Philip R. Berke is a Professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. His recent or current memberships include the Steering Committee on Disaster Resilience, Vulnerability, and Risk Reduction of the National Science Foundation, the Science and Engineering Board of Louisiana’s Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration, the Committee on Disaster Research and the Social Sciences of the National Research Council that produced Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions (2006), and the Scientific Advisory Council of the French Association of Disaster Prevention, as well as numerous other scientific and environmental organizations.
Berke’s research focuses on development of the methods and metrics of land use and environmental plan quality, and how plans influence urban development patterns, how development impacts natural systems, and the consequences of these impacts on human settlements. His work is currently supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Homeland Security. He is the lead co-author of an internationally recognized book, Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, fifth edition, 2006), which focuses on integrating principles of sustainable communities into urban form. He received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.
Ward Lyles joined the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Kansas in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. He previously served as a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment. He received a B.S. in Geology from Middlebury College, a Masters in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ward’s research interests center on the intersection of people, the built environment, and the natural environment. In particular, Ward studies the use of land use approaches to reduce long-term risks from natural hazard and climate change. He combines concepts and tools from social network analysis, collaborative planning, and plan evaluation to increase our understanding of how communities can work cooperatively in planning processes to more effectively steer development out of hazardous locations.
Maged Senbel has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 2007. Prior to joining UBC, he was an Assistant Professor for three years in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah, he was named Lowell Bennion Public Service Professor, and was the 2006 Professor of the Year for the College of Architecture and Planning. He received a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Oregon, a Masters of Architecture from McGill University, and a Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.
Maged’s research focuses on analytical methods for assessing neighbourhood GHG emissions and the deliberative and participatory processes that contribute to implementing sustainable designs. Maged explores parallel areas of inquiry: a quantitative and critical assessment of the relative merits of different urban design typologies; and a qualitative analysis of inclusive public engagement to advance sustainable urban design decision-making. He is particularly interested in developing and testing new combinations of multi-media and visualization tools to improve public engagement related to urban resilience and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He was awarded the Killam Prize for Graduate Teaching in 2012.