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David Dixon / Stantec

Big Stairs / Knowlton Hall
March 29, 2019 - 12:30pm

David Dixon, FAIA will lecture at the Knowlton Hall Big Stairs at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Dixon is Vice President, Planning and Urban Design Leader at global design and delivery firm Stantec. Dixon joined Stantec in 2014 to form the firm’s Urban Places Group. Residential Architecture Magazine named Dixon to their Hall of Fame as “the person we call to ask about cities.” In recent years he’s led planning in post-Katrina New Orleans, transformed strip malls into new suburban downtowns, and initiated a broad reappraisal of the role of density in building more livable, resilient, and equitable communities.

A sought-after expert in urban planning and design, Dixon is well known for helping create new, mixed-use urban districts (in both cities and suburbs) and the planning, revitalization, and redevelopment of downtowns. His current and recent work focuses on urban transformations, including the reemergence of the long-depressed East Franklinton neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, as an arts/innovation district; creation of a master plan for the nine-million-square-foot, mixed-use Water Street District adjacent to downtown Tampa; and market-driven redevelopment of a public housing site into One Charlestown—a 3,200-unit, mixed-income neighborhood with no displacement in one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods.

Dixon has won dozens of awards from the likes of the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the International Downtown Association. A Fellow of the AIA, David was honored with their Thomas Jefferson Medal for “a lifetime of creating livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns.”

Founded in 1954, Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. The company provides services on projects around the world through over 22,000 employees operating out of more than 400 locations in North America and seven locations internationally.