2017 Designing Beyond Downtown: The Future of the Suburbs

Downtowns have seen a significant resurgence in the past decade, yet the suburbs still represent the great majority of our developed landmass, dwarfing our urban cores. What design opportunities do the suburbs offer? The 14th Annual Urban Design Conference will explore how we got to this point and ways to move forward, considering sustainable solutions for retrofit and development, including strategies for policy, transportation, design, energy and economic development.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 8 am to 4:30 pm
Raleigh Marriott City Center 

The Urban Design Conference has been approved by AIA, NCBOLA and APA for 7.5 hours HSW continuing education credit. 



Grady Gammage, Jr.
| ASU Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND | Calthorpe Associates
David Green
, AIA, LEED AP Perkins + Will
Ian Law, RLA, ASLA | Place Alliance New York
Mary Moore Wallinger
, RLA, ASLA | LAnd Art Studio
Jeffrey Barghout
(panelist) | Robocist
Jeff Mann (panelist) | GoTriangle
Karina Ricks (panelist) | Nelson Nygaard 

Moderator: Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP | ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership


Many thanks for our Conference Sponsors
Perkins + Will

Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Vines Architecture

AIA Triangle
Balfour Beatty Construction 
City of Charlotte
Clark Nexsen
CLH Design, PA
Cline Design Associates, PA
ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.
Craig Davis Properties
DHM Design
Duda | Paine Architects
Durham Area Designers
Holt Brothers Inc.
Oldcastle + Adams an Oldcastle Company
ULI Triangle


Urban Design Conference sponsorships will support the Design Professional Outreach Fund within the NC State University Foundation.


Affiliated Conference on Friday, March 17
NC State Design Natural Learning Initiative’s Growing IN Place Symposium


Refund/ cancellation policy.

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Conference committee members of Designing Beyond Downtown: The Future of the Suburbs are seeking presenters to come forward with case study presentations. Do you have a case study related to design in the suburbs that our conference participants would find valuable?


In the past decade we have seen the resurgence of downtowns and a significant shift of design focus, investment, and new development toward our city’s centers. Yet the suburbs beyond downtown still represent the great majority of our developed land area, dwarfing our urban cores. How will design professionals address this and what design opportunities do the suburbs offer? The 2017 NC State University Urban Design Conference will explore how planners and designers can learn from the past and shape the future of the suburbs.

The case study presented should provide information that advances methods for design in the suburbs as a solution to one or more of the following issues/concerns:

  • Design and innovative models of development
  • Housing options and affordability
  • Transportation—public transit and private mobility
  • Demographic shifts
  • Policy and economics
  • Public health

The selection committee will evaluate your proposal based on the following criteria:

  • How the case study advances the understanding of cutting edge design and practice for today’s suburbs.
  • Ability of the proposed case study to provide relevance to our audience of design and planning practitioners in our region.
  • Overall quality and potential to contribute to a well-balanced conference program.
  • Speaker’s experience.
  • Ability of the presentation to contribute to the continuing education needs of architects, landscape architects and planners.


Each case study presentation is expected to be approximately 20 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

Friday, December 2, 2016 (end of day). You will be notified of your status by Friday, December 16, 2016.

Presenters will be granted a complimentary registration to the conference. (Past conferences have conferred 7 hours of AIA/HSW, NCBOLA and AICP credits, as well as GBCI for LEED AP.)

Case study presentations will be paired by topic for each session by the selection committee. Presenters will be asked to have their presentation available on a thumb drive as well as bring a personal laptop with their presentation on a hard drive for back-up.

Free Public Lecture, presented by City of Raleigh Appearance Committee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
VAE Raleigh | 6 – 7 p.m. 

Everybody’s a Designer – Urban Design and Trans-Disciplinary Thinking
Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership

The complex relationships of built infrastructure, natural systems, and social systems can produce a stronger, more productive, more resilient, and more beautiful city. But the roles that city governments, developers, designers, and planners have assigned themselves create frequent roadblocks to cross-disciplinary collaboration. The work of constantly reaching out, including, analyzing, translating and re-translating among bodies of experts is resource-intensive. But if we want a more equitable practice, transdisciplinarity must become the norm.

This lecture is approved by AIA and APA for 1 credit hour LU/HSW. NCBOLA credit is currently pending. 


