Uri Avin, FAICP
PDC Director and Research Professor
1112A Preinkert Field House
(301) 405-7624 office
(443) 540-5033 cell
Uri’s 40 years of experience span both the public and private sectors. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Uri was the Practice Leader for Regional Growth Management at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). He was part of the PB PlaceMaking group that provided a full range of urban planning and design services. Before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Uri was a Vice President with HNTB, a large, national planning, architecture and engineering firm. Prior to its acquisition by HNTB in 2000, Uri was a principal with LDR International, a 50-person planning/urban design and landscape architecture firm with a national portfolio and reputation. During the decade of the 1980s, he served as a planning director or deputy director in three Maryland counties – Howard, Baltimore and Harford - where his innovative Smart Growth plans earned him national recognition. Lessons learned from his extensive work throughout Maryland have informed his work in 12 states around the US; this national experience, in turn, has expanded his repertoire of planning strategies in Maryland.
Uri's articles and papers are widely cited, he is a regularly featured speaker at national conferences and has also keynoted numerous conferences on Smart Growth and the land use/transportation connection. He served on the Board of the Center for Watershed Protection and on the Maryland’s Climate Change Commission, Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Work Group. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association and of the Fifth Edition of The Practice of Government Planning and served for 12 years as a Site Visitor for the national accreditation of graduate planning programs. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation and Land Development and of the Technical Committee of AMPO.
Uri taught a nationwide course for the National Transit Institute on Coordinating Transportation and Land Use from 1998 to 2004. He has also taught previously as adjunct faculty in graduate planning and real estate development programs at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. He has served as an Expert Witness in Maryland, Virginia and New York on zoning and condemnation cases. He has also worked in Africa, the Middle East and China. He has trained and advised government planners in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. In 1999, Uri was honored by selection as a Charter Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Uri holds graduate degrees in architecture, urban design and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. His current focus is on regional scenario building, growth management and the land use/transportation interface.