EVENTS

Wetmore Visiting Practitioners

The Wetmore Visiting Practitioner series provides opportunities for DURP students to interact with and learn from both experienced and younger professionals working in urban and regional planning and closely related fields. Wetmore Visiting Practitioners spend a day in the Department, give a general lecture or seminar, attend classes as a guest speaker, and interact with students in formal and informal settings. The Wetmore Visiting Practitioners series is supported primarily by earnings from the Louis B. Wetmore Endowment for Planning Practice.

Louis B. Wetmore, FAICP, was professor of city and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1955 to 1976. He served as head of the Department of City Planning and Landscape Architecture and was instrumental in the expansion and eventual separation of the landscape architecture and urban planning programs into two departments in 1965. That same year, he took a two-year leave of absence from teaching to serve as deputy commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, where he oversaw the 1966 Chicago Comprehensive Plan and the development of the Model Cities Program. He returned to Urbana-Champaign in 1967 and served on the faculty until his retirement in 1976. Professor Wetmore received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Planning Association in 1987 and was one of the first Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. At his induction as a fellow in 1999, he was described as one who "taught planning practice through comprehensive planning workshops, using real situations as opportunities for innovative practice and mentoring the profession's future leaders." He died on October 4, 2005, at the age of 92.


2013-2014 Visiting Practitioners


Raiche Image Myles D. "Mush" Berman
Managing Partner
Foley and Lardner LLP
Chicago Office
7 April 2014

Mush Berman (MUP '79 UIUC and J.D. Northwestern) has 30 years of experience in corporate, real estate, and financial transactions, and regularly represents clients before federal, state, and local governments and agencies.  He is co-chair of Foley’s national Government & Public Policy Practice, and is a member of the Environmental Regulation Practice and the Energy Industry Team.  Berman served as a popular Adjunct Professor in DURP for nearly 20 years, teaching planning negotiation.  He cautions that he is not a planning or zoning lawyer, nor a municipal law lawyer, though he interacts with government on nearly a daily basis.  In his current role as Managing Partner of Foley’s Chicago office, he is “a guy who is practicing law about 25% of his time, and running an office of some 320 souls (and +/- $100 MM in annual revenue)” which he calls “more fun than a barrel of monkeys!”

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Schedule of Events

Monday, April 7
11:00 am: Lunch with students, Conference Room
Noon: Presentation: How Planning School Helped Me To Become a Lawyer (And Other Lessons from DURP); room 225 TBH
3:30: Participation in UP 311/ Local Planning, Government and Law, Libby Tyler, Adjunct Lecturer, room 225 TBH

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Brian Deal, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Raiche Image Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA (UCLA)
Executive Director
8-80 Cities
Toronto, Ontario
31 March 2014

Gil Penalosa will visit DURP as a Wetmore Practitioner as part of his participation in the American Public Transit Association’s biannual Public Transportation and Universities Conference here on campus at the I Hotel, March 29 - April 1.  8 - 80 Cities is a Canadian not-profit organization dedicated to transforming cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit, and visit vibrant parks, streets, and other public places.  Penalosa advises communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all, from 8 to 80 years old.  As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia, Penalosa successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks, including Simon Bolivar park in the heart of the city.

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Schedule of Events

Monday, March 31
5:00 p.m.: Presentation: Walking, Biking and Public Transportation: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities; Heritage Room, ACES Library

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Raiche Image Melville Nickerson
Deputy Director, Energy & Recycling Office
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
29 January 2014

Mr. Nickerson leads a DCEO team that specializes in programs and policies that spurs the development of Illinois' Green Economy. He has led several key initiatives that include working to expand the annual recycling budget, and a rebate program that encourages the construction of energy efficient homes. Mr. Nickerson has successfully led several legislative initiatives at both the federal and state level by building alliances with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and legislators. In particular, his work on Illinois' Electronic Recycling Act is credited with generating $217 Million dollars in revenue and sustaining nearly 8,000 jobs according to an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity study. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2011, he was honored as the Recycler of the Year by the Illinois Recycling Association. The Museum of Science and Industry has recognized him as a Green Revolutionary for his outstanding contributions to recycling.

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 29
10:30 a.m.: Participation in UP 407/State and Local Public Finance, Professor Mary Edwards, room 225 TBH
Noon-1:00: Presentation: Life Lessons: Energy, Recycling, Policy & Programs; Room 225 TBH
1:00-2:00: Lunch with invited faculty, Professor Brian Deal, contact
2:00 p.m.: Touring SEDAC/Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, Department of Urban + Regional Planning, College of Fine + Applied Arts, at the University of Illinois Research Park

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Brian Deal, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, deal@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Raiche Image Jonathan Raiche
Assistant City Planner
City of Joplin, Missouri
2 December 2013

Jonathan Raiche had been Assistant City Planner for the City of Joplin, Missouri for over a year when the devastating tornado hit on May 22, 2011.  Raiche experienced a large shift in his daily tasks as a planner, and continues to work with recovery efforts in Joplin.  He was assigned as a liaison to Joplin’s citizen-led recovered team, and is very proud to be a part of the steps that the team and community have taken in recovery efforts.

Born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois, Raiche holds both a BAUP (2007) and MUP (2008) from Illinois.  He gained a wide variety of planning experiences from internships in Los Angeles, California and Jackson, Wyoming, as well as working for the University’s East St. Louis Action Research Project.  Following completion of his MUP, he served as an AmeriCorps St. Louis member, assisting conservation work in Missouri and Montana, as well as responding to natural disasters in Texas and Missouri.  His largest assignment was responding to the effects of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas in the fall of 2008.

