Research & Engagement

Wetmore Visiting Practitioners

The Wetmore Visiting Practitioner series provides opportunities for DURP students to interact with and learn from both experienced and younger professionals working in urban and regional planning and closely related fields. Wetmore Visiting Practitioners spend a day in the Department, give a general lecture or seminar, attend classes as a guest speaker, and interact with students in formal and informal settings. The Wetmore Visiting Practitioners series is supported primarily by earnings from the Louis B. Wetmore Endowment for Planning Practice.

2007-2008 Visiting Practitioners

Noemi Danao November 5-6, 2007
Noemi Danao is the Executive Director of the Monteverde Institute, an NGO in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is nestled in the Tilaran mountain range of Costa Rica in the cloud forest community of Monteverde. MVI blends international study and applied research with community development assistance to local Monteverde area communities. The MVI partners with schools and universities from around the world to provide academic programs in tropical biology and conservation biology; sustainable design and planning (architecture, landscape architecture, resource management, community design & planning); environmental technologies; community health; and Spanish and Costa Rican Culture. The international study programs are directly linked to the MVI's applied and participatory research programs, as well as community development activities. By linking international study, applied research and community service, MVI is able to provide an exceptionally rich and meaningful educational experience for students and faculty, while contributing to the lives and well-being of the residents of Monteverde.

Ms. Danao has extensive work experience in the field of community development, particularly as a director of NGOs. She has worked for Harder+Company Community Research, the Journal of he Community Development Society, El Provenir, Save the Children, and Centro de Servicios Educativos en Salud y Medio Ambiente. She received her MBA and M.S. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California at Davis as well as a post-graduate certificate in Educational Transformation and Reform from the Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua.

Schedule of Events with Noemi Danao

Noemi will be giving a number of lectures and hosting networking sessions during her visit. All are welcome to attend these events provided we have room! Please RSVP with Stacy Harwood, or call, 265-0874.

  • Environmental and Social History of Monteverde, Costa Rica – Monday, November 5th from 9-10:20am in Temple Buell Hall, room 19. Guest Lecture in UP199-K: Environmental Justice. Open to faculty, staff and students.

  • Straddling the Divide: Global-Local Study Abroad Partnerships, Sustainability and the Monteverde Institute – Monday, November 5th from 12-1:30 in IPS, room 200. This session is for faculty and study abroad staff interested in building meaningful study abroad programs, particularly in the area community development, sustainability and the environment.

  • Networking Dinner – Monday, Nov 5th from 6 to 8pm at Radio Maria – Tapas Bar. For UI faculty and staff interested in MVI.

  • Getting a Job in International Planning: An informal discussion over coffee – Tuesday, Nov 6th from 9-9:30, 9:30-10 or 10-10:30am at Café Paradiso (pick a time slot). For students in urban & regional planning only.

  • Sustainable Futures Program – Tuesday, November 6th from 12-1pm in Temple Buell Hall, room 223. For students and faculty interested in the SF program. No RSVP necessary.

Noemi Danao's visit and events are sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning), the College of Fine & Applied Arts through the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund, International Programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Center for Global Studies. For more information about any of these events, please contact Professor Stacy Harwood,

Terry Moore, FAICP November 12, 2007

Terry Moore, FAICP, has been a vice president and senior planner at ECONorthwest since 1979. He has managed over 400 projects in land-use and transportation planning, policy analysis, and market analysis for private and public clients. His recent projects have focused on growth management, the interaction between land-use and transportation policies, and strategic planning for public facilities and services.

Moore is an adjunct professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon, where he has taught for over 20 years. He was a Fulbright Scholar on natural-resource management and urban planning in Peru from 1986 to 1987. In 1994, his book with Paul Thorsnes, The Transportation/Land Use Connection, was published by the American Planning Association (APA). APA recently published an updated edition of this book. Moore was also a co-recipient of the American Planning Association's 1996 Current Topic Award for Transportation Planning.

Schedule of Events with Terry Moore

  • Wetmore Lecture: A Framework for Public Policy, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, TBH 225
  • Reception, TBH, 5 pm

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning), the Center for Advanced Study, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and the School of Architecture. For more information, contact Arnab Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,, 217-244-8728.

