Scenes from NPC22: Together Again

More than 3,000 planners from around the country, and even the globe, came to San Diego for the first in-person National Planning Conference in three years. The four-day conference had the convention center buzzing from reconnecting with colleagues to exploring solutions for the challenges facing communities. Check out below how attendees experienced NPC22 and the inspiring messages from this year's keynote speakers.

Michael Ford
"When we go to school for architecture or any design field, a lot of minority students they come into those fields, they have to check their culture at the door."
— Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford, AIA, NOMA, opening keynote speaker.

 

April Rinne

"The pace of change has never been as fast as it is today, and yet, it is likely to never again be this slow."
— April Rinne, closing keynote speaker.

Reunited Community

Attendees were able to connect in-person to share updates, reunite with colleagues, and continue to learn from each other.

Jana Schwartz and Ricky Williams led planners on an orientation tour of San Diego. Photo by Jana Schwartz.

Jana Schwartz and Ricky Williams led planners on an orientation tour of San Diego. Photo by Jana Schwartz.

Attendees were able to catch up and reconnect at The Hub during NPC22. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Attendees were able to catch up and reconnect at The Hub during NPC22. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Members were able to meet and greet with various divisions throughout NPC22.

Attendees could connect and meet with APA Divisions, including the new Arts and Planning Division, throughout NPC22 in The Hub. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

NPC22 attendees helped give back to the community by creating 1,000 toiletry kits that will be dontated to San Diego's unhoused community through a partnership between APA and the San Deigo Downtown Project. Photo by Mike Johnson.

NPC22 attendees helped give back to the community by creating 1,000 toiletry kits that will be dontated to San Diego's unhoused community through a partnership between APA and the San Deigo Downtown Project. Photo by Mike Johnson.

Expanding Knowledge

Educational opportunities included sessions, mobile workshops, speed share sessions, and events held in the Career Center.

Learning Lab sessions allowed attendees to go in-depth into a subject area such as learning self awareness, planning for transformational spending, and planning for equity. The sessions allowed attendees to work together and learn from each other.  Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Learning Lab sessions allowed attendees to go in-depth into a subject area such as learning self awareness, planning for transformational spending, and planning for equity. The sessions allowed attendees to work together and learn from each other. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

NPC22 offered four different types of educational opportunities from 15-minute storytelling to 90-minute learning labs. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

NPC22 offered four different types of educational opportunities from 15-minute storytelling to 90-minute learning labs. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

The Career Center inside The Hub offered a variety of programming opportunities from enhancing your skills as a manager to career explorations with APA Divisions. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

The Career Center inside The Hub offered a variety of programming opportunities from enhancing your skills as a manager to career explorations with APA Divisions. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Mobile workshops took attendees by foot, bike, and bus, out into San Diego and the surrounding region to explore the region's planning efforts.

Mobile workshops took attendees by foot, bike, and bus, out into San Diego and the surrounding region to explore the region's planning efforts. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Advocacy

From discussing new policies to engaging elected and appointed officials, attendees dove into advocacy.

Zoning reform was a key subject discussed at multiple sessions and even in mobile workshops. Photo by Emily Pasi.

Zoning reform was a key subject discussed at multiple sessions and even in mobile workshops and often drew at-capacity crowds. Photo by Emily Pasi.

Federal legislation — American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offer landmark opportunity for planners. Presenters detailed opportunities for planners in new transportation programs focused on climate, resilience, reconnecting communities, modeling, and EV infrastructure among others. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Federal legislation — American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offer landmark opportunity for planners. Presenters detailed opportunities for planners in new transportation programs focused on climate, resilience, reconnecting communities, modeling, and EV infrastructure among others. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Attendees heard directly from White House Senior Advisory and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu on federal policy for infrastructure. He thanked APA members for their hard work. Photo by Emily Pasi.

Attendees heard directly from White House Senior Advisory and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu on federal policy for infrastructure. He thanked APA members for their hard work. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Credential

AICP Certification empowers planners to make an impact in their communities by verifying their expertise and providing an ethical foundation for planning.

Attendees were able to learn about One Path to AICP, DESCRIBE. Photo by Bob Hoffman Photography.

Attendees were able to learn about One Path to AICP, the streamlined process to earn their credential. Photo by Hoffman Photography.

Attendees were able to meet AICP Fellows in The Hub at NPC22.  Photo by Felicia Braunstein.

The AICP Fellows held a meet-up in The Hub, where aspiring planners could discuss the path to Fellowship. Photo by Felicia Braunstein.

2020 FAICP Inductees

The 2020 class of Fellows were honored during a special ceremony at NPC22.

The 2022 AICP Class of Fellows.

The 2022 class of Fellows were inducted during a special ceremony at NPC22.

There's still more NPC22 to come during the online conference, May 18-20. Join us online for even more education and networking.

Top Image: Photos by Hoffman Photography. Banner image created by Susan Deegan.


About the author
Roberta Rewers is APA's communications manager.

May 4, 2022

By Roberta Rewers