For the bulk of my career, I've focused on helping clients with two key areas: creating bold, visionary long-term plans and the tools to begin implementing them immediately. People need both inspiration and an idea of what they can do tomorrow, next week or next month. My consulting portfolio is listed below, and I am available to work on teams or with your community or group in leading an important effort.
In addition, I have been a featured public speaker on a variety of issues related to planning and development for two decades. I speak around 5 core topics, any one of which can be a focus for your group. They can also be combined into a longer session or workshop. The topics are structured to be provocative and informative for chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and citizen groups. Each focus is slightly different, and gives the audience not just an overview of the issue but also some key takeaways that can be used immediately in your community.
Speaking Topics and Titles:
1. The culture change affecting cities. What is happening, why it’s happening, and what it means for your city, town or neighborhood.
2. What we got wrong with cities in the 20th century, and what it means for us now
3. A new paradigm for economic development
4. Five mindsets for civic leaders for the 21st century
5. Leveling the playing field: a “live and let live” approach to urban, suburban and rural development patterns
For twenty-five years I've worked as a professional architect and planner. Ten of those years I was a partner and co-founder of 180 Urban Design & Architecture in Kansas City, which worked on projects in 27 states for all manner of public and private clients. In 2010, I created a new company called K2 Urban Design, based in Savannah, GA and worked in that arena for four years, before taking a position leading the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority. I am returning to private practice in 2018, with a goal to help public and private agencies make the transition to the new realities of development. From the beginning, I have focused my energies on those who aim for successful walkable and sociable places. If you'd like more information on me and my experience, keep scrolling down the page.