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2023 RUDC Symposium Speakers

Our symposium hosts a diverse array of accomplished speakers, each with an impressive repertoire of accomplishments and a deep understanding of their fields. It is an opportunity for all of us to expand our horizons and gain fresh perspectives as we delve into the frontiers of knowledge together.

9:15 AM

CLIMATE RESPONSE: How Can Cities Increase Their Resilience to Climate Change?

The impacts of climate change and the growing aspiration for healthy urban living are significantly impacting the design of our cities. This includes creating cities that can better respond to climate shocks and developing new environmentally responsive projects. This session seeks to transform the way we design and build cities, prioritizing the well-being of both people and the environment.

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Jonathan Barnett, FAIA, FAICP

Jonathan Barnett, FAIA, FAICP has been an urban design consultant to many cities including Charleston, SC, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Omaha, and Pittsburgh in the United States and Xiamen and Tianjin in China. He has also been an advisor to several U.S. Government agencies including the National Park Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Capitol Planning Commission. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he has engaged in extensive research on several critical urban issues. including how to manage the inevitable effects of climate-changing emissions that have already been added to the atmosphere, and will cause serious problems for cities, regardless of progress in reducing future emissions globally.

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Maria Antony Katticaran, Architect and Urban Designer

Maria Antony Katticaran - Throughout Maria's decade-long career as a licensed Architect and Urban Designer, she have worked on urban projects to elevate the quality of life in our cities by prioritizing sustainable and resilient development, accessibility, public programming, and transit-oriented communities. Maria has experience working with a diverse clientele - governments, developers, non-profits and community members, she has imbibed a valuable perspective on community aspirations and how projects impact local communities. These diverse experiences bring a holistic approach to her work; considering both the technical and economic aspects of projects as well as their broader social, community, and environmental implications in the conceptualizing of a project. Outside of her regular work, Maria is on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority representing the interests of the community and public agencies within the Restoration Authority's jurisdiction, assisting and advising the Governing Board on activities to restore the San Francisco Bay, to ensure maximum benefit, value, and transparency.

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Manuel Sanchez-Ruiz, AIA, Principal

Manuel Sanchez-Ruiz is an Architect - Urban Designer with over 30 years of experience in large land-planning of urban-scale projects both domestically and internationally. His experience includes the design and planning of large-scale urban development projects, new communities, mixed-use districts, campus plans, waterfronts, and urban regeneration projects particularly in the USA, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Working in an interdisciplinary collaboration among economics, planning, landscape, architecture and engineering. Mr. Sanchez joined AECOM from Sasaki Associates, where he was a principal and worked from 1996 to 2010. Before this, he was a Principal at Escala International of Monterrey, Mexico, and a Senior Urban Designer for The Central Artery Project in Boston at Wallace, Floyd, Associates, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts. He was previously a Project Manager with Black, Atkinson, Vernooy of Austin, Texas, and a Principal at Gomez & Sanchez Architects of Bogota, Colombia.



Devanshi Purohit, AICP, Principal

CBT Architects

Devanshi Purohit is an urban designer, architect and resiliency strategist with eleven years of experience. Highly skilled at generating innovative approaches and urban solutions, Devanshi brings an energetic and facile conceptual vision to her work. With broad experience in architecture, urban design, and resiliency planning, Devanshi shapes communities, nationally and internationally, through active placemaking and smart design. Her on-going study of the interplay among societies, infrastructure, and our ever-changing climate, drives her work. Some of her recent notable work includes Cambridge Crossing Master Plan, Suffolk Downs Master Plan, the Blueway at the New England Aquarium, as well as the strategic development planning for Boston University. Devanshi received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from M.S. University, India. She is currently actively engaged in the Boston community, focusing on resiliency discussions including the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) where she co-chairs the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE). She was one of the panelists and a contributor to the "Living with Heat" charrette and publication organized by the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) New England district council. Through the workshop, the panelists generated best practices to help landowners, developers, designers and public officials protect their projects, investments, and communities from the risks associated with regional urban heat island effect. She was also selected to be one of the eight professionals to participate in Copenhagen Urban Lab 2019, a ten day workshop to develop mitigation strategies for UHI for the cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg in Denmark.