Designing Beyond Downtown: The Future of the Suburbs

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Raleigh Marriott City Center

For details on the keynote and case study break-out sessions, click here.

Time Event
7:15 am Continental Breakfast Buffet
Registration and check-in opens
8:00 am Welcome by Mark Elison Hoversten, Ph.D, Dean of the College of Design and Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP, Moderator
8:25 am KEYNOTE 1: The Pathology of the Suburbs
David Green, AIA, LEED AP | Perkins+Will
9:25 am PANEL: The Future of Transportation
10:15 am Case Study Break-Out Sessions A
11:15 am Coffee Break
11:30 am Case Study Break-Out Sessions B
12:30 pm Buffet Lunch

KEYNOTE 2: TOD in Suburbia
Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND | Calthorpe Associates

2:00 pm KEYNOTE 3: The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix
Grady Gammage, Jr. | ASU Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
3:00 pm Brownie Break
3:15 pm KEYNOTE 4: A Critical Look at Retrofitting Suburbia
Ian Law, RLA, ASLA | Place Alliance & Mary Moore Wallinger, RLA, ASLA | LAndArt Studio
4:15 pm Closing Remarks by Mark Elison Hoversten, Ph.D, Dean of the College of Design and Jess Zimbabwe, AIA, AICP, Moderator
4:30 pm Adjourn


Interested in sponsoring the 14th Annual Urban Design Conference? Fill out the pledge form below, or call Ashley Foster at 919.515.8316 with any questions.

Sponsor benefits below. Many thanks to the sponsors who make the conference possible!

Urban Design Conference sponsorships will support the Design Professional Outreach Fund within the NC State University Foundation.

Sponsorship benefits:


  • Recognition on conference mailer (more than 5,000 mailed*), program, on-site signage and web site (with link) and in College magazine.
  • Customized html conference email with company sponsor announcement for your constituents.
  • Two complimentary conference registrations.
  • Invitation for two to post-conference reception.

$2,500 PATRON

  • Recognition on conference mailer (more than 5,000 mailed*), e-mail announcements, program, on-site signage and web site (with link) and in College magazine.
  • Emailed announcement of sponsorship with logo and link.
  • Four complimentary conference registrations.
  • Invitation for four to post-conference reception.
  • Opportunity to place brochures/materials on registration table.
  • Named sponsor of conference break or meal.

$5,000 PARTNER

  • Recognition on conference mailer (more than 5,000 mailed*), e-mail announcements, program, on-site signage and web site (with link) and in College magazine.
  • Emailed announcement of sponsorship with logo and link.
  • Invitation for two to private dinner with available keynote speakers Wednesday, March 15.
  • Six complimentary conference registrations.
  • Invitation for six to post-conference reception.
  • Opportunity to place brochures/materials on registration table.
  • Named sponsor of conference break or meal.
  • Table provided for exhibit/company representatives.
  • Named sponsor of speaker/sponsor reception.


Conference Sponsors

Perkins + Will

Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Vines Architecture

AIA Triangle
Balfour Beatty Construction
City of Charlotte
Clark Nexsen

CLH Design, PA
Cline Design Associates, PA
ColeJenest & Stone, P.A.
Craig Davis Properties
DHM Design
Duda | Paine Architects
Durham Area Designers
Holt Brothers Inc.
Oldcastle + Adams an Oldcastle Company
ULI Triangle

Conference Committee:

President, Site Collaborative

Discipline Leader, Perkins + Will

Robin Abrams, PhD, FAIA, ASLA
Professor of Architecture, NC State College of Design

Elizabeth Alley, AICP
Urban Designer + Planner

Mary-Ann Baldwin
VP, Holt Brothers Inc.

Fred Belledin, AIA
Principal, Clearscapes

Kenneth Bowers, AICP
Planning Director, City of Raleigh

Gene Bressler, FASLA
Head of Landscape Architecture, NC State College of Design

Clymer Cease, FAIA
Principal, Clark Nexsen

David Diaz
President and CEO, Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Chuck Flink, FASLA
President, Greenways Incorporated

Roberta Fox, AIA, ASLA
Assistant Director, Design + Planning, City of Raleigh

George Hallowell, PhD, AIA
Assistant Professor of the Practice, NC State College of Design

Daniel Howe, FASLA, AICP
Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State College of Design

Robby Layton, FASLA
Principal, Design Concepts CLA, Inc.

