Philip Walker, FAICP

Profile Image

Contact Information

Work Phone
(615) 383-1510

2408 Belmont Blvd
United States

FAICP Statement

Phil Walker has achieved dramatic change for numerous communities across the South. As the Planning Director in Natchez (MS), he protected the integrity of the National Register “Under the Hill” District from casino development. He followed that success by rewriting their zoning code and leading a downhill plan. In Nashville, he led plans creating great new places, such as the Music Row entertainment district, the Gulch, and Lenox Village – Nashville’s first greenfield TND. Phil has also achieved pioneering work in battlefield preservation planning, planning for casino gaming, and downtown planning, highlighted by his 2009 Planners Press book on that topic.

Professional Biography

Philip Walker, FAICP, is the Principal of The Walker Collaborative, a planning consulting practice based in Nashville, TN. Walker has over 30 years of professional experience. His public sector experience includes serving as the downtown revitalization director for Pensacola, FL and as the city planning dirctor for Natchez, MS. He also held associate positions at Hintz-Nelessen Associates (Princeton, NJ), Christopher Chadbourne & Associates (Cambridge, MA) and LRK Architects (Nashville, TN) prior to establishing his current practice in 2002. As a consultant, he has also served as the part-time interim director of newly-established downtown entities for Clarksville, TN and Natchez, MS (current). In 2009 he authored "Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsize Communities," published by APA's Planners Press. Phil serves as a site visitor for the Planning Accreditation Board and is a member of APA's Community Assistance Planning Services Committee. He has a bachelors degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and a masters degree in Design Studies: Real Estate Development from Harvard University.


224944 | University of Florida
Graduation Date: January, 1986
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

Middle Tennessee State University
Graduation Date: January, 1984
Degree Level: Undergraduate

160252 | Harvard University
Graduation Date: January, 1994
Degree Level: Graduate

Job History

The Walker Collaborative, LLC
January,2002 - Present
Nashville, TN
United States

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects (LRK)
Director of Planning - Nashville Office
January,1998 - January,2002
Nashville, TN
United States

Community Planning & Research
January,1995 - January,1998
Nashville, TN
United States

Christopher Chadbourne & Associates
Senior Associate
January,1993 - January,1994
Part time
Cambridge, MA
United States

City of Natchez
City Planning Director
January,1991 - January,1993
Natchez, MS
United States

Hintz - Nelessen Associates
January,1988 - January,1991
Princeton, NJ
United States

Downtown Improvement Board
Executive Director
January,1986 - January,1988
Pensacola, FL
United States


Personal URL: