ULIDFW, AIA Dallas and Dallas Architecture Forum Present: The Future of Public Spaces- How Do Cities Gather in Crisis?


Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am CDT


ULIDFW partners with AIA Dallas and Dallas Architecture Forum this September to bring you a joint Breakfast Forum! Forums are content focused, information-dense events, with regionally and nationally renowned industry thought-leaders. This month we will additionally offer a following break-out room discussion with Panelists as moderators to all attendees.


Standard Pricing Until September 29 Members Non-Members
Private FREE $25.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit FREE $25.00
Retired FREE N/A
Student FREE $25.00
Under Age 35 FREE $25.00
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AIA and Dallas Architecture Forum Members: Please contact your organization for a Member Discount Code.

AIA & AICP CEU Credit Pending Approval

Information regarding credit will be given during the event, or you can email DallasFortWorth@uli.org for questions.


Jointly Present:




Public spaces, from plazas to parks, are the glue that holds are cities and towns together. What happens when they are caught in a crisis, from COVID-19 to social upheaval? How do we design our spaces to be more inclusive, flexible, and safe for when the world begins to reconnect? How do we capture new public spaces? Hear from a panel of design experts leading the way in Dallas, building new spaces (Trinity Park, Southern Gateway Park) and adapting old ones (Fair Park, public streets) for the next decade.





Brent Brown

Founding Director / President, bcWORKSHOP

Brent A Brown, is an architect, city planner and urban designer working daily to solve difficult problems in our urban and rural geographies. He balances social, economic, and environmental issues through his creative lens and participatory methods in order to enhance livability for all citizens. Beginning in 2015, Brent began assisting Mayor Mike Rawlings in the development of a transformative park on the Trinity River and in 2017 assumed the position of President and CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation leading its change to become the Trinity Park Conservancy. Dedicated to the vision of the Trinity River as a public space that unites the city, creates equitable development, provides access for people to nature, and inspires stewardship for the river ecosystem, the Conservancy under Brent’s leadership created the design for the new 200-acre plus Harold Simmons Park, secured over $100MM in capital funding and recruited a talented team to deliver the park. After 5 years, he left the Conservancy to re-engage design and explore new methods of equitable city building. Brent also serves as Chairman of the Board for buildingcommunity WORKSHOP [bc], an organization he founded in 2005 to solve difficult problems and enhance livability for all citizens. He has also served as Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio and Dallas’ Design Director stewarding the urban design activities for the city as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of Rotterdam, providing advice on matters of economic development and other aspects of the urban development. Winner of dozens of local, national and international awards, he is especially proud to have been selected as a 2013 Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medalist, recognizing innovative thinking about the built environment and advancing conversation about making cities better and the Copper-Hewitt’s inclusion of his work in the exhibition, By the People: Designing a Better America.


Amanda Popken

Placemaker, community engagement strategist, economic development specialist, urban planner. Amanda focuses on community engagement and urban design. ​ Amanda's toolbox of specialties include tactical urbanism, popup retail, public space activation, neighborhood strategic planning, community engagement, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure best practices, partnership planning, local entrepreneur cultivation, Tax Increment Finance Districts, and Business and Public Improvement Districts. ​ Amanda serves as President of the Board of CNU North Texas - Congress for the New Urbanism and Vice President of the Board of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. She also writes editorials for candysdirt.com, a luxury real estate blog covering urban design and development-related topics in Dallas, Texas.


Tom Murphy

Senior Fellow, ULI Americas

Tom Murphy, ULI Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development, has been a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute since 2006. A former mayor of Pittsburgh, his extensive experience in urban revitalization—what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment—has been a key addition to the senior resident fellows’ areas of expertise. Murphy also serves on the Advisory Board of ULI’s Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. In 2011 he wrote Building on Innovation, a ULI report discussing the economic impact universities and hospitals have on local economies and providing detailed strategies to shape a successful 21st-century city based on a private/public/university partnership. Since joining ULI, Murphy has served on many Advisory Services panels, including panels in Moscow and Hong Kong, as well as Baltimore, Chicago, and other U.S. cities. Additionally, Murphy served as ULI’s Gulf Coast liaison, helping coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public the rebuilding recommendations made by a ULI Advisory Services panel held shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He also worked on rebuilding strategies with leaders in the Gulf Coast areas of Mississippi and Alabama in the wake of Katrina. Murphy has represented ULI in a number of cities, from Baton Rouge to Baltimore, helping them shape a revitalization strategy. He is a frequent speaker at ULI gatherings and other events. Before joining ULI, Murphy served three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public/private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in the city. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail, and public uses, and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and parks. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He focused his legislative activities on changing western Pennsylvania’s economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and wrote legislation requiring state pension funds to invest in venture capital firms. In addition, he wrote legislation to create the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, now over 25 years old, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania’s focus on early-stage startup businesses and the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 to 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He holds a Master of Science degree in urban studies from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of Harmony Development Inc. of New Orleans; president of the board of the Wild Waterways Conservancy of Pennsylvania; and a board member of Mountain Lake Inc. of Virginia.


Vince Tam

HKS, Inc.

Vince Tam, AIA, AICP is a multi-disciplinary designer with the HKS Inc Sports and Entertainment Studio based in Dallas,TX. As a trained architect, her professional experience has centered on complex mixed-use and urban infill projects. A few of her notable projects include the Northside Choice Neighborhood Transformation in Spartanburg, SC and Pro Football Hall of Fame Mixed-use Village in Canton,OH. She has also worked on a number of mid-rise high density multi-family projects in Texas. Her works appears in Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation travel exhibition, Architectural Education Awards ACSA and AIA. She served as co-chair on the AIA Dallas Women in Architecture.