Paul Lipchak, AIA, AICP
Architect and Urban Designer, RATIO

C. Brian O’Haver, PLA
Associate VP, Manager of Land Planning + Design, STEWART

Julie Paul
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Triangle

Carter Pettibone, AICP
Senior Urban Designer, City of Raleigh

Jen Sisak, AIA
Associate Principal, RATIO

George Stanziale, ASLA
Senior VP, Director of Design Studio, STEWART

Rodney Swink,  FASLA
Senior Associate for Planning and Development, PlaceEconomics



Jean Marie Livaudais
Assistant Dean of External Relations, NC State College of Design

Click here to see a copy of the 2017 keynote presentations.



The Pathology of the Suburbs

David Green, AIA, LEED AP Perkins + Will
As we ponder the future suburb, we should understand its history and the laws that regulated its development. Certain suburbs have accommodated change, remaining operational with minimal ongoing investment (energy and capital) but others are obsolete.  Through a directed analysis, it seems apparent that the form and sustainability of the various suburban types are directly related to the presence of a projected and connected system of rights-of-way.

TOD in Suburbia

Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND | Calthorpe Associates

In recent years, transit use has steadily increased across the country, and current market and demographic trends signal a growing desire for living in walkable, mixed use communities. This is good news for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in urban areas. At the same time, the character of American suburbs has witnessed a demographic change. Since 2010, suburban regions have absorbed more of the national increase in metropolitan poverty as well as a larger share of immigrants and baby boomers aging in place. Over the next 30-40 years, the US population is expected to grow by 95 million, and the majority of that growth is projected to occur in suburban locations outside the central city.

To support the changing nature of the American suburb, it’s important to make transit genuinely accessible, and TOD a viable form of development in suburban regions. Many innovative ideas have been tried – what has worked? This session discusses examples across the country and lessons learned that could be channeled to create a better suburban TOD.

The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix

Grady Gammage, Jr.ASU Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

The Suburban City started as a phenomenon of Post War America—an era of abundant space, cheap petroleum and a growing economy. The urban fabric of that time, based on single family homes, wide streets and freeways, private autos and shopping centers has since spread across the globe.  Much of urban planning thought today treats the Suburban City as a kind of giant demographic misstep which needs to be massively retooled. The criticism is especially harsh when levelled at the new cities of the American West.

Phoenix, Arizona is an exemplar of such places—marooned in the middle of a vast desert, impossibly dry and dangerously hot, full of poisonous insects and thorny plants.  Surely it is the poster child for an unsustainable place? Andrew Ross’ book Bird on Fire advanced such a proposition in 2011. Grady Gammage, Jr. takes a different view. In The Future of the Suburban City he examines Phoenix and places like it and finds such places to be resilient, adaptable and able to cope with a broad variety of resource and economic challenges.

A Critical Look at Retrofitting Suburbia

Ian Law, RLA, ASLA | Place Alliance
Mary Moore Wallinger, RLA, ASLA | LAndArt Studio

Retrofitting Suburbia has started a national trend, and many of our communities are initiating planning and rezoning efforts to apply these principles, but without taking into account the nature and scale of the application. This session explores realistic solutions for improving smaller-scale suburbs while demonstrating common mistakes to avoid.


Moderator: Chuck Flink

Case Study Session A:

Raleigh Southern Gateway Study: A Vision for Transforming a close-in Suburban Corridor
Larry Zucchino, FASLA | Principal, JDavis Architects + Don Bryson | Principal Engineer, VHB Engineering

The Southern Gateway Study in Raleigh focuses on two automobile-oriented corridors that have historically served commuter traffic more effectively than the needs of the surrounding communities. Although this close-in corridor provides an iconic view of Raleigh’s skyline, the land uses are dated and underperforming as a vital urban district.

The study investigated a series of strategic steps the City could take to help this area share in the robust growth the rest of Raleigh has enjoyed. Planning for revitalization provides a context for crafting appropriate transportation and transit enhancements that support the repositioning of land uses while ensuring long-term, multimodal access and mobility for local and regional travel. The presentation summarizes urban design strategies that leverage public infrastructure investment with key privately developed mixed-use districts.

