Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, IN, is that city’s first five-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity, and is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to 83,000 in the last 15 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park.
Mayor Brainard has spearheaded significant beautification and economic development projects, including the development of the Arts & Design District at Carmel’s historic center, and creation of a true downtown, known as Carmel City Center. The focal point of this district is the state-of-the-art Regional Performing Arts Center, which includes a 1,600-seat concert hall and a 500-seat multi-purpose theatre. Carmel City Center will also feature a public green/outdoor amphitheatre, a boutique hotel, restaurant and retail venues.
Numerous environmental initiatives have been implemented by Mayor Brainard. He has encouraged the construction of more than 80 roundabout intersections, reducing vehicle emissions. He has signed executive orders mandating the use of hybrid or flex-fuel vehicles for city operations and enacted a “No Idling” policy for city employees.
His comprehensive economic development plan has encouraged the growth of established Carmel companies, and brought in many new high-tech and life sciences firms. Thanks to his diligence, the Meridian Street Corridor is now the second largest concentration of office workers in Indiana, increasing Carmel’s economic vitality.
Mayor Brainard’s serves as co-chair of the Climate Protection Task Force and the Advisory Board of Directors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Mayor Brainard’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Butler University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Ohio Northern University. He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego.
John Burrell, MA AADip RIBA, MSAI, FRSA
John Burrell is a founder of Burrell Foley Fischer with specialist expertise in urban design, master-planning, working with communities, and the imaginative re-use of historic buildings and city spaces. He is a graduate of the Essex University MA History and Theory of Architecture programme.
John’s ongoing track record of architectural award winning projects includes arts and urban regeneration projects and his 1986 RIBA funded research, ‘New Urban Centres in Suburbia’, and the TCPA ‘Tomorrow’s New Communities’ competition winner were based on his vision and commitment to the polycentric city model to combat sprawl.
He has advised many amenity organizations and campaigns seeking alternative approaches. His architectural advice and designs for SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s successfully saved Smithfield General Market at Public Inquiry from demolition, paving the way for the new museum of London and his alternative approach for SAVE’s Kings College campaign will result in new public spaces in London’s Strand.
He has taught Urban Design at many UK universities and lectured in Germany, Italy, France, USA and at the 2018 Beijing Design Week in China.
Current projects under construction for a central London borough are based on his in-depth work and approach to augmenting, extending, remediating and greening London’s historic urban grain to make more flexible, humane spaces to demonstrate that if applied London-wide would result in 250,000 new homes using only publicly owned land and without recourse to comprehensive redevelopment.
In 2018 he received the IMCL Livable Cities Honor Award in New Mexico for his work: ‘City Continuity, Community’.
George Ferguson, CBE, PPRIBA, RWA
Ferguson has been described as a "one-man regeneration machine", and an international champion of placemaking, sustainability, and cities for people. "My idea of good architecture,” he says, “is about creating place. It's not about providing glitzy iconic buildings, competing one against the other.” Ferguson was co-founder of Ferguson Mann Architects in 1979, focusing on urban renewal and environmental sustainability. He also founded the national architectural network Acanthus, committed to design excellence and conservation. He is a past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2003–2005) when "he was noted for championing the causes of education, the environment and good urbanism," and introduced the notion of X-Listing bad buildings across the UK that citizens felt deserved demolition. He was a founding director of The Academy of Urbanism, and a founding member of Sustrans, a British non-profit that promotes sustainable transportation. Ferguson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to architecture, and to the community in the South West of England. In November 2012, Ferguson became the first elected Mayor of Bristol.
As Mayor he launched “George’s Ideas Lab,” a website for citizens to submit their ideas for improving the city, and he implemented Make Sundays Special whereby downtown Bristol is closed to cars on Sundays and the streets are filled instead with markets, entertainers, and children’s activities. He launched “Vision for Bristol,” an ambitious agenda with programs to improve health, education, transportation (walking, biking, and public transport), placemaking, public participation and citizen empowerment, and promoting sustainability internationally. He plans to rebuild a large swath of human-scale mixed-use urban fabric in the city center, create a new Barcelona-style boulevard, and 'out-Copenhagen Copenhagen'. Bristol has been named the European Green Capital for 2015.
Tigran Haas, BArch/MArch, MSc., Ph.D. (SAR/MSA, UHA/DAZ, APA, CNU, ULI) is Associate Professor, Reader – Tenured (Docent, Lektor) of Urban Planning + Urban Design, Former Director of Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory (CAL), Current Director of the Center for the Future of Places (CFP), and Director of the Graduate Program in Urbanism at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH. He has studied in the US, Former Yugoslavia, and Sweden and received Post-Doc Fellowships at MIT, Boston, UC Berkeley and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Haas holds advanced degrees in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Environmental Science and Regional Planning. He has written over 50 scholarly articles, 35 Conference Papers, 5 books, 4 Research Anthologies, and has been involved in teaching in International programs such as: Real Estate Management, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, Spatial Planning, Strategic Management, Sustainable Urban Planning & Design, and the Masters Program in Urbanism Studies.
Tigran Haas’ expertise, research and teaching focus on contemporary trends and paradigms in urban planning & design, new urbanism, sustainable urbanism, social housing and urban transformations, city development, ageing society, design and medialization of urban form. He is currently involved in two major research projects, Urban Form and Human Behavior, and Sustainable Urbanism.
Dr. Haas' key works are: New Urbanism & Beyond – Designing Cities for the Future, Rizzoli, New York 2008 (ed.) and Sustainable Urbanism & Beyond – Rethinking Cities for the Future, New York 2012, Rizzoli (ed.). With Krister Olsson he has co-edited: Emergent Urbanism (London: Ashgate, 2014).
Tigran Haas sits on the editorial boards of South East European Journal of Economics and Business, Urban Design International (Palgrave Macmillan), Journal of Urbanism and Place Making (Routledge – Taylor & Francis), Open House International Journal, Architecture of Israel Journal Quarterly and International Journal Urban Challenges (Slovenia).
Richard J. Jackson
Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, is an internationally recognized environmental health expert who has focused on the links between urban sprawl, the built environment, and human health. He is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Originally trained as a pediatrician, Jackson has spent more than 25 years in public health. He joined the University of Michigan from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an adjunct professor of environmental health, and of city and regional design. In 2004 and 2005 Jackson led the California Department of Health Services as State Public Health Officer. Before that, he served nine years as director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
In 2004, he co-authored the book Urban Sprawl and Public Health, which argues that sprawl contributes to a wide range of diseases, from asthma to diabetes, hypertension and depression. In 2005, he received the highest civilian award for U.S. government service, the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award. For his outstanding leadership in raising awareness among public health officials, planners, city officials and the general public of the effects of the built environment on public health IMCL awarded Jackson the Henry L. Lennard Award in 2007. In 2012 he published Designing Healthy Communities, which was released together with a PBS miniseries documentary with the same title.
Jackson earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1973 and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979.
Ferdinand S. Johns, FAIA, DPACSA
Ferd Johns, FAIA, NCARB, DPACSA, received a B.A. from Hampden Sydney College, a B. Arch from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He has been a practicing architect and urban designer since the early 1970’s, and a teacher of architecture since the mid-1970’s. His professional work has received 17 design awards from the American Institute of Architects, including a National AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design in 2006. Other design recognitions include an honorable mention in the 2008 Seattle AIA COTE “What Makes It Green/Top Ten”, a 2007 award in the Sonoran Institute’s “Best of the Northern Rockies” competition, and a number of community, regional and HUD awards and recognitions over the years. Ferd, who received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture of North America (ACSA) in 2007, is Professor Emeritus at Montana State University, where he received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the President’s Excellence in Service Learning Award, the James and Mary Ross Provost’s Award for Teaching and Scholarship, and the Anna K. Fridley Phi Kappa Phi Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ferd’s design work has been published in Architectural Record magazine, Landscape Architecture magazine, Competitions magazine, Editoriale d'Architettura magazine (Italy), Design Action magazine, magazine, Sources and DesignNEW-WEST e-magazine, Montana Living magazine, Baltimore Magazine, South Carolina Review of Architecture, Washington Post magazine, Architect and Builder magazine, Canadian Wood Council Handbook, and in Ernest Burden’s books, Design Presentation and Design Simulation . His essay, Sustainable Urbanity in a Powerful but Fragile Landscape, was included in Future Forms and Design for Sustainable Cities, edited by Mike Jenks (Oxford University, UK) and published in 2005 by Elsevier.
Consultation fields: Workshops/Charrettes; Discovering the "DNA"; Master planning/urban design; Architectural design.
Lamine Mahdjoubi Dip. Arch, M.Phil, PhD is Professor of the Built Environment, at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. His research interests and teaching responsibilities focus on designing healthy and inclusive outdoor spaces for young people, the virtual construction site, and ICT in the built environment.
He is the author of numerous reports, chapters and articles, including the chapter on Designing healthy and inclusive public outdoor spaces for young people in Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Questions and Insights; Participation of minority and ethnic communities in planning decision-making processes, (Volume 1) and The Potential of Visual Simulation in Encouraging Participation of BME Communities in Planning: Lessons from the Barton Hill Redevelopment in Bristol, UK, (Volume 4) in Report on Integrating our nation's diversity; and Unlocking the Barriers to Participation of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the Decision-Making Processes: The Potential of Multimedia, in The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations.
Ettore Maria Mazzola
Arch. Ettore Maria Mazzola is Professor of Traditional Architecture, Urbanism and Building Techniques at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in Rome, and expert in restoration and urban-architectural design.
Mazzola is the author of several books, including: The Sustainable City is Possible, (preface by Paolo Marconi, Gangemi Ed. 2010), A Counter History of Modern Architecture, Rome 1900-1940 (Alinea Ed. 2004), Architecture and Town Planning, Operating Instructions, (preface by Léon Krier, Gangemi Ed. 2006); and Toward Sustainable Architecture (preface by Paolo Portoghesi, Gangemi Ed. 2007). He has published articles, papers and essays, among which: The Importance of Local Spirit and Sense of Place, Social Science Research Network, August 2009. Proposal for a “New” Sustainable Urbanism of Mediterranean Basin, Volume 4, Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development, edited by Suliman M. Fortea and Jamal Al-Qawasmi , CSAAR Press, 2010.
As a Member of the Prince of Wales’s Foundation, he served on the International Scientific Committee of the INTBAU for The Venice Charter Revisited (2006). He is a Member of the Committee for Urbanism of Italia Nostra, and co-editor of Il Covile.
His work has been recognized at many international architectural competitions, and his project for the “Urban Regeneration of the Social Housing Complex Corviale” in Rome received the 2012 IMCL International Urban Design Award as an “exemplary model for urban renewal throughout the world”.
Alain Miguelez is an experienced policy and development planner who has been one of the key players in developing the “Ottawa Model” of planning that is now contributing to the construction of the distinguishable and distinct philosophies of Canadian urbanism.
Alain is currently the program manager of Community Planning with the City of Ottawa’s Planning and Growth Management Department. His team works on the City’s Official Plan and on Community Design Plans for neighbourhoods, rapid transit station areas and major hubs across the city.
Prior to this, he led the Zoning, Intensification and Neighbourhoods team, which worked on overhauls to the city’s zoning by-law to reflect the new Official Plan, and adjusting the City’s zoning instruments to reflect the urbanistic aspirations of the City.
He also oversaw the Neighbourhood Connection Office (a type of Public Realm office) as well as the internal multi-department Intensification Group.
Between 2009 and 2012, he worked as Program Manager, Development Review for the Inner Urban Area. In that capacity he has overseen the approval of over 30 mid- and high-rise buildings, many of which presented complex urban design challenges; and introduced the use of negotiated community benefits into Ottawa’s planning approach. He has been with the City since 2002.
Between 1998 and 2002, Alain was at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where he became Senior Market Analyst for Ottawa.
He started in planning in 1994 with McNeely-Tunnock of Orleans and also consulted with Maxgroup Associates of Ottawa.
He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal, but is Ottawa raised.
Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and head of the Air Pollution and Urban Environment Programme, ISGlobal, Barcelona, SPAIN.
Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world renowned leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.
He leads research programmes on health impacts of active transport, relations between green space and health, and health impact assessment in low and medium income countries, and co-investigator on long term health effects of air pollution
Rick Phillips is an award-winning urban designer, architect, and planner with international experience in all aspects of public transportation infrastructure. In addition to his broad design ability, he is accomplished at stakeholder outreach, collaborative planning and consensus building.
Rick’s work encompasses complex rail and transit stations, intermodal centers, “signature” pedestrian/bicycle bridges, multi-modal highway and transit corridors, historic preservation and adaptive re-use, “complete streets”, urban design/planning guidelines, environmental impact mitigation, and conceptual transit-oriented development (TOD). He authored the citation on TOD in the inaugural edition (2008) of the international reference book, Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards.
