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Philadelphia Municipal Services Building

1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard

Innovation Lab: 16th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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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 Eleanor Sharpe, Deputy Director for Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Zoning and the Executive Director for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission as our 5th speaker in the annual “Inside the Planners Studio” speaker series. Karen Thompson of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking Ms. Sharpe about her career, civic engagement, and her advice for planners. Karen will skip the small talk and ask Ms. Sharpe 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!

  • 5:45-6:15: The event will begin with networking. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

  • 6:15-7:00: The Inside the Planner’s Studio program will take place.

  • 7:00-7:15: Ms. Sharpe will take questions from the audience.

  • 7:15-7:45: There will be additional time to network after the event.

Eleanor Sharpe

Eleanor Sharpe is a Deputy in the Department of Planning and Development, responsible for the Division of Planning and Zoning. She oversees the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), the Historical Commission, the Art Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Her oversight includes being the Executive Director of the Planning Commission, where her duties include working with City Council, City Agencies, and civic and community organizations to implement the recommendations of Philadelphia2035, the city's comprehensive plan; aimed at improving the city’s built environment. Sharpe, has a bachelor of architecture from Howard University and a master's in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


Karen Thompson, Interviewer

Karen Thompson is Director of Planning for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation where she focuses on planning, design, and policy as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Her projects include the Penn’s Landing and Festival Pier redevelopment projects, the Columbia Avenue and Spring Garden Connector Streets, the Central Delaware zoning overlay, and the West Shipyard Archaeology study. In addition to her work at DRWC, Ms. Thompson is a lecturer for the Planning Workshop course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. She also serves on the board of the Southeast Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association, is a Planning Committee co-chair for the Passyunk Square Civic Association, and was a member of the inaugural flight of ULI Philadelphia’s NEXT Council. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in City Planning with a certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

About APAPASE

American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APAPASE) is the Philadelphia area section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, representing approximately 740 members in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. For more information about APAPASE, please visit www.apapase.org. Follow us on Twitter at @APAPASoutheast, like us on Facebook, or join our group on LinkedIn.

APAPASE would like to thank the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design for sponsoring this event!

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