Inside the Planners Studio
Have you ever wondered how someone became such a successful and effective planner? What advice they could provide about civic engagement? What projects are they are most proud of and why? APAPASE’s “Inside the Planner’s Studio” series asks these questions and more. We’re honored to have Anne Fadullon, Philadelphia’s Director of Planning and Development, as our 3rd speaker in the annual “Inside the Planners Studio” speaker series. Karen Thompson of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking Ms. Fadullon about her career, civic engagement, and her advice for planners. Karen will skip the small talk and ask Ms. Fadullon the big questions: What pivotal moments have shaped her career? If she could go back, would she do anything differently? You’ll have to come to find out!
October has been designated as National Community Planning Month by the American Planning Association. This year’s theme, “Civic Engagement,” acknowledges that thoughtful local planning cannot happen without meaningful community engagement. Follow the national conversation at #PlanningMonth.
Anne Fadullon is the Director of Planning and Development, a cabinet level position for the City of Philadelphia, which includes OHCD, PRA, PHDC and the Land Bank, as well as overseeing the City's planning, zoning, development services and historical commission. Previously, she was the Director of Development, Dale Corporation. Anne had been with the Dale Corporation since 2000. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Lehigh University and her Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her tenure at the Dale Corporation, Anne was Director of Development at the Redevelopment Authority during the Rendell Administration. Anne has nearly 30-years of experience in the real estate development field, including project management, planning, site acquisition, and construction implementation.
Her resume at Dale Corporation includes the completion of the Neumann North Senior Housing complex, which includes 67 affordable rental units for seniors. Currently under construction is Spring Arts Point, a mixed-income, mixed-use project. She also served as a development consultant on a broad spectrum of both, market-rate and affordable projects in Philadelphia. During the course of her extensive career, Anne has administered over 125 residential and commercial development projects, which produced over 1,500 housing units and numerous commercial enterprises.
Karen Thompson, Interviewer
Karen Thompson is a Planner and Project Manager with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation where she works on a variety of streetscape, trail, planning, and park projects as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Her projects include the Penn’s Landing Redevelopment Study, the Delaware River Trail design, the Columbia Avenue and Spring Garden Street Connector projects, and the West Shipyard Archaeology study. Ms. Thompson previously worked as a historian at a small preservation planning firm in Austin, Texas and holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in History and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Urban Design. She is also involved in the Emerging Professionals and Events Committee of the APAPASE.
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APAPASE would like to thank the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design for sponsoring this event!