Boston – David Dixon, FAIA, and five planning professionals have joined Stantec as part of an expanded urban planning practice based in Boston.
“Stantec offers a collaborative culture across a remarkable collection of disciplines, which presents a unique chance to create a broadly interdisciplinary practice to help urban communities respond to rapidly evolving opportunities and challenges,” says Dixon. “We look forward to working with skilled professionals across the firm to form a ‘Stantec Urban’ group to help communities become more livable, equitable, and resilient.”
Dixon, a former Goody Clancy partner and founder of the firm’s urban planning practice, is a well-known urban planning professional. He and the new Stantec team – which includes Larissa Brown, Wei Jin, Steve Kearney, Jeff Sauser, and Steve Wolf – worked together previously on such notable projects as the post-Katrina citywide master plan for New Orleans, plans to create urban downtowns for suburbs in Ohio and Georgia, a study of the economic impacts of a new streetcar network in Washington, DC, and urban corridor redevelopment plans in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Dixon has overseen projects resulting in more than 30 national awards, including 4 Planning Excellence Awards from the American Planning Association in 5 years and the APA’s 2013 Excellence in Planning Award for a firm or design practice.
“David and the team bring our urban planning capabilities to a different level,” says Joe Geller, leader of Stantec’s New England region and US community development practice. “Their comprehensive vision combined with our design and infrastructure expertise forms a perfect resource for communities looking to plan for the future.”
A nationally known authority on urban issues, Dixon writes and speaks frequently on topics ranging from creating downtowns for suburbs to urban resilience in the face of climate change. The second edition of his book Urban Design for an Urban Century (with co-authors Lance Jay Brown and Oliver Gilham) will be released in April by John Wiley & Sons. In 2007 the American Institute of Architects awarded Dixon its Thomas Jefferson Award for lifetime achievements, and he presented a Tedx talk about urban resiliency last October in New York City.
Dixon and his team join Stantec’s 80-person planning, architecture, and landscape architecture studio in Boston, which is relocating its two offices to 226 Causeway Street to unite staff under one roof.