Planning + Design: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
As the planning profession evolves, marrying data, analytics and design, is increasingly gaining importance in an effort to promote plans, influence policy and attract investment. Join in the conversation as an interdisciplinary panel of experts from the public and private sectors discuss the growing importance of design within the planning practice. A planner, an architect, and an economist provide insights into how design has influenced their careers and how they see design and planning transforming in the future. Participants will learn what skills they will need to hone in order to embrace this trend. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate in this important dialogue on design through the use of live polling technology and interactive questions.
Confirmed SpeakerANIK K. JHAVERI, RA, LEED AP BD+C | DESIGN PRINCIPAL | DC STUDIO DIRECTOR Mr. Jhaveri is a registered architect with 22 years of experience with 10 years as a design principal, and licensed to practice architecture since 1998. He is Design Principal of the Jacobs DC office and through the advancement of Design, actively engages with offices in India, Australia, Middle East as well as several offices domestically. He has received 25 awards for architecture and interior design including several international competitions. He is deeply committed to the advancement of Architecture as it relates to the nexus of formal, humanistic and technical aspects of integrated design. He has worked extensively with private and public clients in the areas of master planning, architecture and interior architecture. Professional areas of focus include net zero strategies, resiliency, high performance technologies in design that expand the mandate of an integrated Architecture. Mr.Jhaveri is involved in actively engaging the next generation of professionals, having taught at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, Drexel University and George Mason University in both the architecture and real estate programs.
Confirmed SpeakerShannon L. Roberts is a leader for Jacobs’ urban design practice in the DC region. She has extensive experience working on interdisciplinary teams specializing in sustainable design, physical planning, urban design and infrastructure. With over 10 years of experience, Shannon’s portfolio includes local, national, and international projects ranging from urban infill projects to large regional and campus master plans. Combining creative thinking and analytical skills to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate challenges, Shannon routinely influences the design process, resulting in projects that bring added benefits to both her clients and the greater community. As a director of the Northern Virginia Section of the American Planning Association’s Virginia Chapter, Shannon is responsible for setting the agenda and organizing educational and networking opportunities for the Section’s 500+ members. She is an active member of CREW DC’s Program Committee which is responsible for providing six to eight cutting edge real estate programs annually. Recently, Shannon was awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work on the Host Committee for Greenbuild 2015. Shannon is an AICP certified planner, Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED AP BD+C. She earned a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Michigan. Shannon is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerCaroline McCarthy is the Division Chief for Research and Special Projects, which is responsible for providing demographic, economic, real estate market, and affordable housing analysis to support master plans, development review, and land use policy decisions. Caroline joined the Montgomery County Planning Department in April 2016 from HR&A Advisors, a national real estate, economic development, and public policy consulting firm, where she was managing principal in the Washington, DC office. She has extensive experience developing market analyses and implementation strategies for master plans of complex sites, including brownfields, former military bases, downtowns, and transit-oriented development. She has also provided economic and real estate market advisory services to private sector clients looking to advance real estate development or public policy initiatives. Caroline holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha International and the American Planning Association.
Merrill St. Leger-Demian
, AICP CUD
Confirmed SpeakerMerrill St. Leger is a Principal in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office where she leads the Urban Design and Planning studio. In over 20 years of practice, she has led community planning projects, mixed-use development and TOD master plans, and federal campus planning projects in the mid-Atlantic region from visioning and conceptual design through municipal development approvals. Merrill’s work integrates collaborative consensus-building and placemaking with sustainable urban design and planning. She has led award-winning projects including the Scotts Run Master Plan, in Tysons, Virginia; the MidCity East Small Area Plan in Washington, DC; and the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan in Alexandria, Virginia. Merrill holds a BS in Architecture from Catholic University and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech.