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. 1-4, 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. Tony was also awarded with the 2017-2018 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship for Architecture & Design.
He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is the past 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, the Dade Heritage Trust, and the Urban Environment League. 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
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 | Project Manager
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.
John Jairo Gonzalez is a project planner at Street Plans Collaborative at the firm’s Miami office. He has a background in architecture, historic preservation, and sustainable design. He believes “architecture, impacts not only the way practitioners design, but also transforms how people interact and engage with spaces based on their functionality, innovation and access”.
He has worked closely with the director of the Center for Urban and Community Design of the University of Miami and the Office of Resilience in Miami Dade County. John was given the honor to participate in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as the Charrette Leader for the Arch Creek site in North Miami in which he was able to not only discuss, but also address major sea level rise issues while working with a variety of disciplines.
John received a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami, and he was commemorated with an Honorable mention for the 2013 Miami Resiliency Competition which focused on incorporating ideas to retrofit houses in high flood areas. Aside from his interest in building resilient communities he has also developed a passion for Historic Preservation. He traveled to Santiago De Cuba, Cuba with a team to document the church of Santa Lucia to bring awareness for preservation through renovation, restoration, and rehabilitation. Shortly after his visit he received the Ferguson and Shamamian award for his excellence in classical design.
Charlie Simpson | Project Planner
Charlie is a Project Planner 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