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Scott Archer, AIA, AICP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Associate

DAVID RUBIN Land Collective 

As an architect, urban designer, and certified planner, Scott has developed broad expertise in planning for cities and campuses, as well as experience designing cultural, civic, and institutional buildings. Constantly telescoping between scales as both an urban designer and architect has contributed to his holistic understanding of design and the built environment. His belief that design can — and should — play a key role in creating equitable and livable cities drives his passion for his work. The interaction between public policy, community engagement, and the ultimate physical manifestation of the city is the center of his professional work, his commitment to academia, and his ongoing community service. Scott is an associate at DAVID RUBIN Land Collective in Washington, DC and an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.

Maria Antony Katticaran
Manuel Sanchez-Ruiz
Devanshi Purohit
Scott Archer

11:00 AM

ADAPTING FOR TOMORROW: How Can Public Spaces Prepare for Future Challenges?

In response to the pandemic, cities have experimented with reshaping streets and expanding public spaces, to expand bike and pedestrian access. This session will discuss topics like equitable transit, micro mobility, resilient infrastructure, new street designs, and the role of urban landscapes and the public engagement process.



Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism

Studio Gang

Gia Biagi is Principal of Urbanism at Studio Gang, where she leads the office's urban design, planning, and strategy work. This part of the practice unites an emphasis on ecology and revitalizing cities with a renewed focus on how to reimagine public assets, institutions, and neighborhoods to be more relevant, connected, and responsive to their communities. Biagi’s career, spanning both private practice and public service, has established her as a visionary leader in community-centered and environmentally responsible urban planning and design. From 2019 to 2023, she served as Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Transportation, where she delivered hundreds of innovative transportation projects citywide and created a nation-leading strategic plan focused on safe, sustainable, and efficient mobility options and building equity into its daily operations. Prior to that, she held positions in Chicago’s Park District and Department of Planning and Development, where her work focused on neighborhood revitalization through planning, programs, policies, and capital investments.

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Marcel Acosta, Executive Director

National Capital Planning Commission and Chair, American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division

Marcel Acosta has more than 35 years of experience in urban and transportation planning. As executive director of the federal government’s central planning agency, he oversees a team of urban planners, architects, historic preservationists, and other professionals who are committed to preserving and enhancing the extraordinary qualities of the National Capital Region. He also serves as Chair of the American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division. Before joining the National Capital Planning Commission in 2001, Mr. Acosta served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the nation’s second-largest public transportation system. As CTA’s chief planner, he developed new capital programs and oversaw successful initiatives that increased ridership and reduced operating costs for the city’s bus and rail systems. Prior to CTA, he held the position of deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Mr. Acosta received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 2001 Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR, Founding Principal

DAVID RUBIN Land Collective

David A. Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR is the founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. David’s visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio, earning increasing renown for fusing issues of social justice in cities with excellence in the design of public spaces. Educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University, he has taught and lectured at a number of institutions, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Southern California Institute of Architecture. David is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. David was recently appointed by the State Department to The Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Industry Advisory Group to advise the U.S. government on best practices in landscape architecture. His projects have received awards and honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects, among others. David’s current work includes the National World War I Memorial, new comfort stations throughout the National Mall, and Franklin Park all in Washington, D.C.; multiple projects for the Fort Wayne Riverfront in Indiana; the Wilmington Delaware Riverfront East Master Plan and Implementation; and a new plaza for Temple University in Philadelphia. His studio’s work includes diverse typologies in locations from Los Angeles to Berlin, New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. Land Collective is a nationally-certified LGBT Small Business Entity (SBE).

