CNU Strategic Plan 2012-2017


Start: 2012-01-01, End: 2017-12-31, Publication: 2013-11-07


The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) passionately promotes sustainable communities and healthy living conditions through walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development.


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Name:The Congress for the New Urbanism


We are a member-driven advocacy organization that collaborates with other enterprises seeking to vitalize and energize communities through sound planning and design.


  • CNU Board

  • Scott BernsteinScott Bernstein is the president and co-founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Scott leads CNT's work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally. He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President's Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and to other Federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, works with governors, mayors and metropolitan organizations across the U.S., and most recently helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan at the request of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Scott is a member of the Urban History Association, which includes urbanists old and new. Scott co-founded and chairs the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, led the development of the Location Efficient Mortgage®, co-founded the Center for Transit Oriented Development, and helped lead a civic network to question the premise of the proposed Deep Tunnel and Reservoir Program.

  • Erin ChristensenErin Christensen Ishizaki, AIA, LEED®-ND AP, is an Associate Principal at Mithun. An urban designer and architect, Erin's experience in urban redevelopment and neighborhood planning enables communities, both large and small, to achieve lasting vitality and strength. As a national leader in integrating public health and design, including pioneering health impact assessments in neighborhood planning, Erin brings innovative thinking to masterplanning and redevelopment strategies for local governments, housing authorities, transit agencies, and private developers. She is passionate about creating sustainable, high performance development that builds physical and social community and maximizes investment. Erin is an expert in ecodistrict planning and integrating environmental metrics to help guide stakeholders through a proactive decision-making process. Her recent work includes development of the EcoDistricts Assessment Method with the Portland Sustainability Institute - a guide to sustainable strategies for existing communities, and Mariposa - an award winning Redevelopment Masterplan for the 18-acre mixed-income TOD in Denver recently featured in the New York Times. The first decade of Erin's career was dedicated to housing, including mixed-use, mixed-finance projects in Washington DC, the neighborhoods of Boston, and HOPE VI projects. She lectures nationally and serves on the board of CNU Cascadia and the USGBC LEED® Location and Planning TAG.

  • Robert L. Chapman, IIIBob Chapman was one of only 25 developers in the entire country invited to sign the Charter of the New Urbanism in 1996. He is founder and managing director of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners, LLC, of Durham, NC, which develops walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. Previously, he founded of Cygnex, LLC, a Winter Haven, FL private investment fund. He is also the founder of TND Capital Management, LLC, which acquires/redevelops downtown properties. He also founded the Southlake Development Group and Southlake Utilities, Inc., Clermont, FL. Southlake is a walkable new-urbanist development approved for 8,000 housing units, located three miles west of Walt Disney World. Bob has served as chair of the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance; and, chair and founding member, National Town Builders Association. He received a B.A. from Duke University in 1971. He has been a guest lecturer at the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a founding member of the advisory board for the program in Real Estate Development and Urbanism at the University of Miami and a member of the city advisory board of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Durham, NC.

  • Jack DavisJack Davis retired from the newspaper business after 37 years as a reporter (in New Orleans), editor (in New Orleans, Chicago and Virginia) and publisher (in Virginia and Connecticut), spent two years in the regional planning and transportation-advocacy work of Chicago Metropolis 2020 and since the beginning of 2009 has been an activist in New Orleans recovery projects. He is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and president of Smart Growth for Louisiana.

  • Ellen Dunham-JonesEllen Dunham-Jones serves on the Board of Directors for CNU and the Executive Committee of the Atlanta chapter of CNU. She is a registered architect, Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lectures widely and is the author of over 40 articles and several chapters in books. Her research links contemporary architectural theory and contemporary real estate development. An advocate for alternatives to sprawl, she is co-writing a book on retrofitting suburbs. She has received grants from the Graham and W. Alton Jones Foundations, Seaside Institute, and the MIT HASS Fund. In 2004, she made the DesignIntelligence Honor Roll as one of 30 leaders who bridge practice and education. She co-teaches a lecture course in contemporary architectural theory, serves on the advisory boards for the journals Thresholds and Places, the AIA Atlanta Urban Design Committee, the Atlanta ULI Executive committee, and was an advisor to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Architect Selection Task Force. She was Chair of the Education Task Force of the Congress of the New Urbanism from 1998-2001, served a five-year term on NAAB accreditation visits and co-chaired the 2003 ACSA National Meeting. As a former partner in Dunham-Jones and LeBlanc Architects, she received an AIA award for the design of Free Bridge and the Rivanna Riverfront and two honorable mentions in national design competitions. Dunham-Jones received her AB in architecture and planning, summa cum laude (1980) and M.Arch (1983) with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit from Princeton University. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2001, she worked as an architect in New York City and taught as an Assistant Professor at UVA(1986-1993) and as Associate Professor at MIT (1993-2000).

  • Chris ElisaraA visionary social entrepreneur, educator, and filmmaker, Dr. Chris Elisara has over 20 years experience producing award-winning broadcast documentaries with director, and First Main Media co-founder, John Paget. Titles in new urbanism include CNU17's award-winning Built to Last, American Makeover, and Buffalo: This Place Matters. First Main Media's clients include Microsoft; Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Earth Justice, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A native New Zealander, Dr. Elisara earned a B.A. from the University of Auckland, an M.B.A. from Eastern University, PA, and a Ph.D. in educational anthropology from Biola University, CA. While completing his Ph.D., Dr. Elisara founded a non-profit undergraduate environmental studies program with campuses in Belize and New Zealand. The Creation Care Study Program, which he still currently directs, serves approximately 30 universities. More recently he founded the Center for Environmental Leadership in Buffalo, NY, and works with a large and diverse network of national and international environmental organizations and leaders. Dr. Elisara has extensive non-profit board experience. He has founded several non-profits, and is an active member of several local government bodies and non-profits including Volcan Mountain Foundation, which has preserved 17,000 acres of critical habitat in San Diego County.

  • Douglas Farr, CNU-ADoug Farr is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an architecture and planning firm regarded by many as one of the most sustainable design practices in the country. Having a mission to design sustainble human environments, Farr Associate's unique niche is in applying the principles of green building at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates also holds the unique distinction of being the only architecture firm in the world that has designed two LEED-Platinum buildings: the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Doug is on the board of the Congress for New Urbanism and also chairs the LEED Neighborhood Development project, a first ever leadership standard for sustainable land developments, about to enter its pilot phase. Farr Associates designs healthy and valuable places and buildings for its private, not for profit and public sector clients. Having worked for John Vinci, Davis Brody and Paul Rudolph, Farr's own work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and Doug is a featured speaker on an upcoming six-part PBS series on sustainability and green buildings.

  • Norman GarrickNorman Garrick, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Connecticut and director of UCONN's new Center for Smart Transportation, specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. As the Transportation Task Force co-chair, Garrick has been an essential member of the CNU/ITE urban thoroughfares project. At a critical point in the project, Garrick tirelessly reviewed comments on the manual and incorporated the advice in a productive way. Garrick holds a Ph.D. and MSCE from Purdue University, and a BSCE from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. With a career that bridges academic study and engineering practice, Garrick is an effective leader in transportation reform.

  • Eliza Harris, CNU-AEliza is a Senior Associate at Canin Associates in Orlando where she focuses on active transportation, regional planning and coding. She led a multi-county GIS and design effort for the metro Orlando MPO Long Range Transportation Plan that introduced land use as an important variable to improve transportation efficiency while contributing to sustainability and quality of life. She previously interned with the City of Charleston Planning and Neighborhood Design and for developers Cornish Associates in Providence, RI. During the course of her undergraduate studies in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College, Eliza encountered the New Urbanism in the "Designing the American City" course as a distribution requirement. It immediately resonated with her experiences growing up both in Manhattan and in suburban South Carolina. Thereafter she made it her mission to spare future generations from a childhood trapped in sprawl and attained a Masters of Urban Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since joining CNU in 2004, she has served as the student board member of CNU New England, chair of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, and the local director of CNU Orlando (Florida Chapter).

  • Laura Heery, AIALaura Heery Prozes is an architect, master planner and strategic planner for community, institutional and business stakeholders. Ms. Heery served as co-chair of the 18th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Atlanta, organized with the Centers for Disease Control as featured partner, and expanded alliances with the Home Depot Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company, American Cancer Society, Atlanta Regional Commission and others. Leading expanded outreach to local and national non-profit, business and public organizations, Laura forged an alliance between CNU and Central Atlanta Progress to create CNU 18 Urban Labs as part of the enhanced initiative "Imagine Downtown sustainable, healthy and livable." Ms. Heery was Master Planner for Turner TimeWarner's Midtown Campus expansion in Atlanta, the historic Morehouse College Campus Plan in 2000, and the Peachtree Corridor Redesign from urban highway to boulevard for the Buckhead Community Improvement District. She was Design Architect for the Georgia Institute of Technology's new campus in Savannah and for Lakeside Commons II, the Porsche NA Headquarters. Her design innovation has included vertically stacked mixed-use building-types for developers such as Hines Interests and Barry Real Estate. For The Coca-Cola Company, her work has included design for their corporate facilities in Brussels and planning for a Headquarters Campus Expansion. As Visiting Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ms. Heery has led several graduate architectural design studios, contributing to the realization of the "Lid" constructed over I-75/85 to connect with Midtown Atlanta. Laura provided pre-development concepting for award-winning Atlanta-area new urbanist projects such as Glenwood Park and Serenbe, as well as guidelines adopted by the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, Roswell, College Park, by Gwinnett County in Georgia and by non-profits such as Charis Community Foundation. Laura has been a member of Carter Center Board of Councilors, the International Women's Forum, Young Presidents' Organization and Emory University Board of Visitors, Leadership Atlanta and has served on the boards of Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Research Atlanta, Earthshare, Georgia Cities Foundation and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the Atlanta Regional Commission, she attended the Regional Leadership Institute and "LINK" trips for Atlanta leadership to study cities, involving Andres Duany and national urban design leadership, and she has lectured for Greenprints and Sustainable Roundtable with Southface, the Alliance of Regional Commissions, National Townbuilders Association, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. After a Masters in Architecture from Yale University, Ms. Heery Prozes interned with IM Pei and Partners and Heery International, then worked for John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson from 1984 to 1988, on the design of the Atlantic Center tower and master plan, and other pre-eminent high-rise and major mixed-use projects. Laura co-founded Brookwood Group with George and Shepherd Heery in 1989, and was president until 2004 when she started Laura Heery, Architecture & Planning to focus on selected initiatives and individual projects.

  • Jennifer Hurley, CNU-AJennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Her planning career encompasses work across the country involving urban revitalization, dispute resolution and community visioning, strategic planning, neighborhood planning, transportation, and land development. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Jennifer has organized numerous charrettes. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.

  • Douglas KelbaughDouglas Kelbaugh, FAIA, is Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan's Taubman College. With experience both in academia and as a practicing architect and planner, Kelbaugh's work has develop and popularize the urban design charrette. Working with CNU emeritus board member Peter Calthorpe and other partners, Kelbaugh has garnered numerous deign and educational awards, including national honor awards from the AIA and the American Wood Council. His 1976 solar house was the first to use a Trombe Wall and one of many pioneering passive solar buildings. As an author, his books on planning and design include the national bestseller Pedestrian Pocket Book (co-authored with Calthorpe), which helped lay the groundwork for the New Urbanism movement. His books COMMON PLACE: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design and Repairing the American Metropolis (in itlaics), is part of the new urbanist canon.

  • Sarah LewisSarah Lewis was born in Great Britain and moved to the U.S. during high school. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, moved to Washington DC in 1988 to practice architecture, and then realized her true passion was urban design. She has been President of the Washington DC Chapter of the CNU since its inception in 2002 and has taught architectural design studios at the University of Maryland. Sarah joined Ferrell Madden Associates three years ago to form Ferrell Madden Lewis. Her expertise includes the design of projects with open public involvement, design guidelines and form-based coding, and facilitation of the physical implementation of those projects. She has worked with jurisdictions across the country developing urban design master plans for mixed-use developments. These new developments, plus infill and redevelopment plans for existing communities, have ranged in scale from walkable historic neighborhoods to entire downtown areas encompassing hundreds of acres. Three notable projects under her design and management guidance have won Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards: the College Town Study for Lexington Kentucky (2006), the infill/redevelopment plan with architectural and urban design guidelines for the historic Beall's Hill neighborhood in Macon Georgia (2005), and the Concept Plan for Rebuilding Long Beach Mississippi (2007).

