Protecting and Supporting Vulnerable Cultural Communities

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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Texas’ largest cities are home to a wide range of diverse and culturally distinct communities. A nation-wide trend towards urban living combined with state-wide population growth has increased development pressure in urban neighborhoods, jeopardizing housing, local economies, urban form, cultural traditions, and way of life for some of these unique communities. A number of initiatives are underway throughout Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio to preserve and support vulnerable, cultural communities and their housing affordability, economic independence, cultural distinctions, and architecture. This panel discussion will explore five of these efforts, at all stages of implementation, and includes nonprofit, consultant, and municipal perspectives. Attendees will gather takeaways applicable to communities facing a variety of challenges related to growth and will have the opportunity to discuss the issue with representatives from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Attendees will:
1. Hear about housing, urban design, branding, and community preservation initiatives in Texas' biggest cities that are protecting vulnerable, cultural communities.
2. Learn about initiatives in all stages of implementation, and gather takeaways applicable to communities facing a variety of challenges related to growth and change.
3. Have the opportunity to discuss the housing, urban design, and community preservation topics with representatives from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.


Shannon Shea Miller

Shanon Shea Miller, AICP, became the City of San Antonio’s historic preservation officer and director of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in November 2008. OHP implements an award-winning program that includes extensive education and outreach, technical training, a comprehensive designation initiative, design and development review, and the City ... Read More

Thor Erickson

Thor Erickson, AICP, LEED GA is President & Managing Director of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. He manages [bc]'s four offices—Dallas, Brownsville, Houston, and Washington, DC. Thor brings to the team extensive experience in community informed design, management and operations of nonprofits and implementation of design and planning programs. Thor’s planning career ... Read More

Nicole Joslin

Nicole Joslin, Executive Director of the Austin Community Design and Development Center, has a diverse professional and academic background in architecture, development, disaster recovery, and community engagement. In addition to her work at ACDDC, which works to improve the quality of life for all through community-engaged design, Nicole is a ... Read More

Kathy Flanagan Payton

Kathy Flanagan Payton, the President and CEO of the Fifth Ward Community Development Corporation oversees the implementation of the Comprehensive Community Revitalization of Houston’s Historic 5th Ward. The effort incorporates the vision of a 15-member board of directors, residents, and stakeholders. This vision is achieved through the organization’s ... Read More

Meghan Skornia

Meghan Skornia is an Associate Urban Planner at Asakura Robinson. Her work focuses on small area planning, downtown planning, creative placemaking, and public engagement. She is especially passionate about relaying complex planning and zoning issues to the public and exploring new mediums for truly inclusive engagement. Her work also includes ... Read More

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