Annual Chapter Conference

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The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to attend its annual conference on Thursday, October 18, at George Washington University’s Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW, Washington, DC).

The Thursday conference offers participants the opportunity to earn up to 5.75 AICP CM credits, including law credits. The conference will also include the biennial chapter awards ceremony and a keynote speech by Ron Sims (former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

The conference is open to all. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference networking event. Advance Registration ($60) ends October 15. A discounted Student Rate ($25) is also available.

Five mobile workshops will be held the following day, Friday, October 19, at locations throughout the region. The Friday mobile workshops are free to attend.

Thank you to GWU’s Sustainable Urban Planning Program for hosting and sponsoring this year’s event!

October 18 Conference Sessions – SOLD OUT!

Registration still open for the free October 19 Mobile Workshops!

Interested in sponsoring the conference? We’d love to have your support. Contact to discuss sponsorship options.

General questions about the conference? Contact Matt


Conference Sessions | Thursday, October 18

Registration and Breakfast:  8:30 – 9:15 a.m.


Concurrent Session 1:  9:15 – 10:15 a.m.


Maximizing Affordable Housing Options in Alexandria

Helen McIlvaine, City of Alexandria

Mike Hawkins, Virginia Housing Development Authority

Jim Simmons, III, Ares Management

Ashley Labadie, AICP, City of Alexandria

Room 301 | CM 1.0


Improved Public Outreach, Improved Zoning Ordinance

Brittney Drakeford, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Sydney Daigle, Institute for Public Health

Bradley Heard, Esq.

Bryan Barnett-Woods, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Room 302 | CM 1.0


The DCPS Traffic Garden: Engaging Children in Vision Zero

Mary Butcher, Torti Gallas + Partners

Miriam Kenyon, DC Public Schools

Dr. Ellen Drogin Rodgers, George Mason University

Room 307 | CM 1.0


Keynote:  10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Ron Sims

Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grand Ballroom | CM 0.5


Concurrent Session 2:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Renewable Energy & Critical Infrastructure

Scott Sklar, The George Washington University

Claire Bedat, AECOM

Patrick Kumashiro, Director, Logistics Management Institute

Room 301 | CM 1.0


Making it Happen: How BIDs are Redefining the Public Realm in Arlington

Brett Wallace, RLA, Arlington County

Mary-Claire Burick, Rosslyn BID

Tracy Gabriel, Crystal City BID

Room 302 | CM 1.0


Art x Design

Heba ElGawish, City of Alexandria

Austin Flajser, The Carr Companies

Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Arlington County

Ryan Hand, DC Office of Planning

Room 307 | CM 1.0


Lunch and Awards Ceremony:  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.


Concurrent Session 3:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Integrating Equity Into Planning: A Dialogue

Stephanie Smith, Baltimore City Planning

Elina Bravve, Baltimore City Planning

Room 301 | CM 1.5


Not Your Average TOD: A Multimodal Vision for Richmond Highway

Sophia Fisher, AICP, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning

Alexis Robinson, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning

JoAnne Fiebe, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization

Robert Pikora, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

Room 302 | CM 1.5


Trends in District Planning Laws and Applicable Case Decisions (CM LAW)

Meridith Moldenhauer, Cozen O’Connor

Stephen Varga, AICP, Cozen O’Connor

Room 307 | CM LAW 1.5


Concurrent Session 4:  3:45 – 4:45 p.m.


Flexing a Ride to the Curb – The District’s Flexible Zone Experiment

Benito Perez, AICP, District Department of Transportation

Stephanie Dock, AICP, District Department of Transportation

David Lipscomb, District Department of Transportation

Room 301 | CM 1.0


National Memorials: Past, Present and Future

Alan Harwood, AECOM

Claire Sale, AECOM

Room 302 | CM 1.0


Short, Timed Presentations

Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Arianna Koudounas, AICP, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Map It! | Brian Laverty, AICP, Sabra & Associates

Equity Impacts of AVs in the DC Region | Jesse Cohn, AICP, Fehr & Peers DC

Enhancing Community and Preserving Environment Through Green Infrastructure | Mei Fang and Jazmin Kimble, Nspiregreen

Public Space Impacts on Public Health | Timothy Maher, DC Office of Planning

Streets for Everyone in the Inner Suburbs | Dan Reed, Toole Design

Room 307 | CM 1.0


Networking Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Jack Morton Auditorium | 805 21st St. NW | 2nd Floor Art Gallery Lobby

Venue Located Across 21st Street From The Marvin Center



Mobile Workshops | Friday, October 19


Building the Wharf and a Better Banneker Park Waterfront Connection

Phil Walker, AICP, Perkins Eastman

Sarah Watling, Perkins Eastman

Mathew Hart, Perkins Eastman

Jason Abbey, Perkins Eastman

Meghan Spigle, National Capital Planning Commission

Liz Price, PN Hoffman

Otto Condon, ZGF Architects

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | walking tour | CM 3.0

Meeting Location: TBD (The Wharf)


From Rail Port to Complete Street – the Conversion of K St & Water St

Will Handsfield, AICP, Georgetown BID

Jeff Ciabotti, AICP, Toole Design Group

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | walking tour | CM 2.0

Meeting Location: TBD (Georgetown Waterfront)


Smart City Walk Audit

Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | walking tour | CM 2.0

Meeting Location: Mount Vernon Square Metro Entrance


Sketching the District

Valecia Wilson, DC Office of Planning

Arianna Koudounas, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Lauren Tuttle, AECOM

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | urban sketching workshop | CM 2.0

Meeting Location: Blagden Alley (926 N St. NW)


The Battle of Fort Reno

Neil Flanagan, freelance writer

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | presentation and walking tour | CM 2.0

Meeting Location: Tenley-Friendship Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW)



Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors: