning, TBH 225
7:00 pm: Dinner with invited faculty
The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Ed Christopher, Transportation Consultant
Monday, October 3, 2016
Reflections Upon a Career as a Transportation Planner
Noon in Room 225, TBH
Ed Christopher has been involved in urban transportation planning since 1979. He has a Master's degree in urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a transportation specialization. Ed began his career at the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) as the Director of Information Systems. There he was responsible for the collection, acquisition, maintenance and analysis of data needed to support the many activities of CATS, the Metropolitan Plannings Organization for the Chicago region. In 1998, Ed went to work for U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Between 2001 and December 2015, he was the Metropolitan Planning Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration's Resource Center. In December 2015, Ed retired from Federal service and now keeps active as a transportation consultant.
Ed’s active work in the field of transportation planning includes working on several transportation and health related projects, chairing a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Task Force on Arterial Health, co-chairing a TRB Sub Committee on Health and Transportation, and speaking as a national expert at various conferences and workshops on the relationship of health and transportation. Ed is also an active member on the TRB National Data Committee as well as the founding chair of a TRB Sub Committee on Census Data for Transportation Planning. He serves as a member at large to the TRB Data Section and is an emeritus Member of the Urban Data committee. Ed has a long list of accomplishments and is well known among the transportation planning and data community especially for his work with large data sets, travel behavior research, urban and statewide planning and programming, travel demand forecasting, traffic operations, travel demand management, developing long range transportation plans, communicating technical concepts to the public, developing large scale research projects, and policy analysis and planning. Ed likes to call himself a student of the transportation planning process and as a FHWA employee he was a national expert on the MPO certification review process.
In 2008 Ed was profiled in TRNews a bi-monthly publication of TRB: http://www.edthefed.com/articles/profile.pdf
Monday, October 3
Noon:Presentation: "Reflections Upon a Career as a Transportation Planner," TBH Room 225
5:00 pm: Up 430/Urban Transportation Planning, Room 29 ACES Library
The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: David L. Reifman, Commissioner of the Chicago Planning and Development Department
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Policies and Principles for Equitable Urban Development
5:30 pm in Plym Auditorium TBH
David L. Reifman was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) in August 2015.
A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department's Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. As Commissioner of DPD, he serves on the Chicago Plan Commissions Community Development Commission, and Commission on Chicago Landmarks, among other public agencies. He is also chairman of the board of the Chicago Development Fund.
In his previous capacity as an attorney, Reifman specialized in a wide range of urban issues and public-private partnerships involving commerical, residential, and industrial development; land use planning; taxing districts; contract negotiations; and historic preservation.
Commissioner Reifman grew up in Rogers Park, attended Sullivan High School, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Illinois. He received his law degree from Northwestern University.
Thursday, September 22
5:00 pm: reception in TBH Atrium
5:30 pm: Presentation: "Policies and Principles for Equitable Urban Development," TBH Plym Auditorium
7:30 pm: Dinner with invited guests
The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Inc., BUP '74
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Why Economic Development Planning Requires Regional Positioning (Please Don't Call It "Branding")
12:30 pm in 225 TBH
Bridget Lane specializes in marketing and commercial revitalization strategies based on market analysis that positions communities to compete in regional markets. Her experience as a retailing executive, a professor at Chicago's University of Illinois and DePaul University, and manager of Downtown Evanston has established a practical foundation for her marketing and business development consultations.
Neighborhood retail business development, community branding, residential development impacts, industrial recruitment, and mixed-use project enhancement have all been subjects of Bridget's research and consulting work. She created university courses covering economic development for urban planners, retail management, advertising, introductory marketing, and personal selling. Bridget's profit-improving workshops for independent retailers have been heralded by participants and the sponsoring communities.
Bridget Lane has served on various public service committees and boards including a term on her community's Economic Development Corporation, Trustee of the District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation, and treasurer of the Pickwick Theatre Council. She currently is a member of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Public Policy Committee and participated in ULI Technical Assistance Panels for Downtown Winnetka, Chicago's Argyle Street, and Bronzeville's Rosenwald Apartments.