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Severn Clay-Youman, AIA, Principal


Severn Clay-Youman is an architect and lighting designer living and working in Brooklyn. A graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and Oberlin College, he started Civic Architecture Workshop in 2015 to pursue projects at the intersection of public space, community building and the arts. Prior to studying architecture he worked internationally as a lighting and set designer for dance and theater. Severn lives in Sunset Park with his family and is an avid sailor, boatbuilder, cyclist and gardener.

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Peter Darby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Founder

Darby Architecture

Peter Darby is the Founder and Principal at Darby Architecture, a consultant-based transportation architecture and urban design practice in Dallas focused on aviation, transit, and urban design mixed-use projects. Peter is originally from the Chicago area and attended Lake Forest College studying Urban Studies, an undergraduate professional architectural degree from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before relocating to Dallas in 2013, Peter practiced primarily in the Northeast, including Washington DC, New York City, and Boston. Peter currently serves on the AIA National Leadership team for AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community and will be the AIA Dallas Chapter President for 2024. Peter also serves on the Executive Committee for the Greater Dallas Planning Council and is the past Chair of the GDPC Urban Design Awards. Peter received the AIA Dallas President’s Medal in 2021 and the AIA Dallas Presidential Citation in 2021 for his efforts in leading the AIA Dallas DART D2 Subway Advisory Committee.

Gia Biagi
Marcel Acosta
David Rubin
Severn Clay-Youman
Peter Darby

12:45 PM

Unmasking Lessons Learned Since 2020

In response to the pandemic, cities have experimented with reshaping streets and expanding public spaces, to expand bike and pedestrian access. This session will discuss topics like equitable transit, micro mobility, resilient infrastructure, new street designs, and the role of urban landscapes and the public engagement process.

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Adam Dodgshon, Planning Supervisor

Prince George’s County Planning Department

Adam is a professional planner with over 25 years experience in the public sector. He has been the Supervisor of the Placemaking Section in Prince George's County Planning Department since 2019 when the section was established. Adam oversees a small team to engage with communities to explore opportunities to celebrate the county's many different cultures and varied heritage in activating spaces. Previously, Adam worked in England at the local, regional, and national government levels. He wrote an update to Local Planning Regulations in 2008 before joining the Planning Advisory Service. In this role, Adam supported all English planning authorities in their plan making, as a trusted advisor on the planning system, and a link between planning officers and local politicians.

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Alex Krefetz, Grants Management Specialist, Urban Design Division

previously with the DC Office of Planning

Alex was previously a Grants Management Specialist at the Urban Design Division of the DC Office of Planning. Alex's work focuses on the creation and use of public space, grant program administration, data analysis, and community engagement. Alex's primary project is the Streets for People program, which provides grant funding to DC organizations working to create new public space as well as programming. Alex graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s City and Regional Planning program, where he focused on Community and Economic Development. Previous work includes working as the Chevy Chase Main Street Manager, ULI Washington's Technical Assistance Panel Program Manager, and as a graduate intern at the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation. Before working in urban planning, Alex worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council focusing on federal climate change policy and residential energy efficiency in low income multifamily housing.

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Katye North, AICP, Division Chief of Mobility Services

Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia

Katye North (Speaker) Katye is the Division Chief of Mobility Services within the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. In this role, she oversees many different mobility related programs, including parking management, bikeshare, scooters, paratransit, and the City’s transportation demand management program, GoAlex. In 2020, Katye was part of an interdepartmental team focused on business and public space recovery efforts. As part of this team, Katye has helped implement various programs, including the closure of a key commercial block in Alexandria's historic downtown, to help businesses use public space, including streets, sidewalks, and on-street parking spaces during the pandemic. Katye joined the City in 2006 in the Department of Planning and Zoning before moving to the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services in 2015 to take on the role of Parking Planner. Katye received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Planning at Virginia Tech and her Masters in Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Jeff Jamawat, Urban Planner

National Capital Planning Commission, Physical Planning Division

Jeff is an urban planner at the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Physical Planning Division, which operates as an urban design studio for the federal government. Previously, Jeff was program director at the Mayors' Institute on City Design where he provided technical assistance on city development and urban design projects through direct engagement with over 100 mayors and cities around the country. His private sector experience includes HR&A Advisors and Amazon real estate account at CBRE Group. Jeff holds two MIT degrees in real estate development and city planning with a focus on urban design.

