I wear three hats.
I’m Director of Planning at Morris in Houston. I coordinated the planning effort on projects including the Galveston Livable Centers Study, which is intended to transform a 15-block area between the historic Strand and UTMB into a thriving walkable, mixed use area through public realm improvements, policy, and private development and the Downtown-EaDo Livable Centers Study, which looked at integrating transportation, land use, and the public realm in an area including the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, the new Dynamo stadium, and Discovery Green. I’m currently leading a project to update Main Street in Downtown Houston. My other planning work includes studies for the Washington Avenue corridor, the Fourth Ward, Sugar Land, and Midtown Houston. I also work on firmwide efforts on Building Information Modeling (BIM.)
I’m a member of the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, one of the 20 largest transit agencies in the U.S. Since Houston mayor Annise Parker appointed me and four other new members to the board of METRO in 2010, METRO has successfully obtained a $900 million Full Funding Grant Agreement for light rail, increased transparency with online broadcast of board and committee meetings, restructured to put Houston transit on a firm financial footing, and expanded public involvement on station naming and long-range planning. As chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, I’m currently overseeing the Transit System Reimagining process, which will probably be the biggest change to Houston’s bus system in three decades. We’re currently defining goals for METRO’s transit system and then we will do a blank sheet re-design of the entire bus system.
I’m also a Senior Lecturer at the Rice University School of Architecture, where I teach structures. (Before I joined Morris, I spent 9 years as a practicing structural engineer.) I have also also served as an engineering advisor to Rice Building Workshop, where I did the structural engineering for the Solar Decathlon ZeRow House and the inHouse outhouse, and for the Graduate Design-Build Workshop at the University of Houston College of Architecture.
I have written and spoken extensively on transit and urban planning and have helped Houston neighborhoods shape transportation projects. My articles have appeared in Cite Magazine (where I served on the editorial committee from 1998 to 2010, including 2 years as chair), the Houston Chronicle, and Architecture Magazine; I also covered Houston transportation in his blog, Intermodality, at www.ctchouston.org/intermodality (many pieces from which are on this site.) As a member of the American Public Transit Association’s Sustainability and Urban Design Working Group, I helped draft national standards on transit and urban design. I have spoken to Greenbuild, Railvolution, New Partners for Smart Growth, ULI Houston, USGBC Houston, Texas APA, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Texas Society of Architects, the Texas Economic and Demographic Association, and numerous civic clubs. I also organized and led several tours of the Houston freight rail system. I serve as a subcommittee chair for the Central Houston Transportation Committee, technical advisor to the Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, and a member of the Houston USGBC LEED-ND committee. He has worked extensively with the East End Chamber of Commerce Rail Subcommittee, the Super Neighborhood 22 Transportation Committee, and Richmondrail.org.
I live Downtown with my wife, Kimberly. We share one car, and I rely on METRO for most of his daily trips. I came to Houston to get a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Rice, where I was named Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus in 2009. I was also named one of Building Design and Construction Magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2008 and one of Mass Transit Magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2013.