APATX17 Planning for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Urban Ecosystems

Panel Description:

The fact that manufacturing employments are shrinking, the high-tech industry is growing and a knowledge-based economy is driving planning guidelines has led to several planning approaches such as creative cities, knowledge-based urban development, innovation districts, etc. Many cities and regions are competing for the attraction of knowledge-based businesses & workers. This session will provide answers to the following questions:

1)To what extent do planning practices matter for innovation generation and knowledge-based businesses and workers?

2)What are such urban amenities and place qualities?

3) How do we plan for the millions of workers who have lost their manufacturing jobs due to the economic shift that only welcomes knowledgeable worker?

4)How does the practice of planning overcome the possible harms of such approaches and empower communities to survive through this economic shift?

This session will include 15 mns presentation, 45 mns for panel discussion and 30 mns of Q&A.


Mr. Ahoura Zandiatashbar

Mr. Zandiatashbar is an urban planning doctoral student in UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) where he is also an urban studies researcher at the Center for Transportation, Equity, Decision and Dollars (CTEDD). He holds a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor in Architecture. While earning his Masters, Ahoura participated in research projects regarding Los Angeles Agriscape, revitalization of Shiraz’s inner city’s urban heritage, and safety assessment in heritage residential neighborhoods. During his PhD career, he pursues his research interests in community development and economic growth via knowledge-based urban development initiatives and Innovation Districts. He has presented and published the results of his research activities in local and international academic journals and conferences. He is recognized by D-Magazine as a CAPPA start student for his research and academic activities.


Dr. Shima Hamidi

Dr. Hamidi is the urban planning professor at the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) where she is also director of Institute of Urban Studies and the Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars. She has been involved in several national grants from the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation Research Board, National Institute of Transportation and Communities, American Association of Retired Persons, National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, and Smart Growth America. She has written more than 25 journal articles and a book on transportation, urban design, walkability and innovative district, urban form and its quality-of-life impacts. The results of her research were presented in a national press release in partnership with Smart Growth America and have been cited The Wall Street Journal, The The Washington Post and CNN Money.

Mr. Ron Stelmarski

Mr. Stelmarski, AIA, LEED AP, is the design director for the Texas practice of Perkins+Will. He is an award-winning, multi-faceted designer recognized for his collaborative, hands-on style that combines research with a highly creative interdisciplinary team. His deep engagement with Dallas is demonstrated in the design of The Richards Group headquarters, Bishop Lynch High School, Deep Ellum Mixed-Use Master Plan, Methodist Dallas Trauma Tower, and University of Dallas College of Business. Mr. Stelmarski’s civic projects include Fire Station 27, Singing Hills Recreation Center, and Preston Royal Library.

Mr. Evan Sheets

Mr. Sheets is a senior urban designer at the City of Dallas Office of Planning and Urban Design where he works on a variety of urban design projects collaborating with developers, design professionals, community stakeholders, city staff and elected officials. He also manages the Urban Design Peer Review process which provides urban design guidance for both public and private development in the city of Dallas. He received both his BS in Architecture and Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Information for Registration 

02/11/2017 14:00 – 16:00

American Planning Association Texas Chapter 2017 Conference

Address: Embassy Suites Hotel and Frisco Conference Center 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, TX. 75034