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 an architect, planner, and urban designer committed to making inclusive cities of opportunity and human connection. As Principal at SITELAB urban studio, Amit is working on several mixed-use urban infill projects, and neighborhood master plans. Recent projects include the Pier 70 redevelopment, adaptive reuse studies for the Port of San Francisco, and a public lands for affordable housing study for the SFMTA. Prior to joining SITELAB, Amit was a Principal and Urban Design Lead at David Baker Architects where he worked on market rate housing projects, as well as affordable housing projects for low-income individuals, families, and seniors. Amit has won or been on the winning teams for several international design competitions including the Miami Waterfront design competition, Octavia Boulevard Housing competition, and for the Red Location Apartheid Museum in South Africa. Amit earned his Masters of City Planning and Architecture degrees at University of California, Berkeley.
Confirmed SpeakerBehnaz is working at Fairfax County Department of Transportation as a Transportation Planner II. She works extensively with communities in the County to ensure the streets are safe and have the appropriate traffic calming measures the residents are interested in having. Behnaz has worked for AECOM in Arlington, Virginia developing the first Complete Streets Study for a United States Navy base, in Rota, Spain. Prior to her employment with AECOM, she worked with FEMA in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Behnaz has also worked with several organizations whose focus was urban renewal and improvement. Behnaz has a B.S. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and a B.A. in Persian Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.
, 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