Rick is the Director of Urban Design in California for the HNTB Corporation, a major national engineering, planning, and architecture firm. He is involved extensively with iconic “active transportation” projects, public transit and passenger rail corridor planning, and station design in the Bay Area and Southern California, including High Speed Rail, Caltrain and Amtrak commuter rail, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), LA Metro Light Rail, and Santa Ana’s Modern Streetcar.
Highlights of Rick’s work beyond California include early planning of Toronto’s waterfront, Vancouver’s SkyTrain rapid transit system, Light Rail Transit in Utah’s Wasatch Front urban region, Salt Lake City’s Downtown in Motion, a unique transportation plan based on walkability and transit-supportive land use, and the George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, an internationally-recognized legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Rick is a licensed architect (Arizona) and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He speaks regularly at conferences and academic meetings on contemporary rail infrastructure design and the intertwined roles of land use and transportation in supporting sustainable urbanism.
In 2016, Rick contributed the introductory essay on Transportation to Planning Sustainable Cities, an Infrastructure-based Approach, the ground-breaking planning book produced by the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, developers of the Envison sustainability rating system for infrastructure.
Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, former President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has raised the awareness of mayors and city officials to the quality of urban design and architecture through the Mayors Institute for Design that he co-founded.
Mayor Riley is responsible for transforming Charleston into one of America's most livable cities. He has been an innovator of scattered site infill public housing, and developed Charleston's waterfront for the use of all inhabitants through an award winning Waterfront Park. Among his many accomplishments are the Charleston Visitors Center, the Maritime Museum, and an Aquarium now nearing completion.
Edoardo Salzano, Dean of Urban Planning, University of Venice; former Deputy Mayor for Urban Affairs, Venice, ITALY; Member of the City Council for Venice and the Veneto Region; President, Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica, Rome.
Professor Salzano is the author of many books, among them the renowned Atlas of Venice (Atlante di Venezia); La Città Sostenibile (The Sustainable City); L'Italia a Sacco (Italy Ransacked); and Fondamente di Urbanistica (Principles of Urban Planning) 285 pages.
Philip B. Stafford
Phil is the retired director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, at Indiana University in Bloomington. A cultural anthropologist, Phil has been active in research, training, speaking and publishing around issues of community development for elder-friendly communities for three decades. He is a senior consultant with the AdvantAge Initiative, a national project that has supported community planning for aging in over 26 U.S communities, and recently completed an Administration on Aging-funded statewide demonstration planning grant for the Indiana Division of Aging. Successive to that work, Stafford chairs a statewide committee entitled Hoosier Communities for a Lifetime, at the invitation of the Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. He served as a consultant to 14 grantees participating in the U.S. Administration on Aging Community Innovations for Aging in Place initiative. He is a founding board member of the Memory Bridge Foundation and the author of numerous articles on culture and dementia, participatory research and planning and the meaning of home for older people. He is the editor of a Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture, 2003, SAR Press. His book, entitled Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America, was published by Praeger Press in 2009, and he edits a book in press entitled The Global Agge-friendly Community Movement: A Critical Appraisal. Phil blogs at Phil’s Adventures in Elderburbia. Phil received his BA from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Sven von Ungern-Sternberg
Dr. Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, Regierungspräsident für Süd Baden, (Governor for the State of South Baden) Freiburg, GERMANY, studied Law and Business in Freiburg and Edinburgh, and received a Doctorate in International Law. In 1971 he was elected to the Freiburg City Council, and in 1973 became Leader of the Council's CDU Party. In 1978 he became First Mayor for City Planning (Erster Bürgermeister) and for 20 years in that position was responsible for Freiburg's Planning, Building and Transportation Policy. During this time he was also active in regional policy.
Dr. Ungern-Sternberg is co-editor of Making Cities Livable. Wege zur menschlichen Stadt. He has served on the IMCL Board since 1994 and is Co-Chairman of the Program Committee.
Former IMCL Board Members
Henry L. Lennard
Henry L. Lennard Ph.D. held academic appointments as Professor of Psychiatry and Sociology. He served as Professor of Psychiatry, and founded the Family Study Station at the University of California, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco. He also directed the Mental Health Research and Training Program for the Department of Sociology and the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University, New York.