Retail in Underserved Communities, Bridget Lane and Maureen McAvey, ULI, 2014
Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities, various including Bridget Lane, ULI, expected March 2016
Before obtaining a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, Bridget graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Urban Planning.
Thursday, April 14
11:30 am: lunch with invited students
12:30-1:50 pm: Presentation: "Why Economic Development Planning Requires Regional Positioning (Please Don't Call It 'Branding')," TBH 225
2:00 pm: UP 347/Junior Planning Workshop, TBH 225
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: William Fulton, Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
Monday, April 11, 2016
How a New Set of Land Use and Transportation Idea is Being Institutionalized in American Planning
5:00 pm in 225 TBH
William Fulton is Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University [kinder.rice.edu]. He is a former Mayor of Ventura, California and Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of San Diego. In his career, Mr. Fulton has also served as Vice President for Policy at Smart Growth America, Principal in the California-based urban planning firm now known as PlaceWorks, and Senior Fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the founding editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report [www.cp-dr.com] and author of five books, including Guide to California Planning, the standard urban planning textbook in California, and The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller. At the Kinder Institute, Fulton coordinates Rice's research partnership with the City of Houston and its involvement with the MetroLab Network. Rice and Houston are currently exploring ways to use Smart City technology to improve both the city's operations and its policymaking process. He holds master's degrees in mass communication from The American University and urban planning from UCLA.
Monday, April 11
1:30-2:50 pm: UP 546/Land Use Policy & Planning, Prof. Rob Olshansky, TBH 19
4:30-5:00 pm: Reception, TBH 223
5:00 pm: Presentation: "How a New Set of Land Use and Transportation Ideas is Being Institutionalized in American Planning," TBH 225
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Michael F. Schubert, MUP '75, Community Development Strategies
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Rethinking Neighborhood Revitalization
12:30-1:30 in 225 TBH
Michael Schubert has nearly 40 years of experience in community development and neighborhood revitalization. He began his career as the Assistant Director of the Near Northwest Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), at a time when the Near Northwest NHS achieved dramatic neighborhood turnaround, and was one of the first NHS programs in the country to complete its mission. Michael became the Associate Director of NHS of Chicago, overseeing operations in the local offices and managing the expansion into four new neighborhoods. In 1989 Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Housing (DOH), a cabinet level position. DOH addressed the city's private housing issues in various neighborhoods. In this capacity he managed a budget of $75 million and a staff of 375. As Commissioner, he developed the New Homes for Chicago Program, an award-winning effort that brought new homeownership opportunities to Chicago neighborhoods. He also restructured the City's Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, funded the rehabilitation of over 4,000 housing units, oversaw the City's Urban Renewal Program, and brought new efficiencies to the administration of the Department. In 1991, Michael left the Department and began a consulting practice-Community Development Strategies- which focuses on neighborhood revitalization. For the last 23 years he has worked in 81 cities and 170 neighborhoods around the country. Clients include community development intermediaries, nonprofits, state and municipal governments, and foundations on program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Michael is an award winning trainer at the NeighborWorks National Training Institutes, and has also worked with NeighborWorks in developing the Campaign for Homeownership, the implementation of a neighborhood change evaluation program, and a national demonstration on neighborhood marketing. He developed the Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative in 2006 with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and continued to work with the Foundation over the next five years on implementation. He is currently working as a consultant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the implementation of the Choice Neighborhoods Program. As a result of this work, HUD asked Michael to prepare a resource guide for the Choice Neighborhoods Program. This booklet, Designing and Directing Neighborhood Change Efforts: How to Be More Intentional and Effective, is on the HUD Choice Neighborhoods website.
