AICP Study Group

Taking the AICP exam in November or want to start studying early? The Emerging Planners Group has reserved Room at Morgan State University, Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies on 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 and 11/21 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. If you are interested, please fill out the form in the following link:


APA Maryland 2019 Biennial Conference

Join the MD APA Chapter on October 6 – October 8 for their Biennial Conference at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort. The conference theme is Negotiating Change: Balancing Development, Climate Change, and Preservation in Maryland. For more information about the conference and registration, please visit: .

APA Maryland “Active Hours”

A new initiative by APA Maryland was launched this year called “Active Hours”. It is essentially APA Maryland teaming up with another local nonprofit to lend some helping hands to their cause. The first Active Hours will be with Civic Works, at the Real Food Farm on July 11th from 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm . Volunteers will be working on a farm and tending to various crops to help with food security. Please wear closed-toe shoes, and weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty. For more information please contact Joe Griffiths at

2019 National Planning Conference- Career Zone

Every year, the National Planning Conference holds a Career Zone, which offers interactive activities to support your job search and career development, no matter where you are in your planning career. The Career Zone is available to all current or future job seekers who will be attending the conference. The Career Zone offers the following:

  • Resume Clinic
  • Professional Headshots
  • Employer Connection Job Fair
  • Career Services: Career Networking Power Hour
  • Mentor Match & Mixer

For more information about the Career Zone and scheduling information, please visit:

Call for Conference Session Proposals

The American Planning Association – Maryland Chapter announces its Call for Session Proposals for the 2019 Biennial Planning Conference, which will be held October 6 through 8 at the Rocky Gap Resort & Casino, in Cumberland, Maryland. We hope you will be inspired by this year’s theme: Negotiating Change – Balancing Development, Climate Change, and Preservation in Maryland.

Our hope is to bring current issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping the planning profession today to the conference, but we need YOU to make that happen. We encourage you to propose new ideas, new presentation formats, solutions, tools, interactive sessions, and mobile workshops. We also invite participants to consider presenting in our Lightning Round sessions — where participants join others in a fast-paced series of entertaining 15-minute mini-presentations.

All sessions are usually scheduled in 90-minute increments. The exception is the Lighting Rounds that are assembled into a combined session of 90 minutes (15 Minutes per Speaker/Topic, 5 Speakers max) in length. We are also accepting posters for the Conference’s poster session from both students and professional planners.

Suggested Proposal Areas

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Historic Preservation
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Aging
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Other

Session Types

  • Moderated Panel Presentation. A 90 minute session consisting of 70 minutes of content and 20 minutes for questions.
  • Workshop. A 90 minute session consisting of 70 minute “lesson” on a practice, strategy, research method or other topics such that an attendee may replicate all or some of the methods presented, followed by 20 minutes for questions.
  • Lightning Round. A 15-minute presentation that will be combined with other lightning round sessions into a total 90-minute session consisting of five 15-minute rounds and 15 minutes for questions.
  • Poster Presentation. Both professional planners and students may propose a poster to be displayed during a portion of the conference. There will be an official 90-minute poster session where all presenters will need to be present to answer questions.
  • Mobile Workshop. There will be at least one mobile workshop at the conference. Proposals for mobile workshop topics may be submitted using the same guidelines as other sessions.

Submission Guidelines

  • Session format may be either panel presentation or facilitated discussion.
  • Sessions should be as interactive as possible.
  • Sessions should support the theme of the conference. Key concepts could be focusing on new ideas, lessons learned, challenges and opportunities encountered and how those were addressed.
  • Sessions will be a total of 90 minutes. If the format is panel presentation, a portion of the 90 minutes should be devoted to questions/discussion.
  • Lightning Round sessions are 15 minutes each.
  • Posters should be accompanied by a written abstract of the research being presented.
  • Session topics shall meet the AICP guidelines to be eligible for CM credit. All CM activities must (a) meet a planning-related objective, (b) be unbiased and non-promotional, and (c) communicate a clearly identified educational purpose or objective. In addition, the subject matter must be in an appropriate depth and level for the typical AICP member.
  • The session chair/facilitator will serve as the key contact for the session and is responsible for communicating all session information and details with session presenters.
  • Should the session proposal be chosen, the abstract, presenter names, titles and bios will be included in the conference program exactly as submitted.

Proposal Requirements

  • Session title, abstract and full description. The full description must include a content outline describing main theme and goals of the session. If there is more than one presenter, explain what each presenter will discuss. Please be as descriptive and thorough as possible. Remember that the content needs to have wide applicability, comparative perspectives and preferably an analysis of lessons learned. The full description shall be no more than 500 words. The abstract should not exceed 75 words.
  • Names, titles and biographies of presenter(s). The biographies should not exceed 100 words and should include presenters’ education and major work accomplishments relevant to the presenter’s session topic. Biographies should be written in the third person and include full sentences.
  • Session Type. Indicate type of session format for which you are submitting a proposal. (Panel discussion, facilitated discussion, mobile workshop, lightning session, or poster).
  • Audio-visual/electronic data needs. Include in the session proposal what needs you may have, including AV equipment, projector, remote controls, and Internet access.
  • Contact Information. Include the name, title, Twitter handles, biography and contact information for session chair/facilitator. If your session is chosen, any information provided will be shared on the APA Maryland and APA National websites and on various social media outlets.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee and evaluated with the following criteria:

  • Connection/applicability to the conference theme
  • Originality and quality of the proposed session
  • Ability to qualify for Certification Management credit
  • Diversity of presenters and the presence of multiple perspectives
  • Applicability to multiple regions

The conference committee will evaluate a variety of proposals, some of which may be similar, and will seek balance among topics and relevance to the conference theme. Proposals of equal merit cannot in all instances be selected when the result would be an imbalance in the conference’s overall coverage of topics, audiences and regions. *Presenters interested in attending in other conference sessions are expected to register and pay to attend.

Submission Deadlines and Details

The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, April 5th, 2019. In the event your proposal is selected, you will be notified no later than June 1st, 2019. Submissions should be submitted electronically to If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission, please send inquiries to

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!

baltimore skyline

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