Speakers & Judges


Joseph Schilling
Director, Metropolitan Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Professor Schilling leads the Metropolitan Institute’s Sustainable Communities Initiative that investigates innovative ways of creating eco-sustainable neighborhoods and regions through better design, planning, and collaboration (www.mi.vt.edu). His research explores the design, implementation and transfer of innovative policies and programs through case studies, peer exchanges, and policy charrettes covering diverse topics as smart growth, active living, vacant property reclamation, sustainability, shrinking cities, and zoning code reform.

As a founding member of the National Vacant Properties Campaign, Professor Schilling facilitates strategic problem solving among federal, state and local officials, neighborhood groups, the housing industry, and community development practitioners to reclaim vacant properties and rebuild cities. Schilling led the Campaign’s assessment studies in Cleveland (2004), Dayton (2004), Buffalo (2006), Toledo (2008) and Youngstown/Mahoning County (2009). He is currently working with nonprofits in Philadelphia and Kansas City on vacant property strategies and also the code enforcement programs for New Orleans and Detroit. In the 2008 autumn edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Schilling and his co author (and former UAP Graduate Assistant) Jonathan Logan set forth a new planning model for reconfiguring cities confronting the challenges of urban shrinkage (Greening the Rust Belt).

Professor Schilling’s studio work illustrates his philosophy of linking policy and practice. From 2007-2009 he co-lead the Eco City Studio to devise an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan for the Institute’s home city of Alexandria, Virginia. He now leads a studio that studies new planning and regeneration models for shrinking cities.  In the fall of 2009 the studio visited Cleveland as their host city. Schilling has taught Negotiations and Community Involvement, Land Use Law and Policy, Zoning Administration, Redevelopment of Vacant Properties, Greyfields and Brownfields, Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy and Public Health and Planning—an experimental course that examined the trans-disciplinary connections between land use, food systems, and planning policy.

Douglas Kelbaugh
Professor of Architecture & Urban Planning
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Doug Kelbaugh is Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning in Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. After serving as dean of the college from 1998 to 2008, he took a two year leave and served as the Executive Director of Design and Planning at Limitless LLC, a public Dubai real estate development company where he oversaw the planning and design of large, mixed use, walkable, transit-oriented projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

He is currently teaching graduate studios in architecture and urban design, and the graduate lecture course “Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture” and an undergraduate lecture course “Architecture, Sustainability and the City.”

Throughout his career he has written, spoken and consulted on numerous private and public development projects in the US and abroad. One of the first to popularize the contemporary urban design charrette, he has organized and participated as a team leader in over thirty of these three- to five-day design workshops in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has also consulted for the National Renewable Energy Lab and for the OECD on housing and urban development in Scandanavia.

With Peter Calthorpe he edited and co-authored in 1989 The Pedestrian Pocket Book, a national bestseller in urban design that helped jumpstart Transit-Oriented Development. Kelbaugh authored COMMON PLACE: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, a book on the theory, design and practice of regionalism published by the University of Washington Press in 1997, now in its second printing. Its sequel, Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place, was published in 2002. More recently, he has edited The Michigan Debates on Urbanism (2005) and Writing Urbanism, an urban design reader (2008). His countless articles, essays, book chapters, and editorials have appeared in many journals and magazines worldwide.

Kelbaugh is a designer and planner of international scope; academic leader and teacher in architecture, urban design, and community planning; energy and sustainability expert; prolific writer; frequent guest commentator in the print and electronic media; popular conference and public speaker; and civic activist.


Barry Rabe
Professor of Public Policy and Director of CLOSUP
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, Arthur Thurnau Professor at the Ford School, and director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), with additional appointments in the Dept. of Political Science, the Program in the Environment, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Much of his recent research examines sub-federal development of policies to reduce greenhouse gases in the United States and other federal systems. In 2006, Barry became the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of his contribution to both scholarship and policymaking. He teaches public management, environmental policy, and a seminar on climate change at the Ford School.

Pamela Bryant
Fellow and Professor
School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto

Pam Bryant teaches a course in the core MPP curriculum and is faculty coordinator for several student leadership initiatives. She played a founding role in the design and launch of the school, including development of the MPP internship program and in building relationships with governments, business and the non-profit sectors. Prior to joining SPPG, Pam’s 32 year career spanned local government and the Ontario Public Service, serving in various senior executive roles including Assistant Deputy Minister appointments in the Management Board Secretariat, Community and Social Services, Ontario Women’s Directorate and Citizenship and Immigration. From 2004-5 she served as Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration and Deputy Minister responsible for the OWD and the Seniors Secretariat. Pam has extensive experience in public policy development and public service delivery reform and co-led the founding of the OPS Policy Innovation and Leadership initiative.

Chris Dorle
Strong Cities Strong Communities Fellow
Detroit Future City

Chris Dorle (Ford School MPP ’07) is a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow serving Detroit Future City (DFC) as convener of the City Systems Working Group. He has previously worked with Arbor Strategy Group (now GFK Strategic Innovation), a strategy consulting firm, and has several years of experience working in international development and humanitarian assistance with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which he joined as a Presidential Management Fellow.  He has also worked with the Department of State, AECOM, and the William Davidson Institute.