Edward David Blum, Urban Design and Planning, AICP, Program Director

David is an Affiliate Instructor, University of Washington, College of Built Environments, Department of Urban Design and Planning. His focus is on land use planning and economic development. In the public and non-profit sectors   David has held a variety of positions in planning including:  Oregon Division of State Lands; Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde; Peninsula Community Development Corporation; Port of Vancouver, Washington; Low Income Housing Institute and King County Metro Transit.  In the private sector he has completed many multi-family residential, commercial, retail, industrial and marina projects.  David holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

Manish Chalana, Urban Design and Planning, Co-Director

Manish Chalana is an Associate Professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and a member of the Center for South Asian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. He is the Director of the Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate program and  co-directs the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.  His work focuses on urban design and historic preservation, particularly their intersections with social equity and resilience.  His work on topics of urban design, planning history and preservation has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Future Anterior, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of American Planning Association, Journal of Planning History and Planning Perspectives. He co-edited Messy Urbanism: Understanding the "Other" Cities of Asia, published by Hong Kong University Press (2016) and is currently working on another edited volume on the topic of historic preservation practice in India.


Lyle Bicknel, Landscape Architecture, Co-Director

Lyle Bicknell is Principal Urban Designer with the City of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development where he promotes urban design excellence throughout the built environment.  He is the City’s urban design lead for large transportation projects, transit oriented neighborhood planning and center city redevelopment initiatives. Lyle is a member of the executive board of Seattle’s Allied Arts and serves on the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Urban Design Forum. As the 2012 Scan|Design Professional Fellow he analyzed superior transportation integration and urban design in Scandinavia. Lyle is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments where he received his architectural degree.


Kate Pedersen, Urban Design and Planning/Public Health, Teaching Assistant

Kate Pedersen is a graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing concurrent masters degrees in Urban Design and Planning and Public Health. She has a B.A.S in Environmental Design with an emphasis in architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder, completed in 2010. She has experience working in many fields such as architecture, professional kitchens, university administration, and ski/snowboard instruction. Kate is interested in researching the intersection of hazard mitigation planning and public health and how human migration patterns will affect that intersection in the future. She hopes to pursue a PhD upon completion of her masters education with the ultimate goal of either working in the international non-profit sector or teaching at the university level. She has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout her life and has lived in Europe two summers, one in Germany and another summer in France. 


Lindsay Todaro, Real Estate, Teaching Assistant

Lindsay Todaro is a graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing a Masters of Science in Real Estate. Lindsay comes to the Real Estate program with a background in architectural design. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016, she worked for Cube 3 Studio, a firm specializing in student and multi-family housing, before returning to school for her Masters degree. Lindsay's interest in pursuing a higher education in Real Estate with a focus on Development has been fueled by lessons learned from her design education and experience in the field. She believes forging more collaborative partnerships within the fields of architecture and private real estate development will fuel more innovative solutions to our cities' most pressing urban issues and help build more sustainable and livable communities. Her principal interests lie in housing and adaptive re-use. 


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