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Schedule of Events

Monday, December 2
9:00-10:20: Participation in UP 438/Disasters and Urban Planning, Professor Rob Olshansky, Instructor; Room 223 TBH
11:00-11:45: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room
Noon-1:00: Presentation: How a Community and a Job Can Change Overnight; Room 225 TBH
3:00-4:00: Meet and Greet, DURP Conference Room
6:00 p.m.: Dinner with invited guests

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Sara Egan Endsley, AICP, LEED AP
Associate
Design Workshop

6-7 November 2013

Sara Egan Endsley, AICP, LEED AP, is an associate with Design Workshop, Inc. in Chicago. She has been with the company for six years, and recently relocated to the Midwest from Aspen, Colorado. She earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning (2007) and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (2003), both at the University of Illinois.

Sara has a passion for engaging the public in the planning and design process. She has drawn from her interest in effectively linking design and community engagement in leading several planning efforts for communities throughout the West and Midwestern United States and internationally. Her work on the Strategic Master Plan for the Petra Region in Jordan was awarded the Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Award in 2011. The plan provides a guide for preservation of archaeological , ecological and cultural resources of worldwide importance, while providing direction to capture the economic benefits of tourism in a manner that preserves the region and furthers the interests of local communities.

With her background in landscape architecture and planning, she has served as project manager on projects from the site planning level to regional planning with focus on transportation corridors, open space and natural resource planning and new community planning.  

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Schedule of Events with Sara Egan Endsley

Wednesday, November 6
10:30-11:50: Participation in UP 436/Urban Design Workshop, Professor Varkki Pallathucheril, Room 223 TBH
12:15-1:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room

Thursday, November 7
12:30-1:30: Presentation: Furthering Community, Culture and Local Economies - a World Heritage Case Study. Room 225 TBH

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.


2012-2013 Visiting Practitioners


Nelson Cheung image Nelson Chueng, AICP
Community Planning
Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development Planning
Bureau of Planning & Zoning

12 February 2013

As manager of the public open space group of the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, Mr. Chueng provides direction on city-wide open space planning, open space impact fees, Tax Increment Financing for Chicago Park District projects, and city/private developer open space collaborative projects. He also oversees open space land acquisition projects, lease agreements, and intergovernmental transactions. As the Department's waterways planner, he leads policy direction on the implementation of the Chicago River Plan and the Chicago Lakefront plan review for public open space projects. Addressing the need to provide space for urban agriculture within the city, Mr. Chueng also coordinates the assembly, design, environmental remediation, and site preparation for urban farm projects. Mr. Chueng holds an AB in Biology from Washington University and a MS in Forestry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

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Schedule of Events with Nelson Chueng

Tuesday, February 12
9:30-11:00: Participation in UP446/Sustainable Planning Seminar, Professor Brian Deal, Room 223
11:30-12:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, DURP Conference Room
12:30: Presentation: The Chicago City Planning Department: Perspectives on Open Space Planning
1:30: Lunch with Professor Deal and invited guests

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Cumming and Norwood image Gabriel Cumming, Ph.D. & Carla Norwood, Ph.D.
3 December 2012

Gabriel Cumming and Carla Norwood co-developed the Community Voice Method to address a pressing need for more effective public engagement around land use and planning issues in the face of rapid, amenity-driven development. Motivating issues include a loss of rural character, contentious public hearings, environmental degradation, and a lack of productive community problem solving. CVM uses documentary media as an "iterative" approach to more effective public participation. Their work has been implemented in 6 locations with more than 1,100 people involved in an inclusive civic dialog. Cumming is Director of the Warren County (North Carolina) Economic Development Commission. Norwood is in the midst of opening FoodWorks, a cafe, bakery and coffee shop that sources from local farmers and provides an informal civic space for the community in Warrenton, NC.  

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Schedule of Events with Cumming & Norwood

Monday, December 3
10:30-11:50: Participation in UP456/Sustainable Planning Workshop, Brian Deal, Instructor, Room 19
12:00-1:00: Presentation: The Community Voice Method: Initiating Civic Dialogs and Landscape Change and Economic Development in Rural North Carolina, Room 225
1:00: Lunch with invited BAUP students, Conference Room
3:30-4:50: Participated in UP504/Urban History and Theory, Bev Wilson, Instructor, Room 223

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.

Meg Cederoth image Meg Cederoth, AICP, LEED
18 September 2012

Margaret Cederoth is an urban planner and sustainability manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York. She currently serves as the manager for the sustainability components of the California High Speed Rail Program as well as leading sustainability for the Parsons Brinckerhoff Transportation company. She led sustainability efforts for the Masdar Institute project in Abu Dhabi from 2007 to 2009, and was active on several projects in the region that explored sustainability criteria for infrastructure projects. She has been an urban planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff since 2002, and currently leads sustainable design and company initiatives at PB. She has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, is an AICP planner, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.  

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Schedule of Events with Meg Cederoth

Tuesday, September 18
11:15-12:15: Lunch with invited BAUP students, Conference Room
12:30: Presentation: Making Sustainability Plans Happen: Ideas to Reality, Room 225
2:00: Participation in UP199 RB/Foundations of Urban Sustainability, Robby Boyer, Instructor, Room 225
5:00-6:15: MUP Happy Hour, Firehaus Bar, 708 S Sixth St, Champaign
6:30: Dinner with invited faculty, Radio Maria
Wednesday, September 19
10:30: Participation in UP456/Sustainable Planning Workshop, Professor Brian Deal, Room 223
12:00: Lunch with Professor Brian Deal

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Alice Novak, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, novak2@illinois.edu, 217.333.3890.


Wetmore Visiting Practitioners Archive: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12