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Three decades of innovation in urban design, regional planning, and sustainability


1980BulletDesigned first 'Sustainable Community' in US; Marin Solar Village with Sim Van der Ryn
1983BulletPublication of 'Sustainable Communities, A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns'; co authored with Sim Van der Ryn
1988BulletDesigns Laguna West, first New Urbanist community in the West; Sacramento, CA

Developed first Smart Growth Regional plan; Portland OR

1990BulletDeveloped first Transit Oriented Development (TOD) design guidelines; San Diego CA
1992BulletCo Founder of Congress for New Urbanism and first board President
1993BulletPublication of 'The Next American Metropolis; Ecology, Community and the end of Sprawl' that defines TOD for the first time
1995BulletDeveloped guidelines for HUD's new HOPE VI and Consolidated Planning programs
1997BulletAppointed to the President's Commission on Sustainable Development
1998BulletNamed 'Innovator on the Cutting Edge' by Newsweek Magazine
2001BulletPublication of 'The Regional City; Planning for the End of Sprawl' highlighting the firm's regional plans
2003BulletStarted international design practice introducing Sustainable Design and New Urbanism globally
2006BulletSelected for ULI's prestigious JC Nichols Award for innovators in community design
2009BulletDeveloping first statewide smart growth plan, Vision California
2010BulletPublication of 'Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change'