Fast, Funny, or Passionate 2
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
What you will hear:
· What's the Dam Problem? – Jaemi Jackson, AICP
· Public works – Stylish and Exciting? – Anjali Mishra, AICP
· Covers on our Rabbit Holes – Margo Moehring, AICP
· Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Measure Park Use – Keunhyun Park
· How to Speak Architect: Communicate your Way to Better Buildings – Amit Price Patel, AICP
· You Think Driving in New York is Bad? – Behnaz Razavi, Maryam Khabbazian
· Proactively Planning for Diversity and Inclusion – Jermaine Ruffin, Sonja Karnovsky, Allison Kappeyne Van De Coppello
· Listen Up Young Planners – Martin Scott, AICP
Confirmed SpeakerJaemi is a Planner II with the City of Highland Park. There she has worked to implement Illustrated Design Guidelines, a streetscape project in the City's cultural core, and changes to City regulations to make them both user-friendly and reflective of emerging planning trends and best practices. Previously, Jaemi worked as a Senior Associate with Houseal Lavigne Associates specializing in comprehensive planning and active transportation. Her portfolio includes authoring and designing more than three dozen comprehensive plans. Some of Jaemi’s past projects include developing award-winning comprehensive plans for college towns in Iowa and Minnesota and creating a rails-to-trails visualization for a low-income community in southern California. She has also published award-winning research on urban agriculture in Los Angeles. A native Californian, Jaemi holds a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science from the University of California – San Diego and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California – Los Angeles. An avid cyclist and swimmer, Jaemi enjoys helping cities become healthier and happier by expanding non-motorized transportation options and activating underused spaces.
Confirmed SpeakerAnjali Mishra is a practicing urban planner with over 15 years of experience in consulting, municipal, and civil society organisations. She has overseen design competitions, municipal infrastructure, transportation and urban design projects for major public institutions, and implemented neighbourhood branding strategies. Interested in democracy, creativity, urban innovation and their relationship with the urban environment, she has led consultative and participatory processes within many of her projects. Anjali Mishra currently lives in Montreal, where she is a project manager for the City of Montreal. She is in charge of several major infrastructure and streetscaping projects in the city's central area.
, Jacksonville Beach
Confirmed SpeakerMargo Moehring, AICP, is Director of Policy at the Northeast Florida Regional Council and Executive Director of the Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc. She joined Regional Council staff as Director of Policy in January 2008. She led efforts to establish a 50 year vision for growth and development in the First Coast, completed an update to the regional plan informed by the vision, and staffed Regional Community Institute (RCI) policy recommendations on sea level rise in Northeast Florida, an action item identified by the vision. She currently staffs the Public/Private Regional Resiliency committee of the Council, a business focused group that provides leadership on actions related to resilience. Prior to joining the Regional Council and RCI, she was Chief of Strategic Planning at the City of Jacksonville, Planning and Development Department. Before moving to Florida in 2000, she was Executive Director of Strategic Planning with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Division of Real Estate Services. Margo graduated from Jacksonville University and has a Master of Philosophy Degree in Town Planning from University College, London. Margo is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
, Salt Lake City
Confirmed SpeakerPh.D. Student, City & Metropolitan Planning Department Research Assistant, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah
Amit Price Patel
, SITELAB urban studio
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerAmit Price Patel is committed to making inclusive cities of opportunity and human connection. Over the course of his career, Amit has worked on projects at many scales, including several award-winning mixed-use infill urban buildings, and neighborhood master plans. At SITELAB urban studio, Amit has worked on planning, urban design, and placemaking projects for public agencies, developers, and cultural institutions. Prior to joining SITELAB, Amit was a Principal and Urban Design Lead at David Baker Architects where he led a 400-unit master planning effort for the Asheville Housing Authority, as well as a multi-disciplinary development feasibility study for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He also designed many affordable housing projects for chronically homeless individuals and families, as well as low-income seniors. Amit has also worked at firms in the Bay Area, Boston, St. Louis and Johannesburg on project types ranging from the Oakland Pedestrian Master Plan; to a campus dining hall and dormitory; to a high density mixed-use freeway air rights redevelopment project in Boston. Amit has won or been on the winning teams for several international design competitions and has served on the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute.
, Sabra Wang & Associates Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerBehnaz is an urban planner at Sabra Wang and Associates, Inc. with a focus on transportation. Her role with this multi-disciplinary engineering firm's planning group in this is addressing transit, parking and transportation issues generally for local transportation agencies. She is involved in a variety of projects to reduce congestion in transit corridors, strategizing street designs to provide adequate space for various transportation modes and provide technical support to local municipalities on future planning and roadway design. Behnaz focuses on providing visually appeasing and comprehendable graphics and diagrams for clients in order to explain straight forward solutions for communities in need of transportation improvement. Behnaz is passionate about decreasing traffic on the roads at any capacity, whether it is the encouragement of use of public transportation or promoting alternate transportation options such as bicycling or walking. Having been a native of the Nation's capital, Behnaz has experienced this growing issue of congestion, traffic and simply lack of roadway space for all individuals' personal vehicles first hand. Behnaz's international background and enthusiasm for understanding urban planning wholistically has been the main factor for her diverse planning background. This has led Behnaz to provide comprehensive solutions to the problem at hand.
, East Lansing
, Village of Western Springs
, Western Springs
Confirmed SpeakerMartin “Marty” Scott Marty Scott has served as Director of Community for the Village of Western Springs since November of 2005. He has previously held similar positions in Winfield and Mokena. Marty has over twenty years of experience in planning, economic development, and public administration. His true passion lies in economic development projects that focus on business district revitalization. He currently serves on the Board of the Western Springs Business Association, and as Chair of the Board of Directors for West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Marty has a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, and is credentialed through the American Institute of Certified Planners.
, NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
Confirmed SpeakerMs. Khabbazian is currently working with NYC Dept. of Small Business Services as the Waterfront Permits Plan Exam Officer. She is an authority on waterfront permitting for construction along New York City’s 520-mile coastline, and she is one of the three expert administrative regulatory professionals for the City of New York knowledgeable on the requirements for coastal construction compliance with the City, State and Federal regulations and programs.
Allison Kappeyne Van De Copp
, Pacific Palisades
, Ann Arbor