2016 Attendees

Water Edge is an invitation only event. It is designed for people in the most senior leadership roles in development organisations, to exchange knowledge and challenges with their peers in other cities, and to strengthen the network of informed and connected industry leaders.

As attendees are confirmed, details will be added here.

Sea Edge 2012 saw delegates from a range of cities including Hong Kong, Taichung, San Francisco, Cape Town, Hamburg, Busan, Auckland, Wellington, Seattle and Singapore.

Water Edge 2016 will grow the breadth of cities represented and we anticipate a high number from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Australasia

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Gregor Hoheisel

CEO / Founding Partner

W10 (Architects and Urban Planners)

Gregor Hoheisel has been a Founding Partner of Graft. Graft is an international operating company with a staff of about 100 Architects and Urban Planners. Graft has been involved in various waterfront projects in Germany, Tunisia, the Caribbean Islands and China.

From 2004 Gregor Hoheisel was CEO of Graft’s Beijing office where he supervised various large-scale tourism development and residential projects. In 2014 he moved to New Zealand, where he opened W10 in 2016.

W10 is currently working on a proposal for Auckland's Waterfront.

Gregor Hoheisel has been a Founding Partner of Graft. Graft is an international operating company with a staff of about 100 Architects and Urban Planners. Graft has been involved in various waterfront projects in Germany, Tunisia, the Caribbean Islands and China.

From 2004 Gregor Hoheisel was CEO of Graft’s Beijing office where he supervised various large-scale tourism development and residential projects. In 2014 he moved to New Zealand, where he opened W10 in 2016.

W10 is currently working on a proposal for Auckland's Waterfront.

Rod Marler

Director, Place Shaping

Panuku Development Auckland

Rod has more than 30 years’ experience delivering large and complex projects. He joined Waterfront Auckland at its inception in November 2010 following an eight-year role as General Manager Design, Westfield New Zealand. He holds a degree in Architecture and an MBA, both from Auckland University.

As GM Development at Waterfront Auckland, Rod led a team of planners, designers, development and project managers to deliver projects across Auckland’s waterfront on behalf of Auckland Council. Rod led the Waterfront Auckland team responsible for delivering the 2012 Waterfront Plan which articulates the 30-year vision for Auckland’s waterfront.

In May 2012 Rod was seconded to CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) for three months to lead the development of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Blueprint team responsible for the masterplan for the redevelopment of central Christchurch.

In February 2014 Rod was invited to join a Local Government NZ team to assist the Samoan government with the development of a waterfront strategy for Apia. Working with the Samoan planning and urban design team, this will lead to the production of a Waterfront Plan for Apia.

Rod has more than 30 years’ experience delivering large and complex projects. He joined Waterfront Auckland at its inception in November 2010 following an eight-year role as General Manager Design, Westfield New Zealand. He holds a degree in Architecture and an MBA, both from Auckland University.

As GM Development at Waterfront Auckland, Rod led a team of planners, designers, development and project managers to deliver projects across Auckland’s waterfront on behalf of Auckland Council. Rod led the Waterfront Auckland team responsible for delivering the 2012 Waterfront Plan which articulates the 30-year vision for Auckland’s waterfront.

In May 2012 Rod was seconded to CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) for three months to lead the development of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Blueprint team responsible for the masterplan for the redevelopment of central Christchurch.

In February 2014 Rod was invited to join a Local Government NZ team to assist the Samoan government with the development of a waterfront strategy for Apia. Working with the Samoan planning and urban design team, this will lead to the production of a Waterfront Plan for Apia.

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Andrea Kenafake

Divisional Manager, City Planning and Sustainability

Brisbane City Council

Andrea has a background in leading substantial organisational change, reform and improvement and has developed a reputation for building strong and capable teams who are focused, flexible and highly responsive to organisational direction.

Andrea has worked with Brisbane City Council for over 20 years. During this time she has led the delivery of significant initiatives in the areas of business improvement and work place health and safety. She has managed transformational organisational change in a number areas resulting in process improvement, efficiencies and savings while maintaining high levels of service delivery. Andrea has delivered a range of improvement initiatives which have been recognised at a State and National Level. Andrea has substantial experience in managing in regulatory environments and in implementing customer focused service delivery.

As part of Brisbane City Council’s Executive Management Team, Andrea is responsible for shaping the leadership agenda and priorities for the organisation and has a focus on developing executive leaders and providing pathways for potential leaders.

As Divisional Manager of City Planning and Sustainability, Andrea is responsible for leading the delivery of Planning, Development Assessment, Natural Environment and Water services and economic development for the city of Brisbane.

In 2010, Andrea received the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Women in Development – Outstanding Achievement by a Woman – Government Award. In 2013 she was a finalist in the AIM Excellence Awards in the Professional Manager of the Year category.

Andrea is the Chairman of City Parklands Board of Directors, responsible for ensuring South Bank and Roma Street Parklands continue as premier destination parklands for the city and a key festival and event venue.

Andrea is also a member of the South Bank Corporation Board, responsible for guiding the world-class precinct into a new era ensuring South Bank continues to be a great place for the community, while preserving the precincts open spaces and low rise architecture.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Organisational Psychology from the University of Queensland and a Master of Rehabilitation from Griffith University.

Andrea has a background in leading substantial organisational change, reform and improvement and has developed a reputation for building strong and capable teams who are focused, flexible and highly responsive to organisational direction.

Andrea has worked with Brisbane City Council for over 20 years. During this time she has led the delivery of significant initiatives in the areas of business improvement and work place health and safety. She has managed transformational organisational change in a number areas resulting in process improvement, efficiencies and savings while maintaining high levels of service delivery. Andrea has delivered a range of improvement initiatives which have been recognised at a State and National Level. Andrea has substantial experience in managing in regulatory environments and in implementing customer focused service delivery.

