Choices for a 21st Century Dallas: Connecting People and Opportunities

Thursday, September 4 & Friday, September 5

Join us at the AIA Dallas/ Greater Dallas Planning Council Transportation Summit to explore mobility, livability and choice across our communities.

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Sessions & Speakers

Thursday, 9/4/14 Reception & Keynote

Welcome, 6:30 pm
Clifton Miller, President, Greater Dallas Planning Council
Kathy Ingle, Chair, North Texas Transit Coalition

Keynote Speaker, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, 1.0 CM/CEU


Speaker Introduction 
Brent A. Brown, AIA, LEED-AP, Director, CityDesign Studio 


Transformative planner Jeffrey Tumlin will examine contradictions between what key decision-makers in Dallas say they want to achieve and the actual decisions being made that contradict previously-stated goals. This session will illustrate what Dallas leaders think makes the city and its transportation issues unique; perhaps confirming and rejecting some of those notions.  Mr. Tumlin will compare Dallas' aspirations against its currently planned transportation investments, and will share insights gleaned from other cities' transportation decisions including unintended consequences that may affect sustainable neighborhoods, economics and more in unforeseen ways. 


For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi.  He helps balance all modes of transportation in complex places to achieve the community’s wider goals and best utilize limited resources.  He has developed transformative plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic.  Mr. Tumlin is renowned for helping people discover and define what they value and building consensus on complex and controversial projects.  He provides residents and stakeholders the tools they need to evaluate their transportation investments in the context of achieving their long-term goals. He understands that managing parking and transportation demand is a critical tool for revitalizing city centers and creating sustainable places.  Mr. Tumlin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).

Friday, 9/5/14 Summit

Welcome, 8:00 am
Jan Blackmon, FAIA, AIA/DCFA Executive Director

First Session, 8:15 – 9:00 am, 0.75CM/CEU



From its earliest days, located at a ford across the Trinity River, the history and urban form of Dallas has been closely intertwined with the transportation choices of its leaders and citizens. Brent Brown, Director of the City of Dallas CityDesign Studio, and Keith Manoy, Assistant Director of Public Works/Transportation, will provide an overview of that history, especially in the 20th century. Mr. Brown and Mr. Manoy will explore the history of urban transportation in Dallas, from trolleys and busses on city streets, to private cars on high-speed freeways, to light rail and modern streetcars. They will discuss how transportation decisions made by local, state and federal authorities led to the challenges and opportunities faced by Dallas today as it seeks to become ever-more livable, vibrant, and sustainable.     

Brent A. Brown, AIA, LEED-AP, Director, CityDesign Studio 

Brent Brown is an architect and founder of bcWORKSHOP and is the Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio. The Studio is a partnership with the Trinity Trust Foundation and works to connect all of Dallas through thoughtful urban design. Mr. Brown has represented the southwest region as part of the President's Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House.  He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University where he taught design. He later taught at Harvard University's Affordable Housing Program where he discovered an interest in delivering more thoughtful, affordable solutions.   In 2013, Mr. Brown joined the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands and recently joined The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children as a member of its Steering Committee.  He is the 2011 recipient of the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Humanities.

Keith Manoy, Assistant Director of Public Works/ Transportation, City of Dallas

Keith Manoy is an Assistant Director responsible for the Transportation Planning Division in the Public Works Department, where he worked for 25 years.  He oversees a wide range of services that are essential to the economic viability and future growth of Dallas. This division is responsible for roadway planning and conceptual design, analysis of transit and freeway corridor interface, streetcar planning and development, and bicycle and trail programming. The division also has develops and administers traffic calming programs to address neighborhood traffic concerns of safety and quality of life issues.  Mr. Manoy works in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dallas County, Texas Department of Transportation, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority and several city departments to develop and implement a comprehensive and efficient transportation system. He received a B.B.A in Real Estate and Urban Land Development from the University of Texas at Austin.

2nd Session, 9:00 – 9:45 am, 0.75 CM/CEU


Speaker Introduction:
Terry Watson, PE, AICP, Kimley-Horn


The well planned and developed "hub and spoke" transportation network in Dallas is a valuable economic development framework that supports the quality of urban life now and in the future. What gaps in the network need to be completed and elements need thoughtful study and reevaluation in light of goals and trends like New Urbanism, the Trinity River corridor, energy conservation and sustainable development? This program looks at how we arrived at the transportation systems we have today and facilitates a conversation about where we want to go in the future.

