In August 2010, Mark was elected Shelby County Mayor. He has since led several successful initiatives in economic development, such as creating the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County, while also emphasizing expanded public awareness of healthy living through the Healthy Shelby program. Mayor Luttrell aims to make Shelby County become a national benchmark for effective and efficient government by aligning initiatives within his four-point vision: budget discipline, safe communities, public health, and jobs.
Mayor Luttrell juggles many leadership roles within the community by serving on various professional boards and committees: National Association of Counties Board of Directors, Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, and University of Memphis Arts and Sciences Advisory Council. In addition to being a Leadership Memphis graduate, Mayor Luttrell is a distinguished recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award of the University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences.
On November 9, 2016, Chad D. Danos, FASLA was installed as the 71st president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Danos is Director of Landscape Architecture at Duplantis Design Group, PC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For the past twenty-five years, Chad has guided the planning, design and implementation of prominent community projects such as: North Boulevard Town Square (Baton Rouge), Forest CommunityPark (Baton Rouge), Woman's Hospital (Baton Rouge), Thibodaux Regional Medical Center (Thibodaux), Terrebonne Main Library (Houma), North Tangipahoa Parish Park (Kentwood), Louisiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan, and the Downtown Strategic Plan (Abbeville) to name a few.
Sarah Weidner Astheimer
From innovative community workshops to design and construction administration, Sarah has been a successful leader of projects that reflect strong contemporary design and a commitment to sustainable best management practices and ideals. Sarah is presently the lead designer for Chicago's Navy Pier and oversaw design and construction for the Navy Yard Central Green inPhiladelphia. Prior to joining the Field Operations, Sarah worked as a designer at Martha Schwartz Partners in London on projects in Dubai, Austria, and Great Britain; at Olin Partnership in Philadelphia, and at Voith and Mactavish Architects.
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
Chris Triplett is manager of the Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon Memphis office. His experience as an engineer includes hydraulics/hydrology, stormwater management, erosion control, and environmental remediation. He has served as President of the West Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Chris earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis. Barge Waggoner is the lead consultant for the Big River component of the Resiliency Grant Project, which Chris will present. Dalhoff Thomas Design Studio is the team landscape architect.
James Collins, PE
James Collins is a Principal and Vice President of Kimley-Horn. For six years he held the position of City Engineer for the City of Memphis. Kimley-Horn’s water resources practice includes expertise in stormwater modeling, and experience applying state-of-the science hydrologic and hydraulic software to develop stormwater master plans and water quality/watershed assessments. James holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis. Kimley-Horn is the lead for the consultant team that prepared the successful proposal for work along the Wolf River, including Baber Park and Kennedy Park. Ritchie Smith Associates is the team landscape architect. The Wolf River Conservancy is a key contributor of planning and financial support for the Wolf River Greenway segments in the corridor.
Shelby County Department of Housing
Jim Vazquez is the Administrator of Shelby County Department of Housing, one of the key local agencies leading the Resiliency grant application effort and administration, along with Shelby County Engineering and the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Sustainability. He is a member of the Shelby County Resiliency Council. Mr. Vazquez will provide a brief overview of the project and present one of the three activities within it, the South Cypress Creek/Weaver Park neighborhood redevelopment.
Plans for the South Cypress Creek activity were led by Sasaki Associates, with Stantec and Powers-Hill Design providing engineering support.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Dale Skaggs is a native Memphian and is a 2001 graduate of Oregon State University with a BS degree in Horticulture. While in Oregon he worked as landscape manager for the nationally-known mail order company Joy Creek Nursery. He earned Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from University of Oregon in 2004 and 2005. Dale has worked since high school in the nursery business and prior to moving to Oregon, operated his own landscape/garden contracting business for about seven years, during which he was an adjunct faculty member at Memphis’ Southwest Tennessee Community College, teaching woody and herbaceous plant identification courses. Upon returning to Memphis in 2005, Dale worked in a variety of horticultural positions, among which was the Shelby County horticultural extension agent with the University of Tennessee, at which he was responsible for the coordination of the Master Gardener program. Dale became the Director of Horticulture at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis in 2007 and is a past president of the Memphis Horticultural Society. He has received the Horticulture Commendation award from the Garden Club of America.
Richard is currently leading the design of the New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco, a new park that connects the Presidio to San Francisco's magnificent bayfront; Pier 70 waterfront site, a 28-acre mixed-use development and waterfront park in San Francisco; the renovation of Cleveland's Public Square (under construction, set to open in Summer 2016); the 3-acre rooftop gardens at London's Battersea Power Station; as well as the implementation of Phase One Projects at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Richard also led the design andimplementation of the award-winning South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London; the innovative research exhibition on Rotterdam's Urban Metabolism for the 2014 International Architectural Biennale in Rotterdam; the award-winning competition design for Navy PierPierscape in Chicago, the award-winning master plan design of Qianhai, Shenzhen, China, a new city for over 1.5-million new residents; the master plan design for the redevelopment of a 300-acre decommissioned defense site in Melbourne, Australia; the public realm design for a reclaimed industrial and national rail parcel in Earl's Court, London; and the design of the Atlanta BeltLine, a project that combines green spaces, trails, transit and new development along 22 miles of an industrial rail corridor to create a public space loop that encircles the urban core; the Lake Ontario Park Master Plan, a 925-acre park on the industrial lakeshore of Toronto; the East River Master Plan, a 9-acre commercial and residential development with more than 6 acres of public open space overlooking the East River in Manhattan; and the Surfside Residence, a 14- acre residential estate and gardens on the coastal dune landscape of Nantucket, MA.
City of Detroit
Erin Kelly, ASLA, is facilitating the development of citywide strategies framed, rooted, and driven by landscape for the City of Detroit. Current initiatives include work to create pathways for the development and growth of land-based businesses, along with the creation of a citywide plan for connecting neighborhoods through a system of open space. She lead the development of Detroit Future City’s Field Guide to Working With Lots (www.DFC-lots.com), a collaborative, hands-on tool for land transformation. Erin has a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
J. Ritchie Smith
Ritchie Smith Associates
J. Ritchie Smith, ASLA is principal with Ritchie Smith Associates (RSA), a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm based in Memphis. The firm is a regional leader in greenway planning and design and has led the earliest and most notable bicycle-pedestrian trail projects in the Memphis area, including the Shelby Farms Greenline and Mississippi Riverbluff Walkway. Ritchie is RSA’s project manager for the Harahan Bridge Boardwalk, and has led detailed design of the landing and plaza on the Arkansas side. He earned his BSLA from the University of Virginia and MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Harry Pratt, PE
Allen & Hoshall
Harry Pratt, PE, is the President of Allen & Hoshall (A&H), a multi-disciplinary firm founded in 1915 with offices in 6 cities serving clients around the world. A&H’s corporate headquarters is located in Memphis. Harry served as the technical project manager for the $40M Main Street-to-Main Street Project (M2M) that connects Memphis, TN to West Memphis, AR, via and including the $17.5M Harahan Bridge Boardwalk. Harry earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University and an MS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Memphis.
Ritchie Smith Associates
Lissa Thompson, ASLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect with Ritchie Smith Associates where she is a lead designer and principal for sustainability planning. She was a project landscape architect for the Harahan Bridge Boardwalk, and for the team that helped Shelby County earn a $60M Resiliency Grant from HUD in 2016. She advanced provision for multi-modal transportation as a member of Memphis Complete Streets Policy Advisory Team. She has been a full-time instructor at the University of Arkansas where she taught landscape architecture history and urban open space courses. She earned her MLA at the Harvard GSD.
Nashville Civic Design Center
Ron is a Nashville native, urban designer and has been with the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) since 2010. He is currently the NCDC's Assistant Director, coordinating the design studio, Young Urbanists group, PARK(ing) Day Nashville, and PechaKucha Night Nashville. He has a passion for creating and envisioning a more livable, better connected and healthier city. Ron co-authored the Center's recent publication Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities. His recent initiatives have included coordinating the NCDC’s international design competition, Designing Action; completion of the NCDC’s project, Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan; and helping expand NCDC’s Reclaiming Public Space initiative through Tactical Urbanism Organizers of Nashville (TURBO Nashville). Ron holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Masters of Urban Design from the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.
University of Tennessee
Brad is an Assistant Professor in the UT School of Landscape Architecture. Regional systems studio, professional practices, and living systems design are among his teaching responsibilities. His research interests include landscape performance, specifically watershed stewardship through green infrastructure, and sustainable planning and design in the context of professional practice. Community-engaged service learning opportunities are offered under his leadership through the UT Smart Communities Initiative and the Environmental Design Lab. Brad was a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar to Slovenia and a 2014 recipient of a Landscape Architecture Foundation Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the faculty, Brad worked for seven years as a project manager with EDSA’s Orlando, FL office.
U3 Advisors / Medical District Collaborative
Tommy Pacello is an attorney and city planner. He specializes in innovative yet pragmatic approaches to city buildings. He is currently consulting with U3 Advisors developing an Anchor Strategy around nine institutional anchors in Memphis, TN.
Prior to working with U3 Advisors, Tommy served as the Director of the Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis, Tennessee. This non-profit team, originally funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is charged with developing strategies to address the city’s most pressing challenges. In Memphis, the team’s focus is on generating economic vitality in core city neighborhoods, reducing youth gun violence, reducing the number of blighted and vacant properties, and improving service delivery among city departments.
Todd Richardson is Co-Leader of Crosstown Concourse. Since 2010, he has helped to lead the effort to transform the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare. Due to open in 2017, the project recently received an Innovation Award from Memphis Business Journal and the 2015 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award. An art historian by training, Richardson is an associate professor of European Renaissance Art at the University of Memphis and co-founder of Crosstown Arts. He has lectured and published internationally on topics ranging from art and architecture to religion and politics.