Team Member Profiles

Graham Billingsley, FAICP Graham Billingsley, FAICP Team Leader

Graham Billingsley has significant experience covering more than 30 years of practice. Educated in planning, landscape architecture, and architecture — and with experience in all three fields — he is able to develop solutions designed to solve a problem specifically for a community. For 23 years, Billingsley was in the public sector, first in Dallas then for 18 years in Boulder County, Colorado. He has developed land use codes and conducted studies or projects in comprehensive planning, housing, economic development, downtown revitalization, demographic and economic analysis, opinion surveying, landscape architecture, architecture, historic preservation, urban design, and process management.

Aaron Arnett, AICPAaron Arnett, AICP

Aaron Arnett is a principal in the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates in Greenville, South Carolina. He has Bachelor of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning degrees, both from Clemson University. Arnett has worked in all areas of urban planning and for the past 12 years has worked in the private sector focusing on small town and downtown revitalization. Arnett Muldrow and Associates specializes in downtown economic development, historic preservation, and community branding. The firm was created to help communities that want to rebuild their aging downtown, reinvigorate their urban neighborhoods, and create economic development opportunities. To date, the firm has completed projects in over 300 communities in 32 states.

Claire Hempel, AICPClaire Hempel, AICP

Claire Hempel is project manager/associate and operations manager for Design workshop's Austin, Texas, office overseeing a wide range of projects currently including streetscapes, community planning efforts and urban design efforts. Hempel holds a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Landscape Architecture bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University. She has eight years of landscape architecture practice working in both the private and public sectors in Houston and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area. Hempel has been a task leader for projects that include urban and regional parks, resort and high-rise design, and comprehensive community and environmental planning. Her professional interests include public engagement, planning on multiple scales and empowering smaller communities.

Robert Lewis, AICPRobert Lewis, AICP

Bob Lewis directs economic research and planning projects at Development Strategies, based in St. Louis. He was part of the team that created Development Strategies in 1988 after 10 years with Team Four and two years with the St. Louis County Department of Planning. He was named president in 2000. The focus of his professional work is analyzing the market, economic, and organizational forces that influence urban planning, economic growth, and real estate development. His consulting services yield strategic recommendations for clients seeking to maximize economic value. Clients include local governments, private property owners, corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and institutions all around the USA.