Pilot Programme Ireland


Dublin, Ireland Team  |  March 9-13, 2017

Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Birmingham, Alabama
Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University.  In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts.  For the last 12 years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama.  Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership.  Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan.  Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator. Cheryl holds two degrees from Auburn University: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology).  Her Master of Architecture degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.  She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2010 she received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Jefferson County Historical Commission as well as being named to a Woman of Distinction Leadership Award by Auburn’s Women’s Resource Center. In 2011 she was presented with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award recognizing her as a “Friend of Planning.”  In 2012 she received one of Auburn University’s highest awards for Achievement in Outreach.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham which honored her in 2016 with the Spain Hickman Service Award.

Mike Davis, FAIA, Boston, Massachusetts
Michael R. Davis, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and President at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., is a practicing architect and an advocate for sustainable public policy. Mr. Davis advises the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly BRA) as Chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission and served on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Green Building Task Force and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Net Zero Energy Building Task Force. He was 2013 President of the Boston Society of Architects and 2015-2016 Chair of the Board of Trustees of the BSA Foundation. For the American Institute of Architects, Mike has participated on or led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) charrettes in Ithaca, NY, DeKalb County, GA, Augusta, GA, Tremonton, UT, St. Helens, OR, Louisville, KY, and Bath, ME, and currently serves on national AIA Material Transparency and AIA 2030 Commitment working groups.  Mike’s recent projects include a modular student residence hall at Endicott College, a LEED Certified facility for Hostelling International Boston in an adaptively-reused historic building, and a deep-energy retrofit of public housing units for the Boston Housing Authority at the Cathedral Family Development, which achieved LEED Platinum certification. He blogs about his firm’s work as signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment at http://mikedavisfaia.wordpress.com. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

Abe Farkas, EcoNorthwest, Portland, Oregon
Abe Farkas, Senior Director at ECONorthwest, has over three decades of experience in crafting and implementing sustainable redevelopment and economic development strategies utilizing public-private partnerships to improve downtowns, neighborhoods, business districts, and educational environments. Through collaboration and innovation Abe has been instrumental in assisting public and private clients in cities such as Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Burlington, VT, Dallas, TX, Tulsa, OK, Baton Rouge, LA and Kashiwa, Japan with a variety of sustainable mixed-use and mixed-income redevelopments. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Abe was the Development Director for the Portland Development Commission where he oversaw more than $3 billion of public private partnership redevelopment that incorporated new urban open spaces, streetcar and aerial tram transportation systems as well as mixed-use mixed income projects in areas such as the Pearl District and South Waterfront.  Many of these developments have achieved high level sustainability certifications and were recipients of regional or national awards.  Other positions held by Abe include Planning and Development Director for the City of Eugene, OR; Economic Development Manager for the City of Seattle, WA; and assistant professor of Housing and Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Abe has served on numerous non-profit and professional boards and councils including the International Economic Development Council (former Board member) and the Urban Land Institute (Inner City and Public-Private Partnerships Councils). He has made presentations on various urban, economic and sustainable development topics to communities and professional groups, and has volunteered his time to provide technical assistance in cities across the country and internationally.

Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Northampton, Massachusetts
Wayne Feiden is Director of Planning and Sustainability for Northampton, MA and a part-time Lecturer of Practice at the University of Massachusetts. He led Northampton to earn the nation’s first 5-STAR Community rating for sustainability and the highest “Commonwealth Capital” score, the former Massachusetts scoring of municipal sustainability efforts, as well as “Bicycle-Friendly,” “Pedestrian-Friendly”, “APA Great Streets,” and “National Historic Trust Distinctive Communities” designations. In this role, he has helped address transportation, amenities, land use and other aspects of downtown revitalization. Wayne’s areas of interest include downtown and urban revitalization, multi-modal transportation, open space preservation, sustainability and resiliency, and assessing sustainability.

Wayne has also led or served on 25 design assessment teams as well as other assessment efforts from Vermont to Haiti. He has authored American Planning Association PAS Reports on Local Agency Planning Management (in press), Assessing Sustainability, Planning Issues of Onsite and Decentralized Wastewater, and Performance Guarantees. Wayne’s German Marshall Fund fellowship (Northern Ireland, England and Denmark), Fulbright Specialist fellowships (South Africa and New Zealand), and Eisenhower Fellowship (Hungary) all focused on urban revitalization and sustainability.

Wayne is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His other awards include honorary member of Western Mass AIA, professional planner and advocacy planner awards from APA-MA, and American Trails Advocacy Award.

Todd Scott, AIA, Seattle, Washington
Todd is a licensed architect who specializes in historic preservation and downtown revitalization. His preservation experience includes stints with Oklahoma City, as historic preservation officer, and with King County, Washington, where he currently provides assistance for historic properties in that county and sixteen suburban and rural communities. He recently completed the intensive level survey of 175 historic barns on the Enumclaw Plateau and 200 historic residential and commercial properties in Kent, both in King County. He has been involved in the rehabilitation of hundreds of structures in dozens of small downtowns as the state architect for Oklahoma Main Street and for DesignWorks,  an  arts-based  design  charrette  program.  Todd also served  as community development director and assistant city manager for the city of Astoria, Oregon. He has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from sustainability in design to mounting grass roots campaigns for endangered structures. Todd has served on the boards of various non-profit agencies including heritage organizations, community development corporations, urban renewal authorities, and architectural foundations.

Joel Mills
Joel Mills is Senior Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and democratic design for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development across the country, helping to create some of the most vibrant places in America today. The Center’s design assistance process has been recognized with numerous awards and has been replicated and adapted across the world. Joel’s 24-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives across four continents. In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success. His past work has been featured in over 1,000 media stories, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, The Next American City, The National Civic Review, The Washington Post, and dozens of other sources. He has served on numerous expert working groups, boards, juries, and panels focused on civic discourse and participation, sustainability, and design. He has also spoken at dozens of national and international conferences and events, including the Remaking Cities Congress, the World Eco-City Summit, the Global Democracy Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, and many others.

Erin Simmons
Erin Simmons is the Senior Director of Design Assistance at the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and participatory planning for community revitalization. Through its design assistance programs, the AIA has worked in over 250 communities across 47 states, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Organization of the Year” by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a “Power of A Award” from the Center for Association Leadership, and the “Outstanding Program Award” from the Community Development Society. Erin is a leading practitioner of the design assistance process, providing expertise, facilitation, and support for the Center’s Sustainable Design Assistance Team (SDAT) and Regional and Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT ) programs. In this capacity, she works with AIA components, members, partner organizations and community leaders to provide technical design assistance to communities across the country. Her portfolio includes work in over 100 communities across the United States. A frequent lecturer on the subject of creating livable communities and sustainability, Erin contributed to the recent publication “Assessing Sustainability: A guide for Local Governments”. Prior to joining the AIA, Erin worked as historic preservationist and architectural historian for an environmental and engineering firm, where she practiced preservation planning, created historic district design guidelines and zoning ordinances, and conducted historic resource surveys. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.