I work primarily with municipal, non-profit, and institutional clients on public realm projects and planning as a strategic advisor, designer, and sustainability planner. In the community, I write, lecture, and participate in panel discussions on civic engagement, urban design, historic preservation, and urban sustainability. I am an advisor to the US Congress Livable Communities Advisory Board, and with the AIA Honor Awards juries. I am a Core Member of Harvard’s Working Group for Sustainable Cities. Recently I was planning consultant to Seattle Children’s Hospital in the development of its 20 year, 1.5 million square foot Facilities Master Plan. In my former role as Seattle City Council member from 1997 through 2007 (prior to my Loeb year), I led many of the City of Seattle’s legislative efforts to develop green practices in areas of public policy, comprehensive planning, and development regulations.
My Loeb year studies focused on the greening of cities and the drivers of change in the US. A highlight of the experience was our study mission to Istanbul — an extraordinary city with deep and complex history and rich culture following the global pattern of rapid urbanization. The Loeb experience has profoundly reshaped my understanding of the global challenges facing cities in the 21st century. With rapid urbanization and world population growth, global consumption and resource depletion is likely to accelerate, along with potentially devastating effects of climate change. The challenges have never been greater, but so are the opportunities to re-think old ways of doing things. The US can be a leader in global sustainability through adaptive change at home. I see our Loeb mission as helping show cities the way!