For nearly 40 years, Dr. David Godschalk shaped how generations of planners and academics understand and respond to climate change, natural disasters and emerging land use issues. Last Friday we gathered with friends of Carolina Planning and Dave’s family for an extraordinary event that honored his legacy.
Through decades of service to our campus community and our state and nation, Dave displayed a superb capacity to inspire, collaborate and build consensus. The symposium, cocktail reception and dinner event was a remarkable opportunity to connect with alumni and learn how Dave’s efforts and work still influences current faculty research. The symposium was a time for us to remember what he stood for and the many ways he inspired each of us.
Our special guest and keynote speaker was Dave’s longtime colleague, Dr. Philip R. Berke, Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Communities at Texas A&M.
A panel of alumni discussion talked about Dave’s impact on the field of planning. Panelist included: Ben Hitchings (MCRP ‘97), Director of Planning and Development Services for Chapel Hill and Past President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association; Zorica Nedovic-Budic (PhD ‘92), Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago; and Leigh Anne King (MCRP ‘05), Principal at Clarion Associates; and John Cooper (Ph.D. ’04), Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Director of Texas Target Communities, Texas A&M University.
Carolina Planning faculty highlighted of Dave’s impact on curriculum and current faculty research. Faculty members included: Todd BenDor, Professor; Danielle Spurlock, Assistant Professor; Andrew Whittemore, Assistant Professor; Gavin Smith, Research Professor, and Nikhil Kaza, Associate Professor.
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