Congratulations to NCAC-APA inductees James Hester, Lucie Vogel, and Michael Watkins selected for the FAICP Class of 2016!
Election to the AICP College of Fellows (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.
James Hester graduated with his Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, and became an AICP Charter Member in 1978. His greatest achievements center around his 35 years at the United States Agency for International Development, the US government’s foreign policy branch, leading economic and social development in over 80 of the world’s least developed and war torn countries. He introduced environmental impact assessment across the Agency’s $22 billion of development projects and expanded this into creating $1.5 billion per year of environmentally proactive development projects, changing the way these countries are emerging.
Lucie L. Vogel, MS, MBA, has improved community health and health services through the use of planning and evaluation principles and tools at the local, area, state, and federal level. Her leadership has improved collaboration for plans and projects for diverse new participants such as those with disabilities, American Indians and Alaska Natives. She has innovated with new planning tools and ways to incorporate evaluation study findings to planning, applying improved processes to a range of practical planning projects including state health plans, facility and area master plans, and institutional and agency strategic plans to address an ever broadening view of health.
Michael Dean Watkins defined the role of Town Architect spanning the specialties of zoning, subdivision regulations, urban design and architecture to deliver beautiful and sustainable neighborhoods and communities. Prior to establishing his firm in 2007, Watkins served as Director of Town Planning with DPZ and Town Architect for nineteen years of the award-winning community Kentlands. Watkins advanced designs and codes for pedestrian-scaled streets, live-work units, accessory apartments, and alleys—practices now widely accepted. An internationally recognized leader in New Urbanism, Watkins’ pursuit of excellence in urban design has created places beloved by their inhabitants and highly regarded by the profession.