Team Member Profiles
Jason Beske, AICP Team Leader
Jason Beske is a community planner and urban designer with more than 10 years of local government and nonprofit experience. He is senior planner for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, and has focused his planning career on restoring suburban communities into vital pedestrian places. Beske is chair of the American Planning Association's Urban Design & Preservation Division and serves on the board of the Form-Based Code Institute. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of urban design and site planning at American Planning Association National Planning Conferences.
Marijoan Bull, AICP
Marijoan Bull is assistant professor of Regional Planning at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Before becoming an educator, she spent more than 20 years working in land use planning at the local and regional levels in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her work ranged from comprehensive planning, zoning changes, and development review to neighborhood revitalization efforts centered on brownfield cleanup and affordable housing and regional smart growth initiatives. For the past three years, Bull has been working with colleagues in western Kenya on a project with subsistence farmers looking at best management practices for sustainability and public engagement.
William M. Harris, FAICP
William Harris is Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Presently he is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Augusta State University. He is the founder and former professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. Dr. Harris's research interests focus upon the areas of inner city economic development and citizen empowerment. Harris was the first African American elected to the AICP College of Fellows. He is author of four books (African American Community Development: A Plan for Self Determination is forthcoming in Fall 2011) and numerous scholarly articles. He has traveled and lectured throughout the world.
Emil Malizia, AICP
Emil Malizia is professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is in the related areas of real estate development, regional economic development, and urban redevelopment. For over four decades, he has conducted research, taught graduate-level and in-service courses, and engaged in consulting for private, nonprofit, and public clients. Dr. Malizia is the author or co-author of four books and more than 140 scholarly articles, monographs, and other publications. During leaves, he has been a senior real estate adviser to a major life company, a visiting professor, and in federal service. He has international experience in Austria, Colombia (Fulbright Scholar), Jamaica, and Nova Scotia.
Guy Pearlman is a landscape architect and urban designer. He has managed projects with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company for more than five years and he has experience in town planning, campus planning, and traditional neighborhood development with a focus on green infrastructure. Pearlman is an accredited New Urbanist and a registered Landscape Architect in North Carolina and South Carolina with more than 15 years of experience in planning, permitting, and implementation. He is a co-author of the Light Imprint Handbook: Integrating Sustainability and Community Design. He recently presented the Light Imprint Initiative at two Congresses for the New Urbanism and at the New Partners for Smart Growth.