Adam Dodgshon
Alex Krefetz
Katye North
Jeff Jamawat

1:30 PM

TECH IMPACT: How are Emerging Technologies Transforming Our Cities and Work?

New technologies such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and drone delivery will shape the future form and function of our cities. They will also impact how we plan and design our cities using tools like parametric design, AI, and machine learning. This session will explore how emerging technologies are impacting cities and the way we design them.

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Nico Larco, AIA, Professor, Architecture and Urban Design University of Oregon

Nico Larco , AIA is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Oregon. He is serves as the director of Urbanism Next Center and co-director Sustainable Cities Institute, exploring how technology impacts city development. He advises and collaborates with various agencies in North America and Europe, applying sustainable urban design principles and contributing to the development of the Sustainable Urban Design Framework. His work has been featured in prominent publications, and he is affiliated with Larco/Knudson an urban design consulting firm, and serves as a Strategic Advisor at TNO, a Dutch thinktank.

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Agustin Chambard, Architect and Urban Designer

KGP Design Studio

Originating from Argentina, Agustin Chambard is a graduate architect with the KGP Design Group in Washington DC. His work fuses an enthusiasm for innovation with a commitment to sustainable urban environments. His practical skills were further developed during his tenure as a thesis adjunct professor at the University of Cuyo in Mendoza, where he also nurtured budding architects. Agustin earned his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Mendoza and later obtained a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Virginia Tech-College of Architecture + Urban Studies at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center.

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Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, Professor

University of Tennessee

A native of Pittsburgh, Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA received architecture degrees from both Cornell and Harvard Universities, becoming a licensed architect while working for SOM in Boston. She was named the Scholar Teacher of the Year at Syracuse University, and moved in 1994 to the University of Tennessee, where she was appointed as dean. At the time, she was the fifth woman ever to serve as dean for an American architecture program. Marleen Davis has taught at all levels in a professional B.Arch. curriculum. She has participated actively in local and national professional organizations, serving as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. As a career educator, she embraces the approach of the generalist, with expertise in beginning design, urban design, technology and pedagogy.

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James Blackwood, CRO

Giraffe Technology Pty. Ltd.

James is the CRO of Giraffe, and a leader skilled at guiding traditional enterprises through data transformation. As part of the founding team of Giraffe, James has successfully led its go-to-market strategy across multiple markets (US, APAC, ME, UK/EMEA). James is pivotal in educating how urban professionals can unlock, utilize and leverage digital workflows across capital allocation, design & planning & governing bodies. 

With his combined background in enterprise leadership, data and Saas technology, James encompasses a unique perspective on where the AEC industry is headed and what the steps are to get there. He is driven by his passion for the potential for city maker’s shift to digital & generative workflows and the opportunity that awaits. James lives in Orlando, Florida with his family

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Anand Rajagopal, Senior Manager, Machine Learning


Anand Rajagopal currently heads AI and Machine Learning development for the AutoCAD product. While  at Autodesk, he has worked on developing AI-driven functionality across the construction life cycle. Some of them include products that helped assess safety hazards on a job site, better organize data for project teams and, more recently, increasing drafter productivity in AutoCAD.


Originally from India, Anand holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from PES University, Bengaluru and a Master’s degree in Information Management and  Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in the Bay Area and spends most of his free time building blocks with his toddler!



Nathan Ogle, AIA, LEED AP, RUDC 2023 Chair, Founder


Nathan founded TRACTORgreen, a California Corporation, and privately held 12CHC | Design Management, an architectural, real estate, contract, entitlements, and design consulting enterprise centered in the San Francisco Bay Area with award-winning design projects locally and beyond. His career spans practice, academia, industry, and construction—writing extensively on sustainability, culture, thought, and design trends.


