September 29, 2013
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.
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, FAICP
Lee 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.
Patrick L. Philips
Patrick 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. Somerville
Nancy 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.
Paul Farmer, FAICP
Paul 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.