As part of Brisbane City Council’s Executive Management Team, Andrea is responsible for shaping the leadership agenda and priorities for the organisation and has a focus on developing executive leaders and providing pathways for potential leaders.

As Divisional Manager of City Planning and Sustainability, Andrea is responsible for leading the delivery of Planning, Development Assessment, Natural Environment and Water services and economic development for the city of Brisbane.

In 2010, Andrea received the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Women in Development – Outstanding Achievement by a Woman – Government Award. In 2013 she was a finalist in the AIM Excellence Awards in the Professional Manager of the Year category.

Andrea is the Chairman of City Parklands Board of Directors, responsible for ensuring South Bank and Roma Street Parklands continue as premier destination parklands for the city and a key festival and event venue.

Andrea is also a member of the South Bank Corporation Board, responsible for guiding the world-class precinct into a new era ensuring South Bank continues to be a great place for the community, while preserving the precincts open spaces and low rise architecture.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Organisational Psychology from the University of Queensland and a Master of Rehabilitation from Griffith University.

Rebecca Arnaud

Principal Urban Planner

Brisbane City Council

Rebecca Arnaud has 20 years' experience in urban renewal and urban regeneration, place making, local planning and strategic planning.

Rebecca is currently the Principal Urban Planner in the Urban Renewal Brisbane team at Brisbane City Council and leads a small team delivering the Council's City Centre Master Plan and River's Edge Strategy. She also manages the preparation of master plans and local plans for the inner city suburbs of Brisbane.

Rebecca is also involved in facilitating development on key inner city sites such as Howard Smith Wharves and Queen's Wharf Brisbane.

Prior to joining Council, Rebecca worked in the Queensland Government with the Australia TradeCoast Task Force and the Commonwealth Government in the Building Better Cities program. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

Rebecca Arnaud has 20 years' experience in urban renewal and urban regeneration, place making, local planning and strategic planning.

Rebecca is currently the Principal Urban Planner in the Urban Renewal Brisbane team at Brisbane City Council and leads a small team delivering the Council's City Centre Master Plan and River's Edge Strategy. She also manages the preparation of master plans and local plans for the inner city suburbs of Brisbane.

Rebecca is also involved in facilitating development on key inner city sites such as Howard Smith Wharves and Queen's Wharf Brisbane.

Prior to joining Council, Rebecca worked in the Queensland Government with the Australia TradeCoast Task Force and the Commonwealth Government in the Building Better Cities program. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

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Veronica Jeffery

Executive Director, Place Management

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Veronica Jeffery has spent more than 16 years in senior State and Federal Government roles, leading the charge in creating dynamic, authentic and sustainable places in Perth, Western Australia.

For the past five years, Veronica has been responsible for Place Management at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; one of three key focus areas of the business. Across 13 major urban renewal projects, Veronica has provided integral place making expertise to create places that people want to be part of and to ensure that the amenity and place value are considered throughout planning, design and development.

Veronica's experience has helped to create an evolution and rejuvenation of Perth by redefining underutilised spaces such as the Perth Cultural Centre. Formerly an unused space with reputation for being isolated and unsafe, the Perth Cultural Centre has been transformed into the cultural heart of the city with a vibrant mix of arts, music, food, entertainment and events.

More recently, Veronica's input has shaped the delivery of Elizabeth Quay; Perth's newest waterfront destination that reconnects the city with the iconic Swan River. Together with her place activation, leasing, marketing and communications teams, Veronica coordinated the opening of the precinct in January 2016 which attracted 130,000 people over three days of celebrations and a further four million people since.

Veronica's current focus is on bringing her place making expertise to the development of Yagan Square. This exciting central city destination is currently under construction while Veronica and her team secure tenants for the new markethall - a providore of Western Australian produce - and curate a program of events, attract sponsorship and plan an opening celebration that showcases the ground-breaking cultural engagement process.

Veronica Jeffery has spent more than 16 years in senior State and Federal Government roles, leading the charge in creating dynamic, authentic and sustainable places in Perth, Western Australia.

For the past five years, Veronica has been responsible for Place Management at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; one of three key focus areas of the business. Across 13 major urban renewal projects, Veronica has provided integral place making expertise to create places that people want to be part of and to ensure that the amenity and place value are considered throughout planning, design and development.

Veronica's experience has helped to create an evolution and rejuvenation of Perth by redefining underutilised spaces such as the Perth Cultural Centre. Formerly an unused space with reputation for being isolated and unsafe, the Perth Cultural Centre has been transformed into the cultural heart of the city with a vibrant mix of arts, music, food, entertainment and events.

More recently, Veronica's input has shaped the delivery of Elizabeth Quay; Perth's newest waterfront destination that reconnects the city with the iconic Swan River. Together with her place activation, leasing, marketing and communications teams, Veronica coordinated the opening of the precinct in January 2016 which attracted 130,000 people over three days of celebrations and a further four million people since.

Veronica's current focus is on bringing her place making expertise to the development of Yagan Square. This exciting central city destination is currently under construction while Veronica and her team secure tenants for the new markethall - a providore of Western Australian produce - and curate a program of events, attract sponsorship and plan an opening celebration that showcases the ground-breaking cultural engagement process.

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Jaine Lovell-Gadd

General Manager: City Transformation

Tauranga City Council

Jaine Lovell-Gadd has been with Tauranga City Council since May 2013, moving to Tauranga from Auckland.

Jaine is the General Manager: City Transformation and her portfolio covers the following activities:

Marine Precinct
The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct is a $11.4m project to deliver a purpose-built marine servicing facility at Sulphur Point. The precinct will provide a base for boat building and refit businesses in Tauranga City, and will be managed by Tauranga City Council under the Vessel Works brand. The project is funded by Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Civic Heart Project
Tauranga City Council is in the unique position of requiring a long-term site for its offices, at the same time as owning the largest central city site. This could be a catalyst for other opportunities to create a ‘civic precinct’.

Civic Space Options is looking at not only at options for Council accommodation, but also assessing how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities.

Access to Water Project
Construction is underway to develop the waterfront, beginning with the development of tidal stairs, Masonic pier and pontoon ranges.

Jaine’s portfolio also covers Council Controlled Organisations Relationships and Governance, City and Strategic Events, City Development, and Enterprise Project Management Office.

Jaine Lovell-Gadd has been with Tauranga City Council since May 2013, moving to Tauranga from Auckland.

Jaine is the General Manager: City Transformation and her portfolio covers the following activities:

Marine Precinct
The Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct is a $11.4m project to deliver a purpose-built marine servicing facility at Sulphur Point. The precinct will provide a base for boat building and refit businesses in Tauranga City, and will be managed by Tauranga City Council under the Vessel Works brand. The project is funded by Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Civic Heart Project
Tauranga City Council is in the unique position of requiring a long-term site for its offices, at the same time as owning the largest central city site. This could be a catalyst for other opportunities to create a ‘civic precinct’.

Civic Space Options is looking at not only at options for Council accommodation, but also assessing how this project could be a catalyst for other opportunities.

Access to Water Project
Construction is underway to develop the waterfront, beginning with the development of tidal stairs, Masonic pier and pontoon ranges.

Jaine’s portfolio also covers Council Controlled Organisations Relationships and Governance, City and Strategic Events, City Development, and Enterprise Project Management Office.

Asia

Stephan Rewolle

Architect

GMP Architects

Stephan Rewolle, Dipl.Ing.Architect,is an Associate Partner at GMP Architects, Head of Beijing office.

Selected projects:

  • Soho Bund Shanghai, awarded best Highrise in China 2016 by CTBUH
  • Guangzhou TV
  • National Museum of China
  • Tianjin West Railway Station
  • Dongguan Basketball Stadium.

GMP Architects were also masterplanners of HafenCity, Hamburg.

Stephan Rewolle, Dipl.Ing.Architect,is an Associate Partner at GMP Architects, Head of Beijing office.

Selected projects:

  • Soho Bund Shanghai, awarded best Highrise in China 2016 by CTBUH
  • Guangzhou TV
  • National Museum of China
  • Tianjin West Railway Station
  • Dongguan Basketball Stadium.

GMP Architects were also masterplanners of HafenCity, Hamburg.

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Hsien-Yi Lee

Deputy Secretary-General

Taichung City Government

Hsien-Yi Lee, the Deputy Secretary-General, graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of National Cheng Kung University in 1982 and from a master’s program in the Department of Civil Engineering of National Cheng Kung University in 1984. In 1986, He joined the Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government, working on the MRT Tamsui and Mucha lines. In 1991, he became the chief of the Civil Engineering Section, Pingtung County Government, administering business related to roads, bridges, sewage systems, buildings, parks, and landscapes. In 2000, he became the chief of the Hydraulic Engineering Section, Water Resources Bureau, Kaohsiung County Government. In 2001, he was promoted to the deputy director, acting director, and director of the Water Resources Bureau respectively to administer hydraulic engineering and water resources engineering business. In 2010, he earned a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from the Institute of Engineering Science and Technology of National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology. He passed the civil engineering technician examination, served as adjunct assistant professor in Chung Shiu University, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and Feng Chia University.

After the merger of Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County in December 2010, he became the first director-general of the Water Resources Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government to administer hydraulic engineering, water resources, water conservation, rainwater and sewerage construction business. He has been the Deputy Secretary-General of the Taichung City Government since January 2015.

Hsien-Yi Lee, the Deputy Secretary-General, graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of National Cheng Kung University in 1982 and from a master’s program in the Department of Civil Engineering of National Cheng Kung University in 1984. In 1986, He joined the Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government, working on the MRT Tamsui and Mucha lines. In 1991, he became the chief of the Civil Engineering Section, Pingtung County Government, administering business related to roads, bridges, sewage systems, buildings, parks, and landscapes. In 2000, he became the chief of the Hydraulic Engineering Section, Water Resources Bureau, Kaohsiung County Government. In 2001, he was promoted to the deputy director, acting director, and director of the Water Resources Bureau respectively to administer hydraulic engineering and water resources engineering business. In 2010, he earned a doctorate in geotechnical engineering from the Institute of Engineering Science and Technology of National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology. He passed the civil engineering technician examination, served as adjunct assistant professor in Chung Shiu University, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and Feng Chia University.

After the merger of Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County in December 2010, he became the first director-general of the Water Resources Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government to administer hydraulic engineering, water resources, water conservation, rainwater and sewerage construction business. He has been the Deputy Secretary-General of the Taichung City Government since January 2015.

Bo-Jen Chen

Engineer

Water Resources Bureau, Taichung City Government

Bo-Jen Chen earned his doctoral degree from the Graduate Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering at Feng Chia University in 2003. He then joined Earthquake Proof Systems, Inc., as an expert in the analysis and design of earthquake-proof products and academic works.

In 2007, he passed the civil servant and civil engineering technician examinations. He worked with the Qingshui District Office of Taichung City from 2008 to 2012 with the engagement in engineering and landscape design of roads, buildings, and the environment.

He joined the Water Resources Bureau of the Taichung City Government in 2012 and performs the function of water resources planning and environmental design. He was cited as a model civil servant by the Taichung City Government in 2015. Currently, he is the Engineer of the Water Resources Planning Division.  

Bo-Jen Chen earned his doctoral degree from the Graduate Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering at Feng Chia University in 2003. He then joined Earthquake Proof Systems, Inc., as an expert in the analysis and design of earthquake-proof products and academic works.

In 2007, he passed the civil servant and civil engineering technician examinations. He worked with the Qingshui District Office of Taichung City from 2008 to 2012 with the engagement in engineering and landscape design of roads, buildings, and the environment.

He joined the Water Resources Bureau of the Taichung City Government in 2012 and performs the function of water resources planning and environmental design. He was cited as a model civil servant by the Taichung City Government in 2015. Currently, he is the Engineer of the Water Resources Planning Division.  

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Yi-Huang Tao

Director and Associate Professor

Department of Leisure Management, Tungnan University

Mr Tao’s education background is in Earth Science. He has a masters degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, US, and a Ph.D. degree in Geography from National Taiwan University. He is a researcher, scientist, educator, and practitioner in sustainable development.

Currently he works at Tung Nan University in Taiwan. As a geographer, he is specialized in strategic planning and education for sustainable development, especially in land use, disaster management, and tourism. He is also a contract research fellow of both Taiwan International Institute for Water Education (TIIWE) and National Taiwan University for tourism industry research.

Mr Tao’s education background is in Earth Science. He has a masters degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, US, and a Ph.D. degree in Geography from National Taiwan University. He is a researcher, scientist, educator, and practitioner in sustainable development.

Currently he works at Tung Nan University in Taiwan. As a geographer, he is specialized in strategic planning and education for sustainable development, especially in land use, disaster management, and tourism. He is also a contract research fellow of both Taiwan International Institute for Water Education (TIIWE) and National Taiwan University for tourism industry research.

Lee Kuang-Shuan

Assistant Chief Engineer

Public Works Department, Taipei City Government

Lee Kuang-Shuan is the Assistant Chief Engineer in the Sewerage Systems Office of the Public Works Department for Taipei City Government.  He is in engaged in the construction of sewage treatment and sewerage systems.

Lee Kuang-Shuan is the Assistant Chief Engineer in the Sewerage Systems Office of the Public Works Department for Taipei City Government.  He is in engaged in the construction of sewage treatment and sewerage systems.

Yi-chun Liu

Assistant Chief Engineer

Hydraulic Engineering Office of Taipei City Government

Yi-chun Liu has served in Hydraulic Engineering Office of Taipei City Government (TCG), which is responsible for the construction, maintenance and management of the riverside bikeway in Taipei, for over 20 years. He specializes in policy design and evaluation for river restoration plan, sewage management, and planning and supervision of infrastructure construction.

He was a Lead Executive Officer for the Tamsui River Revitalization Committee of TCG, and successfully cleaned-up the river, and vitalized the riverside recreation activities.

Yi-chun Liu has served in Hydraulic Engineering Office of Taipei City Government (TCG), which is responsible for the construction, maintenance and management of the riverside bikeway in Taipei, for over 20 years. He specializes in policy design and evaluation for river restoration plan, sewage management, and planning and supervision of infrastructure construction.

He was a Lead Executive Officer for the Tamsui River Revitalization Committee of TCG, and successfully cleaned-up the river, and vitalized the riverside recreation activities.

Europe

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Rita Justesen

Director of Planning & Architecture

CPH City and Port Development

Rita Justesen is the Director of Planning & Architecture at CPH City and Port Development. CPH City and Port is by far the largest development company in Copenhagen.

Planning & Architecture is implementing the development of a new town, Ørestad, close to Copenhagen airport, covering an area of 3 million m2, and the redevelopment of Nordhavn, a 200-hectare harbor area, with another 3 million m2.

Nordhavn will be transformed into an integrated urban district made up of a number of overbuilt islets, separated by basins and canals, housing 40,000 inhabitants and creating the same number of jobs.  

The companies declared objective is to realize development projects and guarantee the desired quality in city districts, public spaces and buildings.

Rita Justesens areas of responsibility range from the development of long-term strategies and overall structures for entire urban areas to precise master plans and urban projects.

The company also has an approval procedure for all building projects, which leads to control of architectural quality and the interaction between building and context.

Rita Justesen has been Architect/Chief Consultant at the City of Copenhagen for almost 20 years and has been in charge of many district plans and development processes. She has also initiated many of the large-scale projects involved in the transformation of Copenhagen: particularly in relation to the waterfront.

Rita Justesen is the author of several articles on the development of Copenhagen and has given public lectures all over the world.

Rita Justesen is the Director of Planning & Architecture at CPH City and Port Development. CPH City and Port is by far the largest development company in Copenhagen.

Planning & Architecture is implementing the development of a new town, Ørestad, close to Copenhagen airport, covering an area of 3 million m2, and the redevelopment of Nordhavn, a 200-hectare harbor area, with another 3 million m2.

Nordhavn will be transformed into an integrated urban district made up of a number of overbuilt islets, separated by basins and canals, housing 40,000 inhabitants and creating the same number of jobs.  

The companies declared objective is to realize development projects and guarantee the desired quality in city districts, public spaces and buildings.

Rita Justesens areas of responsibility range from the development of long-term strategies and overall structures for entire urban areas to precise master plans and urban projects.

The company also has an approval procedure for all building projects, which leads to control of architectural quality and the interaction between building and context.

Rita Justesen has been Architect/Chief Consultant at the City of Copenhagen for almost 20 years and has been in charge of many district plans and development processes. She has also initiated many of the large-scale projects involved in the transformation of Copenhagen: particularly in relation to the waterfront.

Rita Justesen is the author of several articles on the development of Copenhagen and has given public lectures all over the world.

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Richard Brown

Executive Director

Glasgow City Council

Richard Brown was appointed Executive Director of Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council in March 2012. He is a qualified General Practice Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Richard began his career in local government in 1988 working with Strathclyde Regional Council. He transferred to Glasgow City Council during the 1996 local government reorganisation. Prior to taking up his current role he was previously Managing Director of both Glasgow Community Planning Ltd and City Property (Glasgow) LLP.