Monday, March 14
7:00 pm: Dinner with invited faculty
Tuesday, March 15
9:30-10:50 am: UP 494-AG/Shrinking Cities, Prof. Andrew Greenlee, TBH 19
11:15-12:15 pm: Lunch with invited students
12:30-1:30 pm: Presentation: "Rethinking Neighborhood Revitalization," TBH 225 (Poster) (Choice Neighborhoods Resource Guide) (Schools and Neighborhood Revitalization: An Invitation to new Thinking)
1:30-2:30 pm: Coffee with Department Head and Gail Rost, Director of Advancement
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Regina Pritchett, Senior Land & Resilient Development Specialist, Huairou Commission, '11 MUP
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Planning in the global-to-local nexus--some lessons & limitations learned doing international community development with grassroots women
12:30-1:50 in 225 TBH
Rigina Pritchett has 13 years' experience in working with community based organizations doing local development. She is currently serving as the Senior Land and Resilient Development Specialist at the Huairou Commission in Brooklyn, New York, and coordinates pan-African opportunities for learning, policy advocacy and partnership in the African Region. Prior to this, Ms. Pritchett worked with Huairou Commission member group Espaço Feminista in Recife, Brazil. Over a two year span she documented grassroots women's hard-fought advancement of a participatory land regularization process for their own center city informal settlement. As an activist in her own right, she had been a community organizer in a number of grassroots groups and community-based organizations to advance community-led development, participatory governance, restorative justice practices and youth development in Harlem/Bronx, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; and Champaign, Illinois. Regina holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she concentrated in transnational planning and community development for social justice and two bachelor's degrees in policy, planning and management and neuroscience, from University of Southern California. She is fluent in English and Portuguese.
Thursday, March 10
11:00-12:20 pm: UP 494-L1/ Informal Settlements: Brazil and Beyond, Prof. Clarissa Freitas, "Brazilian Urbanized Issues", TBH 223
12:30-1:50 pm: Presentation: "Planning in the global-to-local Nexus: Some lessons & limitations learned doing international community development with grassroots women," TBH 225 (Poster)
2:00-3:15 pm: Lunch
3:30-4:50 pm: GCL147B/ Race and the City, Prof. Ken Salo, LH 1064
6:30-9:30 pm: TNP/Transnational Planning Stream Pot Luck; Informal presentation/discussion on making a career in international development; at the home of Faranak Miraftab and Ken Salo
Friday, March 11
11:00-1:00 pm: Meeting and lunch with Planners' Network and other interested students
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Rita Morocoima-Black and Ashlee McLaughlin, '08 MUP
Thursday, November 19, 2015
(LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices
12:30 - 1:30 PM, 225 TBH
Rita Corocoima-Black, Transportation Planning Manager for the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), has over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. Her past fourteen years with CUUATS have resulted in significant recommendations and changes to the local area transportation system in terms of active transportation infrastructure, road diets, and the development of several Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP) and associated performance measures. She has also led the development of a suite of interrelated models for land use, travel demand, greenhouse gases, population health, social costs, affordability, and accessibility used to evaluate different scenarios for the LRTP. During her tenure, Ms. Black has served on a number of federal research and advisory committees and CUUATS' work has earned various awards and been highlighted in a variety of federal reports and publications.
Ashlee McLaughlin has worked at CUUATS for the past two years on a variety of transportation planning projects for the Champaign-Urbana area including documenting the intersections between transportation and economic development, researching the transportation impacts on population health, and assessing connectivity for minority and low-income neighborhoods. From 2013 to 2014 Ms. McLaughlin was the lead planner for the Champaign-Urbana Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices and the associated public involvement campaign which included an outreach bus and over 60 public events and presentations. Her past experience includes community development research with the United Nations in Mexico, Archeworks in Chicago, and development work as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.
The Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices public involvement strategy included a variety of ambitious and innovative methods to educate the public about the long range transportation planning process, raise awareness of existing transportation services, collect public input regarding the existing transportation system, and facilitate visioning sessions regarding the future of the Champaign-Urbana community. CUUATS staff places special emphasis on public input because the LRTP affects every resident, employee, and visitor in our community. To garner local support and produce a plan that is grounded in a shared vision for the future, CUUATS encouraged citizen involvement in a variety of ways. For the LRTP 2040, the public outreach efforts have been expanded to include a website, informational videos, interactive maps for public comments, a social media campaign, periodic newsletter updates, an outreach bus, and dynamic public meetings.
