Working Group for Sustainable Cities at Harvard University: Core Professionals

Bill Boler | Director, Property & Physical Regeneration | Business in the Community, U.K. 

Bill Boler joined Business in the Community in March 2003 from the United States to work with the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now Communities and Local Government) to investigate the role of retail investment in England’s most deprived communities as a catalyst for regeneration. 

The goal of the project is to encourage understanding among businesses and policy makers of the issues and opportunities for regeneration through a market-based approach, and to work with a key group of investors and developers to identify markets within the 88 ‘Deprived Communities’ in the UK.

In the United States, Bill was Vice President for Community Investment at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), helping companies to integrate community investment into their business and CSR strategies for the benefit of both companies and community.  As part of BSR’s senior management team, he worked on the growth and development of a global CSR business organization that promotes responsible business practices through assisting its members with CSR strategy development, policy and practice assessment, standards analysis, stakeholder engagement, reporting and trainings.   

Bill’s responsibilities also focused on increasing corporate involvement in economic development, such as retail sitting and other strategies to bring products and services to traditionally underserved markets; community investment strategies; supplier diversity and minority business development; measuring the impact of companies’ socio-economic and community activities; developing local business partners in emerging global markets; and employment and workforce development.

Prior to joining BSR he served as executive director of the Greater Harlem Housing Development Corporation from 1993-1998, during which time he worked to attract private investment to Harlem, NY.  Other positions have included time spent as Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services and as Vice President of the city’s Public Development Corporation.

Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Maurice Cox | Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture

Maurice Cox is an urban designer and architectural educator currently at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture. He most recently served as Director of Design for the NEA where he presided over the largest expansion of direct grants to the design fields, oversaw the Governors' Institute on Community Design, the Your Town Rural Institute, and the Mayors' Institute on City Design. Cox developed the MICD Technical Assistance Workshops and assisted in the creation of the NEA's MICD's 25th Anniversary Initiative celebrating the program’s 25-year history of transforming communities through design.

Cox served as a Charlottesville, Virginia City Councilor for six years before becoming the mayor from 2002-2004. A founding partner of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism from 1996-2006 the firm received national acclaim for its partnerships with communities traditionally underserved by architecture, most notably their design for a New Rural Village in Bayview, Virginia.  His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of "20 Masters of Design" in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine.


Philip Enquist | FAIA, Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Philip Enquist leads the urban design and planning studios in SOM’s Chicago office. His work is focused on the rebuilding of inner cities, their commercial centers and neighborhoods, the strengthening of the city infrastructure of streets, transit and parks, and the preservation of the natural environment.

He collaborates closely with government agencies and community groups to shape the places we live and work by strengthening their physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure. In his work, Mr. Enquist strives to create the underlying structure for humane and rational habitats, workplaces, open spaces, and agricultural areas on a rapidly urbanizing planet.

Over the last two decades, Mr. Enquist has directed development and redevelopment initiatives for college campuses, existing city neighborhoods, new cities, rural districts, downtown commercial centers, port areas, and in the case of Bahrain, master planning an entire nation.

During his career, Mr. Enquist has collaborated closely with a wide cross-section of significant governmental and private planning entities. These include the cities of Shanghai, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orlando; Harvard University; Bowdoin College; the Kingdom of Bahrain; and others. A key to Mr. Enquist’s work is his belief that long-term planning on urban, regional, and even national scales are both necessary and possible for the creation of a culture and ethic of sustainable development.


Mark Johnson, FASLA | Civitas, Inc.

Mark Johnson is a recognized thought leader and designer of policies, systems and landscapes that regenerate cities.  Mark has designed projects of every scale on several continents.  He is widely regarded as a leading intellect and lecturer with deep knowledge and insights into how cities will become healthier and more sustainable in a global economy and culture.

Padraic Kelly | Buro Happold

Padraic Kelly studied Engineering Science at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a Masters Degree in Computers in Engineering Structures. He joined Buro Happold in 1978, became a Director in 1992 and Managing Director in 1996. He held this key role until 2005 after which he became the practice's International Director. In 1989, Padraic established the Buro Happold office in Saudi Arabia and thereafter was resident director responsible for the Middle East and Asia until 1996. A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Padraic has also been President of Europ engineers since May 2006. In 2007 Padraic set up Happold Consulting Ltd and has been head of the company since. In addition, Padraic also holds the position of International Director for Buro Happold.


John van Nostrand | planningAlliance

John van Nostrand is the founding principal of planningAlliance, as well as its sister practices rePlan and regionalArchitects. Over the past three decades, John has been the driving force behind the firms’ domestic and international planning and design practice.

John has worked on a number of significant urban development projects throughout southern Ontario over his 30 year career. At the same time, he has worked in a wide range of developing countries on the planning, design and construction of new communities, ranging in size from 150 to 150,000 persons.

John’s work has been recognized with a number of international and national awards, including the World Leadership Award for Town Planning, the Daniel Burnham Award, the World Habitat Award, numerous Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and many City of Toronto Urban Design Awards. In 2004, John was awarded the Jane Jacobs Award for Ideas That Matter for his contribution to and advancement of social housing and urbanism.

John graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1972 and is a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He writes and lectures widely on urban planning and design in Canada and around the world.


Peter Steinbrueck | Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC

In 2007 Peter Steinbrueck FAIA founded, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC, a strategic consulting firm in the field of urban sustainability.  Recently, Steinbrueck has served as a key consultant to Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top ten pediatric care hospitals, in the development of its 20-year, 1.5 million square-foot Facilities Master Plan.  Other urban development projects have included and civic visioning for Philadelphia’s Central Delaware Riverfront Revitalization Plan; and sustainability guidelines for the San Diego’s center city.

As a three-term councilor for the City of Seattle from 1997 to 2007, Steinbrueck led numerous legislative efforts to advance cutting-edge sustainable practices in areas of public policy, planning, and regulation, including land use and development; transportation and urban mobility; water resource management; municipal waste and recycling; housing and human services; parks, open space; and historic preservation.  Steinbrueck also served as president of the council during 2002 and 2003.  In his later years on the Council, he was chair of the Urban Development and Planning Committee and vice-chair of the Transportation Committee.

Steinbrueck is a member of American Institute of Architects, and in 2006, was inducted into its College of Fellows (FAIA). In 1999, Steinbrueck won the “Young Architect Award” from the American Institute of Architects for public policy affecting housing, homelessness, civic design, historic preservation, and the environment.  In 2001 he received the Public Policy Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  

Steinbrueck has also been a visiting instructor at the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments, and is a frequent speaker, commentator, and writer on the emerging framework for advancing urban sustainability.  Peter Steinbrueck received his bachelor degree in Government from Bowdoin College in 1979, and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in 1988.  He is a Seattle native and the proud father of two teenage boys, Mason and Benjamin.

Most recently, Steinbrueck was named a Loeb Fellow, and has spent the academic year 2009-10 at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  His research has focused on the “politics, planning, and best practices of urban sustainability.”

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