He also held appointments as Visiting Professor at the University of the Pacific, (San Francisco), University of Colorado (Boulder), New York University (New York), and was Professorial Fellow at the University of Warwick (England), and serves as Gast Professor at the University of Ulm, Germany, etc..
Dr. Lennard consults for many organizations, including the Center for Policy Research (New York), The Addiction Research Institute (Toronto), The Phoenix House Treatment Center (New York), etc.. He was elected as a Scientific Associate of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and was a Member of the Neuropsychopharmacology Advisory Committee of the FDA. He served on the Editorial Board of Family Process and was a Founding Editor of Family Systems Medicine.
He is the author of many books, among them: Anatomy of Psychotherapy, Patterns in Human Interaction, Mystification and Drug Misuse, Ethics in Health Care, The Psychiatric Hospital, Livable Cities Observed, Making Cities Livable and the forthcoming The Forgotten Child (the last four with Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard). His professional papers have appeared in professional journals in the US and abroad (in Science, The Smithsonian, American Psychologist, Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Family Process, Sociometry, etc.). Many of his books and articles deal with issues affecting children and families.
Dr. Lennard's work on social behaviour, families, children, and drugs was supported by awards from The National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, and the Commonwealth — The William T. Grant – Robert Wood Johnson and Russell Sage Foundations. He was educated at the Wasa Gymnasium, Vienna, at New York University, and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York.
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.), was Founder (1985) and Director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, and Consultant to cities in the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Crowhurst Lennard held academic posts at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Brookes University, Oxford, England. She has been Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Washington University St. Louis, and City University New York, and was Gast Professorin at the University of Ulm, Germany. She has also been a Guest Lecturer in Architecture and Planning Departments in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Italy.
She received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts; The Royal Institute of British Architects; and the Graham Foundation for Fine Arts.
Dr. Crowhurst Lennard is author of Explorations in the Meaning of Architecture, and co-author of Public Life in Urban Places; Livable Cities, People and Places; Livable Cities Observed; The Forgotten Child and Genius of the European Square. She is co-editor of The Wisdom of Cities; Making Cities Livable, and Ethics of Health Care. She contributed the chapter on "Urban Space Design" for the encyclopaedia, The Companion to Contemporary Architectural Thought. She also contributed the chapter on "Physical Setting as Therapeutic Modality" in The Psychiatric Hospital. Her professional articles have appeared in Urban Land, Planning, US Mayor, Environment & Behaviour, Journal of Architectural Education, Western City, Education, The Humanist, etc.. Dr. Crowhurst Lennard is Editor of the Making Cities Livable Newsletter and has served on the Editorial Boards of National Civic Review, and Verkehr und Umwelt (Zurich).
She received her B.Arch.(Hons.) from the Department of Architecture, Bristol University; RWA Dipl. From the Royal West of England Academy of Architecture, Bristol; and Ph.D.(Arch.) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tom Martineau, AIA, LEED AP, has been interested in the quality of life of urban places since the early Sixties, when he developed "The Urban Activity Model" as part of his graduate work in architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a Research Associate at the State University Construction Fund in Albany, New York (1965-1973) participating in the development of the Guide for Campus Planning. Since 1985 he has served as Director of the Institute for Building Sciences at Florida A&M University, and beginning in 1992, as Professor of Architecture.
Mr. Martineau has directed numerous community master planning efforts. He first participated in an IMCL Conference in 1989 in Venice, and has since made IMCL conference presentations on campus planning, affordable housing principles, public urban squares, and the potential for making the suburbs livable, in Vienna, Alpbach/Salzburg, Carmel, Santa Fe, Siena, Sarasota & London.
He is a licensed, registered architect, and an accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, aimed at encouraging the design and construction of buildings that use energy in a sustainable manner. He became an IMCL Board Member in 2002.
David Cloutier is the Executive Director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SWAIA produces the Santa Fe Indian Market, the oldest and largest Native American art show in the world. He was Executive Director of the Cultural Council for Monterey County (California) for fourteen years. Additionally, he has worked as an arts council director, creative writing teacher, literary publisher and gallery owner in North Carolina and Rhode Island. He was founder and director of the Monterey World Music Festival which in seven annual festivals presented 100 of the finest world music artists and groups.
