Thursday, January 12, 2012

Charrette Expert Design Facilitators' Bios

Robert N. Lane
Senior Fellow for Urban Design, Regional Plan Association
Founding Principal, Plan & Process LLP
Robert Lane, is Senior Fellow for Urban Design at Regional Plan Association and one of the founding Principals of Plan & Process LLP. Mr. Lane’s current and recent past work focuses on the relationship between transit, land use and urban design and emphasizes public participation and communication through visual techniques. He is the author of numerous adopted comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. Over the last ten years, Mr. Lane has completed three major independent research projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the German Marshall Fund. This work has been exhibited at the Municipal Art Society and has been published in Oculus, Progressive Architecture, Places and the Harvard Architecture Review. Before coming to RPA, Robert Lane was an Associate at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, PC. Robert Lane was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the ’08-’09 academic year and is currently a fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space.

Jennifer Marshall, B.E.S., M.ARCH, MAIBC
Urban Arts Architecture

Jennifer Marshall has an expertise in sustainable development strategies and cutting edge building technologies. Jennifer brings a "why not" to maximize each project's potential, while her urban design perspective ensures that projects are well rooted in their context. Jennifer has been actively involved in the architectural culture of Vancouver since 1975 when she began her architectural career as the "office boy" at Thompson Berwick & Pratt. She has been a registered architect and principal of her own firm since 1989. Jennifer has been project architect for the design and implementation of a number of projects involving First Nations, education facilities, community buildings, housing, and urban design projects. Jennifer graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Architecture) in 1981 and from Columbia University in New York with a Masters in Architecture in 1985. She has worked as an urban designer on several significant Urban Design projects, most notably the Vancouver Central Waterfront (Marathon Lands) and has continued to be involved in the visioning of the city, including the Gastown Waterfront Vision, and most recently re-visioning form of development for RS-1 neighbourhoods to allow for alternate affordable models of tenure.

Ms. Marshall served as a member of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and Chair of the West Vancouver Advisory Design Panel.

Daniel Roehr,
Assistant Professor SALA

Daniel Roehr is Assistant Professor at the School for Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He teaches studio, site engineering, advanced graphics and green roof research seminars in the Landscape Architecture program. He is a registered landscape architect in British Columbia and Germany as well as a horticulturalist and gardener. In 2007 he founded the research group greenskins lab at UBC ( Current research focuses on the integration of green roofs as part of a holistic system for stormwater management. Daniel publishes regularly. In addition, Daniel and his team conduct expertise studies and consult professionally. Over the past 20 years, Daniel has practiced in Great Britain, Japan, the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria and China. From 1995 to 2000, he was project architect of the award winning Daimler-Chrysler Green Roof Project at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Before moving to Vancouver, he ran his own landscape architecture firm in Berlin from 1999 to 2007, and was the co-founder of a firm in Shanghai in 2004.

James Tuer, Architect/Landscape Architect
principal of JWT Architecture and Planning

Mr. Tuer is an award winning architect and landscape architect and principal of JWT Architecture and Planning. In 2008, JWT Architecture and Planning was the recipient of the Architecture Institute of British Columbia’s inaugural emerging firm award. This award is bestowed to firm’s demonstrating exemplar design skills and community service. In 2011 Mr. Tuer was a finalist for Western Living’s eco designer of the year. Mr. Tuer’s background bridges both disciplines and gives him a unique perspective on community planning. With 23 years of experience, Mr. Tuer has an extensive portfolio of built projects including new communities, neighbourhoods, and residential and mixed use projects. Mr. Tuer is a LEED accredited professional and is recognized as an expert in the adaptation of passive environmental control strategies for new projects. Mr. Tuer’s work has been featured in SAB Homes (Sustainable Building and Architecture), Fine Home Building, the Vancouver Sun, USA Today, Resorts of the West, Western Living Magazine and several books on landscape architecture and residential design. Mr. Tuer is also an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at UBC.

Ron Walkey, Architect/ Emeritus Professor

Ron Walkey is an architect and Emeritus Professor at the UBC School of Architecture where for many years he lead urban design studios in Vancouver and the lower mainland. He was director of the full-term graduate design studios in Barcelona, Athens, Venice, Jerusalem and Cairo. As a consultant to the City of Vancouver in the early 1970's he prepared the initial design guidelines for False Creek Redevelopment, as well as detailed design guidelines for the initial building phase on the south side of the Creek. He was a member of the team that developed conceptual and design guidelines for Granville Island. He has been a facilitator at a number of charettes.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Surrey Sustainable Urban Infill Design Charrette - Agenda

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January 16, 17 and 18. City of Surrey Main Library

DRAFT Agenda

Tuesday, January 17th

8:30      Arrivals – coffee and muffins served

9:00      Kickoff presentation/instructions to the teams

9:30      Split into issue teams: Mobility, Green infrastructure, Jobs, and Community.

·        Group introductions

·        Questions on design brief

·        Discussion, led by DCS staff using team questions from design brief

11:00    Coffee refreshed, continue discussion

12:30    Lunch - all

1:00      Continue team work

·        Begin work on team systems diagrams

·        Document consensus on team decisions

3:15      Break

3:30      Pin-up and Plenary session

·        Group discussion of synergies and conflicts between first iteration of team    systems diagrams

4:30      End of day for participants. Design team takes inputs from group and works to combine systems diagrams into initial diagram for full area concept plan.

7:30      End of day for design team


Wednesday, January 18th

8:30      Arrivals – coffee and muffins served

9:00      Plenary session

·         Design team presentation of first diagram for full area concept plan. Participants comments and consensus.

9:30      Split into issue teams: Mobility, Green infrastructure, Jobs, and Community.

·         Develop work on full area concept plan based on comments.

·         Issue teams to focus on specific sub area scale tasks (as enumerated in the design brief)

11:00    Coffee break, continue team work

·         Part of team continue working on full area concept plan

·         Rest of team working on sub area scale tasks

12:30    Lunch - all

1:00      Continue team work, expanding full area Concept Plan Team with member from each sub team

·         Issue teams begin drawing up sub area design solutions and outlining possible policy tools for implementation

·         Concept Plan Team incorporates issue area concepts into the overall concept plan and begins final plan drawing

3:15      Break

3:30      Pin-up and plenary session – Issue team sub area plans and overall concept plan

·         Brief presentation and discussion of sub-area plans and overall concept plan.

4:30      End of day for participants. Dinner for design team.

6:00      Design team resumes to advance concept plan and sub area plans

9:00      End of day for design team

Thursday, January 20th

8:30      Arrivals – coffee and muffins served

9:00      Plenary session

·         Design team presentation of full area concept plan progress and sub area plan progress.

9:30      Split into issue teams: Mobility, Green infrastructure, Jobs, and Community.

·         Generate detailed plans, perspectives and sections

·         Write draft report on policy implications and specific policy changes anticipated.

11:00    Coffee break, continue team work

·         Wrap up discussions, document policy implications, final sketches, etc.

12:00    Participants leave, except 1 volunteer from each team who will remain to assist with presentation preparation and documenting team decisions.

12:30    Design team produces final presentation

3:00      Final pin-up and presentation

4:30      End of day for participants & design team