Gwinnet Way
Eric Bishop | Senior Associate, Perkins+Will

The presentation will capture in brief the culmination of over ten years of planning efforts into a vision setting forward Gwinnett County’s transit future. The project’s focus was to distill a vast array of studies, plans, and community desires into a single graphically rich vision to capture the imagination of the citizens of Gwinnett. The vision distills and amplifies the desires and personality of the community, generating an identity through a branded public realm.

Case Study Session B:

When a Train Comes to Town: Plans to redevelop a convalescing shopping center into a TOD enclave
Tobe Holmes | Director of Planning and Development, University City Partners

The Shoppes at University Place will soon be adjacent to not only UNC-Charlotte and the city’s second largest employment center – but also a new transit station and an 800-space parking garage with ground floor retail on the station platform. Described by the professionals who have studied it as “the hole in the doughnut,” a design effort was waged toward the redevelopment of this 150-acre center into downtown University City. The resulting plan focuses on creating a more complete road system, building reorientation and broadening the mix of uses while maintaining a flexibility necessary to respect ever changing market dynamics.

Autonomous Vehicles: Tomorrow’s Technologies Today
Jeff Barghout | CEO, Robocist

Safety, congestion and the associated expense are considered significant issues with today’s road-transportation system. According to the U.S. DOT, in 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes with an estimated annual economic cost of $242 billion and an additional $594 billion in associated costs from the loss of life and pain / decreased quality of life due to injuries. In the same year, due to congestion, Americans spent an extra 6.9 billion hours traveling and purchased an extra 3.1 billion gallons of fuel – costing $160 billion and releasing approximately 60 billion pounds of CO2 emissions into the environment.

Autonomous and connected vehicle technologies offer the hope of improved safety and efficiency. Evolving at an explosive pace, these technologies are already commercially available with varying degrees of capability.  This program will provide an overview of the technology, its implications and real-world examples of implementation.


Moderator: Robby Layton

Case Study Session A:

Wetrock Farm and an Edible Roof – Farm to Table [Sub]Urban Agriculture at Differing Scales
Michael Batts, PLA, ASLA | Manager of Landscape Architecture, STEWART + Scott Simmons, PLA | Landscape Architect, STEWART

The quality of agricultural food production and its proximity to the consumer have long been issues in the discussion of how society deals with population health, economic health, social equity and environmental stewardship.

In Durham, NC, the Wetrock project creates community centered around the idea of [sub]urban agriculture and includes a local farm to provide direct access to organic, safe and nutritious produce. Wetrock Farm locates the farm in a low-density sustainable neighborhood in Northern Durham.

Currently in the planning stages, the Low Impact Development community will consist of 140 home sites varying in size from a tenth of an acre to 1 acre. The existing site’s farmland will remain as open space for the neighborhood. 8.5-acres will be a professionally managed organic farm that will provide residents with food grown in their own neighborhood. There are also plans for a 5-acre vineyard. The farm will be the main amenity of the community. This model of development has been described as an ‘agri-hood’. Once residents have received their share of food, the remaining fruits and vegetables will be sold at the on-site farm stand, as well as to local restaurants and farmers’ markets.  In addition, the Organic Farm can become a resource for local educational institutions to perform research and host education programs. Other neighborhood amenities will include community garden plots, picnic shelters, recreation areas and an extensive trail system.

Stormwater Amenities – Leveraging the Value of Stormwater
Hunter Freeman | Stormwater Architect, WithersRavenel

As design standards for stormwater management devices have evolved in North Carolina, typical development strategies tended to focus solely on function rather than form. However, as land costs increased in the region, the land area occupied by unattractive engineered stormwater treatment systems became increasingly costly to the overall bottom line. One way to increase the return on land use is to turn stormwater treatment systems into public amenities.

This presentation will focus on three case studies where compliance with stormwater regulations was achieved in concert with creating attractive public spaces with multiple sustainable benefits. The scope of the presentation will touch on green streets, parks, and private development and the connection between stormwater management, water conservation, placemaking, and community planning.