Cloutier attended Brown University and holds a M.A. and B.A. in Creative Writing and English. He is a poet and writer with more than a dozen published volumes of poetry, versions and translations. He has a particular interest in oral literature and poetry and has gathered and interpreted songs and poems from Native America and around the world.
Borzou Rahimi, AIA holds a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Rome, Italy, with postdoctorate studies on preservation of the historic fabric of cities. He has been working as an architect and urban designer in Southern California for the past twenty-five years. He currently works with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Rahimi is a registered architect in the State of California.
Peter Breitling, Dipl.-Ing., Graz, AUSTRIA, University Professor of Architecture and City Planning (a.D.), and has been intimately involved with the revitalization and redesign of the city center of Graz, the second largest city in Austria.
He is the author of In der Altstadt Leben (Living in the Old City), a book about the rebirth of Graz's city center, and has published many articles about appropriate urban architecture and the preservation of historic cities.
Antonio Casellati, Avv. , Mayor of Venice, ITALY until the early 1990's, widely considered one of the most honorable and effective mayors of Venice, is recognized for his intimate knowledge of every facet of life in his city.
His efforts were directed to diversifying Venice's economic base, and to balance resident and tourist needs. Mayor Casellati was a Co-Sponsor of the IMCL Venice Conferences. His presentation in Freiburg on The Nature of Livability can be found in Making Cities Livable.
Derek Drummond, FRAIC, Montreal, CANADA, is MacDonald Professor of Architecture and Vice Provost of McGill University. He is a member of the Architectural and Planning Commission for the City of Westmount. He contributes architectural criticism to the Montreal Gazette.
Wolfdietrich Elbert, founder and former Director of the European Center for Training Craftsmen in the Conservation of the Architectural Heritage, Isola San Servolo, Venice, ITALY. This unique school has brought together an international faculty of distinguished craftsmen in the building and restoration crafts. Professor Elbert is currently Professor of Historic Conservation in Dresden, GERMANY.
Andreas Feldtkeller, Dipl.-Ing. Director of City Planning, Old City of Tübingen, GERMANY. Tübingen, a city of 70,000 inhabitants, is unique not only for its historic character, but for planning policies that have enabled more then 90% of all buildings in the Old City to be resident occupied.
Feldtkeller conceived and directed the conversion of a former French military facility into a new mixed use neighborhood, that has received extensive media coverage and recognition. In January 2002 it received Germany's highest award for urban Planning. His book, Stadtebau: Vielfalt und Integration (Urban Planning: Diversity and Integration) 2110, describes the principles of this approach, and provides plans and photographs of the development. His earlier book, Die zweckentfremdete Stadt. Wider die Zerstörung des öffentlichen Raumes (The Purpose-Alienated City. Against the Destruction of Public Space) is an outcome of Feldtkeller's participation and dialogue in the work of the IMCL Conferences. His book, articles in leading German journals have earned Feldtkeller recognition as an incisive analyst of contemporary cities.
Dr. Dietmar Hahlweg, Mayor of Erlangen, GERMANY for 24 years, has won wide recognition for his comprehensive programs of bringing nature into his city by "greening" the city's public and semi-public spaces. He served on several important Committees of the Deutsche Städtetag (German League of Cities).
Dr. Hahlweg is known throughout Germany for his advocacy of more balanced transportation policies. In Erlangen, thanks to his extensive efforts to improve conditions for bicyclists, more than 30% of all trips are made by bicycle.
Don Robert Johnson
Don Robert Johnson, Senior Leader of the Ethical Culture Society, New York. The Ethical Culture Society is a non-sectarian society committed to the promotion of ethical values in all realms of life. Mr. Johnson oversaw the operation of the well known Ethical Culture Schools and other educational activities of the Society. He currently teaches at several Theological Seminaries in North Carolina.
Jaques Kaswan, Ph.D., Berkeley, California, former Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University, President of Urban Alternatives, an organization that has pioneered in the development of affordable, resident controlled housing, specializing in limited equity cooperatives.
Dr. Kaswan is the author of Cooperative Democracy, and has published widely on issues relating to social policy, with particular focus on democratic organization. Among his significant articles is an article in American Psychologist on "Manifest and Latent Functions of Psychological Services".