BILL HALE, PE, Metropolitan Districts Engineering Director, TxDOT

Bill Hale, PE, serves as the district engineer for TxDOT Dallas District which is comprised of seven counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall.  Hale has worked for TxDOT for over 20 years, serving in Ellis County as resident design engineer and assistant area engineer and subsequently as the area engineer for the Southeast Dallas County in Hutchins, where he was responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance operations.  Immediately prior to his appointment in Dallas County, Hale was the district engineer for the Abilene TxDOT District.  Mr. Hale graduated with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was a senior lecturer teaching  graduate courses in pavement design from 1992 to 1998. Hale received the 1996 Luther DeBerry Award for his contributions to Texas transportation and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is also a member of the Chi Epsilon Engineering Fraternity. 

3rd Session, 10:00 – 11:00 am,1.0 CM/CEU


Speaker Introduction:
Eurico Francisco, AIA, HDR Architecture


In this session Alex Krieger, FAIA will share insights about the relationships between infrastructure planning and urban planning. He’ll define the role(s) that architects and landscape architects can and should play in urban mobility planning and decision making about mobility choices. And he’ll speak about the design of roads and urban street networks – an essential ingredient of place making. He’ll also reflect on his role in balancing priorities in city planning … as in the "Balanced Vision Plan" which attempted to balance economic development, flood control, recreation and open space, environmental management, and multi-modal transportation.


Alex Krieger is a leader at NBBJ, a firm that claims to be a different kind of design practice, one that helps its clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they were meant to.  Mr. Krieger has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to improving the quality of place and life in our major urban areas. Alex is the founding Principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz which merged with NBBJ in 2009.  He is a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977.  During his tenure, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of the Urban Design Program, and Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture.  Mr. Krieger is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions: among these: Director of the NEA's Mayor's Institute in City Design, Boston Civic Design Commission, Providence Capital Center Commission and the New England Holocaust Memorial committee.  In September 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Krieger to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

4th Session, 11:00 – 12:15 pm, 1.25 CM/CEU

PERSPECTIVES PANEL: Legislative Issues and Public Policy

Speaker Introduction:
Brandon Formby, Government and Politics Reporter, The Dallas Morning News


This session will be a conversation between various perspectives from county and city governments. Investments made in transportation infrastructure of all types are key in shaping economic opportunities, affecting quality of life and influencing access to jobs for the citizens of our communities.  Recent conversations in the media and in public discourse have touched on several projects of current interest including IH 345, the Trinity Parkway, IH 30 east of downtown, the Horseshoe Project, and the S.H. 183 toll lanes.


Dr. Theresa Daniel has extensive expertise in public affairs, economic development, housing, transportation, education and elderly care.  She holds a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Much of Dr. Daniel’s career has been focused on education.  She currently works with DISD in program evaluation and accountability and is also adjunct professor of urban and public affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dr. Daniel’s has a long track record of community service with groups such as the League of Women Voters, local neighborhood associations, and the American Red Cross.


Lee Kleinman has built a career managing high growth and startup companies, while maintaining a dedication to the community.  He has leveraged his involvement in several successful ventures by applying business principles to many civic and non-profit organizations.  As a team oriented leader he supports and motivates people to reach their goals and exceed their expectations. Mr. Kleinman is interested in improving the quality of life for Dallas residents by addressing transportation issues, supporting education and providing a clean and safe living environment.  He feels that strong neighborhoods are the key to a safer city.  Mr. Kleinman wants to encourage economic development in Dallas by creating opportunities for private sector growth and jobs by making the City an easy place to do business.  His tenure on the Dallas Park Board gives him the experience to tackle the tough issues in Dallas while focusing on the quality of life.

5th Session, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 1.0 CM/CEU


Speaker Introduction:
Clifton Miller, President, Greater Dallas Planning Council


In today’s major metropolitan areas, both the city center and the region are dependent on the health and stability of the other area.  The city center has and continues to define the image of a particular metropolitan area, while the outlying region functions as a safety valve for the urban landscape, allowing for economic expansion, reasonable housing cost, and room to spread out.  At quick glance, our metropolitan areas appear to be a defined by broad physical, social, and economic segments.  Closer inspection at the local level reveals gradations interconnected by natural and built features, personal choices, and economic activities that help to bond and support the broader community.  The general perception of the Dallas area is that growth as no limits except where the freeway ends.  Perception is challenged by fact, and a business as usual model that helped grow Dallas in the latter half of the 20th century would stifle the city center and region’s growth and prosperity in the years ahead.  Transportation and development patterns go hand-in-hand, and expanding mobility options should cater to greater choices in where people live, work, shop, and play.  Presenters will distill the sprawling Dallas region down to an understandable framework of centers, linkages, and transportation choices that suit the needs of North Texans growing population, from the neighborhood level to the broader regional mobility.  The presenters will highlight the mix of sustainable development programs that maximize transportation choices – from active alternatives such as bicycling and walking, to high speed rail - and all set within the backdrop of the Dallas area’s changing demographic profile.  As a maturing ‘Sunbelt city’ defined by its 50-year-old freeway network and boxed in by its suburban cities, Dallas will need to promote higher density, walkable communities with alternative transportation options both within the city and beyond; otherwise, the region risks being defined by its freeway-dependent suburban communities wrapped around an ‘urban donut hole.’

