Convocation Ceremony 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First Street, Champaign
09:30 am: Convocation & Student Recognition Ceremony
10:45 am: Brunch
Convocation Remarks by Mr. Robert B. Teska, FAICP, PE
Robert Teska (MUP '61) is founder of Teska Associates Inc., an Evanston, IL-based firm specializing in community planning, landscape architecture, site design, development economics, and graphic assistance. Mr. Teska's professional career spans a period of over forty years, during which he has consulted to the World Bank overseas and directed over 400 projects throughout the United States. Many of these have been nationally and internationally acclaimed award winners for innovative concepts in transportation/land use relationships, new town design, business district revitalization and citizen participation in environmental planning.
In 1986, Mr. Teska was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' Harland Bartholomew Award for distinguished service in the field of urban and regional planning. In 1999 Mr. Teska became one of the first urban planners in North America to be honored as Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners for his distinguished contributions to the advancement of the of planning profession.
Mr. Teska has held positions as Principal and Vice President of Land and Community Planning for Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc. (Evanston and Washington, D.C.), Lieutenant in the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Planning Engineer for the Blauvelt Engineering Company and Staff Planner for the Madison, Wisconsin City Planning Commission. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
The author of over 50 professional papers and articles, Mr. Teska maintains a heavy public speaking schedule and lectures at numerous colleges and universities. He presently serves on the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and is co-chair of its Regional Development Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the American Planning Association's Metropolitan and Regional Planning Division, Chairman of the Governor's Committee on Metropolitan Planning Organization in Northeastern Illinois, and Chairman of the Evanston Business District Redevelopment Commission.
List of Award Winners
List of Graduates