Donald MacDonald, FAIA, Principal, MacDonald Architects, San Francisco, is widely recognized for his innovative mixed use projects and as an advocate of infill development. He has pioneered in the area of affordable housing and housing for the homeless.
His philosophy of the city is expressed in his new book entitled Democratic Architecture. He has been called by Alan Temko, Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic "perhaps the best architect in America today".
Rolf Monheim, Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Bayreuth, GERMANY, and Germany's foremost expert on the design and management of pedestrian and traffic reduced city centers. In his books and papers Professor Monheim has illustrated why some mechanisms used in reviving city centers succeed, while others are doomed to fail.
Professor Monheim's book Fussgänger Bereiche (Pedestrian Zones) is the first comprehensive study of the development of German pedestrian zones and widely considered a classic.
Robert M. Morrow
Appointed citizenship judge in Hamilton in May 2004, Robert Morrow served as that city's Mayor from 1982 to 2000. From 1970 to 1980 he served as an alderman, controller and deputy mayor. A professional musician and organist, he has played and conducted choirs at several Hamilton churches, and has given recitals in Canada, the United States, Austria, Italy and Great Britain.
As mayor of Hamilton Mr. Morrow was active within all the national and ethnic communities, and in downtown and neighborhood renewal. He launched a major reclamation of Hamilton Harbour and his efforts led to a revision of federal jurisdiction over harbour land uses enabling the community to play a much more environmentally active role in addition to the designation of the city as a model sustainable community. His initiatives in diversification of the local economy helped create thousands of jobs.
He received many awards and honours including two senior knighthoods – one from the President of Poland (1999) and the other from the President of Italy (2003).
Peter Novak, Prof. Dr. Dr., Ulm, GERMANY, Director of the Department of Medical Sociology; former Dean, Theoretical Medicine, University of Ulm Medical School. Professor Novak holds Doctorates in Medicine and Philosophy and was also trained in Sociology. He co-founded the Humboldt Center for Philosophy and the Humanities at the Medical School. He also coordinates a Center on Self Help Groups that he initiated.
Professor Novak is the author and editor of many books, including Primary Health Care, and Community Mental Health. He is the author of many articles on psychosomatic medicine, community mental health, and the relevance of Greek philosopht to issues of current social policy on health and the city.
Professor Novak is one of the original members of the IMCL Board, and his Department has been a Co-Sponsor of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences since the early 1990s.
Tatia Prieto, MBA, PMP, is the founder and president of Prismatic Services, Inc., a consulting organization devoted to assisting American school districts in being more efficient and effective. In 17 years of consulting, she has worked with nearly 200 school districts in 28 states, ranging in size from 112 students to 720,000 students.
Patrick J. Quinn
Patrick Quinn, FAIA, Troy, New York, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic; former President of the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture; former Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley; and former Dean of Rensselaer Polytechnic School of Architecture. Professor Quinn has been active in the IMCL Conferences since their inception in 1985. As an educator he has emphasized that architects must take into account the users' experience of the built environment.
Professor Quinn is the author of many articles on sacred architecture and other topics, including "La Transcendence par l'Architecture" (Transcendence by Design) in Églises d'Aujourd'hui. Patrimoine de Demain.
Sylvia Sutherland is in her 4th term as Mayor of Peterborough, Ontario. She has a deep ethical sense of responsibility for those in the community who are homeless, hungry, ill and abandoned, and established the Social Policy Iniatives Committee to bring concerned citizens together to tackle such issues as homelessness and affordable housing.
Mayor Sutherland is also committed to promoting mixed-use: "We must guard against sprawl, which can bring with it soullessness, we must make the best use of our existing serviced land base by intensifying where possible, by building neighborhoods that encourage community, by reexamining mixed-use zoning, zoning that makes it possible to work and shop within blocks of where you live." (Inaugural address, Dec. 1, 2003)
In addition to working to improve the social and economic well-being of her city, Mayor Sutherland has been a Canadian delegate to the United Nations.
Hartmut Topp, Dipl.-Ing. is Professor of Transportation Planning at the University of Kaiserslautern, GERMANY. Hartmut Topp is considered one of the foremost transportation planners in Europe and is well-known for his "Ten Simple Rules of Traffic Planning". He is Principal of his own consultation firm and is widely sought as a consultant on transportation planning, and traffic calming mechanisms for arterial roads, Wohnstrasse, etc.