As Executive Director for DRS, Richard’s focus has been to drive forward the pace and progress of regeneration in the city in partnership with a broad range of organisations. Richard led the officer negotiations with both UK and Scottish Governments in securing the first ever Scottish City Deal which attracted over £1bn in additional funding into Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Region.

Richard is married with two children.

Richard Brown was appointed Executive Director of Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council in March 2012. He is a qualified General Practice Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Richard began his career in local government in 1988 working with Strathclyde Regional Council. He transferred to Glasgow City Council during the 1996 local government reorganisation. Prior to taking up his current role he was previously Managing Director of both Glasgow Community Planning Ltd and City Property (Glasgow) LLP.

As Executive Director for DRS, Richard’s focus has been to drive forward the pace and progress of regeneration in the city in partnership with a broad range of organisations. Richard led the officer negotiations with both UK and Scottish Governments in securing the first ever Scottish City Deal which attracted over £1bn in additional funding into Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Region.

Richard is married with two children.

J├╝rgen Bruns-Berentelg

Chief Executive Officer

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Since 2003, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg has been CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a public company owned by the City State of Hamburg, second most populous city in Germany and center of a metropolitan region of 5 million Inhabitants, charged with the development of HafenCity and other areas. The HafenCity Hamburg development area represents a mixed use 40% expansion of the core city area of Hamburg. The goal is to develop a highly sustainable and outstanding new downtown in the European tradition of urbanism.

Before his involvement with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg occupied management positions with British, American and German property companies, partly at executive board and board of director level. In the process he was also involved in major projects such as Berlin Central Station or the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz, located in Berlin.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg graduated in geography and biology. He is a real estate economist (ebs) as well. He also is professor for integrated urban development at HafenCity University Hamburg in addition to his executive position.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg is a regular national and international speaker on issues of innovative large scale urban developments and publishes regularly on questions of urban development.

Since 2003, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg has been CEO of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a public company owned by the City State of Hamburg, second most populous city in Germany and center of a metropolitan region of 5 million Inhabitants, charged with the development of HafenCity and other areas. The HafenCity Hamburg development area represents a mixed use 40% expansion of the core city area of Hamburg. The goal is to develop a highly sustainable and outstanding new downtown in the European tradition of urbanism.

Before his involvement with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg occupied management positions with British, American and German property companies, partly at executive board and board of director level. In the process he was also involved in major projects such as Berlin Central Station or the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz, located in Berlin.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg graduated in geography and biology. He is a real estate economist (ebs) as well. He also is professor for integrated urban development at HafenCity University Hamburg in addition to his executive position.

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg is a regular national and international speaker on issues of innovative large scale urban developments and publishes regularly on questions of urban development.

USA & Canada

Charles Norris

Principal

Norris & Norris Associates

As an architect and urban designer, Mr Norris has logged over 40 years of professional experience in urban design, architecture, and waterfront planning. Serving as project manager for numerous waterfront projects in a variety of U.S. and international settings, he has gained recognition as an expert in the fields of passenger water transit systems and harbor planning, and has delivered topical papers at conferences in Dublin, Sydney, Montreal, and Bergen, as well as in many American port cities.

Mr Norris has contributed to numerous innovative water transportation and port planning projects including ferry transit plans and terminals, port facilities, climate change and sea level rise resilience strategies, urban waterfront plans, public access and harbor walks, and recreational marine facilities.

Mr Norris has also been actively involved with a wide range of urban waterfront revitalization projects, preparing plans and conducting workshops in numerous New England waterfront communities in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has also prepared waterfront plans in such diverse locations as New York Harbor; Davenport, Iowa; Wheeling, West Virginia; Yuma, Arizona; the Dockyards in Bermuda; Brighton, England; and Manama, Bahrain.

As a registered architect his maritime building design has included a ferry terminal complex in Monmouth County New Jersey, the Conley Freight Terminal Gate Facility in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Museum, and various residences and boat houses in Massachusetts.

Current projects include a sustainable ferry plan for the Cranberry Isles in Maine, the Municipal Harbor Plan for the central Boston waterfront, ongoing ferry transit planning for Boston Harbor, and public advocacy for climate change preparedness in eastern Massachusetts ports. Recently completed designs have been a ferry terminal for Lynn, a multi-purpose port plan for Salem; a dock plan for Boat Haven on Boston’s Esplanade, and a watersheet plan for Oak Bluffs, all in Massachusetts.

As an architect and urban designer, Mr Norris has logged over 40 years of professional experience in urban design, architecture, and waterfront planning. Serving as project manager for numerous waterfront projects in a variety of U.S. and international settings, he has gained recognition as an expert in the fields of passenger water transit systems and harbor planning, and has delivered topical papers at conferences in Dublin, Sydney, Montreal, and Bergen, as well as in many American port cities.

Mr Norris has contributed to numerous innovative water transportation and port planning projects including ferry transit plans and terminals, port facilities, climate change and sea level rise resilience strategies, urban waterfront plans, public access and harbor walks, and recreational marine facilities.

Mr Norris has also been actively involved with a wide range of urban waterfront revitalization projects, preparing plans and conducting workshops in numerous New England waterfront communities in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has also prepared waterfront plans in such diverse locations as New York Harbor; Davenport, Iowa; Wheeling, West Virginia; Yuma, Arizona; the Dockyards in Bermuda; Brighton, England; and Manama, Bahrain.

As a registered architect his maritime building design has included a ferry terminal complex in Monmouth County New Jersey, the Conley Freight Terminal Gate Facility in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Museum, and various residences and boat houses in Massachusetts.

Current projects include a sustainable ferry plan for the Cranberry Isles in Maine, the Municipal Harbor Plan for the central Boston waterfront, ongoing ferry transit planning for Boston Harbor, and public advocacy for climate change preparedness in eastern Massachusetts ports. Recently completed designs have been a ferry terminal for Lynn, a multi-purpose port plan for Salem; a dock plan for Boat Haven on Boston’s Esplanade, and a watersheet plan for Oak Bluffs, all in Massachusetts.

