What’s Next in Your Planning Career!?

The Emerging Planners Group (EPG) of the American Planning Association Maryland Chapter is seeking candidates for the January 2018 through December 2019 board term. Do you think you or someone you know would be a good fit? If so, please make a nomination!

You can make multiple nominations across multiple categories, but please only submit one nomination per nominee. Please submit your nominations online using this survey.

Accepting Nominations

Role Descriptions

Brief descriptions of each of the board positions are provided below. For our complete Bylaws, refer to the online PDF:



Voting board member

The Chair shall preside at EPG Committee meetings and provide leadership on EPG policies. The Chair shall lead the Committee in the development/update of a strategic plan every two years—following the Maryland APA Chapter elections—setting reasonable goals and objectives for the Group, implementation strategies, timelines, and expected costs/revenues. The Chair will be the main point of contact to the Maryland APA Board and will update the Board on Group activities either in person, or via the appointed EPG liaison. The Chair shall call meetings, notify EPG Committee members of meetings, and perform other duties required by the Bylaws or customary to the office, such as appointing or dissolving special committees. In addition, the Chair shall lead all activities related to membership recruitment and retention.

Vice Chair

Voting board member

The Vice Chair shall assist the Chair with overall EPG responsibilities and the responsibilities to APA Maryland. These duties include attending to correspondence and the day- to-day maintenance of relationships between the EPG and APA Maryland. The Vice Chair shall also be responsible for all organizing and coordinating of educational/professional development events, including the APA Maryland mentorship program and AICP exam preparation workshops, in coordination with the appointed EPG liaison on the APA Maryland Board. In the absence of, or in the event of incapacity of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair.


**[Jasmine Forbes to Continue for 1 More Term]**

Voting board member

The Secretary shall: (a) Maintain (or oversee the maintenance of) an accurate list of the members of the Group; (b) notify members of annual meetings and prepare and report minutes of Committee and general membership meetings; (c) transmit to the Chair a list of all Group officers (including their email addresses and telephone numbers) within thirty (30) days of their election; (d) notify the Chair of the results of all Group voting, and in so doing, specify the quorum and the number voting for each candidate or “aye” and “nay” on each issue; (e) transmit to the Chair at least one copy of each publication of the Group; (f) submit to the Chair proposed Bylaws or Amendments; (g) be custodian of the Group records; and (h) perform such other duties required by these Bylaws or customary to the office. In addition, the Secretary will be the main point of contact for coordination with the universities and will be responsible for organizing community service events.


**[Wendy McGee-Preti to Continue for 1 More Term]**

Voting board member

The Treasurer shall: (a) prepare an annual budget with the assistance of the Committee; (b) collaborate with the APA Maryland Executive Board’s Treasurer to receive and disburse all Group funds; (c) collect and deposit Group assessments not collectible by the APA Maryland Executive Board, (d) assist the Chair in preparing an annual budget for review by the Committee; (e) prepare a financial report to include a current balance sheet and an income statement reflecting the preceding twelve months of Group operations; (f) oversee maintenance of the Group’s books; and (g) perform such other duties as required by these Bylaws or customary to the office. The Treasurer shall develop formal procedures to assure that expenditures are consistent with the annual budget.

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Voting board member

The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator shall be responsible for all communications related to the Group through all types of media (e.g., website, newsletters, event advertisements, social media, promotional materials, and email communications). Additional responsibilities may include developing and executing a communications strategy. The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator shall work with the APA Maryland President to establish a linked website, and coordinate with the Chapter Newsletter and Social Media leads to coordinate outreach efforts.

Standing Committee Chairs [Volunteer/Appointed]

Non-voting board members

The Standing Committee Chairs shall serve on the EPG Committee and shall lead their respective committees. Ideally, these positions will be appointed to members who have been active in the Group and are in good standing.

  • Fundraising and Financing Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee
  • Community Service/Outreach Committee

Please submit your nominations online using this survey.



Event: Reinventing Baltimore

Save the Date! APA Maryland is collaborating with AIA Baltimore again to provide a sure-to-be compelling talk by local architect, designer, and author Klaus Philpsen about his new book, Reinventing the American Legacy City. Join AIABaltimore​ and Maryland American Planning Association on October 18th from 6 to 8 pm at the MICA Lazarus Center. One CM credit will be available!

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Register online here.

“Baltimore’s story is in many respects America’s story.”
-Alec Ross, in the foreword to Baltimore, Reinventing the American Legacy City by Klaus Philipsen

New architecture and brick-and-mortar development is not all that is needed to build a city that is ready for the future. Cities hardest hit by de-industrialization also face an urgent need to provide equity, inclusion and access.

Author and local architect Klaus Philipsen will discuss the key findings of his new book, Reinventing the American Legacy City, at the The Annual Urban Design Lecture of AIABaltimore.

