Jeffrey Soule, FAICP

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(202) 271-7678

1030 15th Street NW
Suite 750 West
United States

FAICP Statement

Jeff Soule's career has followed a pattern of working to expand the role and presence of planning in public affairs. He has accomplished this in planning for the countryside and resources-based regions, in urban design, in historic preservation, as a citizen volunteer, and, currently, as Policy Director of APA. Inducted 2001.

About Me

Planning, civic participation, cultural conservation and international issues keep me busy. I have worked in the arts and for state and regional agencies as well as the federal government. I live in a cool neighborhood in DC that mixes long time residents with millennials and where a car is not needed. My mom still lives on the family farm in upstate New York, where I still can manage to outwit a trout or two,

Professional Biography

JEFFREY L. SOULE, FAICP Jeff Soule has held a number of planning and policy positions in government and the non-profit sector: Senior Planner for the Tug Hill Commission in Watertown, New York providing technical assistance to 39 towns and 14 villages in a four-county region, Policy Coordinator for the US Department of Agriculture, in Washington, DC, where he directed a three-year town revitalization program in cooperation with the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Program Administrator/Director, National Endowment for the Arts Design Program, developing and implementing initiatives including the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and "Your Town: Designing its Future", Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, developing research and demonstration projects, providing technical assistance, and advising state and federal officials on policy matters. He pioneered a series of community vision workshops, which led to a broad acceptance of a locally based approach to planning highlighted by citizen involvement and manageable implementation strategies. He established a series of training programs that created local teams to implement community visions. Mr. Soule participated and hosted several international professional exchanges including the Countryside Exchange, a program sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States to assist communities with planning, environmental and cultural conservation. Mr. Soule became Policy Director of the American Planning Association in 1996 where he managed Government Affairs, Public Information and Outreach for the Associations’ 40,000 members in over 80 countries. He expanded partnerships with other organizations and improved legislative services to APA’s chapters. In 1997 he launched an initiative with the Chinese government to provide long-term technical assistance through exchanges and special projects. He produced an innovative urban design approach and plan for a large site in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area. As special advisor to the Mayor of Nanjing he developed a strategy for preserving and revitalizing the city’s historic neighborhoods. Mr. Soule has developed many training programs for city leaders and professionals and frequently writes on planning issues related to international urbanization. He has also lead efforts to conserve natural and cultural resources while providing economic opportunities. Mr. Soule has served as advisor to the United Nation’s Development Program, UNDP, where he prepared reports with long term recommendations on environmental and administrative issues. He helped guide APA’s policy on sustainable development. In 2007 Mr. Soule became Director of Outreach and International Programs at APA, the first such position to combine Communications, Partnerships, and International activities. He serves as Treasurer of the US ICOMOS Board of Trustees. Mr. Soule has been a US delegate to the General Assembly of ICOMOS and advises governments regarding cultural conservation. For UNESCO, he has served as a delegate to the General Assembly on World Heritage. He has advised a number of cities and regions on applications for World Heritage recognition. He is an expert member and member of the board of the Cultural Towns and Cities Scientific Committee and has authored a variety of international papers on managing scenic, historic and cultural resources. He has written and lectured extensively on urban design, rural development, historic preservation, environmental conservation and disaster recovery. He was a key writer and participant in UNESCO’s recently adopted recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) and is conducting training programs on its implementation globally. Mr. Soule led APA’s recovery effort in the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita and has developed a variety of programs and training events to assist in the region’s recovery. He has recently authored a section of an upcoming book on vernacular architecture highlight his work in New Orleans to conserve cultural resources and inform new development. To broaden the APA’s outreach efforts, he has initiated relationships with a variety of university-based centers for design and community planning assistance, including Florida Atlantic University, Tulane, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served as the Donlan Fellow at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science at Syracuse. Mr. Soule has served as visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland where he taught a graduate course in planning for sustainability. His most recent publications have been directed at international leaders on the subject of urbanization and cultural conservation and have appeared in a wide variety of media. He has been the principal planner in charge of several demonstration projects on new town planning, strategic environmental planning and scenic highways. Mr. Soule has lectured at the Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Syracuse, and internationally at Cambridge, Imperial College, the University of Montreal, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua, Hong Kong University and Beijing University. He is currently a member of the faculty of Georgetown University’s Master’s Program in City and Regional Planning and teaches a course in Place making. Mr. Soule is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, FAICP. He served as President of the Baltimore Chapter of the International Land Economics Society, Lambda Alpha and is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. In 2010 he was named Senior Fellow of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Jeff received a BA degree, with honors, from Colgate University in Natural Science and Fine Arts, and a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government.


Colgate University
Graduation Date: May, 1975
Degree Level: Undergraduate

160252 | Harvard University
Graduation Date: June, 1978
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree