Mike Lydon is a Principal with Street Plans and leads the firm’s New York City office. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities. NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Planetizen, Salon, Next City, Architect Magazine, and Streetsblog have featured his work, among other publications.
Mike is the creator of the The Open Streets Project and the globally acclaimed Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 – 4. With Tony Garcia, Mike is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism (Island Press, 2015), named by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of the year. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual (McGraw-Hill, 2009).
A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a Board Member for CNU New York, and a steering committee member of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, he remains active in both local and national planning, design, and smart growth advocacy issues. He lectures frequently and leads workshops and trainings on the topics of smart growth, tactical urbanism, and complete streets/active transportation. Before launching the firm in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques.
Mike currently serves on Transportation Alternative’s Executive Committee for the New York City Harbor Ring project, and is an advisor to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure
As a writer and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by The Daily Business Review, Atlantic Cities, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, The Real Deal, Momentum Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Miami New Times, among other publications. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015.
He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is currently Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. Among the many professional organizations he is active with are the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and Green Mobility Network. He lectures and leads workshops on the topics of architecture, urban design, smart growth, tactical urbanism, and complete streets/active transportation.
Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Tony was Project Director for six years at the Dover Kohl & Partners affiliated architecture firm Chael Cooper & Associates, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.
Email: tony(at)streetplans(dot)org | View Tony’s Lectures + Workshops
Julie is a Project Director at Street Plans, and leads the firm’s office in San Francisco.
Julie has a strong background in community outreach, public space activation, and transportation planning projects. She also has extensive experience with research and graphics production for urban planning projects. Julie is fluent in Spanish and can lead bilingual public involvement efforts. With Principal Mike Lydon, Julie co-created and was the lead author of The Mercado Project: Lessons from 20 markets across South America.
Prior to her role at Street Plans, Julie worked as a Transportation Planner and Public Involvement Specialist at Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates (HSH) in New York, NY. At HSH, Julie worked on an array of projects at the federal, state, and neighborhood level. She also coordinated the city-wide permit process for New York City’s PARK(ing) Day event. Previous to her career as an urban planner, Julie worked as the Communications and Program Associate at La Cocina, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, CA. While at La Cocina, Julie helped coordinate the 2nd Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, and assisted in publicizing and planning the 1st National Street Food Conference, engaging food vendors and city planners alike in a dynamic two-day discussion on the impact of mobile food vending in urban settings across the country.
Julie received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University.
Sherryl Muriente | Project Director
Sherryl is a Project Director at Street Plans’ Coral Gables office. She has a strong background in urban acupuncture, design, and architecture, as well as six years of experience teaching urban design courses and workshops. She has collaborated on projects in Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico, and South Florida.
Prior to joining Street Plans, Sherryl worked as an urban design instructor at Florida Atlantic University, where she managed an international exchange program, mentored students, researched and presented her work in Tactical Urbanism, community storytelling, and the human layer of planning and design. Sherry has also served as the Creative Director of LeJobart, artist duet, in which she has curated and managed large-scale public art projects. She has worked on an array of community engagement projects that use Tactical Urbanism demonstration techniques and processes for community-led interventions, alleyway restorations, and parklet studies, such as C’est la Via, Sistrunk’s Story Share, the Megaphone, and the Street Balcony Pilot Project.
As part of her grant work, Sherryl has also managed the first Office of Public Life in the U.S., as an urban lab, with Gehl Studio in the City of West Palm Beach. Her work in Artena, Italy has been featured as part of a biourbanism documentary, ReGeneration City. An advocate for common sense urbanism, incremental urban planning, and testing of demonstrations and pilot studies, Sherryl brings an expertise in getting the community engaged in activating place through action.
She is also an elected councilor for the National Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects, and an appointed member of the Florida Architects Political Action Committee. Sherryl received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University, and is fluent in Spanish and French.
A licensed Professional Engineer, with ten years of broad civil and transportation engineering experience in the public and private sectors, Sam’s mission is to create walkable places that get more people on bikes.
Growing up riding bikes for fun, and for transportation, Sam developed a keen understanding of how street design affects road user behavior, transportation choices, and livability. After completing his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at Southampton University (UK), he moved to the United States, and was amazed at how street design makes many places inaccessible to people walking or biking. Determined to put his engineering background to use to help redesign the streets and to get more people walking and cycling, Sam has worked on Safe Routes to School initiatives, shared space, bike infrastructure projects, and has even built a few pump tracks.
Prior to working for Street Plans, Sam worked for Dubois & King, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and most recently as a Senior Associate at the Project for Public Spaces in New York City, where his primary work involved helping decision makers understand that streets are places, too.
Dana Wall | Project Manager
Dana Wall is a project manager at The Street Plans Collaborative with a background in public and open space planning, and graphic design for urban planning and design projects.
Prior to joining Street Plans, Dana worked in New York City on various projects with the New York City Parks Department and the Design Trust for Public Space. At NYC Parks, she collaborated with the Planning & Parklands Division to deliver the High Rock Park Conceptual Plan. She conducted site analyses and proposed site designs for the plan, and assisted with community visioning meetings. As a program intern at the Design Trust for Public Space, Dana completed the Farming Concrete Data Collection Toolkit, a publicly available toolkit for urban farmers and community gardeners. She also conducted research for the nonprofit on the activation of green spaces within NYCHA public housing developments, identifying priority locations for interactive design installations.
Dana has earned a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Science in Environmental Planning from the University of Michigan. While pursuing her degrees, she focused on physical planning and design, and participated in research analyzing civic crowdfunding as a community development tool. As a student, she was awarded the Dow Master’s Sustainability Fellowship, and completed a year-long project involving green infrastructure education and public engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Irene Balza is a project manager at Street Plans Collaborative at the firm’s Miami office. She has a background in architecture and sustainable design for urban planning and design projects.
Prior to joining Street Plans, Irene worked with the Miami Downtown Development Authority on various urban design, transportation, and street-improvement projects. While at the Miami DDA, she was part of the design team for Biscayne Green, a one-month public space installation in the heart of Downtown Miami, and for a Complete Streets design initiative on SE/SW 1st St. She produced site designs and proposals and also worked on planning and design award submissions for the various projects.
In addition to having experience with the planning and transportation department in Downtown Miami, Irene also has a strong background in urban design after working with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. As a design intern, she worked on generating RFP’s and design presentations for the clients, as well as producing site drawings and plans for design charrettes.
Irene has earned a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a concentration on sustainability and urban design. While pursuing her degree, she participated in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact with community leaders and experts to develop full resilient design concepts for the Florida Climate Institute (FCI) to serve as model approaches for communities facing similar challenges. Irene is also currently pursuing a Master of Urban Design and Development at the University of Miami.
Charlie Simpson | Project Intern
Charlie is a Project Intern at Street Plans and is based in the New York City office. Since joining Street Plans in 2015, he has completed research and design work on a number of projects, including the recently published Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials + Design.
Charlie has experience in community outreach and engagement and strong research, writing, and analytical skills. Prior to joining Street Plans, Charlie worked for a non-profit undertaking community organizing work in East Los Angeles and has spent time assisting James Rojas in conducting his award-winning community workshops. Charlie has also written a number of articles for the Urban Planning blog called PlanYourCity, completed research for Bike East Bay, and volunteered for the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition and LA DOT’s Bicycle-Friendly Business Program.
Charlie received a B.A. in Urban & Environmental Policy from Occidental College in 2015. While there he wrote a senior thesis analyzing Tactical Urbanism projects in Los Angeles. Charlie has also completed urban planning courses at the College of Environmental Design at UC-Berkeley, University of Groningen, Netherlands, and the Metropolitan Studies in Berlin.
Email: charles(at)streetplans(dot)org | Twitter: @chatchersimpson