Philipsen’s book was written after the unrest in 2015, in many ways Baltimore’s most difficult year in recent memory. Philipsen will share his latest observations and suggestions for the reinvention of Baltimore in the areas of equity and social justice, governance, and innovation, technology and disruption, with special attention on opportunities for equity, access and a better city that could come from disruption in transportation.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Speaker Bio
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA, is president of ArchPlan Inc., an architecture and urban design firm in Baltimore specializing in community revitalization, adaptive re-use, historic preservation and transportation planning since 1992. He has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for using his profession to affect communities through advocacy. He is a recipient of the Baltimore Larry Reich Award given to individuals whose volunteer and professional work exemplifies a special commitment to community-based planning and design. Philipsen has lately rediscovered writing and publishes on his blog Community Architect. He wrote an architectural column in the Baltimore Business Journal for two years. He is a frequent radio talk show contributor on urban affairs. Most recently, he authored Baltimore: Reinventing the Industrial Legacy City, published by Routledge.

Additionally, Philipsen participated in Mayor Pugh’s transition team for transportation, is a board member of the 1000 Friends of Maryland, is president of NeighborSpace, co-founded D center, and is active in Transit Choices. He is also the president of his local community association. He chaired the Urban Design Committee of AIA Baltimore for 20 years and is past chair of the national Regional and Urban Design Committee of AIA (RUDC). Klaus is a regular participant of national Advisory Panels dispatched by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to advise stakeholders about urban planning issues and has participated in local ULI Technical Assistance Panels. He was for ten years a member of the Maryland Growth Commission and served for ten years as Councilman of a borough in Stuttgart, Germany.

Philipsen received a five year degree of architecture at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1975. He has also worked as an architect and planner in Stuttgart, Germany and London, England, and has resided in the US since 1986. Philipsen is married to Nayna Philipsen, JD, PhD, RN, Professor and Director of Academic Affairs at Coppin State University. The couple has six adult children.



Date:October 18Time:

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost:Event Categories:FreeLectureEvent Tags:klaus philipsenudcUrban Design



Job Opportunities // Baltimore Office of Sustainability

The Baltimore Office of Sustainability has 2 open positions. Please help us spread the word. The closing date for both City Planner II applications is Friday September 29, 2017. The Office of Sustainability is committed to building a more racially diverse local government work force championing sustainability. People of color are encouraged to apply. This posting is to fill the Climate and Resilience Planner and Greening Initiatives Coordinator positions in the Sustainability Division. Attached is a detailed description with  the essential duties and the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities we want for these  vacancies.

We also want those who have experience in other planning disciplines to apply as this list will be used to fill upcoming vacancies throughout the department. Please use your networks to spread the word and encourage anyone who may meet the qualifications to apply  on the City’s website:


Apply by the closing date of September 29, 2017.

AICP Training 2017


Mark your calendar for the 2017 AICP Exam Prep Workshop, hosted by the National Capital Area and Maryland APA chapters, on Saturday, September 30th, at Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning (620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC). This popular training course will provide a review of key planning topics that could appear on the AICP Certification Exam and explain the structure of the updated test released just this past May.

The training session will be led by the same presenters who routinely conduct the AICP Exam Prep session at the National APA Conference and will return to the DC area to walk local AICP candidates through the intricacies of the test.

Now that the November exam application window has closed, this is an excellent opportunity to fill in any missing gaps before sitting for the exam. If you’re thinking about applying for the May 2018 exam, this workshop may help make your decision before it’s December 28 application deadline.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please also share this event with others who may be interested in taking the AICP exam in the future.

Registration will open in early September, so watch for future announcements.

Questions? Contact Clark Larson, AICP



Monday Night Movie | Getting There: Blind Wayfinding

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Tickets required!!! Your $5 ticket covers the cost of your $10 sandwich purchase from the venue, Luigi’s Italian Deli. Luigi’s is BYOB and right in front of The Wine Source.

Emerging Planners Group of the APA Maryland Chapter is hosting an outdoor movie night. Join us as we feature “Getting There” a documentary about blind wayfinding.

Getting There was highlighted during a session at the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City. The film has been made available so that we all can enjoy its lessons!

Please arrive at 7pm. This will allow all our guests the time to order food and eat before the film begins promptly at 7:45. With a run time of 56:43, we can all head home before 9pm.

The film will be shown outside, under an awning. In the event of inclement weather, we will consider an alternative location nearby, and will still work with Luigi’s to provide sandwiches. There are no refunds for this event unless it is cancelled all together.

Please note: there are limited room for the event at Luigi’s. However, if you can’t get a seat at this event, stay tuned as EPG coordinates with APA Maryland Chapter regional representatives to host viewings of Getting There throughout the state. If you’re interested in facilitating an event in conjunction with the APA Maryland Chapter near you, please contact us at mdapaemergingplanners@gmail.com


This Friday, we’ll be partnering with Ridemore Mass Transit again to bring you….Drink-a-Link!! This will be one of your last chances to try out the new BaltimoreLink CityLink bus system for FREE. Why not make a thing out of it, you know?

Stay connected on Facebook for specific details!

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Waterfront Behind the Scenes

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is hosting a new networking series, Waterfront Behind the Scenes. The first installation in this series this year will focus on Harbor East and Harbor Point Developments.

The event is on June 14th 5:30-7:30pm at the Kohler store in Little Italy and will feature a discussion with Tim O’Donald, President of Harbor East Management, and Michael Beatty, President of Beatty Development Group. Tickets include entrance to the event, light appetizers from Harbor East Restaurants, and a complimentary drink.

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