Arancha Munoz-Criado is an architect and urban planner, receiving her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has utilized geodesign to create sustainable environments based on Green Infrastructure for over 25 years. In her various roles, including as General Secretary of Urban Planning, Landscape and Environment for the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Munoz-Criado introduced the term and concept of Green Infrastructure into the government’s legal and administrative framework. She was the driving force in getting the European Union Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessment (which requires sustainable development and public engagement for all development) put into law for the region of Valencia, Spain. As a result, geodesign is now used across approximately 550 municipalities to align planning efforts around Green Infrastructure.
In her public career, Munoz-Criado directed the Strategic Development Plan for the Region of Valencia (2011), the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan (2011), and the Strategic Projects Law (2012). These efforts stimulated economic activity and generated multiplier effects across a spectrum of sectors. In addition, she fully implemented the European Landscape Convention by developing and implementing the Landscape Policy for the region of Valencia, the first Landscape Law in Spain (2006).
Prior to her role in regional government, she was the Principal at Landar, a landscape architecture and landscape planning firm where she was responsible for the design of major parks and plans for regional and urban open space systems, including the Parque de Cabecera in Valencia (2002); the Waterfront Promenade in Pinar Beach, Castellón (2003); and Waterfront Dune Park in the Albufera, Valencia.
Today, Munoz-Criado continues to incorporate her deep experience in cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, team-oriented projects with her keen ability to weave environmental, landscape, cultural, and social/economic values to create compelling sustainable design and policy solutions that improve lives and protect the environment.
Devin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and is regarded as one of the profession’s top designers and graphic specialists. Devin has presented at both national and state planning conferences about the importance in graphics and instructed on how best to communicate plans and planning concepts as well as the importance of development visualization. Prior to co-founding Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin was the Senior Planning Manager for URS Corporation. Devin joined URS through their acquisition of Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen and Payne (TPAP) a prominent planning and economic development firm in the City of Chicago. In addition to his responsibilities at Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 2011 Devin was asked by the school to revive the program’s urban planning studio which includes instruction on urban design analysis and planning graphics.
Devin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in the planning profession for his illustrations, graphics, and for his ability to communicate planning and development concepts clearly and concisely. Devin’s contribution to his firm’s graphics and plans has helped distinguish Houseal Lavigne’s body of work and garnered multiple state and national awards.
One of Devin’s motivations in establishing the firm was to create outreach opportunities and report documents that excites the public about urban planning and creates the foundation for genuine community partnerships. In Flint, Michigan, Devin created a series of 3D renderings that depicts entire neighborhoods defined by a visualization “place type” tool. Rather than focus on land use classifications and traditional regulations, Flint’s “place types” are instantly recognizable to citizens because they graphically depict the urban design elements that give a neighborhood its defining character. The plan recognizes people see their neighborhood as a place, not a zone. As a result, this tool has generated greater participation and elevated the conversation about the strategic actions and land use policies the community can use to achieve its goals.
Prior to founding Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin was the Senior Planning Manager for URS Corporation, a Senior Planner at Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen and Payne (TPAP), and worked in local government in parks and recreation management. Devin received his Bachelor’ degree from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Ontario. Devin is also an educator in the field, serving as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois, where he teaches an urban design studio, and also serves as one of twenty recognized experts that travel the county as a SketchUp Visiting Professional (VPP).
Before becoming the chairman of The CoSMo Company and CEO of the US Subsidiary, Michel Morvan has been from January 2009 to February 2013 the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Strategic Intelligence and Innovation at Veolia Environment. There, he was responsible for all innovation activities, including the Veolia Innovation Accelerator, as well as other corporate strategic initiatives as the 4CT sustainable cities project. He is also a former Full Professor of Computer Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a former Senior Scientist (directeur d’études) at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales in Paris (chair “Complex Systems Modelling”). He is an Eisenhower Fellow and was until June 2013 External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA).
Paul Niedzwiecki is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, the region’s land use, economic development and planning agency. Paul is a Lawyer and Marine Corps veteran with 20 years of experience in public management and community outreach. He received a B.S. in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He leads the Commission in fulfilling its mission of ‘Keeping a Special Place Special’ by protecting the natural environment, promoting economic growth, and encouraging community engagement.