Case Study Session B:

Designing Communities and Public Parks to Improve Health
Teresa Penbrooke, CPRE | CEO, GreenPlay

The evidence is now clear that having access to public parks, recreation, and trails in suburban, urban, and rural communities helps improve health through access to nature, increased physical activity, better social/psychological engagement, and enhanced economic benefits. The global question is shifting from not IF they help, but HOW best to design and manage these public assets, given continued limited resources and funding. This session will provide an overview of a national Delphi Study of how 17 public agencies are prioritizing and addressing modifiable health factors, the tools, community design elements, and processes they are using, and outcomes being achieved. Case studies will be included to highlight methods that are working.

The STAR Guide: Design Guidance for Walking and Biking in Small Town and Suburban Contexts
John Cock | Vice President of Planning. Alta Planning + Design

Explore the new FHWA-endorsed guide for Small Town and Rural (STAR) Multimodal Networks, the multi-modal street design guide focused on the smaller scale places left out of more urban guides such as the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide and ITE Walkable Urban Thoroughfares report. Learn from this idea book for smaller communities, including suburban areas, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking and biking facilities. Based in FHWA and AASHTO guidance, the guide applies a flexible design approach to creating more comfortable places for walking and biking in small town and suburban contexts. This session will feature detailed design guidance for rural-oriented facility types, and examples from peer communities. The guide development is funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.  Alta is leading the technical work for the design guidelines in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center at Western Transportation Institute (WTI).

Moderator: Mary-Ann Baldwin

Case Study Session A:

Conflicts in context: a suburban retrofit through form based coding
Tony Sease | Principal, Civitech, Inc.

In 2014 the Town of Chapel Hill adopted a form-based code to retrofit a suburban district with the aim of increasing economic development through an expanded tax base while creating a vibrant, walkable ‘second downtown.’ The code was crafted based on a small area plan adopted in the preceding few years through an extensive public process. Since the code’s adoption, several projects have been launched eliciting substantial public outcry in part due to differing expectations relative to apparent and actual outcomes.

This case study presentation describes current processes underway to make ‘refinements’ to the code while exploring representative conflicts in these types of suburban transformations – disciplinary conflicts between design and planning; contextual conflicts between a suburban past/present and an urban present/future; agentive conflicts between public and private interests where so much of the focus must be on shaping the public realm; and conflicts in expectations accentuated through the incremental transformations of an already developed, low-density district to something fundamentally different in character, form, and function.

The Nexton Commercial Corridor: Creating an Urban Core within a Suburban Context
Norman Brody | Director of Commerical Development, WestRock Land & Development

At Nexton, WestRock has brought together the best local and national talent to create a new model for town building. One that weaves together, housing options, offices, hospitality and commercial space to form a tight-knit community connected by parks and trails and by cutting edge technology. Where the community itself plays an active support role for businesses, residents and visitors. Improving productivity. Simplifying and enriching everyday life. And where everything about the place is designed to help people feel more connected. In 2015, Nexton was recognized by the Charleston Home Builders Association as “Best New Community of the Year” and in September, 2016, Nexton was honored as Best Community in the Post & Courier’s Charleston’s Choice Awards. The presentation will outline the planning and commitment by the development team that resulted in the community recognition it has received.

Case Study Session B:

Serving the Food Desert
Rick Bousquet, AIA | Principal, Liollio Architecture

A food desert was created in suburban North Charleston SC due to a decline in a  number of economic and social factors. This presentation will explain how this area of North Charleston was once a bustling suburban part of the city and describe its decline and how a “food desert” was created. From this history, we will explain how a solution is created to replace a large vacant parcel of land with a planned development that will help supplement the necessary population required to support a community grocery store. The presentation will describe the team effort required to design this environment. It will also discuss key elements of the development, such as mass transit ties, and security and safety needs, to make the grocery store a success for the community.

Food is a Flexible Toolkit: Piloting Urban Agriculture at North Hills
Erin White | Principal, Community Food Lab

This talk will present the opportunities and challenges of creating new urban agriculture projects in existing suburban commercial environments. It will focus on an ongoing Community Food Lab pilot project to bring urban agriculture into the North Hills mixed use retail development and will also share key principles of using farms and gardens as flexible, multiple-benefit interventions in existing suburban mixed use developments.

Urban agriculture includes a wide range of project types that have different capacities to add local economic activity, community vitality, positive health outcomes, and sense of place to any environment. Because of urban agriculture’s typically flexible planning needs and direct positive impact on adjacent activity, it is particularly well suited for strategic interventions into existing suburban commercial development to address any number of developer or community challenges. This pilot project explores exactly these opportunities through the design and implementation of a system of urban agriculture projects.

Moderator: Paul Lipchak

Case Study Session A:

Repositioning: Discovering Opportunities in Forgotten Places
Michael Wagner | Architect, Gensler + Chad Parker | Principal and Managing Director, Gensler

As architects and designers, we’re not always given a clean slate. Most projects come with constraints, imposed by building codes, zoning conditions, environmental considerations, budgets. But the challenges become exponentially more complex when the starting point is an existing building. This is also where authentic, entirely unique opportunities can emerge, if approached with a level of curiosity and creativity.

Repositioning is a more natural evolution in urban conditions, where building stock often bears the elegance of older construction methods. But the challenges are more extreme in a suburban context, where the quality of construction is not always aligned with the goals of reuse, and the scale and intensity of use are not always in the service of good, active spaces.

Three recent Gensler projects confront all of these issues in dramatically different ways. With 801 N. West Street, the challenge was how to convert an old, dilapidated prefabricated warehouse into an inspiring new office space. At Gateway, the client asked how to take a dated suburban strip mall and vast parking field and transform it into a thriving neighborhood center of activity with a diversity of uses without drastically modifying any of the architecture. And at Frontier, the client posed a similar challenge but with a very different audience: Convert a 1970’s-era suburban corporate campus into a destination for tech entrepreneurs, and imbue it with a sense of excitement and discovery. With each project, the design solutions balanced the universal list of constraints found on every project with a creative vision rooted in tapping into both the human experience and extracting what’s special about each of these spaces.

Reinventing Suburban Multifamily
Mack Paul | Partner, Morningstar Law Group + Shoff Allison | Principal, Hawthorne Residential & Retail Partners

Most of the recent multifamily redevelopment projects outside the urban core have involving complete replacement of existing building stock with larger, more expensive housing. The result has displaced thousands of low income residents to ex-urban markets.  Hawthorne Residential based in Charlotte is redeveloping an 80 acre inner-suburban site with 1970s era, Class D apartments. Hawthorne’s development program includes renovating the 600 existing units, including adding connections for washer and dryer and other improvements, significantly changing the site infrastructure with street interconnectivity, sidewalks and streetscape and construction of a public park in partnership with the City of Raleigh, including a new connection to the City greenway.

Case Study Session B:

Context, Culture, and Community – Placemaking and Design in Civic Buildings

Jennifer Charzewski, AIA | Principal, Liollio Architecture

The Broad River Road Corridor on the north side of Columbia, SC and the West Ashley Savannah Highway Corridor in Charleston, SC share a similar uncomfortable familiarity to anyone who has driven a suburban highway – visually cluttered with signage, aging infrastructure, fast food, service stations, car dealerships, and strip malls. In Columbia, the St. Andrews Library is hidden in plain sight – too easily missed by traffic zooming past. Identified by users as an opportunity to be a catalyst for change and a beacon in the neighborhood, the design approach inverts both the existing condition (parking in front) and the traditional approach to outdoor space at libraries (quiet, sequestered, reading garden). Project resources are funneled into site design, urban response, and providing a community garden that surrounds the library to the street edge. Open to all rather than reserved for few, the green oasis of the project is meant to both enhance the visibility of the library in the sea of hardscape and spark the “greening” of the Corridor.

In Charleston, the new Fire Station #11 is one of the first civic projects overlapping with a targeted effort defined as West Ashley Revitalization. This presentation will walk through the community engagement processes, contextual analysis, design thinking, and challenges encountered in both of these civic projects which are unfolding as early steps in suburban revitalization and placemaking.

Instructional Outdoor Learning Environments on School Sites
Carla Delcambre | Teaching Assistant Professor, NC State University College of Design
This session focuses on the educational benefits of instructional Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs) on suburban public school sites in Wake County. Environmental curriculum based resources exist through the Department of Public Instruction, but most suburban Title 1 schools lack the resources and the knowledge to implement such environments on their school sites. The U.S. Department of Education provides Title 1 schools financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Topics covered in this session include community engagement, design and implementation, educational benefits, and applied learning strategies.  The educational purpose of this session is to expose attendees to suburban Title 1 schools in Wake County Public School System that are implementing OLEs to teach STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics outside the classroom. The findings of this study highlight the effectiveness of implementing OLEs to better understand how teaching can happen outdoors through a lens of applied learning. Evidence shows children have a better attitude and knowledge of the subject matter if exposed to OLEs at school.

