New urbanist town planner to present lecture

by Kara Kelly

Robert Davis

Acclaimed developer Robert Davis will speak on “Smart Growth Development: The Pursuit of Traditional Towns” at 4:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 30) at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

The lecture, which will take place in Room 104 of Bond Hall, is free and open to the public.

Davis developed and co-founded Seaside, Fla., the first and most influential new urbanist community in the United States, described by Time magazine as “…the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope, the most influential.”

A recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida’s Governor’s Award and Coastal Living’s Conservation Award for Leadership, Davis is a principal in The Arcadia Land Company, a firm specializing in town building and land stewardship. He was a founding board member and chair of The Congress for the New Urbanism and currently serves as board member of The Seaside Institute.

A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Davis is also a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and of the Institute of Urban Design.