Iris Patten is Program Director for the online GIS Technology programs at the University of Arizona and leads the Geospatial Collaborative, an initiative that focuses on the integration of geographic information systems in projects that can benefit from an identification of opportunities that produce resurgent natural, urban, and social environments. She has degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Thematically, Iris’ work includes renewable energy, strategic planning, land use and growth management, and collaborative governance. Her applied research includes work with tribal nations, non-profits, regional governments, and federal agencies in the United States and Africa. In 2015, Iris’ co-authored book “Advanced Land Use Analysis for Regional Geodesign” was published by Esri Press.
Eui-Sung Yi is currently Principal of Morphosis Architects and the director of The Now Institute at UCLA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University (1992) and his Master of Architecture at Harvard University (1997).
Yi has been involved with academia and scholarship for over fifteen years in Asia and the U.S. His current position as the Director of The Now Institute in UCLA is a 10 year culmination of research and speculations on emerging urban issues confronting major metropolises and disaster cities. Through comprehensive data research and analysis, the Now Institute integrates—through GIS—traditionally specialized and isolated studies to find inter-disciplinary planning solutions that can address the complex demographic and environmental issues challenging urbanism today.
Professionally, Yi has worked extensively in Asia and the US. He has been with Morphosis for over 14 years starting in 1992. He has won several competitions and wrote the report that advocated for the GSA to adopt sustainable green policies for all future projects. For 5 years away from Morphosis, Yi was oversaw the design and completion of his competition-winning Korean Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the Korean Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Additionally, he has been an AIA National Speaker on Urban Design (Los Angeles) and Sustainability (San Antonio) for two National Conventions. In all Yi’s parallel academic and professional pursuits, the issue of urbanism continues to thread and anchor the scholarships.
Dr. Zwick has been a faculty member in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida for over 30 years. He is presently a Professor in Urban and Regional Planning and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the College of Design Construction and Planning. Paul has also been the Director of the GeoPlan Center in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Interim Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, the Director of the College Doctoral Programs and Department Chair in Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Zwick’s areas of expertise are in land use planning, GIS, environmental planning, and he is also working within the arena of Geodesign. His research areas are land use and environmental models using GIS, planning visualization, and spatial modeling for regional geodesign and urban form.
Dr. Zwick’s work includes the State of Florida Greenways plan, the development of the Florida geographic Data Library, and numerous visioning projects including the Florida MyRegion project. He has been an advisor to the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and has been on professional boards for the Urban and Regional Systems Association, The Conservation Fund, 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida American Planning Association.
Dr. Zwick has published two books with ESRI Press. He is a coauthor with Margaret Carr for “Smart Land-Use Analysis: The LUCIS Model”, Esri Press Redlands, CA. March 2007. He is also a coauthor with Iris Patten and Abdulnaser Arafat for “Advanced Land-Use Analysis for Regional Geodesign: Using LUCISplus“, ESRI Press Redlands, CA. October 2015.
Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1967, Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds the Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. In 1965 he began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as an initial research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. He has been Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973.
Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make design decisions about conservation and development. His applied research and teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. Professor Steinitz has directed studies in as wide ranging locales as the Gunnison region of Colorado; the Monadnock region of New Hampshire; the Snyderville Basin, Utah; Monroe County, Pennsylvania; the region of Camp Pendleton, California; the Gartenreich Worlitz in Germany; Muskau in Germany and Poland; the West Lake in Hangzhou, China; the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Sonora and Arizona; Coiba National Park in Panama; the regions of La Paz and Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico; Cagliari, Italy; the Tajo River and Henares River corridors in Spain; and the regions of Castilla La Mancha and Valencia in Spain.
Professor Steinitz has lectured and given workshops at more than 140 universities. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.” In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers.
Professor Steinitz is author of A Framework for Geodesign (Esri press, 2012) and principal author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes (Island Press 2003). He has received several honorary degrees. Professor Steinitz is currently the External Academic Adviser to the European Union funded LE:NOTRE program to rationalize landscape education in Europe and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future. As founder and president of Esri, Dangermond's leadership and vision stimulate the ongoing innovation of GIS technologies that enable people to make insightful decisions and improve the quality of life everywhere.