Michael Watkins

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The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region

Michael Watkins

Speech Topics:
New Urbanism
Traditional Town Planning
Housing Affordability
Community Design
Smart Growth
Old Urbanism
Classical Architecture

Michael Watkins, AIA, is an expert in architecture and town planning. Formerly, a director of town planning for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, he has designed more than 60 towns and neighborhoods in the United States and abroad including Kentlands near Washington D.C., La Estancia in west central Florida (housing for migrant farm workers) and Alys Beach in the Florida panhandle (resort town).

For nearly 20 years, Watkins served as the town architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neotraditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C., a community that has been an example of successful smart growth. There, Watkins was responsible for neighborhood design development, review of engineering drawings, and review of architectural designs submitted by builders for compliance with the Kentlands Design Code. Watkins has also served as the project manager and town architect for numerous other neotraditional neighborhoods.

Prior to working for DPZ, Watkins was a project architect with Cho, Wilks & Benn, an architecture firm in Baltimore, MD. His apprenticeships included work with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Houston and San Francisco and WED Imagineering, the design department of Walt Disney World. Watkins received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is the editor of The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region, published in 2003.

Watkins speaks on the subject of traditional town planning, housing affordability, New Urbanism and community design at universities and conferences across the country and has been a jury member for design studios at various colleges and universities. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Travels from New York and Atlanta.

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