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ALEX MICHAEL SMITH LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE alex.m.smith11@gmail.com issuu.com/alexmsmith

EMPLOYMENT

Philadelphia City Planning Commission: Urban Design Division – City Planner III – Philadelphia, PA, USA January 2014 – Current

Urban Design Project Manager: Lower Southwest + West Comprehensive District Plan

Responsibilities: Manage design, development, and implementation of public realm initiatives in line with Phila2035 goals + Manage five city planners on planning and design tasks; collaborate with community stakeholders and other gov. agencies + Facilitate design charrettes, progress reviews, and project timelines with varying gov. agencies, stakeholders, private entities + Present and create public reports, presentations, and outreach briefings; provide planning and development guidance

Urban Designer: Lower Northwest, South, River Wards, Upper North, Far Northeast District Plans

Responsibilities: Lead designer of public realm enhancements within areas of new economic investment, TOD, neighborhood renewal, commercial corridor revitalization, and transportation placemaking + wayfinding + Responsible for advancing design, efficiency, and safety policies of public spaces within Phila2035 planning process + Prepare and present reports, briefs, and recommendations on key issues and actions within Phila2035 planning process

Project Manager: Philadelphia City Planning Commission Annual Progress Report (2014 - 2017) (ongoing) Responsibilities: Manage, design, and create yearly Planning Commission Progress Report + Assign project tasks to twelve planners - providing graphic, research, and policy guidance + Facilitate reviews, conduct outreach and research, and present weekly updates to senior City gov. officials + Publicly present and distribute report for both internal and external stakeholders, communities, and gov. agencies

Urban Design Reviews: Civic Design Review Committee and Façade Review Programs

Responsibilities: Review, analyze, and recommend urban design + architectural strategies for private development projects + Coordinate and facilitate the City of Philadelphia’s design approval process internally (Streets, SEPTA, L&I Departments) + Review building facade and public realm improvements along City's major commercial + cultural corridors

Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc. – Landscape + Urban Designer – Baltimore, MD July 2012 – January 2014

Project Landscape Designer: Red Line Metrorail: Art-In-Transit Urban Design Initiatives (Baltimore, MD)

Responsibilities: Lead site analysis + programming for transit stations for Washington DC/Baltimore Red Line Metrorail + Managed and presented Strategies Report focusing on recommended approaches for transit and art concept plans + Research based functions including transit master planning, grant funded art + infrastructure implementation projects

Project Landscape Designer: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Responsibilities: Manage site design of master plan, pedestrian circulation, transit connections, landscape design proposals + Lead construction documentation process, graphic and project rendering tasks; planting schemes

Project Landscape Designer: Hollywood Gateway Neighborhood Park (College Park, MD)

Responsibilities: Lead site analysis, concept programming, and plaza park design into construction documentation + Lead public outreach and community presentations, produced graphic documentation and project renderings

Land Concepts Group – Project Manager + Landscape Designer – Blue Bell, PA December 2011 – July 2012

Project Manager: Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy Master Plan (Flourtown, PA)

Responsibilities: Schematic design; campus + educational facility master plan development; land use planning; concept programming for classrooms + plazas; park + trail design; site plan + perspective rendering; coordination + public presentation

Project Manager: Armed Forces Monument at Miles Park (Plymouth Meeting, PA)

Responsibilities: Master plan development; site analysis; concept programming; memorial programming; stormwater management; coordination + public presentation

Project Landscape Designer: The Angus Tract at Erdenheim Farm (Lafayette Hill, PA)

Responsibilities: Recreational master plan development; site and concept programming; educational signage development; construction documentation; construction administration; feasibility study

The Hamer Center for Community Design – Research Assistant – University Park, PA January 2009 – March 2009

Project Assistant: Examining Relationships between Design Quality Indicators of Built Environment and Health Status of Youth in Rural Pennsylvania Responsibilities: Data set production; visualization of research findings; GIS map creation and imaging; project report imaging; research aid

EDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Honors Distinction University Park, PA – 2007 to 2011 [GPA: 3.80/4.00]

The Pantheon Institute: Sede di Roma

Art, Architecture, and Urban Evolution Studies Rome, Italy – Spring 2011 [GPA: 3.78/4.00]

The Pennsylvania State University: World Campus Service Learning & Community Conservation Studies Udzungwa, Tanzania – Summer 2010 [GPA: 4.00/4.00]


ALEX MICHAEL SMITH LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE alex.m.smith11@gmail.com issuu.com/alexmsmith

STUDY ABROAD

Rome: Urban Design and Planning

Undergraduate Student – 4th Year January 2011 – May 2011 Focus: Historical vs. contemporary urban development; master planning; streetscape design; Best practice transit study trips to London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Florence

Tanzania: Conservation Planning

Undergraduate Student – 3rd Year May 2010 – June 2010 Focus: Field-study patterns of resource use, community needs, energy alternatives through planning, minimizing pressures on local resources; mapping + surveying of existing communities + structures; land use programming; preservation management; community meetings + outreach, transportation connectivity study to adjacent regional centers

SERVICE + MENTORING

Urban Design Guest Lecturer – Philadelphia University, Temple University, Penn State University – Philadelphia, PA June 2016 – Current

Fairmount Civic Association – Neighborhood Outreach and Design Volunteer – Philadelphia, PA May 2016 – Current

Big Brothers Big Sisters (SEPA) – Big Brother- City of Philadelphia: Beyond School Walls Program – Philadelphia, PA September 2015 – Current

APA + Penn State Alumni Mentorship Programs – Planning + Landscape Architecture concentrations – Philadelphia, PA June 2012 – Current

Old City Green – Neighborhood Outreach and Design Member + Volunteer – Philadelphia, PA May 2014 – September 2016

Storefront Improvement Program – City of Philadelphia Commerce – Design Review Board – Philadelphia January 2014 – January 2016

Blue Water Baltimore – Landscape Design Representative + Laborer – Baltimore, MD March 2013 – October 2013

Waterfront Toronto – Landscape Design Representative – Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 2011 – December 2011

Conewago Creek Initiative – Community Outreach Rep. – Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon Counties, PA August 2011 – November 2011

Ground Work Buffalo – Landscape Design Representative – Buffalo, NY August 2010 – December 2010

RECOGNITIONS + PUBLICATIONS

+ 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency + 2014 USGBC Maryland Leadership Project Award + 2014 ASLA Maryland Honor Award for ICC/MD 200 + 2011 Waterfront Toronto Design Award + 2011 4th Year Landscape Design Excellence Award + 2011 Golumbic Scholarship Award: General Design [Finalist]

+ 2014 - Current: Philadelphia2035 District Plan Publications (Lower Northwest, Riverwards, South, Lower Southwest, Far Northeast) + 2014 - Current: Philadelphia City Planning Commission Annual Progress Report + 2016 Council District Planning Reports

ORGANIZATIONS

+ 2014 - Current: American Planning Association Member (APA) + 2012 - Current: USGBC [National and Delaware Valley Chapters] + 2012 - Current: Penn State University Alumni Association + 2009 - 2012: Communications and Marketing Task Force Committee

+ 2009: Student / Faculty / Alumni Conference Committee + 2008 - 2011: National Society of Collegiate Scholars [PSU Chapter] + 2007 - 2011: American Society of Landscape Architects [Student] + 2007 - 2011: Landscape Architecture Student Society [PSU Chapter]

REFERENCES David Schaaf Director of Urban Design Philadelphia City Planning Commission David.Schaaf@phila.gov 215.683.4658

Alan Urek Deputy Commissioner for Planning Department of Public Property Alan.Urek@phila.gov 215.683.4628

Richard Collier Principal – Land Concepts Group RCPlan@aol.com 215.646.2031

Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA Associate Professor – PSU kxf15@psu.edu 814.863.8133


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