The most prominent tool in this outreach campaign was the LRTP 2040 Community Conversations Bus, a decommissioned transit bus from the local mass transit district that was wrapped with the LRTP logo and retrofitted for laptops, a video projector, information displays, and a kids' table while still remaining ADA compliant. To address past problems with unreliable meeting attendance, staff decided to capitalize on the many outdoor festivals and activities that this area of central Illinois is known for during the summer months. CUUATS staff collaborated with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District drivers, local municipalities, and local park districts to park the Community Conversations Bus at popular local events around the region such as concerts in the park and outdoor neighborhood celebrations. These events allowed CUAATs planners and engineers to talk face-to-face with local residents throughout the region during the residents' leisure time in a location that was comfortable for them. In preparation, CUUATS worked with the local public television station to produce and air an LRTP information video to inform local residents about the plan and let them know how and why to get involved in the months leading up to the events. On the video, local children, community leaders, and other transportation stakeholders use simple terms to explain the LRTP planning process and how to get involved. CUUATS staff also collaborated with PACE Center for Independent Living to provide closed captions on the video for the hearing impaired and subtitles for Spanish-speakers.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Eric S. Bosman, AICP, '98 MUP/MARCH
Monday, October 19, 2015
The Space in Between: Forging an interdisciplinary career within the planning, architecture, and landscape architecture world
12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH
Eric. S Bosman, AICP, is an urban designer, specializing in urban, community, campus, and strategic facility planning with Kimley-Horn in Atlanta, GA. Over the last two decades, he has assisted municipalities, community improvement districts (CIDs), educational systems, and other organizations as a facilitator, planner, designer, and program manager.
Eric's career has spanned leadership roles in a regional architecture firm; a boutique urban design firm; and a national planning, landscape architecture, and engineering firm. His experience has included the planning and design of educational, office, and healthcare facilities and campuses throughout the Southeast, Texas, and Mexico; implementing a $50-million streetscape and open space program that fransformed Midtown Atlanta into one of the Southeast's most urban walkable districts; and leading the revitalization of numerous Southeastern communities from auto-oriented environments into walkable urban places. As a sought-after leader of interdisciplinary planning, design, and implementation efforts, he combines strategies and tools from planning, landscape architecture, and architecture to create great places and stronger communities.
Almost all of Eric's professional projects include public involvement sessions to gather community input and feedback as an integral part of the planning and design process. He is an accomplished instructor and regularly conducts professional development seminars on leadership and communication skills, group dynamics, and public engagement.
Eric is Past-President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a board member of the Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Nancy Thompson
Monday, May 4, 2015
St. Louis: A Tale of Blight, Beauty, Fragmentation, and Then Ferguson
12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH
Nancy Thompson, AICP, has been Executive Director of SLACO (St. Louis Association of Community Organizations) since 2013. SLACO is a membership coalition of neighborhood associations within the St. Louis metropolitan area. After receiving her MUP degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, she served as a planner in Lafayette, Louisiana, and St. Louis before becoming planning director of Rolla, Missouri. Later she also served as the planning director in Webster Groves, Missouri, and St. Lucie County, Florida. She headed a planning consulting practice and a redevelopment corporation and then capped her career with nine years of specialized planning at the Great Rivers Greenway district in metro St. Louis. Within six weeks of retirement, SLACO offered her a dream job, bringing SLACO back to life after a near-death experience in the recession.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Adam Kader, MUPP, UIC, Worker Center Director, Arise Chicago
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
"Grassroots Policymaker to Build Worker Power"
12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH
Adam Kader received his master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy with a concentration in Community Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As part of his Lawrence University undergraduate research in Bolivia, he studied with a feminist organization and met with indigenous leaders, including Evo Morales. He has taught the “Labor and Social Movements” course at UIC. Adam is a founding member of the Popular Education Alliance and the Chicago Chapter of the Planners Network. Before joining Arise Chicago in 2006, he worked as a research assistant at the Great Cities Institute and worked in immigrant adult education at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Centro Romero, and Albany Park Community Center
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Laura Searfoss
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
"Safer Streets, Stronger Economies: Defining and Measuring Complete Streets Success"
12:30 - 1:30 PM, 225 TBH
Laura Searfoss, Associate at the National Complete Streets Coalition, focuses on building a stronger network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations concerned about safer, more equitable transportation choices. Before joining Smart Growth America in 2012, she served as a neighborhood-level planner in Greenville, North Carolina, building capacity among local residents through the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Board. She uses her experience in municipal government to provide strategic guidance to localities on Complete Streets policy development and implementation. Laura has presented on the nexus between transportation and planning decisions at national conferences, including APA and New Partners for Smart Growth. Previously, Laura worked as a magazine editor and conducted research for two national housing organizations—all in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Scott Davis
Monday, December 1, 2014
Scott Davis, AICP, serves as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has been with the Department since 2009, previously serving as Director of the Disaster Recovery Division and as Senior Policy Advisor on the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.
