NCAC-APA is accepting nominations for Chapter-supported nominees to the AICP College of Fellows (FAICP).

Are you an NCAC-APA member who has also been a member of AICP for at least 15 years? Learn more about our Chapter’s nomination process to FAICP at this link. Nominations are due by Thursday, June 13th. 

Congratulations to NCAC-APA inductees Robert Duffy, Hazel Ruth Edwards, and Sonia Hirt selected for the FAICP Class of 2018!

Election to FAICP is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association, bestows upon a member. This honor recognizes the achievements of the professional as a model planner with significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP for at least 15 years and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public or community service and leadership.


Robert Duffy’s distinguished planning practice has traveled a unique and highly diversified journey that has been dedicated to public service, management of successful plans, projects and programs, and mentoring professional and citizen planners. His award winning planning practice has included: conservation of Cincinnati Ohio’s urban natural areas to protection of Sanibel Florida’s barrier island ecosystem; preservation of the Main Streets of Brookline, Massachusetts to the revitalization of Louisville, Kentucky’s downtown and cultural arts district; and transit oriented public and private investment planning and implementation partnerships for the hamlet centers of Southampton, New York to the Metro corridors of Arlington, Virginia.



For nearly two decades, serving as both educator and administrator in planning programs at three very different universities, Hazel Ruth Edwards has impacted over 900 students from more than 20 nations across the world. Her work facilitated her passion for increasing the representation of diverse voices in the fields of planning and design. Her participation in professional planning organizations extended her ability to create opportunities for her students. Dr. Edwards’ innovative educational and mentoring techniques have nurtured a new generation of planning and design professionals expressing the built environment in a broad spectrum of cultural values.


Professor Sonia Hirt is the Dean of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her research focuses on urban built environments. She has more than 75 publications, including several books. Her 2015 book Zoned in the USA received many honors, including the 2017 John Friedmann Book Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Hirt has taught at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She has guest-lectured at many other universities, including Cambridge, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Michigan, Penn, Vanderbilt, and Yale. Her publications are highly cited and widely used in classrooms.