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RUDC Symposium 2023 Tours

Each of these tours serves to showcase the diverse and intricate world of urban design Earn up to 4.25 LU (AIA), 4.25 CM (AICP), 4.25 LA CES (ASLA)

From Parking Lots to Places: The New Suburbanism at Pike and Rose, Montgomery County, MD


9:00 – 10:15 | 1A

From Parking Lots to Places: The New Suburbanism at Pike and Rose, Montgomery County, MD

The Pike and Rose development tour in North Bethesda provides an in-depth look at Montgomery County's commitment to high-quality design, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. Participants will learn about the integration of public art, energy efficiency, and innovative urban planning that has spurred over a billion dollars in adjacent developments.


  • Paul Mortensen, Senior Urban Designer in the Director’s Office

  • Carrie Sanders, Chief of the Midcounty Planning Area

  • Jay Brinson, Vice President of Development, Federal Realty

9:00 – 10:30 | 1B

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) New Metro HQ Tour & TOD & Workshop

In 2022, Metro released its first-ever Strategic Plan for Joint Development with a goal to execute 20 joint development agreements by 2032. The impacts of changing commuter
patterns and mobility innovations present an opportunity to challenge TOD projects to become more focused on placemaking and community building. The speakers will lead a discussion about the future of TOD and its role in contributing to sustainable and resilient cities. We will also discuss trends in compact transit design, a designer’s role in creating effective public places, and the use of public art in placemaking. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the new Metro Headquarters building integrated with art inspired by the region’s vibrant cherry blossoms and traditional coffered ceilings in transit and civic architecture.



  • Steven Segerlin, Director of Real Estate Development, WMATA

  • Laurent Odde, Program Manager for Arts in Transit, WMATA

  • Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth



  • Will Couch, Planning and Development Manager at EDENS

  • Emalia Tamanikwa, Development Director at EDENS

11:15 – 12:15 | 2A

Union Market District

With over 150 years of history as a market center in Washington, the Union Market District is evolving again as a social destination and anchor for development in the city. This site began as Centre Market in 1871, was replaced by Union Terminal Market in 1931, transitioned to an indoor market in 1962 after regulation changes, and became an industrial center for wholesale operations in the city in the 1980s. Today, more than 35 independent merchants and purveyors of food and drink operate within the Market, alongside a unique mix of small businesses, nationally recognized retail brands and highly rated restaurants located throughout the broader Union Market District. La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin American marketplace and culinary embassy located in UMD, is designed for community and conversation—carried by a philanthropic mission to foster business education throughout Latin America. An open-air rooftop bar and green space with stunning 360-degree city views distinguishes Union Market District as a destination like no other.

11:15 – 12:15 | 2B

District Wharf

The tour of District Wharf in Washington, DC, highlights the revitalized waterfront area, focusing on a unique Water Plan that has transformed the location into a vibrant convergence of boats, public spaces, dining, and culture. Participants will learn how this innovative approach to urban development has created an engaging and sustainable destination where public art, open views, and a sense of community prevail.


  • Jason Abbey, Principal, Perkins Eastman DC


1:45 – 2:45 | 3A

Pennsylvania Avenue with the National Capital Planning Commission

The tour of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, will explore the 2022 initiative to transform the avenue into a welcoming stage for national events and a public space. Participants will learn about the design concepts that aim to modernize and elevate the avenue as an equitable and vital civic destination in the nation's Capital City.


  • Karin Schierhold, Urban Planner, NCPC Physical Planning Division

  • Eliza Voigt, Branch Chief of Planning and NEPA, General Services Administration (GSA)'s National Capital Region Office of Planning and Design Quality

  • Jeff Jamawat, Urban Planner, NCPC Physical Planning Division

  • Otto Condon, Urban Design Principal, ZGF Architects

  • Yue Li, Acting Chief of Professional Services, National Mall and Memorial Parks unit of the National Park Service (NPS)

1:45 – 2:45 | 3B

Anacostia + 11th Street Bridge Park 

The tour of Anacostia's 11th Street Bridge Park will provide insight into the development of a unique urban park on the existing bridge, aiming to create a vibrant public space and bridge social and economic divides. Participants will learn about the project's history, community involvement, design challenges, and status, all reflecting a commitment to equitable development and community connectivity.


  • Anna McCorvey, Senior Equitable Development Manager, 11th Street Bridge Park

  • Scott Kratz, Senior Vice President, Building Bridges Across the River & Director, 11th Street Bridge Park

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3:30 – 4:30 | 4A

National Landing at Crystal City

The tour of National Landing at Crystal City will focus on the area's transformative growth, including Amazon's HQ2 development and $12 billion in public and private investments. Participants will learn about the region's fastest-growing downtown district, its significant projects like Long Bridge and Route 1, and the vision to make it one of the country's most connected downtowns and the region's premier innovation district.


  • Malaika Scriven, Vice President of Planning & Development, National Landing BID

  • Tracy Sayegh Gabriel, President/Executive Director, National Landing BID

  • Rob Mandel, Deputy Executive Director, National Landing BID

  • Matthew Jones, Planning & Transportation Project Manager, National Landing BID

3:30 – 4:30 | 4B

National Landing at Potomac Yard + Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

The Potomac Yard neighborhood in the City of Alexandria is undergoing its third transformation, from a railroad switch yard in the first half of the 20th century to a car-centric suburban retail center, to what is currently unfolding; a catalyst for multi-modal 21st-century urban design. The southern anchor of the broader National Landing development, led by JBG Smith and Virginia Tech, the two entities are reimagining cities of the future, driven by sustainable and resilient buildings and a network of green and public spaces, and leveraging emerging technologies that foster seamless connection and inspire future innovation. Join representatives from JBG Smith and Virginia Tech for a walking tour of the first phase of the new development and learn how, together, they are creating the campuses and cities of the future.

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  • David Baker, Director of Operations & Chief of Staff, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

  • Robert Gonzalez, Senior Development Analyst, JBG Smith


2023 RUDC 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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