His recent responsibilities involved helping to lead the administration of Rebuild by Design: A Planning and Design Competition to Increase Resiliency in the Sandy-Affected Region. He now focuses on the implementation of winning projects from the competition, which received $920 million in HUD disaster recovery funds. In addition, Scott recently co-taught an urban design studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that also focused on resilience strategies in the Sandy region.
Prior to joining HUD, Scott served as Director of Policy for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding housed within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Scott joined the federal government following the Gulf Coast Hurricanes of 2005 where he served a 15-month deployment in Louisiana working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During that time, he served as a member of the senior management team for Long-Term Community Recovery.
Prior to his federal service, Scott served as Director of Programs for the Economic and Community Development Institute in Columbus, Ohio and as Director of the Office of Economic Development at The University of Arizona in Tucson. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds degrees in Regional Development and Environmental Planning.
9:00-10:20 am Participation in UP 438/Disasters and Urban Planning, room 223 TBH
11:00-11:50 am: Lunch with invited BAUP students, room 111 TBH
Noon-12:50 pm: Presentation: Disaster Recovery and Resilience: Intersections in Policy and Design, room 225 TBH
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Lou Turner
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Lou Turner Former Director of Research & Public Policy for Developing Communities Project, a faith-based community organization on the South Side of Chicago, founded by President Barack Obama
Mr. Turner was Research & Public Policy Director (and later consultant) for the Developing Communities Project (DCP), on Chicago's far South Side (2000-2014), where he guided DCP's strategic and public policy work on the $2.4 billion mass transit capital project to extend the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Red Line from 95th Street to the City limit at 130th Street, near the Altgeld Gardens public housing project. Turner facilitated numerous public transportation studies on the Red Line Extension with University of Illinois-Chicago Voorhees Center, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and Center for Neighborhood Technology funded by the Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago Community Trust, the Woods Fund and other foundations and governmental agencies. He also organized a successful campaign to place a policy referendum on the Red Line Extension on the 2004 ballot where it received the largest vote total of any referendum in Chicago. The synergy of public policy and community organizing that Turner has modeled in his work with DCP garnered the Chicago Donors Forum's Community Organizing Award for DCP, in 2007. Turner was also an Assistant Professor of Sociology for 14 years at North Central College, in Naperville, where he taught public policy, social theory, criminology, racial and ethnic relations, and urban sociology.
11:30-12:30 Lunch with invited BAUP Students
12:30-1:50 Wetmore Lecture - "Organizing for Power and Policy Wins on Chicago's Far South Side"
2:00-3:30 - Coffee with students
3:30 to 4:50 in UP460 - Lou will talk about Transit Equity and the Red Line Project in Chicago
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Myles D. "Mush" Berman Managing Partner Foley and Lardner LLP Chicago Office
Monday, April 7, 2014
Mush Berman (MUP '79 UIUC and J.D. Northwestern) has 30 years of experience in corporate, real estate, and financial transactions, and regularly represents clients before federal, state, and local governments and agencies. He is co-chair of Foley's national Government & Public Policy Practice, and is a member of the Environmental Regulation Practice and the Energy Industry Team. Berman served as a popular Adjunct Professor in DURP for nearly 20 years, teaching planning negotiation. He cautions that he is not a planning or zoning lawyer, nor a municipal law lawyer, though he interacts with government on nearly a daily basis. In his current role as Managing Partner of Foley's Chicago office, he is "a guy who is practicing law about 25 percent of his time, and running an office of some 320 souls (and +/- $100 MM in annual revenue)," which he calls "more fun than a barrel of monkeys!"
