We engage Western North Carolina
in creative community based design
to promote healthy, thriving and equitable communities.
- We only work in communities where we have been invited.
- We bring a multi-disciplinary team of volunteer designers to every project.
- We use a community-driven design process–our volunteers use your ideas to create better design solutions.
Abbie has worked with a variety of public, non-profit and private entities to facilitate the redevelopment of contaminated properties. She has administered numerous state and federal brownfield assessment and revolving loan fund grants and provided guidance to other grant recipients. In addition, she has managed brownfield real estate transactions and developed numerous strategic economic development and reuse plans for various municipalities.
Abbie is an experienced project manager, grants writer and brownfields coordinator. Most recently, she served as a project manager for a brownfields grantee where she was successful in obtaining brownfields assessment and cleanup grants. She also managed brownfields grant and revolving loan programs. Prior to that, Abbie served as an intern in the USEPA headquarters Brownfields office working on the RCRA Brownfields program.
Abbie has a Bachelor's in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master's in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Abbie received the American Institute of Certified Planners Student Project Award for the application of the planning process.
Bruce worked for Atlanta’s transit system, MARTA, from 1970 to 1988, during which time MARTA planned and constructed a new rapid transit system. He served in various positions including Director of Planning and Marketing. From 1988 to 2006 Bruce worked as a consultant for Manuel Padron & Associates, an Atlanta firm that consults for transit systems and local governments across the country. He worked on bus and rail transit projects in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and others. Projects included studies of new rail lines, express bus systems, feeder bus plans, fare structures, and projections of capital and operating costs.
After retiring in 2006, Bruce and his wife Day Ann moved to Asheville. In addition to ADC, he volunteers for RiverLink and Habitat for Humanity, and takes courses at UNCA’s College for Seniors. He serves as Vice Chair of the City’s Multi-Modal Transportation Commission, and is a member of the City’s Transit Committee.
Kate earned her BA from Wake Forest University and her MLA from North Carolina's College of Design where she earned the Certificate of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects, North Carolina Chapter. She maintains memberships and is active with ASLA, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, US Green Building Council, and the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.
Her professional and academic experience in archaeology and landscape architecture stem from her interest in how humans interact with and create/modify their environments. Her design approach is nested closely with her belief that sensitive, ecologically responsive, and restorative design can have an incremental effect on the larger social and environmental health of our surroundings. Kate lives in Asheville with her husband Emilio and daughter Coco.
Tom holds urban planning and architectural degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Washington University. He is a Charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and la corporation professionelle des urbanistes du Quebec. He is a native of Waco TX and lives in Asheville NC.
D.J. earned his Bachelor's magna cum laude from Davidson College with honors in economics and pursued a joint Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and law degree from the University of Virginia as a Hardy Cross Dillard merit scholar. After clerking for the Hon. H. Emory Widener on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, D.J. began his career as a litigation associate with Shea & Gardner in Washington DC. An Asheville native, D.J. moved home with his family in 2004 to join the Southern Environmental Law Center in its Asheville office.
Active in the community, D.J. has served on the boards of the Western North Carolina Alliance and the Stop I3 Coalition.
Scott received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA and Virginia Tech’s urban campus, WAAC in Alexandria VA.
Scott began his career in the Pacific NW. It was here that he fostered his love of the outdoors, a reverence for the environment, an architecture that merges the modern aesthetic with the traditional, and the expression of craft in construction.
In addition to his ambitious architectural pursuits, he is a full time husband, father to Mia and Felix, and part time renovator of his 1920′s house. Though a closet urbanite, he is most happy scaling mountains or cycling the countryside.
After their youngest graduated college, Carmen and her husband sold their home in southern California and spent 2 years touring the contiguous US in a 40ft motor coach, settling in Asheville in 2007. As a result of that road trip she says, with a smile, that she has an advanced degree in Americana. Touring the US has given Carmen tremendous insight on how community design affects urban, suburban and rural areas for good or ill.
Since arriving in Asheville, Carmen has volunteered and served on a number of community boards and committees. Among them are the Council On Aging, Children First, In Real Life, Barriers to Re-entry Roundtable, Community Race Discussion Group, Martin Luther King, Jr. Assoc. Scholarship Committee and Building Bridges of Asheville.
Carmen is on the executive boards of the East End / Valley Street Neighborhood Association and Inner Works. She is a founding member of Asheville Living Treasures and was recently appointed by the Asheville City Council to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee.
A community activist most of her adult life, Carmen feels it's a privilege to serve her community in whatever capacity she can. When there's free time, Carmen enjoys watching classic films, reading political history books and socializing with friends.
His current practice is directed towards green and sustainable design, as well as advocacy planning. In 2004, he received the award, “AIA Member of the Year,” from AIA Asheville for his public awareness activities. He has also served as the President of AIA Asheville.
In addition to the ADC Board of Directors, Terri currently serves on the City of Asheville Bike and Pedestrian Task Force, the City of Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation Board, and the Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools Health Advisory Council, where she was Co-Chair 2003-2007.