He serves as Chair of the AIA California Urban Design Committee and Board of Governors Chairman for a San Francisco Non-Profit agency while educating students worldwide as online faculty in the School of Architecture at the Academy of Art University. He is a John S. Bolles Fellow of AIA California, and his other passions are mentoring, philanthropy, small stream fishing, high adventure camping, league basketball, kayaking, and collecting mid-century modern furniture. 

Nico Larco
Agustin Chambard
Marleen Kay
James Blackwood
Anand Rajagopal
Nathan Ogle

3:15 PM

THE URBAN SHIFT: How are Downtowns, Neighborhoods and Suburbs Changing?

Changing work patterns, online shopping and the resulting post-pandemic economic shifts and social justice issues are driving significant transformations in our cities, prompting a reevaluation of the roles of downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburbs. This session will explore how cities can respond and adapt to these challenges.

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Andre Brumfield, Assoc. AIA., Cities & Urban Design Leader, Principal


Andre is a Principal and the Global Director of Gensler’s Cities + Urban Design practice. He applies his extensive experience in the fields of urban design, planning, and architecture to focus on neighborhood revitalization and the redevelopment of urban districts.

Andre has committed his career to improving cities and underserved neighborhoods. He has extensive experience in revitalizing distressed and economically challenged urban environments, working with developers, public agencies, and non-profit organizations to develop master plans and architecture for affordable and mixed-income housing. His strong background in transit-oriented development, corridor master planning, and repositioning urban industrial centers is represented in his broad range of work and product types—which include blending residential, office, institutional, retail, open space, and commercial uses into a larger master planning vision and implementation strategies.



David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President


David was honored with the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Medal for “a lifetime of creating livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns”. Residential Architecture Magazine named David to their Hall of Fame as “the person we call to ask about cities.” He has led planning in post-Katrina New Orleans, revitalized downtowns for cities large and small, and initiated a broad reappraisal of the role of density in building more livable, resilient, competitive, and equitable communities. 


His current and recent work includes planning for transformation of Ottawa’s Kanata North into a 21st century innovation district; helping suburban Richmond Hill ON focus growth toward a new generation of walkable centers and corridors; planning for Downtown plus the surrounding Uptown Neighborhoods for El Paso TX; replacing an elevated expressway with an at-grade tree-lined boulevard in Buffalo NY; planning for a new mixed-use district in Calgary AL; and transforming major malls in Nashville TN, Trumbull CT, and outside of Boston MA into new centers of community life.

David’s impact has not gone unnoticed—his work has won more than two dozen awards from the AIA, the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Landscape Architects, and the International Downtown Association. He co-authored Urban Design for an Urban Century (Wiley, 2015) with Lance Brown FAIA and co-edited Suburban Remix: Creating the next generation of urban places (Island Press, 2018) with Jason Beske AICP.



Sheba Ross, AICP CUD, EcoDistricts AP, CDT, LEED AP, Partner and Global Practice Director, Cities & Communities


Sheba Ross is a Partner at HKS where she leads the firm’s Cities and Communities practice, which strives to grow, connect, or revitalize urban areas with vision and purpose. She pursued a career in architecture and urban design to create culturally defined and environmentally driven projects, committing to buildings and the spaces between them. In the past two decades, Sheba’s focus has been master planning the built environment by leveraging the design of the story and the details. She actively engages public participation in projects that revitalize their communities by linking health with the urban realm. In 2020, Sheba was recognized by the ULI Atlanta WLI pioneer program as one of the top 24 most influential women in real estate in Atlanta

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Laura Johnson, RA, LEED AP, ND, Associate


Laura is an Associate at Gehl focused on master planning projects. She brings with her a background in research, site planning, and housing design that has shaped her obsession with the space around the property line - where most people experience buildings and public and private lives intersect. She is passionate about designing this space to serve both project users and visitors, and enhance the pedestrian experience. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from MIT and is a licensed Architect in California



Steven Wilson, AIA, AICP, RUDC Leadership Committee, Senior Associate

Steve Wilson, former Chair of RUDC, serves on its 2023 Symposium Organizing Committee and is a Senior Associate at Gensler. As the North Central Region's Cities & Urban Design Practice Leader, he helps shape future cities and towns with innovative design strategies. With 26 years of experience as an architect and planner, Steve has contributed to over 40 US and international communities. His expertise includes downtown and district planning, transit-oriented and mixed-use development, as well as campus planning for healthcare and higher education sectors. Steve earned his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard and his Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University.

Andre Brumfield
David Dixon
Sheba Ross
Laura Johnson
Steve Wilson

5:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT ON DC: Fostering Inclusive Growth in a Rapidly Changing Environment?

This discussion is about DC Downtown Public Realm Plan, a people-first initiative utilizing app data and public input to boost safety, diverse land use, and economic stability in DC's vibrant culture. Uncover how this innovative plan, enriched with cross-sector insights, is shaping the future of urban living. 



Bobby Boone, Founder and Chief Strategist


With nearly a decade of experience immersed in retail real estate, Bobby is impassioned about empowering engaged tenants, developers, and cities to create community-serving retail. He ensures the viability and sustainability of retail environments with tailored solutions that draw on his market analysis, planning, and strategic merchandising expertise. 

Prior to founding &Access, Bobby led a citywide effort to attract and maintain small businesses in Detroit and tackled wide-ranging retail challenges as a senior strategist at Streetsense—from repositioning Fortune 500 brands and malls of yesteryear to crafting expansion strategies for emerging brands and commercial corridors. 

Bobby shares his love of retail with others as a University of Maryland and Harvard University lecturer and speaker at conferences across the nation. He received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Florida A&M University and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He holds certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners and LEED-Neighborhood Development.

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Jon Stover, Founder and Managing Partner

Jon Stover and Associates

Founder and Managing Partner of JS&A, Jon has devoted his career to providing a fresh, economic-minded approach to neighborhood revitalization and public-private partnership. JS&A grew out of the 2008 recession as Jon subcontracted for a variety of leading real estate consulting and economic analysis firms. Since then, he has secured, planned, and directed projects for hundreds of public agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations, real estate developers, and private businesses. Jon’s passion for cities (and road trips) has brought him to nearly every large and mid-sized city in the United States. The pandemic has delayed checking the last few places off the list (here’s looking at you, Amarillo, TX).

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Timothy Maher, Program Officer 

DC Office of Planning

Timothy Maher is a community planner who joined the DC Office of Planning in September 2013. His responsibilities include public space design review, planning for the downtown area, and coordination for the Sustainable DC initiative. Prior to joining the Revitalization and Design Division at OP, he worked as an architect in the District where he had the opportunity of a lifetime as a part of the design team for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, now on display at the National Mall. Prior to that, Tim first cut his teeth as a community organizer while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African nation of Mali. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Georgia Tech and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).

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Julia Day, Partner and Team Director


Julia is a Partner & Director at Gehl and leads the company’s Cities and Foundations team. Julia is skilled at developing multi-sector partnerships that highlight the power of place to impact health and community development. With 17 years of experience working with city agencies and community leaders, she has led engagement projects in communities near and far, supporting urban leaders in ensuring people are visible and heard in the city-making process. In her projects, Julia works across design, strategy, and research methods to demonstrate the integral role streets play as connective, vibrant public spaces. Julia holds an MSc. City Design and Social Science from the London of Economics and B.A. History, Washington University in St. Louis.

Bobby Boone
Jon Stover
Timothy Maher
Julia Day

2023RUDC Symposium


  • Explore the future of city design through a full day of lectures and panel discussions.

  • Earn 7 LU|HSW (AIA), 7 CM (AICP), 7 LA CES (ASLA). 


DAY 2 TOURS | OCTOBER 20, 2023

  • Discover Washington DC as your interactive learning lab.

  • Customize your visit, and select up to four individual tours.

  • Earn up to 4.25 LU (AIA), 4.25 CM (AICP), 4.25 LA CES (ASLA). 

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