11:00 am: Lunch with students, Conference Room
Noon: Presentation: How Planning School Helped Me To Become a Lawyer (And Other Lessons from DURP); room 225 TBH
3:30 pm: Participation in UP 311/ Local Planning, Government and Law, Libby Tyler, Adjunct Lecturer, room 225 TBH
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA (UCLA) Executive Director 8-80 Cities Toronto, Ontario
Monday, March 31, 2014
Gil Penalosa will visit DURP as a Wetmore Practitioner as part of his participation in the American Public Transit Association's biannual Public Transportation and Universities Conference here on campus at the I Hotel, March 29 - April 1. 8 - 80 Cities is a Canadian not-profit organization dedicated to transforming cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit, and visit vibrant parks, streets, and other public places. Penalosa advises communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all, from 8 to 80 years old. As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia, Penalosa successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks, including Simon Bolivar park in the heart of the city.
5:00 p.m.: Presentation: Walking, Biking and Public Transportation: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities; Heritage Room, ACES Library
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Melville Nickerson Deputy Director, Energy & Recycling Office Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Mr. Nickerson leads a DCEO team that specializes in programs and policies that spurs the development of Illinois' Green Economy. He has led several key initiatives that include working to expand the annual recycling budget, and a rebate program that encourages the construction of energy efficient homes. Mr. Nickerson has successfully led several legislative initiatives at both the federal and state level by building alliances with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and legislators. In particular, his work on Illinois' Electronic Recycling Act is credited with generating $217 Million dollars in revenue and sustaining nearly 8,000 jobs according to an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity study. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2011, he was honored as the Recycler of the Year by the Illinois Recycling Association. The Museum of Science and Industry has recognized him as a Green Revolutionary for his outstanding contributions to recycling.
10:30 a.m.: Participation in UP 407/State and Local Public Finance, Professor Mary Edwards, room 225 TBH
Noon-1:00: Presentation: Life Lessons: Energy, Recycling, Policy & Programs; Room 225 TBH
1:00-2:00: Lunch with invited faculty, Professor Brian Deal
2:00 p.m.: Touring SEDAC/Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, Department of Urban + Regional Planning, College of Fine + Applied Arts, at the University of Illinois Research Park
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Jonathan Raiche Assistant City Planner City of Joplin, Missouri
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Jonathan Raiche had been Assistant City Planner for the City of Joplin, Missouri for over a year when the devastating tornado hit on May 22, 2011. Raiche experienced a large shift in his daily tasks as a planner, and continues to work with recovery efforts in Joplin. He was assigned as a liaison to Joplin's citizen-led recovered team, and is very proud to be a part of the steps that the team and community have taken in recovery efforts.
Born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois, Raiche holds both a BAUP (2007) and MUP (2008) from Illinois. He gained a wide variety of planning experiences from internships in Los Angeles, California and Jackson, Wyoming, as well as working for the University's East St. Louis Action Research Project. Following completion of his MUP, he served as an AmeriCorps St. Louis member, assisting conservation work in Missouri and Montana, as well as responding to natural disasters in Texas and Missouri. His largest assignment was responding to the effects of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas in the fall of 2008.
9:00-10:20: Participation in UP 438/Disasters and Urban Planning, Professor Rob Olshansky, Instructor; Room 223 TBH
11:00-11:45: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room Noon-1:00: Presentation: How a Community and a Job Can Change Overnight; Room 225 TBH
3:00-4:00: Meet and Greet, DURP Conference Room
6:00 p.m.: Dinner with invited guests
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Sara Egan Endsley, AICP, LEED AP Associate Design Workshop
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Sara Egan Endsley, AICP, LEED AP, is an associate with Design Workshop, Inc. in Chicago. She has been with the company for six years, and recently relocated to the Midwest from Aspen, Colorado. She earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning (2007) and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (2003), both at the University of Illinois.
Sara has a passion for engaging the public in the planning and design process. She has drawn from her interest in effectively linking design and community engagement in leading several planning efforts for communities throughout the West and Midwestern United States and internationally. Her work on the Strategic Master Plan for the Petra Region in Jordan was awarded the Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Award in 2011. The plan provides a guide for preservation of archaeological , ecological and cultural resources of worldwide importance, while providing direction to capture the economic benefits of tourism in a manner that preserves the region and furthers the interests of local communities.