Joel earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University where he graduated with honors as a class valedictorian and was awarded the Certificate of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also volunteers for organizations including The Trust for Public Land, Habitat for Humanity and Asheville Humane Society. Joel is also an advocate for the acquisition of land devoted to active public use and the use of green design initiatives throughout the City of Asheville.
Luke’s professional background has focused on the relationship between architecture, substandard housing, and community engagement. More specifically Luke has worked in addressing homelessness through public advocacy as well as shelter/transitional housing design, working at the National Coalition for the Homeless and Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. He has worked construction building affordable housing in Washington, DC and researched low-cost housing options around the world as a UC Berkeley Branner Fellow.
Luke’s background in construction and design has allowed him to pursue numerous design-build projects. In 2003, he designed and built a private residence near Boone, NC. In 2006, he led a team to design and build 40 new sleeping compartments for Atlanta’s largest homeless shelter. In 2009, he helped design and build a new bench for a garden in Berkeley, California. In 2010, he designed and built numerous structures for the Pie Lab in Greensboro, AL. Finally, since living in Asheville, Luke has led a number of innovative projects such as the Mystic Dreams Pavilion, the Evergreen Community Charter School Outdoor Classroom, and Randolph Learning School Garden Shed.
He received undergraduate degrees in both Architecture and Industrial Design from NC State University in 2000 and received his Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. During his time at Berkeley, he taught two undergraduate studios under mentorship of Randy Hester and Keith Plymale. In 2010-11, Luke served as an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University teaching classes in design, drawing, computer modeling and construction.
As a native of the North Carolina mountains, Luke cherishes the natural beauty and opportunities the southern Appalachians provide. He is a passionate soccer fan and plays a mean game of table tennis.
In early 2006, the AIA Asheville section applied for an American Institute of Architects “Blueprint for America – AIA 150” project grant. In June 2006, we were awarded $15,000 from AIA for our “Bridging the French Broad: Creating Connected Livable Communities” project. The goal of this project was to engage the community in discussions as to how the Blueprint’s “Ten Principles for Livable Communities” and the community’s design goals could be implemented in the design of the I-26 connector through Asheville.
We secured a storefront in downtown Asheville to house meeting, work, and exhibit space. ADC’s grand opening took place on September 29, 2006, with ribbon-cutting by Asheville’s Mayor Terry Bellamy.
We have been studying the four NCDoT proposed alternative designs since they were made available in October 2006. We have reached reached consensus on a modification to one of these alternatives.
At the same time, this could create exciting opportunities for sustainable growth and increased “livability” along the riverfront and neighborhoods near downtown Asheville; it also creates the possibility for a new signature bridge over the French Broad River.
Since ADC was created with the I-26 project and AIA funding, we have been incorporated as an independent 501c3 non-profit organization and have pursued a variety of new projects with the support of a variety of community sources. As ADC grows, we continue to provide design expertise and a venue where people can come together to promote livable communities in Asheville and throughout WNC.
Design on a Human Scale
Compact, pedestrian-friendly communities allow residents to walk to shops, services, cultural resources, and jobs and can reduce traffic congestion and benefit people's health.
Design on a Human ScaleCompact, pedestrian-friendly communities allow residents to walk to shops, services, cultural resources, and jobs and can reduce traffic congestion and benefit people's health.
People want variety in housing, shopping, recreation, transportation, and employment. Variety creates lively neighborhoods and accommodates residents in different stages of their lives.
Encourage Mixed-Use Development
Integrating different land uses and varied building types creates vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, and diverse communities.
Preserve Urban Centers
Restoring, revitalizing, and infilling urban centers takes advantage of existing streets, services and buildings and avoids the need for new infrastructure. This helps to curb sprawl and promote stability for city neighborhoods.
Vary Transportation Options
Giving people the option of walking, biking, and using public transit - in addition to driving - reduces traffic congestion, protects the environment, and encourages physical activity.
Build Vibrant Public Spaces
Citizens need welcoming, well-defined public places to stimulate face-to-face interaction, collectively celebrate and mourn, encourage civic participation, admire public art, and gather for public events.
Create a Neighborhood Identity
A "sense of place" gives neighborhoods a unique character, enhances the walking environment, and creates pride in the community.
Protect Environmental Resources
A well-designed balance of nature and development preserves natural systems, protects waterways from pollution, reduces air pollution, and protects property values.
Open space, farms, and wildlife habitat are essential for environmental, recreational, and cultural reasons.
Design excellence is the foundation of successful and healthy communities.
About the Blueprint for America’s 10 Principles of Livable Communities:
The Blueprint for America is a nationwide initiative through which AIA architects engage with fellow citizens, mayors, other professionals, and local government officials to collaborate on a community service program that addresses a community’s distinct need. In 2006, state and local AIA components will propose, convene, and participate in initiatives that utilize community engagement, in a collaborative process, and quality design as keys to improving a community’s livability. These initiatives were developed in 2007, AIA’s anniversary year. In 2008, the AIA national component will compile initiatives and release the national Blueprint for America. Blueprint initiatives are a gift to the community from the members of AIA, and the members’ participation in the initiative is provided at no fee.
For more information on the 10 Principles of Livable Communities visit: http://www.aia.org/liv_principles
For more information on the Blueprint for America visit: http://www.aia150.org/bl150_default.php