Each year, three of the nation’s leading planning experts travel to Orlando to participate in UCF’s Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures are open to the public and supported by generous contributions from VHB MillerSellen and other members of the Central Florida planning community, as well as Orange TV, Florida Hospital and other local organizations.

2017-2018 Topics and Speakers

“Learning from Where You Live: Innovation and Authenticity in Changing Places”

The latest lecture will feature Ray Gastil, the director of planning for the city of Pittsburgh. A panel of planners and public service professionals will also discuss this topic.

Panel Moderator

Staci M. Zavattaro, Ph.D., is author of Cities for Sale and Place Branding Through Phases of the Image. Her research focuses on city branding strategies and government use of social media. Her next book project examines neighborhood branding and its implications. She is an associate professor at SPA.

Panelists

Jason Burton, is a chief planner with the city of Orlando, practicing in various land development capacities as a professional planner for more than 23 years.  During his past 13 years with the city of Orlando, Burton has been the city’s zoning official, has managed the city’s land development process, and now works with a studio of planners, architects and economic development professionals that create visions for sectors of the city while proposing new land development code amendments. Burton also manages the Appearance Review Board process and serves as the zoning official for the permitting process. Burton is also the staff liaison for the city’s Historic Preservation Board.  Prior to coming to Orlando, Burton was a land development planner, downtown redevelopment planner and transportation manager for the city of San Jose.

Peter Sechler, is the director of GAI’s Community Solutions Group, focused on community planning, design and economic development. Sechler specializes in urban design, campus planning and landscape design projects in the eastern United States for public, private, and institutional clients. His focus has been to work inclusively, identifying the community context and mission, understand economic potential, and thereby position specific initiatives to support broader goals, enhanced livability and sustainable success.  Currently, the Community Solutions Group is working with cities across the State of Florida – particularly in Central Florida, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Jacksonville – as well as several selected private Community Developers.  Additionally, CSG is working with the Port Authority of Allegheny County on transit oriented design and development opportunities at several locations in downtown Pittsburgh.

Student Panelist – MSURP Canditate, TBD

2016-2017 Topics and Speakers

“Partnerships in Planning for Community and Growth”

The spring Distinguished Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning featured a discussion panel on Downtown Orlando’s Creative Village redevelopment project, soon to be the home of the new UCF Downtown campus. The distinguished speakers were:

  • Brooke Bonnett, City of Orlando
  • Kelly Moody, City of Orlando
  • Craig Ustler, Creative Village Orlando
  • Thad Seymour, UCF Downtown

“Partnerships in Planning for Community and Technology”

Stephen B. Coulston, AIA, principal in the Austin, Texas, office of the global design firm Perkins+Will, along with Osceola County Manager Don Fisher, AICP, discussed the 500-acre proposed research and technology mixed-use development in Osceola County, Florida.

Being developed as a future global destination for smart sensors and photonics research and development, the site is anchored by the International Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing Research in its Florida Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center, currently under construction. Here burgeoning concepts will gestate into mature technologies, from smart sensors and photonics to software applications to process improvements in science, engineering and technology, right down to the nanoscale. It is envisioned as an innovation epicenter and a source of high quality jobs having a significant community, regional, state, national and global impact.

2015-2016 Topics and Speakers

April 14, 2016
6:30-8 p.m.
Subject: “How Should Planners Prepare for Shared and Autonomous Vehicles?”

Distinguished Lecturer:
David King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of urban planning at Columbia University

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October 22, 2015
6:30-8 p.m.
Subject: “Florida’s Greenways and Trails: A Proven Paradigm for Community Development, Personal Mobility and Public Health”
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Distinguished Lecturer:
Dale Allen, President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation

2014-2015 Topics and Speakers

April 16, 2015
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Subject: Planning, Health and Poverty:  A National Movement to Rethinking Homelessness
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Distinguished Lecturer
Ryan Moser
, Managing Director of the Eastern Region, CSH: The Source for Housing Solutions
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Moderator
Andrae Bailey,CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness 
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Feb. 5, 2015
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Title: Planning, Health and Poverty: Community Schools – One Solution
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Distinguished Lecturer
Jane Quinn, Assistant Executive Director, Children’s Aid Society, New York City
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Moderator

Jim Sellen, Principal, VHB

Panelists 
Marklyne Joachim, Evans Community School graduate and UCF student
Michael Frumkin, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health and Public Affairs, UCF
Lisa Early, Director, Department of Families, Parks and Recreation, City of Orlando


Left photo: Jane Quinn
Right photo (left to right): Panelists Jane Quinn, Evans Community School grad and
UCF student Marklyne Joachim, college Dean Michael Frumkin and Orlando
Families, Parks & Recreation Director Lisa Early

Nov. 12, 2014
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Title: Planning, Health and Poverty – Understanding the Connections

Distinguished Lecturer
Anna Ricklin, Manager, Planning and Community Health Research Center, American Planning Association, Washington, D.C.
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Moderator
Lisa Portelli, Program Director, Winter Park Health Foundation

Panelists 
Ken Peach, Executive Director Health Council of East Central Florida
Mary Stewart-Droege, Planner City of Orlando
Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of Public Administration

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Also see Where We Live Matters for Our Health: Neighborhoods and Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commission to Build a Healthier America, September 2008

2013-2014 Topics and Speakers

November 19, 2013
Leu Gardens, Orlando
Building the Walkable City
Jeff Speck, President, Speck & Associates, LLC, Washington, D.C.

February 27, 2014
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Designing Healthy Communities
Richard Jackson, M.D., Chair and Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
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April 24, 2014
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Design Characteristics of Healthy Communities
Randall Arendt, President, Greener Prospects, Providence, RI
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2012-2013 Topics and Speakers

April 4, 2013
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Transit Oriented Development
Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, CA

Feb. 15, 2013
Citrus Club, Orlando
Water Management
Robert “Bob” Graham, Author, Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor
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Oct. 11, 2012
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Healthy Community Planning
Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

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2011-2012 Topics and Speakers

March 21, 2012
Orlando Art Museum
Environmental Planning
Craig Pittman, Journalist and Environmental Author of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss and Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species

Feb. 8, 2012
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Transportation and Energy Planning
Chris Steiner, Staff Writer, Forbes Magazine, and Author of The New York Timesbest-seller, $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Changes Our Lives for the Better

Nov. 9, 2011
Florida Hospital, Orlando
Healthy Community Planning
Dr. Arthur “Chris” Nelson, director, Metropolitan Research Center, City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

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