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3/5/21 - Suburban Design in the New Era, hosted by the MDRN & APA-CMS (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

Join the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) and APA-IL Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) for a national APA Chapter Webcast! Attendees will learn about design strategies and amenities that the suburbs are embracing for healthier and more dynamic spaces. Hear how research has led to such strategies, and learn from experts on how communities are adapting spatially in this new, post COVID-19 era.

After the webcast, Illinois members are welcome to join the speakers for a casual discussion during APA-IL's Coffee Talk on March 9, 2021. No presentations, no formal speaking, just a good, down-home virtual conversation over Zoom. Webcast attendance is not mandatory but helpful! If a link to the webcast recording is available prior to the Coffee Talk, we will share that link here and with registered Coffee Talk attendees.

March 5th WEBINAR



A casual conversation with the webcast speakers for Illinois members.



Lesley Roth, AIA, AICP, Lamar Johnson Collaborative

In her 20-year career, Lesley’s professional training and practice include domestic and international architecture and urban design experience with an emphasis on public engagement, liveable communities and sustainable design. Lesley is a Principal at Lamar Johnson Collaborative. She holds a master’s degree in planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.Arch from the University of Oregon. She is a certified urban planner and licensed architect in the state of Illinois.

Brandon Svec, Director of Market Analytics at the CoStar Group

Brandon Svec is a Director and Market Economist with CoStar Group, where he leads the firm’s research and analysis on Midwestern multifamily, office, logistics, and retail markets. Prior to his current role, Brandon was Vice President of Research and Product Development at Inland Real Estate Investment Corporation, Vice President and Director of Due Diligence at Inland Securities Corporation, Due Diligence Analyst at First Allied Securities, and credit analyst and commercial portfolio officer at MB Financial. Brandon received his MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, where he concentrated in real estate finance and investment.

Ralph Zucker, President, Somerset Development Ralph Zucker is President of Somerset Development, one of the New York region’s pioneers of New Urbanism and TND development. Zucker is perhaps best known for Bell Works, the two-million-square-foot redevelopment of the former Bell Labs property in Holmdel, N.J., and its transformation into a “metroburb,”or blossoming downtown-style ecosystem of technology, office, retail, dining and hospitality. Somerset is redeveloping The Ameritech Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, originally built as the former AT&T research facility, into Bell Works Chicagoland (brochure). The 1.65-million square foot building, which has already welcomed retail and office tenants, is quickly transforming into another successful metroburb.


The APA-IL is a member of the of the Planning Webcast Consortium which consists of APA Chapters and Divisions that produce educational webinars for the urban planning community. Members of the Consortium may view any of the webcasts for FREE! Planners that need to maintain their professional certification (AICP) may also receive 1.5 professional development credits (CM | 1.5) when viewing the webinars live.

If you would like to have YOUR webinar hosted by the Planners Webcast Consortium and gain national exposure, just email and we'll help get you setup! Webcast dates in April 2021 and beyond are now open!


February 19 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Resilience in Vulnerable Communities

The APA Housing and Community Development Division is excited to host the second part of our series on Resilience in Vulnerable Communities. Hilton Head Island’s population was predominantly Gullah Geechee people for generations until a bridge brought development in 1956. Because of this new development Gullah Geechee people were forced out due to rising land, housing, and tax costs. A Gullah Geechee Land and Cultural Preservation Task Force was created to preserve their culture and the result of their work included 37 policy recommendations. Strategies to address cultural preservation, land management, heirs’ property and community development were included. Sheryse DuBose, with the Town of Hilton Head will discuss how the Gullah Geechee people were instrumental in this major planning project and their plan to retain the community fabric when the native community is actively leaving. The speakers will describe the zoning measures being considered to ensure the community has access to land and the programs that exist to arrest land sales for heirs’ property.

Sponsored by: APA Housing & Community Development Division

CM | 1.5

February 26 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Architecture and Urban Planning Through The Tales of Time This session discusses architecture and urban planning through the centuries within the seven continents.

Sponsored by: APA National Capital Area Chapter

CM | 1.5

March 5 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Suburban Design in a New Era Join us for a webcast hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), where attendees will learn about design strategies and amenities that the suburbs are embracing for healthier and more dynamic spaces. Hear how research has led to such strategies, and learn from experts on how suburban communities are adapting spatially in this new era.

Sponsored by: APA Illinois Chapter

CM | 1.5

March 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Legacy Businesses: Emerging Directions Learn about established and emerging legacy business initiatives, which seek to document and promote longstanding enterprises so essential to neighborhood character and community identity. In addition, hear the results of the first national study of legacy business programs across North America.

Sponsored by: APA Urban Design & Preservation Division

CM | 1.5

March 19 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET The Road to AICP Do you have doubts about becoming AICP certified? Are you a student thinking about a career in planning wanting to learn more about the AICP certification process? Are you planning to take the upcoming AICP exam? This webinar is for you! The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the only nationwide verification of a planners’ expertise. In 2019, only 36% of APA members held the AICP certification. There are noticeable advantages to obtaining a professional certification like increased earning potential and competitive advantages in the job market. There are also barriers to entry for many qualified planners like annual dues and costs associated with continuing education. Join the APA Women & Planning Division for an informative panel discussion about the advantages & disadvantages of the AICP certification, how to apply for the exams, and some basic test tips for future test takers.

Sponsored by: APA Women & Planning Division

CM | 1.5


The APA Chapter Webcast Series has two distance education sessions available for on-demand viewing through December 31, 2021:


Header image: Courtesy of Bell Works


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