With her background in landscape architecture and planning, she has served as project manager on projects from the site planning level to regional planning with focus on transportation corridors, open space and natural resource planning and new community planning.
Wednesday, November 6
10:30-11:50: Participation in UP 436/Urban Design Workshop, Professor Varkki Pallathucheril, Room 223 TBH
12:15-1:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room
Thursday, November 7
12:30-1:30: Presentation: Furthering Community, Culture and Local Economies - a World Heritage Case Study. Room 225 TBH
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Nelson Chueng, AICP Community Planning Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development Planning Bureau of Planning & Zoning
Monday, February 11, 2013
As manager of the public open space group of the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, Mr. Chueng provides direction on city-wide open space planning, open space impact fees, Tax Increment Financing for Chicago Park District projects, and city/private developer open space collaborative projects. He also oversees open space land acquisition projects, lease agreements, and intergovernmental transactions. As the Department's waterways planner, he leads policy direction on the implementation of the Chicago River Plan and the Chicago Lakefront plan review for public open space projects. Addressing the need to provide space for urban agriculture within the city, Mr. Chueng also coordinates the assembly, design, environmental remediation, and site preparation for urban farm projects. Mr. Chueng holds an AB in Biology from Washington University and a MS in Forestry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
9:30-11:00: Participation in UP446/Sustainable Planning Seminar, Professor Brian Deal, Room 223
11:30-12:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room
12:30: Presentation: The Chicago City Planning Department: Perspectives on Open Space Planning
1:30: Lunch with Professor Deal and invited guests
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Gabriel Cumming, Ph.D. & Carla Norwood, Ph.D.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Gabriel Cumming and Carla Norwood co-developed the Community Voice Method to address a pressing need for more effective public engagement around land use and planning issues in the face of rapid, amenity-driven development. Motivating issues include a loss of rural character, contentious public hearings, environmental degradation, and a lack of productive community problem solving. CVM uses documentary media as an "iterative" approach to more effective public participation. Their work has been implemented in 6 locations with more than 1,100 people involved in an inclusive civic dialog. Cumming is Director of the Warren County (North Carolina) Economic Development Commission. Norwood is in the midst of opening FoodWorks, a cafe, bakery and coffee shop that sources from local farmers and provides an informal civic space for the community in Warrenton, NC.
10:30-11:50: Participation in UP456/Sustainable Planning Workshop, Brian Deal, Instructor, Room 19
12:00-1:00: Presentation: The Community Voice Method: Initiating Civic Dialogs and Landscape Change and Economic Development in Rural North Carolina, Room 225
1:00: Lunch with invited BAUP students, Conference Room
3:30-4:50: Participated in UP504/Urban History and Theory, Bev Wilson, Instructor, Room 223
Wetmore Visiting Practitioner: Meg Cederoth, AICP, LEED
Monday, September 17, 2012
Margaret Cederoth is an urban planner and sustainability manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York. She currently serves as the manager for the sustainability components of the California High Speed Rail Program as well as leading sustainability for the Parsons Brinckerhoff Transportation company. She led sustainability efforts for the Masdar Institute project in Abu Dhabi from 2007 to 2009, and was active on several projects in the region that explored sustainability criteria for infrastructure projects. She has been an urban planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff since 2002, and currently leads sustainable design and company initiatives at PB. She has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, is an AICP planner, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.
Tuesday, September 18
11:15-12:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, Conference Room
12:30: Presentation: Making Sustainability Plans Happen: Ideas to Reality, Room 225
2:00: Participation in UP199 RB/Foundations of Urban Sustainability, Robby Boyer, Instructor, Room 225
5:00-6:15: MUP Happy Hour, Firehaus Bar, 708 S Sixth St, Champaign 6:30: Dinner with invited faculty, Radio Maria
Wednesday, September 19
10:30: Participation in UP456/Sustainable Planning Workshop, Professor Brian Deal, Room 223
12:00: Lunch with Professor Brian Deal