MICHAEL MORRIS, PE, Senior Project Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 

Michael Morris has served in the Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) since 1979.   After working as a Transportation Planner, Senior Transportation Planner, and Assistant Director of Transportation, Mr. Morris became Director of Transportation in 1990.  His responsibilities as Director include directing the overall transportation activities of NCTCOG, carrying out the transportation policies of the NCTCOG Executive Board and Regional Transportation Council, and managing the implementation of rules, regulations, and responsibilities of federal and State government.  Mr. Morris is a member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Travel Model Improvement Program Review Panel of the Federal Highway Administration.  He has served on the NRC Committee to Review EPA's Mobile Source Emissions Factor Model, the Committee for the Evaluation of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States, and the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 National Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  His education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Design & Planning and a Master’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

KARLA WEAVER, AICP, Program Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 

Karla Weaver, AICP, is a Program Manager with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dallas-Fort Worth region.  Ms. Weaver joined NCTCOG in 2006 and is managing the Sustainable Development Program responsible for transit-oriented development (TOD) planning, bicycle and pedestrian programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and oversight of the NCTCOG $120M+ sustainable development funding program which includes infrastructure construction, planning studies, and landbanking acquisitions.  She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University, as well as a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Land Use and Growth Management.  Before joining NCTCOG, Ms. Weaver was a planner for the City of Tallahassee, Florida with the Blueprint 2000 program and is currently participating on a research panel for TCRP Project H-45:  Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies. 

Tom Shelton, PE, AICP, Senior Program Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) 

Tom Shelton is Senior Program Manager leading the new Streamlined Project Delivery Team at the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  Mr. Shelton has over 31 years in a wide range of transportation planning and design projects, including large-scale, multidiscipline rail and transit projects, including rail and transit system planning and design, including serving as Project Director or Project Manager on a number of regionally-significant assignments.  His specific project experience ranges from multi-county regional transportation plans, engineering and cost analyses, to serving as Project Manager for final design of rail and transit improvement projects.  Some of his more notable projects include the Cotton Belt Innovative Finance Initiative, Tower 55 Rail Improvement project, Dallas Streetcar TIGER project, Rail North Texas Regional Rail Corridor Studies, D/FW International Airport transit access project, and multiple DART corridors extensions.  Mr. Shelton received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Southern Methodist University and is a Professional Engineer in Texas. 

6th Session, 2:00 – 3:15 pm, 1.15 CM/CEU


Frank Bliss, President, Cooper + Stebbins


Representatives from the development community will offer their insights into what is the correct balance between mobility, connectivity and access to economic opportunity and how transportation infrastructure decisions made at the regional level drive their local investments within our community.

MONTE W. ANDERSON, President, Options Real Estate

Monte Anderson is President of Options Real Estate, a full service real estate firm specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties.  Since 1984, he has concentrated on improving the living and working environments in forgotten communities, repurposing old buildings, redeveloping underused business districts, connecting new modes of transportation and creating social engagement within communities. Examples of his work include renovating the historic Belmont Hotel, raising capital for the non-profit renovated the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas.  Mr. Anderson also developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville.  Built in a fractured downtown, the project gave the City an opportunity to redesign and repair the form of its downtown so that it could accommodate future growth.  His most recent development is a 131-acre mixed-use development in Midlothian, Texas, with seamless walkable connection between homes, senior living, retail, office, schools and the city's sports complex.  Over the years, Mr. Anderson has been the recipient of numerous honors for his community involvement from organizations he served as Chairman of the Board for the Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Oak Cliff Chambers of Commerce; Best Southwest Partnership; and Operation Clean Sweep and was the founding president of the North Texas chapter for The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).


