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Stantec Urban Places

A virtual network of thought leaders, Stantec’s Urban Places produces innovative yet achievable plans that build communities of lasting value for everyone. We help clients capitalize on the economic, social, and environmental benefits of accessible, mixed-use downtowns and walkable neighborhoods. Our urban designers, engineers, planners, landscape architects, and economists know how their own active involvement improves their communities. That translates directly to their work and a commitment to improving your community.

Stantec formed Urban Places around a nucleus of internationally known planners and designers. We help our clients tackle the most complex urban issues, and one key to our success lies in an unconventional structure. As a specialized practice, we maintain the focus and responsiveness of a boutique firm. As part of one of the world’s largest design firms, we can call on field-leading experts. Our team includes urban-focused experts in:

-Planning and urban design
-Brownfield redevelopment
-Public realm design
-Landscape architecture
-Transportation, including smart and shared mobility
-Resilience
-Real estate feasibility
-Smart cities

With this clear focus and a unified interdisciplinary approach, the professionals of Urban Places help communities across North America develop visions and plans to chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability.
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Craig Lewis, FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A

Craig Lewis, FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A

Principal, Planner
is a 30+ year resident of the Charlotte region and is a Principal and North American co-leader of Stantec’s Urban Places Planning and Urban Design practice. His international, award-winning practice includes growth and regeneration plans for small towns, large cities, transit agencies, mixed-use developers, housing authorities, hospitals, urban parks, and universities spans the range of city building to include planning, urban design, placemaking, active transportation, form-based codes, and smart mobility, producing][has produced billions of dollars in vibrant, urban investment across North America. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a Fellow with the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A). He received the 2013 Community Sustainability Award from Sustain Charlotte and is a signatory on the Charter of the New Urbanism. He is the past Chair of the Rethinking Southern Cities ULI Regional Initiative Council and is a Board member for ULI-Charlotte.

He recently completed urban design plans for Buckhead, in Atlanta, GA around the planned Park over 400, a “cap park” over the GA 400 highway and City Center Birmingham, AL around three urban parks – Kelly Ingram Park (home of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute), Linn Park (in their Civic Center), and Railroad Park (a former railroad switching yard-turned urban park). He also led the 2018 Vision Plan for Charlotte’s South End that has facilitated a dramatic urbanization that is more transit-supportive, pedestrian-friendly, and economically sustainable.

David Amalong, PLA, LEED AP

Principal, Urban Designer
is a Professional Landscape Architect and a leader of Stantec’s Landscape Architectural Practice and Urban Places Group. With more than 30 years of experience that includes a broad range of domestic and international work, his work exhibits a rigor and discipline that blends craft, ecology, culture and human behavior. Key to his design success has been the ability to lead and collaborate within inter-disciplinary design teams. Moving easily between masterplanning and detailed design David leverages his knowledge of the craft of many disciplines to create spaces and places that serve more than mere purpose or beauty. The products of his work are actively enjoyed, and even as some have evolved and adapted over the years, they still exhibit the simple concepts and ideals upon which the initial design solutions were built. His approach to design is based on values that blend equity and ecological intelligence with craftsmanship, quality, rigor, and discipline. By synthesizing the experiential, physical, and contextual elements of place-making, he has created memorable places for communities across the globe.

His urban park and mixed-use neighborhoods include Domain Northside in Austin, Texas, the Stapleton redevelopment and Central Park located in Denver, Colorado and the 20-year vision for Chouteau Lake and Greenway in St. Louis, Missouri.

The recipient of numerous international, national, and regional awards, he earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dylan McKnight, AICP

Planner, Urban Designer
is a resident of the Villa Heights neighborhood and is passionate about helping communities manage change and creating great places. He is particularly interested in the importance of public space and the inclusion of nature into urban environs. Dylan has more than 8 years of planning and urban design experience obtained through projects throughout the central and eastern United States. His work has implemented the principles of New Urbanism and Smart Growth through complete streets studies, downtown and small area master plans, comprehensive community planning, muliti-modal transportation initiatives, and major metro urban revitalization plans. He values public engagement and regularly meets with both public and private stakeholders in communities, providing experience in charrette facilitation, innovative public engagement, and creative placemaking in order to develop a true community-driven vision.

Dylan has a diverse background that includes urban design, community planning, multi-modal mobility planning and previous work in Botany and Horticulture. His multi-disciplinary perspective brings together design, market realities, mobility, policy and implementation strategies and a deep understanding of the natural world to create great places that are sustainable, competitive and resilient.

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