WHAT I DO
Conurbation LLC, Minneapolis, MN (2005–present) Owner and Principal Consultant.
Consulting practice offering development, programming, planning, design, construction, and project management/owner’s representative services to the real estate industry, government, non-profit organizations, and private property owners. Projects and clients have included:
- Peavey Plaza Revitalization (2015–present), Consultant to the City of Minneapolis for the management of a Historic Structures Report and Existing Conditions Study of Minneapolis’s signature downtown urban plaza
- Downtown East Commons, 2014–2015, Consultant to the City of Minneapolis for the schematic design of an urban plaza adjacent to the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium
- Temple Israel Expansion Project (2014–present), Consultant for an additions and renovations project for Temple Israel’s uptown campus
- Prospect Park Properties LLC (2014–present), Consultant to the owners of a key TOD property at 29th and University Avenue in Minneapolis that will be redeveloped into a major mixed-use housing project
- Nicollet Mall Redesign and Reconstruction (2013–Present), Owner’s Representative to City of Minneapolis for the $50M redesign and reconstruction of Nicollet Mall
- Block 1 Liner Parcel/Air Rights Plane (2013–2014), Consultant to the City assisting with the developer selection process for the McClellan Block
- Target North Campus Development Strategy (2013–2014), Consultant to Target for the developer selection process for the company’s Brooklyn Park property
- Tubs Inc. Redevelopment Study, (2013–2014), Consultant providing design and economic analyses to the owners of an industrial property in the North Loop
- Brunsfield North Loop (2012), Consultant for community engagement and entitlements/approvals for a 47 –unit apartment building in Minneapolis’s North Loop Neighborhood
- Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium (2012–13), McKnight Grant-funded consultant to Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. to support the City of Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee through the review and approval of the schematic design for a $1B NFL stadium
- Peavey Plaza Revitalization (2010–2013), Consultant to the City of Minneapolis for the redesign of Minneapolis’s signature downtown urban plaza
- The Soap Factory (2010–2014), Owner’s Representative to a non-profit visual arts organization for the renovation of their historic warehouse building/gallery
- Longfellow Station (2010), Consultant to Urban Works Architecture for concept design and entitlements for a 200-unit multi-family housing TOD project
- The Penfield Condominiums (2005–2008), Senior Project Manager and Partner in the development of a $130M high-rise condominium project (Alatus Partners)
Nelson, Tietz & Hoye, Minneapolis, MN (2008–2010) Senior Associate.
Facilitated the selection of the design team, programming, and schematic design for the $46M Minneapolis Orchestra Hall expansion project and facilitated discussions with the City related to a joint request for bond funding from the MN Legislature and the redesign of Peavey Plaza.
RMF Group, Minneapolis, MN (2004–2005) Development Project Manager.
Managed design and construction for residential development projects worth approximately $75M including Track 29, Uptown Row, Emerson Townhomes, and The Village at Mendota Heights.
City of Philadelphia, Capital Program Office, Philadelphia, PA (1996–2000) Project Director.
Participated in the start-up, organization, and management of a new city department of over 100 staff. Led a team of 18 architects, engineers, and construction inspectors in the management of over 100 municipal projects and 500 design and construction contracts worth over $200M. Provided a dozen city departments with new and improved facilities and eliminated a backlog of nearly 70 capital projects. Served on the City’s Real Estate committee. Directly managed the following major projects:
- One Parkway Building, $62M renovation of a blighted high-rise into city offices for 12 City departments and 2,500 employees including planning, design, construction, and occupancy
- City Hall Restoration, Planning and design for the first phase of the four-phase, $125M exterior restoration of Philadelphia’s historic City Hall
- 24th/25th Police Department: Planning and design for a $12M combined district police station
- Police Forensic Science Center: Planning and design for a $12M Forensic Sciences Laboratory, an adaptive reuse of an abandoned elementary school and the City’s first model sustainable project
1984–1996: Architectural practice in R&D, healthcare, commercial, residential,
Philadelphia, PA; Rochester NY
- EwingCole (Architecture & Engineering), Philadelphia, PA (1993–1996)
- Kling Stubbins (Architecture & Engineering), Philadelphia, PA (1988–1993)
- Samuel Crothers Associates, Architects, Philadelphia, PA (1986–1988)
- SWBR Architects, Rochester, NY (1980–1986)
Volunteer Experience and Honors
Certified Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Licensed Architect, Minnesota (2003); Pennsylvania (1989)
Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Governmental Administration, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
Instructor, Real Estate Development, Humphrey School, U of M
Instructor, Urban Design, College of Design, U of M
Instructor, Site Planning, College of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Assistant, History of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Assistant, Urban Design Studio, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Instructor, Architectural Drawing, Drexel University
IUR Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research
Member, Mayor’s Riverfront Blue Ribbon Task Force, Minneapolis
Board Chair, North Loop Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis
Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia, PA, “40 Under 40 Award”
President, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
Member, Mayor’s City Hall Redevelopment Blue Ribbon Task Force, Philadelphia
How Real Estate Developers Think: Design, Profits, and the Community, book, University of Pennsylvania Press.
“Ports and Waterfronts” (with Peter V. Hall), chapter in Infrastructure Planning and Finance: A Smart and Sustainable Guide, Vicki Elmer and Adam Liegland, editors, Routledge Press.
“The Delaware River Port Authority,” in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Charlene Mires, Howard Gillette, and Randall Miller, editors.
“The Diversified Waterfront and the New Port Authority,” chapter in The Port City in the XXI century: New challenges in the relationship between Port and City, Rinio Bruttomesso and Joan Alemany, editors, Venice: RETE.
America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment, book, University of Pennsylvania Press.
Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), book review: Port Cities:
Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks. Carola Hein (Ed.).
Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), book review: Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era, by Bob Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, and J. L. S. Clark. Summer 2010.
Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), book review: Fluid City: Transforming Melbourne’s Urban Waterfront, by Kim Dovey. Spring 2006.
Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ), book review: Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition, by Bent Flyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner Rothengatter. November 2005.