Team Member Profiles
Robert L. Barber, FAICP, Team Leader
Robert Barber is a founding Orion partner, having retired after 25 years of public service, most recently as director of planning for Hernando, Mississippi, from 1996 to 2012. He is currently president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association, former chairman of APA's Chapter Presidents Council, and national board advisor of APA. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1990. He was elected to the College of Fellows in 2010 and currently serves as its chairman. He is a former executive board member of the Memphis District Council of the Urban Land Institute and board member of the Mid-South Regional Design Center. Barber has served as Adjunct Professor of Planning in the Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis and is a lecturer in community planning for the Mississippi Municipal League's CMO program.
Andy Kalback is a talented designer with over 20 years of professional experience. His abilities include urban design, land planning, landscape architecture, illustration, and graphic communications. He has extensive experience in working with and assisting downtowns in the creation and communication of their future vision through master plans, design charrettes, and developmental strategies. His specific project involvement has included lead designer and project manager as well as sub-consultant to associated fellow professionals and disciplines. He has also developed plans for reusable environments, parks and open spaces, and environmentally sensitive areas. Professional assignments have taken place in numerous local and national locations as well as international locales including Brazil, Portugal, Korea, China, England, Poland, and the Caribbean.
Joseph "Tripp" Muldrow, AICP
Tripp Muldrow is an accomplished urban planner with experience covering a broad range of areas in the planning field. His particular talents lie in understanding how planning and urban design concepts apply to economic development policies and strategies. He has served on the faculty of the South Carolina Mayor's Institute for Community Design and has been guest lecturer at Clemson University, Pfeiffer University, and the South Carolina Planning Academy. Most recently, Muldrow was selected as part of an 18-person Kellogg Foundation Grant delegation to County Mayo, Ireland, to study sustainable tourism and community development. He serves as President-Elect of the South Carolina American Planning Association, a board member of Community Builders (formerly the SC Downtown Development Association), a commissioner for the Greenville Housing Authority, and on the Board.
Irayda Ruiz-Bode, AICP
Irayda Ruiz-Bode brings over 15 years of professional experience in all aspects of infrastructure planning and development and 10 years of experience in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of programs and projects related to the sustainable management of infrastructure in Latin America and the U.S. Her experience includes providing technical assistance applying or adapting design standards to ensure environmental and technical quality of public infrastructure, land use planning and the improvement of the quality of life, sustainability investments, public services and institutional strengthening. She has also dedicated several years to teaching and research in urban issues. Throughout her career she has been part of multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, working in collaboration with public and private institutions and agencies of cooperation and bilateral and multilateral funding.
Philip L. Walker, AICP
Phil Walker has over 25 years of experience in community planning. His public sector experience consists of serving as the executive director of the Pensacola (Florida) Downtown Improvement Board and city planning director for Natchez, Mississippi. He spent the past two years serving as the part-time Interim Director of the Two Rivers Company — Clarksville, Tennessee's downtown and riverfront revitalization entity. His private sector experience includes positions with Hintz-Nelessen Associates, Christopher Chadbourne and Associates, and Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. Since establishing The Walker Collaborative in 2002, he has led award-winning planning projects. He has consulted to the National Main Street Center and numerous local Main Street programs, and is a speaker at national and regional conferences. He is also an instructor with the University of North Alabama's continuing education program.