May 22, 2013

APA Names David Rouse, AICP, New Research Director

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA), a membership and education organization with nearly 40,000 members in 95 countries, is pleased to announce David Rouse, AICP, as the new Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services.

David Rouse, AICPRouse is a planner and landscape architect with a special interest in evidence-based connections among public health, green infrastructure, and urban planning and design. He has more than 30 years of private and public sector experience in community planning, design, and implementation. He is currently a principal at Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), a private planning and design firm headquartered in Philadelphia.

As the new Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, Rouse will be responsible for the overall design, direction, and management of APA's research program, including sponsored research, the National Centers for Planning, the Planning Advisory Service, the Merriam Center Library, and other research initiatives. He will report directly to APA's CEO, W. Paul Farmer, FAICP.

"We are pleased to welcome David to APA. His knowledge and expertise will guide APA's research efforts to continue to serve as the leading resource for timely, policy-relevant information about best practices in urban and regional planning in the U.S. and throughout the world," said Farmer.

At WRT, Rouse helped communities more effectively shape their futures through comprehensive plans, parks and open space plans, zoning and development regulations, and other planning and design projects. He has received numerous awards for his work and has spoken nationally about planning.

Rouse was the lead author of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach, a Planning Advisory Service report published by APA in January. He also has served on a number of APA task forces, most recently on the Comprehensive Plan Standards Working Group, and the Legislative and Policy Committee.

Rouse holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He is a certified planner by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, a registered landscape architect, and holds a Professional Planner (PP) license in New Jersey.

Rouse will start at APA on July 1. He will be based in APA's Washington, D.C., office.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;