The Role of the 21st Century Planner
FAICP Session: The Role of the 21st Century Planner
Planners should serve as agents of positive change. Over the past century the profession of planning has gradually evolved from that as visionary to one saddled with functionary duties, and planners now are often perceived as technocrats. This session will consider planning’s historic idealistic roots, the reduced current role of our professional practice, and what needs to change to become 21st Century change leaders. A panel of four Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) will examine the contemporary role of planners grappling with issues such as challenging politics, complicated regulations, and diverse constituents. We’ll explore issues that were never imagined when planning was in its infancy (e.g., effects of climate change, new transportation technologies, impact of social media, social equity, urban sprawl, and more) and identify ways planners can reestablish themselves as change leaders.
This interactive session will engage participants as we examine the larger purpose of our profession and remind us of why our work is important and learn what it takes to become a 21st Century Planner.
Confirmed SpeakerMitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with over 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets. Prior to returning to his native New York City as Parks Commissioner, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. His career has included roles as a policy and planning director for Manhattan Borough President's Northern Office, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey, and deputy planning director in Washington, DC. Commissioner Silver lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of planning topics. He is a contributing author and editor of International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) latest edition of “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which is a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known by his colleagues as a passionate communicator, creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell Silver has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River and Vision for Jamaica Center in New York City and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, and Raleigh. As president of APA, he led an international effort to elevate the value and rebirth of planning in the 21st century. In 2012, the Urban Times named him one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment today. In 2013, UBM Future Cities named Mitchell Silver as one of the top 100 City Innovators in the world and the Royal Town Planning Institute made him an honorary lifetime member. In 2014, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association. In 2015, he was named a honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Austrailia and in 2016 he was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Social Sciences. When Mayor Bill de Blasio named Mitchell Silver as New York City's Parks Commissioner, he called him “a visionary.” The Mayor went on to say: “He has a passion for fairness and equality, and he brings it to the work of government, and understands that we have to ensure that parks and open spaces are available in every community, and are well-maintained in every community in this city.” As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. Mr. Silver served in Raleigh from 2005 until taking his job at Parks. He was an outspoken advocate for Raleigh and helped transform it into a world-class city with great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian (U.K.), Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Atlantic Cities, the Urban Times, Planning Magazine, the News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer, the Triangle Business Journal , Crain’s Business Journal, BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR). Commissioner Silver has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute and North Carolina State University. He is the Dunlop Lecturer in Housing and Urbanization at Harvard University. Mitchell Silver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey.
, Ann Arbor
Confirmed SpeakerNorman Tyler, FAICP, PhD is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Michigan University, where he served as an award-winning member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program. As director of its Planning Program for seventeen years, he carried much of the responsibility for the continued success of its two planning programs (undergraduate and graduate) and oversaw their significant growth. Dr. Tyler has been involved on the boards and on numerous committees with state and local professional organizations. He has served in a variety of capacities, drawing on his expertise both as an educator and practitioner. For many years he was a partner in the architecture/planning firm of Tyler/Tyler Architects. A significant project from this period was serving as planner and architect for a new town in Pennsylvania. Dr. Tyler's research throughout his career has focused on the development of new approaches to community planning and the review and assessment of downtown revitalization efforts. Tyler has written numerous articles and given many presentations on topics relating to downtown planning, historic preservation, and web-based education. Tyler has authored and co-authored a number of books over his career, including: Planning and Community Development: A Guide for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton and Company, 2010, with Robert M. Ward); Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (W.W. Norton and Company, 1999 and 2009, with Ted J. Ligibel and Ilene R. Tyler); Greek Revival in America: Tracing Its Architectural Roots to Ancient Athens (CreateSpace Independent Publishing 2014, with Ilene R. Tyler); The Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, and Me. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing 2014); Crossing the Continent: Pioneers of Transcontinental Travel (Draft manuscript).
Confirmed SpeakerJanet Ruggiero, FAICP, has worked for Yolo County, the City of Woodland, and the City of Mountain View in California, and recently retired from the City of Citrus Heights, having served as the Community Development Director for ten years. She was inducted in April 2000 as a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners. She has served as District VI Board Member to the National American Planning Association, as President and Vice-President Legislation for APA California, and as the Vice-President for Public Information for the APACA Board. Both National APA and APACA have awarded her a Distinguished Service Award. She has received the Planning LEGACY Award from the Sacramento Valley Section of APA. Janet is a member of California Planning Roundtable, and has also served on the League of California Cities Board of Directors. She has done extensive work on state legislation, especially in the area of housing. She currently serves as a member of the Mercy California Housing Board and also serves on a small nonprofit housing board, Friends of the Mission in Woodland. She is employed by the De La Salle Insitute doing governance training for the Boards of Trustees of their educational works.
Confirmed SpeakerBruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, PhD is the principal and founder of RACESTUDIO and is responsible for all aspects of project planning, design and delivery. Since founding RACESTUDIO in Berkeley, CA in 1994, his projects have received 32 design and planning awards including national awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, Environmental Protection Agency and Society of College and University Planning. The Long Range Development Plan for UC Merced received a national 2012 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, and the Owings Award for Environmental Excellence, from the California Architectural Foundation in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Race joined the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture as Director of University of Houston’s newly created Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR) and serves and the College's Associate Dean of Research. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Race was an Associate Professor of Practice and a full-time faculty for Ball State University’s Master of Urban Design program in Indianapolis. His design talent, practice experience, and research interests intersect in his classroom studios where he emphasizes community engagement and design innovation grounded by real world experience. Dr. Race received his PhD from Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture where has been a visiting research fellow, faculty in The Master in Urban Design (MaUD) program, and an instructor in the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Program. Bruce Race is one of very few planning and design professionals in the United States that have been elected to fellowship by both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). In 2012, Dr. Race received the Planning Sagamore from APA Indiana recognizing his accomplishments “as a model planner before the public and the planning profession.” Bruce Race served as the urban design columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal from 2012-2015. Since 2014, Dr. Race has been a member of ICE Publishing Urban Design Proceedings Editorial Panel, Institution of Civic Engineers, London, UK and is the co-editor for a 2017 special issue on urban design education. • LEADERSHIP • Dr. Race has served in leadership positions with the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels. He served on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Board of Directors for 13 years including two terms as vice president. Dr. Race was on the founding Board of Directors for the Great Valley Center, an organization that strives to enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of California's Central Valley. He currently is a member of AIA’s national Regional Urban Design Committee. • EDUCATION • Bruce Race received his PhD from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales with a research focus on climate action planning at the local level. He received his Bachelor in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Ball State University where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (1980), the Community Based Projects Award (1980), and Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999). In 2007 he was a Ball State University, Emens Distinguished Professor. • PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION • Dr. Race is a registered architect in the state of California and certified by the American Planning Association as a member of the APA's professional institute (American Institute of Certified Planners).