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 Silver is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks. Mitchell is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mitchell is an award-winning planner with over 30 years of experience. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell oversees management, planning and operations of 30,000 acres of parkland. As Parks Commissioner, Silver developed the Community Parks Initiative to build a more equitable parks system, Parks Without Borders to create a more seamless public realm and Anchor Parks program to make old parks new again. Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. In Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. In 2014 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association and in 2017 he was made an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In 2017, Commissioner Silver was elected to Planetizen’s list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists.
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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, a native Californian, received a BS in Social Sciences from the Santa Clara University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. She has worked for Yolo County, the City of Mountain View and as Community Development Director for the City of Woodland and the City of Citrus Heights.. She was inducted in April 2000 as a Fellow in the AICP. She has served as District VI Board Member to the National APA and as President and Vice-President for Legislation and VP for Public Information for APA California.. NAPA & APACA has awarded her a Distinguished Service Award. She also received the Planner's Emeritus Network Award. She is an emeritus member of the California Planning Roundtable and has served on the LCC Board of Directors. She has done extensive work on state housing legislation. She is currently serving as a Board member of Mercy California Housing and the nonprofit housing board, Woodland Friends of the Mission, Her present position since 2009 is Director of Board Formation for the De La Salle Institute providing Policy Governance training and oversight of twenty Boards of Trustees within the Christian Brothers San Francisco New Orleans District.
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).