Ed Walker is a social entrepreneur and lawyer based in Roanoke, Virginia. He is the founder of CityWorks, an interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to gathering, testing and sharing placemaking concepts. He is especially focused on smaller distressed cities and towns in the US and abroad. His practice emphasizes developing cooperative power among the realms of commerce, arts and design, education and good government. CityWorks initiated the annual (X)po conference that explores the exponential impact of sharing "big ideas for small cities". As a Loeb Fellow, Ed will study the uses of design for placemaking.