Murray Whisnant

Architect
Murray Whisnant Architects
704 375-2788

Biography

Murray Whisnant, an architect, grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Central High. His architecture degree is from N.C. State. Among the awards he has won is the 1990 Kamphoefner Prize for Modern architecture in North Carolina. He is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

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Elizabeth Workman

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Biography

Elizabeth Workman was a Graduate Assistant for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from UNC Charlotte in 2010. Her research interests include local and state government, urban and suburban issues, and social demographics. 

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Melissa Currie

Adjunct Instructor
The University of Alabama

Biography

Melissa Currie is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Virginia and Alabama, CLARB certified, and an accredited professional of the Congress of New Urbanism.  She has extensive educational and professional experience in the land planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering fields.  Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte for doctoral studies in geography and urban regional analysis, she was an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas Tech University, teaching studios in urban design, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and regional planning.

Education

Doctorate in geography and urban regional analysis, UNC Charlotte; master of landscape architecture, concentration in urban design, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; bachelor of science in landscape architecture, magna cum laude, concentration in sustainable development; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; associate degree, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Fla.

Expertise

Melissa’s research interests include regional planning and how regions can transform themselves into a more sustainable model in which they are empowered to reverse decline and embrace the future; how communities can be rebuilt following disaster or collapse; and how the design of the built environment impacts mental and physical health.

David Goldfield

Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History
UNC Charlotte

Biography

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at UNC Charlotte.  He has written 16 books on the history of the American South, most recently America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011).  Two of his books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history.  He also serves as a consultant to museums, the news media and the U.S. Department of State on the social and political history of the South.

Education

David Goldfield earned his Ph.D. in 1970 at the University of Maryland.

Scott Curry

Urban designer, Charlotte Pedestrian Program manager
City of Charlotte
704-432-4638

Biography

Scott Curry (AICP, CNUa) is an urban designer for the City of Charlotte who manages the city’s Pedestrian Program. He also serves on the board of directors for Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit organization helping advance sustainability in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Curry's work focuses on the development/redevelopment of walkable urban environments. He is a past recipient of the APA Urban Design & Preservation National Fellowship and the Edward Ginsberg Community Service & Social Justice Award. Curry previously worked for the Town Planning Studio at Lawrence Group, the Sustainability Program at the Centralina Council of Governments, and the Campus Planning & Design Studio at Smithgroup JJR. Curry lives in uptown Charlotte and commutes to work on foot or bike.

Education

Scott holds graduate degrees in urban design and urban planning from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a bachelor of urban planning and development from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Expertise

Design of walkable urban environments, sustainable urbanism, land use planning and development regulation, form-based coding, comprehensive and regional planning, small-area planning and design

Don Jonas

Executive Director
Care Ring
704-248-3710

Biography

Don Jonas is executive director of Care Ring in Charlotte. Care Ring provides health and wellness services to vulnerable and at-risk populations through a low-cost clinic, Physicians Reach Out and Nurse-Family Partnership. A native Charlottean, Don holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky. He serves on numerous community boards, including UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital.

Justin T. Lane

Social Research Specialist
Institute for Social Capital

Biography

Justin Lane is a Social Research Specialist at UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute and the Institute for Social Capital. Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in sociology from East Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Arts in sociology from UNC Charlotte, where he researched the sociology of education and education policy. His prior experience includes equitable education reform, homelessness and housing research, and quantitative data analytics. 

Education

M.A. in Sociology, Univeristy of North Carolina Charlotte B.S. in sociology, East Tennessee State University

Expertise

Education Reform. Public Policy. Stratification. Quantitative Methods

Martin Zimmerman

Director
Green Mobility Planning Studio, USA
413.441.3100

Biography

Martin has published more than 120 articles and reviews on urban development topics in the Washington Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Urban Land, APA Planning, Blueprints Journal of the National Building Museum, the Charlotte Observer and other media. His emphasis at Green Mobility Planning Studio USA is on sustainable city research and policy, urban journalism and balanced transportation solutions. He capped off a career as an architect and urban designer as Director of Facilities Planning for UNC Charlotte (1992-2001) during which time the campus experienced unprecedented growth. His mission as ED for the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (2003-2012) was to integrate bicycling and walking into an auto dominant travel culture. Martin is Vice Chair of BikeWalk North Carolina, Sustain Charlotte's Transportation Choices Alliance, and is a member of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He travels to cities in the U.S. and abroad in search of urban innovation ideas. He does not own a car.

Zachary Gordon

Principal Planner
Town of Huntersville
704 766-2213

Biography

Zac Gordon is a principal planner with the Town of Huntersville, where he is responsible for long range land use and transportation planning. A native of New York City, Zac holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in political science and geography from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Zac is involved in a number of regional planning initiatives in the Charlotte area and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association as chair of the Communications and Public Affairs Committee.