Robert L. Barber, FAICP

Throughout his planning career, Robert Barber has been motivated by his love of small-town southern communities. He has devoted his planning practice to elevating community action into transforming small towns throughout Mississippi. Bob successfully combines preservation, placemaking, advocacy for disadvantaged neighborhoods, and sustainable practices into making ‘great communities happen.’ His most lasting planning legacy is seen in Hernando, Mississippi, where his extraordinary planning commitment rehabilitated 80 percent of the town's historic core, eliminated all vacant substandard housing, and instilled award-winning design — this in addition to his exceptional level of mentoring and volunteerism to the American Planning Association and APA's Mississippi Chapter. Inducted in 2010.