Scott Rohrman is the owner of 42 Real Estate, LLC specializing in commercial real estate investment and development, focusing on build-to-suit projects for corporate tenants and land investments for future development typically planned for future retail, office, and industrial developments.  Rohrman has also assembled over 30 parcels in the Deep Ellum area, east of Dallas downtown embarking on community redevelopment with revitalization of the 100+ year old buildings.  Mr. Rohrman started his career with Henry S. Miller Company then transitioned to Grubb & Ellis and also worked with The Stratford Group and Fischer & Company.  Mr. Rohrman completed numerous development projects for tenants including FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, Kraft, United Healthcare, Dollar General, Tractor Supply, Best Buy, 24-Hour Fitness, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ABB and others. Rohrman has development expertise in commercial real estate, brokerage, tenant representation, and development throughout his 28+ years in the industry.  Mr. Rohrman attended Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and earned a Master’s Degree in Education.  He also earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Maria Loveland Schneider is a sustainable developer and green building consultant with over twenty years’ experience in project construction and development.  Her educational background includes degrees in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and physics.  Her current development focus is  public/private partnerships, transit oriented development and social equity.  She is the lead developer on a multi-family, mixed use development to be co-located with a DART station in southeast Dallas with a ground lease from DART.  This is the first project in Texas to use this type of transit partnership.  Ms. Schneider also directs a non-profit company that produces affordable housing for veterans and low income families and trains formerly incarcerated individuals in green building techniques.

BRENT JACKSON, Founder and President, Oaxaca Interests, LLC

As President of Oaxaca, Brent Jackson brings over 15 years of experience in Development, Leasing and Project Management with raised funds that focus on creating value in real estate by building and/or rebuilding projects in and around urban cores that produce strong financial yields, demonstrate progressive and efficient design, and lift up the social needs of surrounding communities.  A current  Oaxaca project is a 201-unit apartment, mixed-use project at the intersection of Sylvan and IH 30 in Dallas named Sylvan|Thirty, anchored by an organic/health focused grocery store and contains retail, services and restaurants.  Prior to forming Oaxaca in 2007, Jackson worked at P.O’B. Montgomery & Co. in acquisition and development, and served as asset manager for 73 Albertson’s in Texas and New Mexico.  Before joining P.O’B., Jackson was Vice President at Swearingen Realty Group, LLC in Dallas TX where he negotiated land acquisitions and complex long-term leases, completed build-to-suits and developed relationships with a wide spectrum of tenants (national, regional and local). A Dallas native, Mr. Jackson graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Texas and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  He serves on the Boards of both the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

7th Session, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, 1.0 CM/CEU


Introduction of Speaker: 
Peter Simek, Arts Editor, D Magazine


Patrick Kennedy will help attendees examine the relationships between infrastructure design and policy priorities, in the framework of urban form and emergent behavioral patterns.  He will help analyze the divergent conflicts between goals and visions – and the infrastructure we design, invest in, and build.  Included will be a critique of our current direction, and a discussion of potential steps to re-align goals, policies, and designs to unleash the real estate market so that it can deliver the kind of city - full of choices – in which we want to live. 

PATRICK KENNEDY, FAICP, Partner, Space Between Design Studio; Founder and Creator of ANewDallas

Patrick Kennedy has been leading the movement to remove IH345 in Downtown Dallas and reconnect the central business district to Deep Ellum. Mr. Kennedy is the founder of ANewDallas, a non-profit promotion equitable transportation and economic development in and around downtown Dallas neighborhoods.  He is also a partner with Space Between Design Studio, which provides design and actualization service modeled for the 21st century economy.  Mr. Kennedy is the President for the Congress for New Urbanism – North Texas Chapter and is an active member of the Friends of Fair Park.  Prior to working at Space Between Design Studio, Mr. Kennedy was a columnist for D Magazine and penned a monthly column on a variety of urban issues affecting safety, desirability, and livability of the 21st century Metroplex and an associate Urban Designer at RTKL Associates.  He received numerous accolades for his work including the 2013 Dunnigan Media Award for advancing the issues of planning and urban design within public discourse through media and the Daniel Burnham Citation of Merit in 2006 from the AIA Illinois Chapter.  Mr. Kennedy also worked with the City of Plano on its Downtown Plano Vision Update which received the CLIDE Award for Policy and Planning from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

8th Session, 4:15 – 5:30 pm, 1.25 CM/CEU



On the Dallas City Council, Mr. Griggs is a member of the Public Safety Committee, Economic Development Committee, Housing Committee, where he serves as Vice-Chair, and Ad Hoc Judicial Committee, where he serves as Chair.   Mr. Griggs has led the push for the first buffered bike lanes and a fully realized bike lane system in the city and challenged the supporters of a toll road to be built in the floodplain focusing  his efforts on realizing the Trinity River Project’s potential for “life between the levees” with a Trinity Trails System and recreational elements.  Mr. Griggs has also intensely examined the Dallas Floodway System to ensure mandated improvements to the city’s levee system are successful in protecting lives and billions of dollars in property values.  Prior to joining the City Council, Scott was the two-term president of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, where he successfully created a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District, and advocated for more New Urbanism-based transportation planning and zoning.  An early advocate of “complete streets” and returning the modern streetcar to Oak Cliff, Mr. Griggs was part of the TIGER I team and $23 million grant for the streetcar.  He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in chemistry before attending law school at the University of Texas.


The learning/teaching relationship of next generations will be immense on all sides. Veteran activists and young people alike will have the opportunity to learn from each other as mobility options change by leaps and bounds. Transportation choices not even imagined today will continue to emerge. This panel will share insights on recent trends.

Keith Manoy, Assistant Director of Public Works/ Transportation, City of Dallas

Keith Manoy is an Assistant Director responsible for the Transportation Planning Division in the Public Works Department, where he worked for 25 years.  He oversees a wide range of services that are essential to the economic viability and future growth of Dallas. This division is responsible for roadway planning and conceptual design, analysis of transit and freeway corridor interface, streetcar planning and development, and bicycle and trail programming. The division also has develops and administers traffic calming programs to address neighborhood traffic concerns of safety and quality of life issues.  Mr. Manoy works in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dallas County, Texas Department of Transportation, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority and several city departments to develop and implement a comprehensive and efficient transportation system. He received a B.B.A in Real Estate and Urban Land Development from the University of Texas at Austin.

CHRISTIAN YAZDANPANAH, Director, The Commit! Partnership

DAVID MARQUIS, Consultant, Texas Conservation Alliance

David Marquis is a writer, teacher and activist who has worked on local, national, and international levels since the early 1970's in the fields of education, the environment and human rights.  Mr. Marquis has been an election observer in El Salvador, founded the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, and directed a psychodrama program for violent juvenile offenders, among many other projects and causes.  He currently consults with the Texas Conservation Alliance on water issues.

RODDRICK WEST, Intern Architect,HKS

For two years, Roddrick West has been a dedicated member of the HKS team. Specializing in hospitality design and production, with a background in commercial architecture, Mr. West offers a unique perspective to the industry, striving to enhance the human experience through the built environment.  Key projects include the BMX Four Seasons in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and most recently the Palmetto Bluff Resort & Residence in Bluffton, South Carolina. Blending a passion for the industry and a commitment to community service, in his spare time West volunteers for various charitable organizations related to his field including Hearts & Hammers, CANstruction and the ACE Mentor Program.  Mr. West is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Wrap Up Session, 5:30 – 5:45 pm, 0.25 CM/CEU

Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here? 

This 15 minute wrap up will answer questions and provide a direction for the attendees in future planning projects.

Moderator: LISA LAMKIN, AIA, President, AIA Dallas

As a principal with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Lisa is both principal and studio director for K-12 and University Projects.  Ms. Lamkin is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture followed by a Master of Architecture and currently serves as President of the Dallas Chapter of AIA.  Other affiliated professional organizations include Dallas Architectural Foundation, Dallas Urban Design Advisory Committee and most recently 2012 president of the North Texas Chapter of CEFPI.

GAIL THOMAS, PhD, Hon AIA, President & Executive Officer, The Trinity Trust Foundation

Dr. Gail Thomas serves as President and CEO of The Trinity Trust Foundation in Dallas and is the founder and CEO of Cities Alive.  In 1980, she founded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and served as its Director for 17 years and continues as the Director of the Center for the City where she teaches and conducts seminars and conferences.  Dr. Thomas represented one of the three organizations that led the creation of the "Balanced Vision Plan" for The Trinity River.  Dr. Thomas' life work has been the study and transformation of cities.  Through her teaching and lecturing, she has been a catalyst for change in the inner city.  For over twenty years she has conducted seminars and conferences on cities and city life, not only in Dallas, but also in cities as diverse as Montreal, Portland, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Denver, and Devon, England.  She instituted a series of conferences called “What Makes a City?”  that are attended by city planners, artists, scientists, poets, teachers, business and civic leaders, and the effect of these conferences has been profound.  She hosted a five year urban design for Dallas called Dallas Visions.  She is the author of "Healing Pandora: The Restoration of Hope and Abundance" published in 2009.  Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards including the coveted Kessler Award for improving the quality of life in Dallas.  She has been named Distinguished Alumna of two universities – SMU and The University of Dallas and has been a national awards panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She was awarded an Honorary AIA designation by the Dallas Chapter of AIA, the Texas Society of Architects and most recently by the national American Institute of Architects.


About continuing education credits: APA credits may be self-reported using event number 27880. AIA Dallas will report credits for AIA members and provide certificates for non-member architects. Architects must sign in for each session.