Carl Weisbrod

Chairman

New York City Planning Commission

Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, has more than 40 years of experience serving the people of New York.

As a member of the de Blasio Administration, Weisbrod is charged with creating land use policies to promote an equitable, resilient, sustainable and economically vibrant city.

Weisbrod has been a key player in the development and implementation of Housing New York, the Mayor’s affordable housing initiative, which includes the recent enactment of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). MIH establishes the most rigorous zoning requirements for affordable housing of any major U.S. city and ZQA is the most important revision of the city’s Zoning Resolution since 1961.

Under Weisbrod’s leadership, the Department of City Planning is working with communities on developing holistic, place-based, community-driven, ground-up frameworks for growth that will provide affordable housing, along with necessary retail, amenities, jobs, services and resiliency.

As the founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, by working in government, leading business improvement partnerships and managing major private sector development, he has led the transformation of some of the city’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods.

Weisbrod spearheaded the city’s efforts to revitalize Times Square into a global hub for tourism and entertainment and guided the post-9/11 recovery of Lower Manhattan, facilitating the evolution of the financial district from an area dominated by daytime office workers into a thriving 24-7 neighborhood. As the President of the real estate division of Trinity Church, he oversaw the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square neighborhood in Manhattan, paving the way for its development as a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood for creative industries and new housing.

Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, has more than 40 years of experience serving the people of New York.

As a member of the de Blasio Administration, Weisbrod is charged with creating land use policies to promote an equitable, resilient, sustainable and economically vibrant city.

Weisbrod has been a key player in the development and implementation of Housing New York, the Mayor’s affordable housing initiative, which includes the recent enactment of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). MIH establishes the most rigorous zoning requirements for affordable housing of any major U.S. city and ZQA is the most important revision of the city’s Zoning Resolution since 1961.

Under Weisbrod’s leadership, the Department of City Planning is working with communities on developing holistic, place-based, community-driven, ground-up frameworks for growth that will provide affordable housing, along with necessary retail, amenities, jobs, services and resiliency.

As the founding President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, by working in government, leading business improvement partnerships and managing major private sector development, he has led the transformation of some of the city’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods.

Weisbrod spearheaded the city’s efforts to revitalize Times Square into a global hub for tourism and entertainment and guided the post-9/11 recovery of Lower Manhattan, facilitating the evolution of the financial district from an area dominated by daytime office workers into a thriving 24-7 neighborhood. As the President of the real estate division of Trinity Church, he oversaw the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square neighborhood in Manhattan, paving the way for its development as a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood for creative industries and new housing.

Barry Hersh

Professor

New York University

Barry Hersh is Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the M.S. in Real Estate Development Program at the New York University, School of Professional Studies, Schack Institute of Real Estate. He teaches graduate courses on Real Estate Development as well as Land Use and Environmental Regulation, and works on improving curriculum that reflects sustainability, resilience and global aspects of the real estate marketplace.

Mr Hersh is a core faculty member of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and participates in international joint university and executive programs, most recently with the University of Amsterdam, JLL, Netanya Academy and the NYU Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities.

Mr Hersh’s research includes two recent studies of New York brownfield programs and participation in post-Sandy planning efforts. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the NAIOP Foundation, which also supported his 2014 national study of Waterfront Brownfield Redevelopment. He chaired an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel redevelopment report “The People’s River” on the Bronx side of the Harlem River.

Mr Hersh has conducted international studies on “Brownfields on Three Continents” published by the American and Asian Real Estate Societies as well as Brownfield Renewal and presented in Shanghai.

Earlier, Mr Hersh was a real estate director for Reynolds Metals Company, later Alcoa, supervising wide-spread development projects. With Dames & Moore/Brookhill he managed the acquisition and redevelopment of fifty brownfield properties with a total value in excess of $200-million.

He consults and studies urban redevelopments, especially waterfronts and brownfields, internationally as well as around the United States and is a long-time supporter of the Waterfront Center. Mr. Hersh, AICP, holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the City University of New York, and a M.U.P. from New York University.

Barry Hersh is Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the M.S. in Real Estate Development Program at the New York University, School of Professional Studies, Schack Institute of Real Estate. He teaches graduate courses on Real Estate Development as well as Land Use and Environmental Regulation, and works on improving curriculum that reflects sustainability, resilience and global aspects of the real estate marketplace.

Mr Hersh is a core faculty member of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and participates in international joint university and executive programs, most recently with the University of Amsterdam, JLL, Netanya Academy and the NYU Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities.

Mr Hersh’s research includes two recent studies of New York brownfield programs and participation in post-Sandy planning efforts. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the NAIOP Foundation, which also supported his 2014 national study of Waterfront Brownfield Redevelopment. He chaired an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel redevelopment report “The People’s River” on the Bronx side of the Harlem River.

Mr Hersh has conducted international studies on “Brownfields on Three Continents” published by the American and Asian Real Estate Societies as well as Brownfield Renewal and presented in Shanghai.

Earlier, Mr Hersh was a real estate director for Reynolds Metals Company, later Alcoa, supervising wide-spread development projects. With Dames & Moore/Brookhill he managed the acquisition and redevelopment of fifty brownfield properties with a total value in excess of $200-million.

He consults and studies urban redevelopments, especially waterfronts and brownfields, internationally as well as around the United States and is a long-time supporter of the Waterfront Center. Mr. Hersh, AICP, holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the City University of New York, and a M.U.P. from New York University.

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L. Michael Krieger

Of Counsel

Dunn Lambert, L.L.C.

L. Michael Krieger is a law, business, and economics trained executive: Fordham Law School J.D.; Baruch M.B.A.; and, Columbia College B.A.

Retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after 32 years of service, as General Manager, Regional Development Facilities, Michael is known for leading sustainable projects from concept to implementation. He has organized structured, negotiated and mediated complex private/public business arrangements involving multiple governmental jurisdictions, including environmental agencies.

Michael is internationally known as an expert in the waterfront development field. Further, Michael has significant experience in trust and estate planning, administration, and as a fiduciary. Michael’s accomplishments include effectuating multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional public/private arrangements, creating, managing and disposing of revenue producing and public purpose ventures; involving negotiations, business development, marketing, planning, design, construction, operations, employment, financial, and legal activities.

Michael has also developed and taught management and marketing courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

L. Michael Krieger, Esq. is admitted in the NJ, NY, DC and USSC Bars; Board Member, Dispute Resolution Section, NJ State Bar Association, 2006 to Present; Member, Garibaldi Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005 to Present; Member, NJ Association of Professional Mediators; Member, Bergen Civil Mediators Group, 2005 to Present; Member, ABA’s Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Dispute Resolution Sections; Member, Bergen County Bar Association; Advisor and past Board Member and Vice President, Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc.; and, Board Member, The Waterfront Center. Michael serves as a Speaker/Lecturer and Author related to the above and elsewhere. He provides timely, creative and practical advice, and helps find solutions in often difficult and complex situations.

L. Michael Krieger is a law, business, and economics trained executive: Fordham Law School J.D.; Baruch M.B.A.; and, Columbia College B.A.

Retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after 32 years of service, as General Manager, Regional Development Facilities, Michael is known for leading sustainable projects from concept to implementation. He has organized structured, negotiated and mediated complex private/public business arrangements involving multiple governmental jurisdictions, including environmental agencies.

Michael is internationally known as an expert in the waterfront development field. Further, Michael has significant experience in trust and estate planning, administration, and as a fiduciary. Michael’s accomplishments include effectuating multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional public/private arrangements, creating, managing and disposing of revenue producing and public purpose ventures; involving negotiations, business development, marketing, planning, design, construction, operations, employment, financial, and legal activities.

Michael has also developed and taught management and marketing courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

L. Michael Krieger, Esq. is admitted in the NJ, NY, DC and USSC Bars; Board Member, Dispute Resolution Section, NJ State Bar Association, 2006 to Present; Member, Garibaldi Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005 to Present; Member, NJ Association of Professional Mediators; Member, Bergen Civil Mediators Group, 2005 to Present; Member, ABA’s Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Dispute Resolution Sections; Member, Bergen County Bar Association; Advisor and past Board Member and Vice President, Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc.; and, Board Member, The Waterfront Center. Michael serves as a Speaker/Lecturer and Author related to the above and elsewhere. He provides timely, creative and practical advice, and helps find solutions in often difficult and complex situations.

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Kevin McNaney

Director, Northeast False Creek Project Office

City of Vancouver

Kevin McNaney is Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver and is responsible for the Downtown, which has the highest density of residents and is the premier business district in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

As Assistant Director of Planning, Kevin oversees planning and development for the entire downtown peninsula. Over the past decade Kevin has been responsible for numerous high-profile planning programs including the Metro Core Jobs Plan, the Vancouver Views Review, the expansion of the “Higher Buildings”, and an ever increasing number of major development projects that have transformed the downtown and its waterfronts into a vibrant, mixed-use area. More recently, he oversaw a plan for the West End community and Vancouver’s first 30-year plan for the Downtown Eastside, one of the most economically and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Canada.

Kevin has been appointed by the City of Vancouver to lead the development of the last significant waterfront area in Downtown Vancouver, Northeast False Creek (NEFC). As Director of the NEFC Project office, Kevin leads a large team of multidisciplinary staff who are tasked with replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts (the only portion built of a failed experiment with freeway construction in inner Vancouver) with a new surface road system, a mixed use neighbourhood for 10,000-15,000 residents and 3,000-4,000 jobs, a large waterfront system of new parks and open spaces, and a vibrant new commercial and retail waterfront district.

The NEFC waterfront area is likely to result in over CDN$1 billion in private and public investment (vancouver.ca/nefc). Prior to the City, Kevin worked in the private, academic and non-profit sectors on sustainable planning projects in Canada and South-East Asia. Kevin has a Bachelor degree in Urban Systems and Environmental Studies (McGill University) and a Master of Planning degree (University of British Columbia).

Kevin McNaney is Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver and is responsible for the Downtown, which has the highest density of residents and is the premier business district in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

As Assistant Director of Planning, Kevin oversees planning and development for the entire downtown peninsula. Over the past decade Kevin has been responsible for numerous high-profile planning programs including the Metro Core Jobs Plan, the Vancouver Views Review, the expansion of the “Higher Buildings”, and an ever increasing number of major development projects that have transformed the downtown and its waterfronts into a vibrant, mixed-use area. More recently, he oversaw a plan for the West End community and Vancouver’s first 30-year plan for the Downtown Eastside, one of the most economically and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Canada.

Kevin has been appointed by the City of Vancouver to lead the development of the last significant waterfront area in Downtown Vancouver, Northeast False Creek (NEFC). As Director of the NEFC Project office, Kevin leads a large team of multidisciplinary staff who are tasked with replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts (the only portion built of a failed experiment with freeway construction in inner Vancouver) with a new surface road system, a mixed use neighbourhood for 10,000-15,000 residents and 3,000-4,000 jobs, a large waterfront system of new parks and open spaces, and a vibrant new commercial and retail waterfront district.

The NEFC waterfront area is likely to result in over CDN$1 billion in private and public investment (vancouver.ca/nefc). Prior to the City, Kevin worked in the private, academic and non-profit sectors on sustainable planning projects in Canada and South-East Asia. Kevin has a Bachelor degree in Urban Systems and Environmental Studies (McGill University) and a Master of Planning degree (University of British Columbia).