  • John MassengaleJohn Massengale has won awards for architecture, urbanism, architectural history and historic preservation, from organizations and publications ranging from Progressive Architecture and Metropolitan Home, to the National Book Award Foundation (with the first architecture book to be nominated for a National Book Award), to several chapters of the American Institute of Architects. A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, he is the former Chair of CNU New York, and a former board member of the ICAA (Institute for Classical Art & Architecture) and FCWC (Federated Conservationists of Westchester County). As Massengale states, "I like all sorts of towns, cities and buildings, but what I design are Classical buildings and traditional neighborhoods and towns. At Massengale & Co LLC, I offer expert services for urban design, town planning, New Urbanism, Smart Growth, SmartCodes and planning consultation. As John Montague Massengale AIA, I am a registered and licensed architect in the State of New York, with expertise in affordable and affirmative housing, traditional building types, City Beautiful buildings, Classical and Palladian architecture, the architecture of New York, New England and New Mexico, and the architectural traditions of 18th and 20th century America."

  • Steve MaunSteve J. Maun is the President of LeylandAlliance LLC, a Tuxedo, New York-based company that is taking a leading role in creating traditional neighborhoods across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Steve has been a student of New Urbanism since its inception, and has fostered the vision now pursued by LeylandAlliance - to build a new company exclusively focused on the creation of new towns and neighborhoods - places that embrace tradition while setting new standards for innovation and environmental responsibility. To carry out its vision, LeylandAlliance forms strong working partnerships with talented and dedicated professionals who share its values and support its vision. Mr. Maun is a graduate of Princeton University and an executive board member of the Seaside Institute and the National Town Builders Association, a leading organization advocating smart growth and traditional neighborhood design.

  • Mathew McElroy, CNU-AMathew McElroy, AICP, CNU-A, is Director of the City Development Department for the City of El Paso. Mathew is a University of Texas at El Paso graduate of the English (BA) (1997), Master in Public Administration (2000), and Master of Science in Economics (2008) programs. Mathew oversees the Planning, Development Services and Economic Development divisions and has grown membership in the CNU in El Paso from three people to over 150 from across the public and private sectors in two years. He also established a training course for over 150 people to sit for and pass the CNU-A exam (city-planners, engineers, private developers, private consulting engineers). Prior to joining the City of El Paso, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his work at IPED, Mathew oversaw research operations. His work extended from redevelopment studies and housing to econometric forecasting, input-output based economic impact analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). In his final year at UTEP, he co-led the team that won the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) National Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis for a binational industry cluster study.

  • Marcy McInellyMarcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for more than 27 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. Over time she has sharpened her focus on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to sustainable urban design and placemaking, with a particular emphasis on smart, safe transportation and innovative codes for the benefit of communities. In 2004, Marcy was appointed to co-chair the CNU Transportation Task Force, which she renamed the Project for Transportation Reform. This is the group that initiated the joint ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) and CNU street design manual for context sensitive design, the Neighborhoods and Transportation Networks initiatives, and the Emergency Responders and Street Design project. Through this work and projects at Urbsworks, she is committed to realizing the CNU Charter Principles in their highest form. Award-winning projects include the Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design Plan, the Roseway Vision Plan, the New Columbia HOPE VI community and school (all in Portland, Oregon), El Mirage Comprehensive Plan, Arizona, and NorthWest Crossing in Bend, Oregon. Marcy served as an appointed member of the Portland Planning Commission from 1997 until May of 2002 and she is a founding member of the Portland metropolitan region Coalition for a Livable Future, a network of 100 non-profit and community based organizations working together for regional growth management. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. She currently serves on the Board of National Charrette Institute.

  • John NorquistJohn Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He has overseen a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to former CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.

  • Scott PolikovPresident of the Gateway Planning Group, Scott is a town planner who started his professional life practicing law with Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. Returning to Texas, he was appointed Director of the State's Alternative Fuels Program and served on the Board of Directors respectively for Capital Metro Transit Authority in Austin and the regional metropolitan planning organization (MPO). Alarmed that the MPO's transportation plan ignored the urban form, Scott channeled his frustration by establishing a national planning practice focusing on the marriage of place-making and the economics of multimodal transportation. Gateway Planning's awards include the Form-Based Codes Institute's inaugural Driehaus Award for Best Zoning Code. Scott's service includes membership on the Board of Directors of the National Civic League. 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 CEO's. 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 and reforming the State's Project Development Process for urban thoroughfares to better mesh the appropriate design of streets with their desired urban context. The committee's work resulted in TxDOT adopting formally the ITE/CNU Manual, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares.

  • Russell PrestonRussell Preston is founder and design director of Principle Group. He has worked as a developer and urbanist since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States. Through his practice, Preston seeks to understand how design can improve our built and natural environments. He is fascinated by places that inspire us, possess truly authentic character, and stand the test of time. Preston is an award winning designer and recognized as a national leader in urban real estate development. Most recently, his vision plan for Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. Preston is a founding editor of "Living Urbanism", a publication on contemporary urban design and city building. He currently serves as Secretary of the board of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is President of the CNU New England chapter. Prior to founding Principle, Preston worked with Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of Downcity, Providence and Mashpee Commons, a mixed-use neighborhood on Cape Cod. He recognizes that great places are made by many hands and has collaborated with some of the country's most innovative real estate development firms, architects and designers. Preston is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and the University of Miami master's program in architecture and urban design. In 2010 he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession from the University of Miami. Preston is also a working artist and illustrator. He lives in Boston with his wife, sculptor Gillian Christy.

  • Dan SloneDan Slone is a partner in the Richmond office of the international law firm McGuireWoods LLP. He represents property owners developing innovative new land use strategies for more sustainable developments and open spaces, and he counsels product manufacturers regarding the unique opportunities and impediments facing green products. Over the last decade Dan has represented numerous national and international nonprofits such as the USGBC, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the World Green Building Council. He serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Congress for the New Urbanism, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Bioregional North America (One Planet Communities). He is cited consistently on lists of "top lawyers" for businesses, and he has won awards for his service for the environment. He is a frequent author of articles and a national speaker regarding green development.

  • Ken VoigtKen Voigt is the current President and a founding member of the Wisconsin Chapter of CNU. He has served as the 2009 International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He has served as a technical reviewer of the recent CNU/ITE handbooks on ‘Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach' and ‘Transportation Impact Analysis for Site Design'. Mr. Voigt has published papers and given presentations on ‘Rethinking Street Design for Living', ‘Transportation's Role in Sustainability' and ‘Traffic Calming for Neighborhood and Arterial Streets'. In his role as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Voigt has taught courses on the environmental impact of transportation, complete streets, context sensitive design, pedestrian/bicycle facility design and roundabouts along with classes on traffic operation and roadway safety analysis. Mr. Voigt was actively involved in the initial development of the City of Charlotte Street Design Guidelines.

  • CNU Board Emeritus

  • Peter CalthorpePeter Calthorpe has practiced architecture since 1972 and founded Calthorpe Associates in 1983. After attending Antioch College, he studied architecture at Yale University. Calthorpe has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and South America and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Oregon and University of North Carolina. Calthorpe is the co-author of Sustainable Communities and author of The Next American Metropolis. He has received numerous honors and awards and has been cited by Newsweek as one of 25 "innovators on the cutting edge."

  • Robert DavisRobert Davis is President and principal of Seaside Community Development Corporation (SCDC). He is responsible for the planning and development of Seaside, a resort town in the Florida panhandle. Seaside has revived local vernacular traditions in its urban design, its architecture and the construction of its homes. Seaside has been the focus of widespread media attention in Time, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times and in broadcasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and the BBC. SCDC has been in business since 1982 and currently employs approximately 120 people.

  • Andrés DuanyAndres Duany has been a founding partner of two very influential architecture firms: Arquitectonica and Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. With the latter firm, he has co-designed the towns of Seaside and Kentlands, along with more than 140 other neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Duany has written a chapter of Architectural Graphic Standards and The Lexicon of the New Urbanism. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, has worked as visiting professor at many other institutions, and teaches planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. DPZ has been the subject of over 800 articles and has received the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture. Along with his B.Arch. from Princeton, his M.Arch from Yale, and his study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Mr. Duany also holds two honorary doctorates.

  • Elizabeth MouleElizabeth Moule is a principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists. The firm specializes in urbanism in new and existing places, campus architecture and planning, civic architecture, and historic preservation and adaptive reuse. The firm's work is published widely, most recently in The International Architectural Yearbook and in two books by James Steele, Los Angeles: The Current Condition and Sustainable Architecture. Their work was shown in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition "Urban Revisions." Ms. Moule is CEO of Meridian Properties, a real estate development company dedicated to new urbanist infill development. She received a B.A. in art history from Smith College, attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and holds a M.Arch. from Princeton. Ms. Moule teaches as a visiting critic at universities in the United States and abroad. She lectures frequently on architecture and urbanism.

  • Elizabeth Plater-ZyberkElizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an architect and town planner who cofounded Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company in 1980. DPZ has distinguished itself by designing traditional towns and retrofitting livable downtowns into existing suburbs. In 1991, Ms. Plater-Zyberk helped write a groundbreaking Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Since 1995, she has been Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. At Miami, she founded a master of architecture program in Suburb and Town Design and has served as Director for the Center for Urban and Community Design. She has a B.Arch from Princeton and a M.Arch. from Yale. She has been a visiting professor at many major North American schools of architecture, has been a Resident at the American Academy in Rome, and is a trustee of Princeton University.

  • Stefanos PolyzoidesStefanos Polyzoides is a principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists. He was born in Athens, Greece, received his B.A. and M.Arch. from Princeton University, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1973. He is a registered architect in the states of California and Arizona. Mr. Polyzoides has worked on the practice, theory, and education of architecture and urban design. His projects have included institutional and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, commercial projects, housing, campus planning, and urban design. He is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Southern California and has been a visiting professor at several other schools, including Princeton University. Mr. Polyzoides' articles have been featured in both national and international journals. He is the author of two books, Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis and R.M. Schindler, Architect. In addition, his research has produced four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs: "Caltech: 1910-1950," "Myron Hunt: 1868-1952," "Wallace Neff," and "Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate."

  • Daniel SolomonDaniel Solomon directs Solomon E.T.C., A WRT Company. His work has been widely published and won more than 75 design awards. Solomon holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Columbia University, a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and a master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a faculty member for thirty-five years. The author of the books ReBuilding and the recently released Global City Blues, Solomon has written many articles and regularly lectures in the United States and abroad.

  • CNU Staff

  • John O. NorquistPresident and CEO -- John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and transportation policy. Norquist served as Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He oversaw a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. Named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure, Norquist also received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway. In 2008, he received the Bacon Prize, named for visionary Philadelphia planner Ed Bacon. At CNU, he has joined local activists in numerous cities as a key champion of plans to replace freeways with boulevards. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977, and earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Before becoming Mayor, he represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to former CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.

  • Mindy MartinezExecutive Assistant

  • Abigail Bouzan-KaloustianAdministration and Finance Director -- Abby joined CNU in March 2008 as the new Administration and Finance Director. Prior to joining CNU, she received a degree in Biology from Bucknell University and worked as the Director of Administration and Programs for the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a not-for-profit located in Chicago. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running along the lakefront and traveling home to Maine.

  • Alex McKeagProgram Manager -- Alex McKeag joined the CNU team in November 2012, first as a communications intern, and then stepped in as CNU's Interim Communications Director from January to March 2013. Alex now manages the annual Congress program and CNU initiatives. Before working at CNU, Alex earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent two years working and teaching abroad. He's also spent two years as communications and project support for a small economic development organization in his hometown of Moline, IL.

  • Tim HalburCommunications Director -- Tim joined CNU in early 2013 after several years as the Managing Editor of, a news website covering urban planning and design. There he authored a children's book teaching kids about the urban transect and produced a 2-disc DVD called The Story of Sprawl. Tim has also worked at Reconnecting America promoting and researching transit-oriented development and at ArtPlace advocating creative placemaking as a catalyst for economic development. Before delving into the field of urbanism, Tim produced audio tours for museums and historic sites including the Johnson Space Center, Millennium Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Juantiki JonesMembership Assistant

  • Matt WilsonDevelopment Manager -- Matt Wilson joined the CNU team in October 2013 as the Development Manager. Before joining CNU, Matt served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in southern Ethiopia from May 2011 to May 2013. While in the Peace Corps, Matt's primary assignment was to develop and strengthen the English departments of three government primary schools. Before joining the Peace Corps, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science as well as in Middle East Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his free time Matt enjoys playing hockey, golf and watching the Blackhawks.