Grady Gammage, Jr.
Senior Fellow | ASU Morrison Institute

Grady Gammage, Jr. is a part-time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a sometime real estate developer and a former elected official.

In his academic role, Mr. Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute, the Kyl Center for Water Policy, and a Senior Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

As a lawyer, he has represented real estate projects ranging from master planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high rise buildings.

He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and was President during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal.

As a real estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed use project in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards and has been widely acclaimed. Mr. Gammage’s recent book “The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix” has just been published by Island Press.

Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND
Urban Designer and Planner | Calthorpe Associates

Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND, is an urban designer and planner working at Calthorpe Associates in Berkeley, California. With a background in architecture, urban design and real estate, Mitali’s key areas of interest include transit-oriented development, urban revitalization; and sustainable, scenario-based urban planning to create resilient cities.

At Calthorpe Associates, Mitali has been working on local and international master-planning projects ranging in scale from regional plans to neighborhood design. Her recent projects include a new Community Plan in Calgary, Canada; a City-Wide Growth Plan for Jinan, China; and a Transit-Oriented Neighborhood being planned on an urban brownfield in Concord, California.

Prior to Calthorpe Associates, Mitali has worked at Gensler, San Francisco. Her work experience outside the United States includes two years as an architect in Singapore, and three years of architecture and urban design in India. She has been a speaker at events including the COP-22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech and the CNU. She has been a guest critic at urban design studios at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the School of Planning and Architecture, India.

Mitali’s academic background includes of a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban Design, both from S.P.A, India. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters degree in Urban Development and Real Estate. At the GSD, Mitali received an Honorable Mention for her team’s entry in the ULI Gerald D Hines UD Competition. Her term paper ‘New Towns in the US’ was published online by the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard.

Mitali is a member of the APA, USGBC, CNU, SPUR, Institute of Urban Designers of India and the Indian Council of Architecture.

dgreenDavid Green, AIA, LEED AP
Urban Design Leader, EMEA, Principal | Perkins + Will

David focuses on large-scale urban design and planning projects for the firm. He has been involved in the execution of hundreds of projects in the past 20 years ranging from the adaptive re-use of multiple historic structures to multi-thousand acre urban design and planning projects. His work and research focuses on issues of development, particularly within an urban framework and the creation of a strategy for sustainable cities that includes aspects of public policy implementation, criteria for implementation of development controls as well as strategic infrastructure implementation.

David was awarded the AIA’s Atlanta Chapter Silver Medal in 2003 as well as the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008 for his work in community planning. David received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a member of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture faculty since 1992 where he teaches architecture and urban design and is currently appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture. He lectures widely on issues of urban design, planning and architecture.

Ian Law, RLA, ASLA
Director of Urban Planning and Design | PLACE Alliance

As head of the PLACE Alliance New York design studio, Ian is one of the North Eastern Region’s leaders in urban design and New Urbanism. His 15 years of experience in urban planning and design, downtown revitalization, and community master planning have spanned a wide variety of award-winning projects, including the State Street Streetscape in Schenectady, NY, the Downtown/Waterfront Master Plan for Port Jervis, NY, the Downtown/Waterfront Master Plan for Port Chester, NY and the Prattsville Long Term Community Recovery Plan.

A firm believer in a collaborative design process, Ian has been the team leader for dozens of design charrettes and community design forums. His international experience has included such diverse projects as the Ancient Yellow River Master Plan in Suqian, China and the Rio Chili riverfront park planning project in Arequipa, Peru. Ian takes a hands-on approach to design, and is actively engaged in all phases of a project, from schematic design to construction documents and construction administration.


Mary Moore Wallinger, RLA, ASLA
Principal | LAndArt Studio

With over fourteen years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, Mary Moore approaches projects by applying sustainable and creative strategies to realize a site’s full potential.  As the founding Principal of LAndArt Studio, she is a staunch advocate of smart growth, low impact development and celebrating the landscape in ways that shape the human experience. Much of her design is influenced by her previous experience living and studying gardens throughout Europe and her knowledge is backed by years of working in gardens including her own and those of Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Mary Moore has managed and overseen the design and implementation of numerous projects both public and private. Her experience includes working with municipalities, public school systems, universities, healthcare facilities, private corporations and non-profit organizations. She has worked on city and town center master plans and design guidelines, streetscape improvement projects, parks and recreational spaces, campus design, healing gardens, and a number of sustainable design projects.

She has presented at both national and regional conferences on multiple topics including smart growth, waterfront redevelopment, downtown revitalization strategies, promoting farm-friendly communities, and urban forestry.  In  2014 she presented at both the National American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in Denver, CO and the National Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Conference in Buffalo, NY.

Jeffrey Barghout
Principal Advisor, CEO | Robocist

Jeff is a leader in mobility and robotics with over 20 years of experience ranging from research and development to program design, implementation and management. He has served in roles ranging from a product development engineer to vice president of Transportation Initiatives.

Jeff’s passion is creating impact, profitability and growth through the development and adoption of emerging technologies – with a focus on connected, autonomous and electric vehicles, robotic systems, and the supporting infrastructure. He is an innovative strategist with a strong understanding of how to integrate big picture vision with organizational goals, resources and workforce dynamics-delivering market based solutions with greater impact and ROI. He communicates effectively with all levels of an organization from planners and staff engineers to senior management. And is an empathic leader who builds, manages and mentors teams that successfully exceed business goals.

Jeff Mann
General Manager | GoTriangle

Jeff Mann is General Manager of GoTriangle.  He joined GoTriangle from the NC Department of Transportation in July 2015. As a Deputy Secretary at the NCDOT, he oversaw non-highway transportation modes, which included Aviation, Bicycle & Pedestrian, Ferry, Public Transportation and Rail. As GoTriangle’s General Manager, he helps direct over 200 dedicated employees providing service with 70 buses, 83 vanpools and 12 paratransit vehicles in Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Alamance counties.

With almost 20 years of transportation planning and program management experience at NCDOT, Amtrak, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the N. C. Railroad Company, he’ll also help direct planning for the proposed 17-mile, 17-station Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project between UNC Hospitals, Duke University, the Duke and VA Medical Centers, downtown Durham, and East Durham. He is also leading the agency’s supporting efforts on the completion of Wake County’s Transit Plan. Mann holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He and his family live in Raleigh.

Karina Ricks
Principal | Nelson Nygaard

Karina’s 20-year career has predominantly been in the public sector as planner, visionary, enabler, implementer and innovator at the national, state, and municipal level. She has led multiple major initiatives that have built or revived dynamic, diverse, and prosperous neighborhoods and communities. Her experience encompasses and unites multiple disciplines including transportation, public finance, land use planning, economic revitalization, community development, and environmental excellence.

Karina recognizes that transportation is the formative and catalytic element that joins communities and opportunities and the environment and economy. She played a pivotal role in restoring Washington, DC’s waterfront, regenerating traditional main streets, and reviving the downtown. She researched and wrote The Innovative DOT for Smart Growth America, a national publication to fund and promote sustainable transportation options at the state level and is an active leader with both the Complete Streets Coalition and American Public Transit Association.

Jess Zimbabwe
Founding Executive Director | ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership 

Jess Zimbabwe was named founding executive director of the ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in 2009. The Center’s flagship program is the Daniel Rose Fellowship for public leaders, which brings the mayors and senior leadership teams of four cities together for a year-long program of learning from land use experts, technical assistance, study tours, leadership development, and peer-to-peer exchange. The Rose Center also holds forums on public/private real estate development and workshops to educate public officials.

Previously, Zimbabwe was director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, working with more than 125 American mayors and cities to help local leaders advocate for better-built environments in their own communities. Before that, she was community design director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area. Zimbabwe was a comparative domestic policy fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California. She is on the board of directors of Next City. She is a licensed architect, a certified city planner, and a LEED-accredited professional.

Jess is also speaking at a free public lecture the evening before the conference (March 15). Click here to see more informaiton about the lecture, presented by the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission.