Peter J. Park served as planning director of two large U. S. cities over the last 16 years. In Milwaukee and Denver, his integrated approach to comprehensive planning, urban design, and development review resulted in clear visions for sustainable urban development, places of high quality design, and streamlined development permitting systems. He led the preparation of downtown plans, numerous neighborhood plans, and comprehensive zoning code updates in both cities. In Milwaukee, significant projects include the replacement of the elevated Park East freeway with an at-grade boulevard that catalyzes new downtown development and the Beerline B, a new mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood along the Milwaukee River. Significant work in Denver includes redevelopment of Denver Union Station as the hub of Fastracks (the largest public transit project in the nation), several transit-oriented development (TOD) station area plans, and adoption of a new context and form-based zoning code applied citywide.
Peter also teaches urban design studios at University of Colorado at Denver and was instrumental in shaping its new Master of Urban Design program. Previously, he taught urban design lectures and studios at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and coordinated the Joint Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning program. Peter is devoted to the integration of academy and practice. The work explored in his urban design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes such as the removal of the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee and the new Denver Zoning Code. He served as an advisor for a multidisciplinary team of UCD students that won the 2005 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.
Peter was the 2012 Lincoln Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. During his fellowship, he researched opportunities for replacing elevated highways in cities with enriched street networks, application of Form-based codes at citywide scales, and new technologies for community engagement. The work produced in his urban design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes such as the Park East Freeway removal in Milwaukee and the Denver Zoning Code.