51st Conference - Keynote Speakers

Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel, IN. Mayor Brainard is guiding the development of Indiana’s fastest-growing new human-scale traditional downtown. Building a Healthy City Center
Patrick Condon, Professor,  James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments, Chair, Masters of Urban Design Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, CANADA. Author, “Seven Rules for Sustainable Cities, Design Strategies for a Post Carbon World”. Is the Sky the Limit? Concentrated vs. Distributed Density in Vancouver and Beyond
Andrew L. Dannenberg, Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences, and
 Urban Design and Planning, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Health Impact Assessment
Mayor George Ferguson, CBE, PRIBA, RWA, City of Bristol, UK (2015 Green Capital of Europe). Architect & Urbanist. A man who makes things happen, international champion of placemaking, sustainability, and cities for people. Making Bristol Healthy for All
Amanda Fritz, Commissioner, City of Portland, OR. Portland’s Special Work with People Experiencing Houselessness
Robert Gifford, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, BC, CANADA. The Consequences of Living in High-Rise Buildings
Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland, OR. Welcome & Making Portland Healthy for All
Tom Hughes, Metro Council President, Portland, OR. Welcome
Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH, Professor, Chair, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Health Equity in the City
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.), Co-founder and Director, International Making Cities Livable Conference. Shaping the Healthy City for All
Lamine Mahdjoubi, Ph.D., Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM. Healthy Streets for Children
John Massengale, AIA, Architect and Urbanist, New York, NY. Co-author: Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, a guide for how to design streets that are human scale, and hospitable to people. Street Design
Michael W. Mehaffy, CNU-A, MICTP,  Executive Director, Sustasis Foundation, Portland, OR. "Place Networks": The Structure of Healthy Streets and Sidewalks
Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, a book that reveals the essence of how to make cities that promote health and well-being. Happy City
Steve Rudman, Executive Director, Home Forward, Portland, OR. Housing Homeless Families and Preventing Homelessness
Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Lifetime Communities
Dr. Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, former Freiburg Mayor and Governor, State of Süd-Baden, GERMANY, responsible for guiding Europe’s most livable and sustainable new urban neighborhoods, Rieselfeld and Vauban. Welcome & Planning a Healthy Neighborhood for All
Joe Zehnder, AICP, Chief Planner, City of Portland, OR, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Planning for Health and Equity in Portland


Additional Speakers

Musaad Almosaind, Associate Professor in Urban Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA. Do Age & Gender Matter: Children Mobility in Cities' Neighbourhoods?

Amber Baker, Program Director, Village Gardens & Karen Cellarius, Senior Research Associate, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA. Village Gardens: Building Community and Healthy Food Sources

Eileen M. Brennan, Research Professor of Social Work, Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA. Promoting Health Equity through Community Based Participatory Research

Scott Bricker, Executive Director, America Walks, Portland, OR, USA. Advancing a National Walking Movement

Lise Burcher, Associate Professor, University of Guelph, Puslinch, ON, CANADA. Emerging Best Practices in the Design of the Public Realm: Case Study of a Multi-Faceted Approach to Civic Space Re-Design

Jassen Callender, Associate Professor, Director of the Jackson Center, Mississippi State University School of Architecture, Jackson, MS, USA. Making Cities LAST

Kyle L. Campbell, Architect, Champlin Architecture, Cincinnati, OH, USA. Background Architecture: Weaving Meaningful Threads into the Urban Fabric

Scott Cataffa, Landscape Architect, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA, USA. Reclaiming the Public Realm: Rethinking Marginalized Landscapes

Thomas Coleman, Senior Planner and Innovation and Technology Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, IL, USA. Innovative Community Engagement with Mobile Apps

Kevin Conger, Landscape Architect, CMG Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA, USA. Street Life: Designing Democratic Public Space and the Right of Way

Carolyn Dellutri, CMSM, CTP, Senior Director of Programs and Services, Chicago, IL, USA. Community-Led Main Street District Revitalization

Ioanni Delsante, Professor, University of Pavia – DICAR, Pavia, ITALY. Urban-Quality Indicators and Health Perception

Astrid Diehl, ASLA, Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Promoting Public Health through Urban Agriculture Landscape Strategies

Dr. Jerry Everett, Research Director, Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. Tennessean’s Walking/Biking to School Attitudes/Behavior Compared to Neighboring States and to Bike/Ped Friendly Communities

Ben Feldmann, RLA, ASLA, LEED, Senior Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The Piggyback Yard: A Vision that Catalyses a Connection between Los Angeles and its River

Sherry J. Fontaine, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Master of Public Health Program Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Omaha, NE, USA. Aging in Place through Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Elke Elisabeth Schlack Fuhrmann, Dr. Ing and Assistant Professor, Universidad Andres Bello and Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, CHILE. Prototypes of Commercial Activity and Public Realm?

Paula Gardner, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, CANADA. “Through Their Eyes” – Intergenerational Projects to Generate Community Participation and Make Neighborhoods Healthy For All

Ruben Garnica-Monroy, Professor, Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus ITESM, Queretaro, MEXICO. Connecting Inner Queretaro

Andrea C. Gielen, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Baltimore, MD, USA. If You Build it...do it Safely! Building in Safety While Creating Active Urban and Building Environments

John Gilderbloom, Ph.D., Department of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA. Two-Way Street Conversion: Evidence of Increased Livability in Louisville

Jacob A. Gines, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, School of Architecture, Mississippi State, MS, USA. Competitive Solutions to Urban Voids and the Spaces In-Between

Antonio Gomez-Palacio, RPP MCIP MRAIC, Principal, Planning & Urban Design, Toronto, ON, CANADA. Urban Vibrancy

Casey Gorrell, Student, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA. Narrowing the Gap: Correlation between Street Width and Pedestrian Safety

Suvi Huikuri, Technical Officer, World Health Organization, Kobe, JAPAN. Healthy Urban Planning Through Intersectoral Action

Thomas Jacobson, JD, MCP, AICP, Professor, Director, Center for Sustainable Communities Department of Environmental Studies & Planning, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, USA. Planning for Healthy Communities: New Collaborations, New Challenges

Mojan Jianfar, Director of Projects and Partnerships, The PATCH Project, Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina, Toronto, ON, CANADA. Phoenix Rising: Art and Revitalization in Toronto

Glen Johnson, Lehman College, City University of New York School of Public Health, Bronx, NY, USA. Evidence-Based Public Health Impacts of the Built Environment

Alexis Kane-Speer, Director, The PATCH Project, Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, Toronto, ON, CANADA. PATCH: Curating the City One Construction Site at a Time

Lawrence F. Keller, Associate Professor Emeritus, Public Administration Program Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA & Donna M. Holland, graduate student, Masters of Nutrition program, Case Western Reserve University, Lakewood, Ohio, USA. Cities and the Nature of a Healthy Life: Designing Cities and Sustaining Politics for a Healthy Community

Nicholas Sausele Knodt, Masters of Architecture Student, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA. Real Estate Site Selection Model for Incremental Suburban Redevelopment

Anne Lusk, PhD, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. Climate Change Cycle Tracks

Angelika Manner, Dipl.-Ing., Scientific Collaborator and Teacher, Institute of Geosciences and Geographie, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, GERMANY. Which Ways to Go For Ways to Be Well? The Infrastructure for the Quality Of Life and a Planning Method That Recognizes People in Their Daily Routine

Michele McKay, Landscape Architect, Owner of McKay Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL, USA. Harvest Commons Apartments: How a Repurposed Building and Site has Restarted the Lives of its Residents

Russell Nelson, Community Planner, City of Coquitlam, BC, CANADA. Sustainable Communities and Housing Policy: Building Livable and Resilient Neighbourhoods in Coquitlam

Alex Norr, Student, University of Illinois and Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA. Design Recommendations to Mitigate Bicycle-Auto Incidents in the Urbana-Champaign Illinois Area

Vincent Papsidero, AICP, Planning Administrator, City of Columbus, Ohio, USA. The Urban Commercial Overlay: A Successful Tool for Re-Urbanizing Neighborhood Business Districts

Rick Phillips, AVP/Director of Urban Design, Northern California, HNTB Corporation, Emeryville, CA, USA. Nature’s Mode – Reframing Walkability as Public Transportation

Jacob Policzer, Environmental Consultant, Urban Environmental Innovations, Parkland, FL, USA. The Sustainability of Urban Agriculture in Miami

Steven Risting, Architect, Adjunct Instructor of Architecture, Ball State University, Indianapolis, IN, USA. Columbus, Indiana: Continuing to Create a Better Community with Innovative Modern Architecture

Anique Ross, Society for Children and Youth of BC, Vancouver, BC, CANADA. Child and Youth Friendly Communities

Merrill St. Leger, Principal, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, DC, USA. Scotts Run Station – Suburban Transformation in Tysons Corner, Virginia

David Sachs, Professor, Department of Architecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA. Room to Breathe: Parks Plazas and People of Shanghai

Dayana Salazar & Hilary Nixon, Professors, San Jose State University, Urban and Regional Planning Department, San Jose, CA, USA. Building Academia-Community-Government Partnerships for Civic Engagement and Sustainability

Peter Sarlos, Practitioner and Lawyer, AUSTRALIA. The Last Tram Stop

Jenniffer Sheel, P.Eng., VIVA Vancouver Program Manager and Senior Engineer Municipal Engineer, Vancouver, BC, CANADA. VIVA Vancouver – Vancouver’s Temporary Public Space Program

Geeti Silwal, Senior Associate, Perkins+Will, San Francisco, CA, USA. "Taking" Streets

Dr. Alpana Sivam, Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia, School of Natural and Built Environments, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA. Neighbourhood Design and Healthy Living

Heidi Hansen Smith, Health Professional, Hawaii State Department of Health, and Lehua Choy, Program Evaluator, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA. Lessons Learned From a Small Pilot Bike Share Program in a Suburban Community in Hawaii

Felia Srinaga, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of Pelita Harapan, Jakarta, INDONESIA. Creating Healthy Neighborhood: Integrating Playing Street, Singing Home Zone and Dancing Square

Nicola A. Szibbo, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA. Livability & LEED-ND: A Socio-Economic Critique

Dr. Scott Tate, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA, USA. Civic Infrastructure for Democratic Development and Citizen Changemaking

Zenovia Toloudi, Architect, Theorist, and Educator, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA, USA. Public space and Architectural Activism through Installations, Interventions, and Performance Art

Mary Vogel, Urban Planner/Designer, PlanGreen; Kevin Cavenaugh, Guerrilla Development; Katlin Jackson, Fundrise; Financing the Evolution of the Built Environment

Charles W. Ware Jr., Principal, Design Workshop, Inc., Corona del Mar, CA, USA. Affordable Housing in Saudi Arabia: Addressing National Challenges

Andrew Wheeler, Researcher, Healthy Built Environments Program, City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA. Making Cities Healthy for All: The Role and Contribution of Strategic Planning Policy

Timo von Wirth, Research Scientist, ETH Zurich, Natural and Social Science Interface (NSSI), Zurich, SWITZERLAND. How Does Urban Transformation Impact on Place Attachment and Residential Satisfaction? Insights from a Swiss Case Study

Christopher Wyczalkowski, Doctoral Student, Georgia State University/Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. Return of the Streetcar Suburbs; They Have Been Here All Along