Tim Anderson photo Tim Anderson March 12, 2008

Tim Anderson is a Principal and founding owner of Schreiber Anderson Associates, Inc. (SAA) located in Madison, Wisconsin. SAA, with its staff of 25 professionals, is an industry leader in community planning, landscape architecture, urban design and civil/transportation engineering planning and design serving both public and private clients throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and the upper Midwest.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Architecture (1972) and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design (1973). While at the University of Illinois, Tim participated in the junior year Study Abroad Program in Versailles, France and received a graduate fellowship for independent study in Florence, Italy.

Tim’s early professional career was highlighted by his work with an urban planning firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he participated in the preparation of a master plan for Lowell, Massachusetts, one of the finest examples of an historic mill town from the early American industrial revolution. This master plan was instrumental in the creation of the Lowell National Cultural Park by the U.S. Congress.

Tim’s academic and professional experiences heightened his interest and passion for urban planning and urban design and led to his founding of SAA in 1984. As Principal in charge of the Community Planning Studio, Tim’s work with SAA has focused on downtown and neighborhood master plans; urban infill and redevelopment projects; architectural design guidelines; waterfront, streetscape and public space design; and historic preservation. Several of Tim’s projects have received awards from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Tim has been active in the community and the profession throughout his career. He served for three years on the mayor’s Isthmus 2020 Task Force that recommended guidelines for the growth and design of Madison’s central area as part of the county’s Vision 2020 Land Use Plan. For the past 13 years, Tim has served on the Board of Directors for Downtown Madison, Inc. (DMI) and on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (WDAC), a statewide organization that represents all Wisconsin communities and their downtown revitalization needs. Currently, Tim serves as president of WDAC. In 2005, Tim was appointed by the governor to serve on the Wisconsin Main Street Council. Tim is a registered architect in the state of Wisconsin and a member of the American Planning Association.

For more information about Tim Anderson's visit, contact Mary Edwards, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,, 217-333-3211.

Ken Topping March 25, 2008

Ken Topping is president of Topping Associates International. He is also a lecturer with the City and Regional Planning Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and project director for preparation of the 2007 California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, undertaken by Cal Poly for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Mr. Topping is former city planning director for the City of Los Angeles (1986-1991). Subsequent positions included: principal, Topping Jaquess Consultants (1991-1997); general manager, Cambria Community Services District, California (1997-2001); and visiting professor, Center for Research in Disaster Reduction Systems, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan (2002-2004). He has pioneered innovations in city planning and local government management, held professional leadership roles, written on a variety of topics, taught as an adjunct faculty member, and spoken at national and international conferences. He is a Member of the College of Fellows, American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).

As Los Angeles city planning director, Mr. Topping facilitated completion of a variety of significant plans and projects. He helped guide rerouting of the Metro Rail subway Red Line between Union Station and Universal City, directed rezoning of the entire city using GIS, and undertook a series of Los Angeles Design Action Planning Team (LADAPT) charrettes leading, among other things, to acquisition of a 40-acre park in the China Town district of Downtown. He also coordinated preparation of the pre-event Recovery and Reconstruction Plan later used to help guide rebuilding after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

Mr. Topping is internationally recognized for his work in integrating city planning with disaster mitigation and recovery. Born in Kobe, Japan, he has conducted advisory work in Australia, China, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. He was co-principal investigator with Rob Olshansky and Laurie Johnson on a National Science Foundation funded research project comparing post-earthquake redevelopment following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles and the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe. He is co-author with James Schwab and others of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction, PAS Report 483/484, published by FEMA and the American Planning Association (APA) in 1998. Following Hurricane Katrina, he was a member of the National Advisory Team for the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) adopted by the City Council in August 2007.

Mr. Topping has organized a series of FEMA and APA sponsored training workshops for planners regarding implementation of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. He is on the editorial board of the English-language Journal of Disaster Research published in Japan and is preparing a book on disaster mitigation planning in California for Solano Press Books. His writing has recently focused on linkages between city planning and global warming, examining what planners can do to reduce CO2 emissions through Smart Growth and mitigate impacts of climate change. He holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Redlands and an M.S. in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

For more information about Ken Topping's visit, contact Prof. Rob Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,, 217-333-8703.