"Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die." — Daniel Burnham

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas Emerging issues such as demographic change, political change, and all facets of globalization will impact our communities. In following the words of planning visionary Daniel Burnham, "make no little plans," APA is sponsoring the Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas that will examine the ideas, emerging issues, and challenges facing America's communities.

Addressing these issues requires new heights of creativity, energy, and innovation. The planning profession looks at the long-term consequences of present actions, and also works on solutions to reduce the uncertainty about the future while enhancing the economy and quality of life. These conversations are necessary to help lead America's communities toward a more just and sustainable future. The outcome of the Forum is to better guide our communities over the next 50 years.

Planning Our Future

September 29, 2013
National Building Museum
Washington, DC

APA President William Anderson, FAICP, lead the discussion. He was joined by Patrick L. Phillips, chief executive officer of the Urban Land Institute; Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects; and Lee Brown, FAICP, president of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. APA CEO W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, moderated the discussion. 


About the Speakers

William Anderson, FAICP William Anderson, FAICP, is President of the American Planning Association. As a partner with AECOM, Anderson has worked in 20 states and eight countries. His practice integrates development economics and planning, focusing on inner cities, community planning, and regional planning. Between 2006 and 2011, Anderson served as director of San Diego's City Planning & Community Investment Department. Earlier, he headed up San Diego's oldest planning advocacy group and chaired the city's Planning Commission. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006.

Lee Brown, FAICPLee Brown, FAICP, is president of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. During his three decades of experience, he has worked with municipalities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Currently, he is president of Teska Associates, a consulting firm that provides urban planning and landscape architecture services throughout the Midwest. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006.

Paul Farmer, FAICPPaul Farmer, FAICP, is chief executive officer of APA and AICP. He has primary responsibility for the long-term strategic direction of the association, in concert with elected leadership. He is responsible for representing the leadership of the association, its members and the interests of planning with partners and with the public. He is the prime spokesperson for APA and president of the Planning Foundation. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006.

Patrick L. PhilipsPatrick L. Philips is CEO of the Urban Land Institute. Before stepping into ULI's leadership role, he was president and CEO of ERA AECOM, where his consulting practice focused on the intersection of private investment and public policy. In 2005, he led a nationally prominent economic development team as part of a ULI panel making recommendations on post-Katrina rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. He teaches at Harvard's Graduate School of Design Executive Education Program and at the Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School.

Nancy C. SomervilleNancy C. Somerville is the executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Since joining the society in 2000, she has made it a more effective advocate for sustainability, community planning, transportation, and land use issues. Somerville came to ASLA following 18 years with the American Institute of Architects. She is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land-economics fraternity, and received the Civic Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.