Dick Rigby

Co-Director

The Waterfront Center

Dick is a co-director and co-founder of The Waterfront Center, a non-profit educational, research and consulting corporation founded in 1981. He serves as treasurer.

The Center has organized 30 international conferences and numerous topical workshops. A 31st conference is planned in Yuma, Ariz., in 2018. For the last 29 years, the Center has conducted an “Excellence on the Waterfront” awards program in which top urban waterfront projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work is chosen by independent, interdisciplinary juries.

With co-director Ann Breen, Dick is working on an hour-long documentary film on the urban waterfront regeneration phenomenon of the past 35 years. A 12-minute trailer focused on the transformation of Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas, has been completed. Breen and Rigby have co-authored five books, including illustrated hardbacks published by Thames & Hudson, London and McGraw-Hill, New York.

Dick is a co-director and co-founder of The Waterfront Center, a non-profit educational, research and consulting corporation founded in 1981. He serves as treasurer.

The Center has organized 30 international conferences and numerous topical workshops. A 31st conference is planned in Yuma, Ariz., in 2018. For the last 29 years, the Center has conducted an “Excellence on the Waterfront” awards program in which top urban waterfront projects, plans, citizen efforts and student work is chosen by independent, interdisciplinary juries.

With co-director Ann Breen, Dick is working on an hour-long documentary film on the urban waterfront regeneration phenomenon of the past 35 years. A 12-minute trailer focused on the transformation of Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas, has been completed. Breen and Rigby have co-authored five books, including illustrated hardbacks published by Thames & Hudson, London and McGraw-Hill, New York.

Ann Breen

Co-Director

The Waterfront Center

Ann is a co-founder of the Waterfront Center, a non-profit research, educational and consulting corporation. She has served as co-director and president since 1981. Other activities include community consulting, lecturing and the design and organization of over 30 annual international conferences and numerous technical workshops.

The Center has conducted an international Excellence on the Waterfront awards program for 29 years. The 2016 winners’ ceremony takes place October 21 in Washington, D.C. She writes and illustrates a periodic electronic newsletter found on The Center’s website: www.waterfrontcenter.org.

Ann and her partner Dick Rigby are currently working towards creating an hour-long documentary on the waterfront phenomenon of the last 35 years in the United States. A twelve-minute trailer featuring the Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston, Texas has been completed.

She has co-authored with Dick the following books: Intown Living: A Different American Dream. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, June 2004; paperback edition Washington, DC: Island Press, 2005; The New Waterfront: A Worldwide Urban Success Story. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996; WATERFRONTS: Cities Reclaim Their Edge. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1994. Second printing, 1997 by The Waterfront Press; Fishing Piers: What Cities Can Do .The Waterfront Press, Washington, D.C. 1986 and Caution Working Waterfront: The Impact of Change on Marine Businesses. The Waterfront Press, Washington, D.C. 1985. Ann holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Ann is a co-founder of the Waterfront Center, a non-profit research, educational and consulting corporation. She has served as co-director and president since 1981. Other activities include community consulting, lecturing and the design and organization of over 30 annual international conferences and numerous technical workshops.

The Center has conducted an international Excellence on the Waterfront awards program for 29 years. The 2016 winners’ ceremony takes place October 21 in Washington, D.C. She writes and illustrates a periodic electronic newsletter found on The Center’s website: www.waterfrontcenter.org.

Ann and her partner Dick Rigby are currently working towards creating an hour-long documentary on the waterfront phenomenon of the last 35 years in the United States. A twelve-minute trailer featuring the Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston, Texas has been completed.

She has co-authored with Dick the following books: Intown Living: A Different American Dream. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, June 2004; paperback edition Washington, DC: Island Press, 2005; The New Waterfront: A Worldwide Urban Success Story. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996; WATERFRONTS: Cities Reclaim Their Edge. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1994. Second printing, 1997 by The Waterfront Press; Fishing Piers: What Cities Can Do .The Waterfront Press, Washington, D.C. 1986 and Caution Working Waterfront: The Impact of Change on Marine Businesses. The Waterfront Press, Washington, D.C. 1985. Ann holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Joel Mills

Senior Director, Center for Communities by Design

American Institute of Architects

Joel Mills is Senior Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and democratic design for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development across the country, helping to create some of the most vibrant places in America today.

The Center’s design assistance process has been replicated and adapted for use across the world. Joel’s work in this area has been recognized with a Core Values Award for Organization of the Year from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a Platinum Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators, the Power of A Award from the Center for Association Leadership (ASAE), the Outstanding Program Award from the Community Development Society International, and a Social Impact Design Award from Inscape Publico.

Joel’s 22-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives across four continents.

In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success.  His past work has been featured in over 1,000 media stories, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, The Next American City, The National Civic Review,

The Washington Post, and dozens of other sources. He has served on numerous expert working groups, boards, juries, and panels focused on civic discourse and participation, sustainability, and design. He has also spoken at dozens of national and international conferences and events, including the Remaking Cities Congress, the World Eco-City Summit, the Global Democracy Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, and many others.

Joel Mills is Senior Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and democratic design for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development across the country, helping to create some of the most vibrant places in America today.

The Center’s design assistance process has been replicated and adapted for use across the world. Joel’s work in this area has been recognized with a Core Values Award for Organization of the Year from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a Platinum Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators, the Power of A Award from the Center for Association Leadership (ASAE), the Outstanding Program Award from the Community Development Society International, and a Social Impact Design Award from Inscape Publico.

Joel’s 22-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives across four continents.

In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success.  His past work has been featured in over 1,000 media stories, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, The Next American City, The National Civic Review,

The Washington Post, and dozens of other sources. He has served on numerous expert working groups, boards, juries, and panels focused on civic discourse and participation, sustainability, and design. He has also spoken at dozens of national and international conferences and events, including the Remaking Cities Congress, the World Eco-City Summit, the Global Democracy Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, and many others.