2011 Awards Jury

The jury is tasked with reviewing all of the award entries and identifying the ones worthy of receiving a national honor and recognition.

Marie L. York, FAICP

Jury Chair

Marie York, FAICPMarie York is president of York Solutions LLC and a senior fellow with the University of Florida's Center for Building Better Communities. She has more than 25 years of planning experience and has led more than 50 projects. As associate director of Florida Atlantic University's Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, she founded and directed the award-winning Florida Public Officials Design Institute at Abacoa, inspiring and teaching elected officials to build sustainable places. Within APA, she serves on the Board of Directors' Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer. She has served APA as president of the Florida Chapter, Chapter Presidents Council Executive Committee member, and chair of the New Urbanism Division. She was elected to the AICP College of Fellows in 2008.

Marcel A. Acosta


Marcel A. AcostaMarcel Acosta is the executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission. As executive director of the federal government's central planning agency, he oversees a team of urban planners, architects, historic preservationists, and other professionals who are committed to preserving and enhancing the extraordinary qualities of the National Capital Region (NCR). Mr. Acosta also is a federal appointee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Board of Directors, serving as an alternate director. Prior to the National Capital Planning Commission, Mr. Acosta served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and as deputy commissioner for the Chicago. Mr. Acosta received a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 2001 Loeb Fellow of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP

Eugenie L. Birch, FAICPEugenie Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Chair of the Graduate Group of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Birch also is the co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and co-editor of the City in the 21st Century series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Birch's most recent publications are Urban and Regional Planning Reader and Local Planning, Principles and Practice co-edited with Gary Hack, Paul Sedway, and Mitchell Silver. Birch currently is a member of the board of directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York, Scenic Hudson, Inc., and the International Downtown Association. She previously served as a commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission and as a member of the jury to select the designers of the World Trade Center site.

Regina Gray

Regina GrayRegina Gray is an analyst for the Division of Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division in the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since joining HUD in 2000, her research activities have focused on sustainable development, urban design and land use planning, transit oriented development, energy and green building practices, and affordable housing preservation. Beyond her work at HUD, Gray collaborates with other federal agencies on a host of sustainability initiatives, and is actively involved in these interagency efforts. Gray holds a bachelor's degree from Emory University, a master's degree from the George Washington University, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Seema D. Iyer

Seema D. IyerSeema Iyer has been chief of Research & Strategic Planning for Baltimore City's Planning Department since 2005. As the chief, Iyer directed the city's 2010 Census campaign, managed the development of the 2008 comprehensive economic development strategy, and served as project manager for the development of Baltimore's comprehensive master plan in 2006. She also co-chaired the City's Food Policy Task Force in 2009 and has served on many of the city's policy initiatives. She is an affiliate of the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education at the University of Maryland and serves on Urban Land Institute-Baltimore's Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of the Baltimore Leadership Class of 2009 and serves on community boards including the Baltimore Collegetown Network and Coppin State University Visitors Board. Iyer was formerly a visiting lecturer in City & Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Michigan.

Julius S. Levine, AICP

Julius S. Levine, AICPJulius Levine's professional contributions include the planning and development of a new gateway (Mamillah) to Jerusalem's Old City; restoring Washington's landmark Union Station; evaluating residential needs for the President's Committee on Urban Housing; examining expansion schemes for key hospital and university expansions; and recommending regional growth options consistent with preserving natural features and resources. He has taught at The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America and previously led its Jerusalem summer studio. Levine currently serves as president emeritus of a Jewish Day School. He previously served on MIT's Campaign for the Eighties Washington committee and on the executive board of the Washington Planning and Housing Association. He holds a master's degree from MIT, and a bachelor's degree from CCNY, with a major in social studies from Brooklyn College.

Joseph R. Molinaro, AICP

Joseph R. Molinaro, AICPJoseph R. Molinaro is the Managing Director, Community Affairs, for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. He oversees NAR's Smart Growth and Housing Opportunity Programs and is editor of On Common Ground, NAR's smart growth magazine. He also manages NAR's tracking of state real estate legislation. Prior to joining NAR in 2000, Mr. Molinaro was Director of Land Development Services for the National Association of Home Builders, where he introduced smart growth and new urbanism to educational programs for builders. Mr. Molinaro was a 2005 Fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building, based at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Elizabeth Rairigh, AICP

Elizabeth Rairigh, AICP, is a Planner and Historic Preservationist at KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since joining KSK, her work has focused on neighborhood and land use planning, preservation planning, vision plans, public involvement, GIS mapping, and affordable housing. Currently, Rairigh serves on the Alumni Board of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, from which she received dual graduate degrees in City Planning and Historic Preservation in 2005. She also holds a bachelors degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

David E. White, AICP

David E. White, AICPDavid E. White, AICP, is the Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Burlington, Vermont; Vermont's largest city with a population of approximately 40,000 nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain and between New York's Adirondacks and Vermont's Green Mountains. Burlington has been widely recognized as one of America's most livable communities, and was most recently named "Healthiest City in the USA" by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to his role as planning director, White held positions as Burlington's Comprehensive Planner for 12 years, and as the assistant director at the Lamoille County Planning Commission in Morrisville, Vermont. White became a certified planner in 1997 and holds a Master's Degree from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from the University of Vermont.