IWPR Group speakers’ bureau represents more than 30 renowned thinkers in the fields of new urbanism, home design, architecture, town planning, home building, sustainable living, and urban affairs.
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- IWPR Group Featured Speakers
No. 5 on BUILDER magazine's annual “Power Brokers” list, principal with town planner DPZ, and co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.
Ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine for her work in changing the landscape of the housing industry, Marianne Cusato is an expert in the field of architectural design. She speaks on the elements of good design in homes and communities and how design impacts the quality of our lives and the sustainability of the earth's resources.
Jonathan Smoke is a national expert on real estate trends and market conditions across the country. As executive director of research for Hanley Wood’s Market Intelligence, he oversees forecasts and analysis on housing and remodeling for more than 800 local markets.
Deborah Pierce, AIA, is the author of The Accessible Home: Creating a House for All Ages & Abilities (The Taunton Press, October 2012). She is principal of Pierce Lamb Architects in Newton, Mass. and lectures across the country on the topics of architecture, accessibility and universal design.
Jeffrey Tumlin is an expert on how transportation choices can improve public health, economic development, and quality of life. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities (Wiley, February 2012) and principal of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting.
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A founder of the Jersey Devil architecture firm, professor Steve Badanes speaks on the architect as artisan and world citizen. He is an expert on hands-on design and sustainability in architecture.
Christine Brun is an award-winning interior designer, author and syndicated columnist whose weekly column reaches more than 6 million readers across the country. She is an expert on design for small spaces and speaks on downsizing, remodeling ideas and creative use of space.
The author of the bestselling book Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World, Ross Chapin, AIA, has designed more than 40 pocket neighborhoods across North America.
Fu-Tung Cheng, one of today’s foremost thinkers in the field of design and the bestselling author of three books, has won more than 20 national awards for his commercial and home design projects. He speaks on timeless, authentic design and works with manufacturers worldwide to collaborate in creating cutting edge products and concepts.
Author of Creating the Inspired House, host of a HGTV Pro show, residential architect, artist and educator, Connell is an expert in energy-conserving and environmentally enlightened design/build methods in residential construction.
Victor Dover, FAICP, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, has implemented plans for livable, walkable and sustainable communities across five continents. He is the coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (January 2014).
Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, is a professor of architecture and urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.
An expert in sustainable development, green buildings, and historic preservation, Doug Farr's 15-person architecture and planning firm has designed more Platinum LEED buildings than any other firm in the country.
Anthony Flint, author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City and This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America, lectures on trends in land and living, and the future of cities in the post-carbon age. A journalist for 20 years, he was a policy advisor in Massachusetts state government and is currently director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed is a bestselling author, architect and visionary on sustainability and green building. He mixes comedy with statistics and solutions to show how better design of the built environment—from buildings to cities—can be an answer to many economic and social problems.
Larry Garnett, an award-winning residential designer for 30 years and author of Home Plan Doctor, is an expert on innovative, yet practical home design.
Robert Gibbs, an expert on urban retail planning, speaks on how to revive retail in challenged downtowns and instill successful commerce in new ones.
Jennifer Gilmer is an award-winning certified kitchen designer. She has won more than 15 national awards for her work including the “Pinnacle of Design” award for the best overall kitchen in 2009 from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Vincent G. Graham
Vince G. Graham, founder and president of the I'On Group, is an expert on creating enduring, aesthetic places with both economic and social value. He speaks to the beauty and practicality of human-scaled urbanism and his experience in developing eight walkable neighborhoods including Newpoint and I'on.
Founder of the new field of Design Psychology and author of Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places, Dr. Israel advises educational and healthcare institutions, homeowners, architects and designers how to create an emotionally fulfilling “fit” between people and their place.
Recipient of the 2007 “International Sustainability Pioneer Award,” author and green building expert David Johnston is recognized around the world as a leading thinker behind the green building movement, transforming the way municipalities, homeowners, building professionals and sustainability advocates think about building.
Marina Khoury, director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, manages new town plans and urban redevelopment plans across the United States, Canada and Europe. She is also an expert on form-based codes, having led DPZ work for Miami 21, an initiative to rewrite the City of Miami's current zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.
Sheri Koones is an expert on prefab housing, sustainable construction and issues faced by developers, architects and homeowners. She is the author of five books, most recently, Prefabulous & Sustainable (April 2010, Abrams) with foreword by Robert Redford.
Trainer, writer and consultant Mark LaLiberté has devoted two decades to educating the homebuilding industry about the benefits of constructing homes that are durable, energy-efficient and healthy.
Tom Low, director of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company's Charlotte, NC office, is an expert on light imprint urbanism, school design, town planning and traditional neighborhood development. He has managed and completed more than 100 New Urbanism projects across the U.S.
Paul Lukez, author of Suburban Transformations and principal of Paul Lukez Architecture, speaks on new strategies for transforming edge cities and suburban environments into more sustainable and livable communities.
John Massengale, AIA, is an architect and urban designer in New York City and the coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2014), his third book.
President of developer LeylandAlliance, Maun is an expert on the bottom line in building traditional neighborhood developments, trends favoring main street living, environmental sustainability in site planning, and public-private partnerships.
John Norquist, president of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a former big-city mayor, and author of The Wealth of Cities, speaks around the world on the future of cities and how better design can—and does—make better places to live.
Fernando Pagés speaks around the world on how to build high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes. A builder with 30 years experience who has won national green building awards and the author of Building an Affordable House and Affordable Remodel, he is also an expert on building for the multicultural community.
A founding principal of town planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), dean of the University of Miami's School of Architecture, and cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Max Reim is an international expert on creating vibrant retail centers in downtowns. He has led or been involved in the planning, developing, and operating of 27 large-scale mixed-use projects in seven different countries.
Dr. Catherine Ross is an internationally recognized expert on transportation, cities and regional planning and the editor of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness. She is the director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD). She speaks on planning issues as they impact sustainability, clean energy and health.
Syndicated columnist and winner of the “Best Column All Media” award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, Katherine Salant speaks on how to design a house that supports family relationships.
Jeff Speck, former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts and co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, is a city planner who advises cities and developers around the world on how to make communities more livable.
W. Cecil Steward
W. Cecil Steward, FAIA, is a world expert on sustainable development and sustainable design. Dean emeritus and emeritus professor of architecture and planning at the University of Nebraska College of Architecture in Lincoln, he is president and founder of the Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities. He speaks on issues such as green design of buildings and communities, how to preserve agricultural land, and regional plans for managing growth.
Best-selling author of The Not So Big House® book series, architect, interior designer, and cultural visionary who focuses on quality, not quantity in our homes and lives.
Galina Tachieva is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual and a partner and director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). She is an expert on transforming sprawl developments into human-scale, sustainable communities.
Dhiru Thadani, AIA, is a world-renowned expert on how to create neighborhoods that are walkable and contain a diverse range and balance of workplaces and housing. For 25 years, he has designed university campus towns, urban retrofits and neighborhood revitalizations in North and Central America, Asia and Europe.
Vassallo, an expert on national trends in home design and living, is author of The Barefoot Home: Dressed-down Design for Casual Living, the No. 1 Home & Garden book for 2006. He is also coauthor with Sarah Susanka on two Not So Big House books and speaks on the new informality, sustainable design and the state of suburbia.
The leader of the “new old house” movement, traditional architect Russell Versaci is the author of the bestselling book Creating a New Old House and editor at large for New Old House magazine.
Michael Watkins, AIA, is the director of town planning for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and the town architect for Kentlands, outside Washington, DC. Watkins has designed more than 60 towns and neighborhoods across the world and is an expert on best practices in community design.