Remembering Neal Peirce

Article authored by:

Ron Thomas, FAICP

Ron Thomas has been a Lambda Alpha member for nearly 20 years. First in Chicago where he served as executive director of the regional planning agency, Northeast Illinois Planning Commission and then in Atlanta from 2010 when he relocated to Athens, GA to serve on faculty at the College of Environment and was chair of the Oconee Rivers Planning Commission from 2011-16. For 20 years he directed his planning firm located in Washington DC; and then became an associated principal with Jones and Jones in Seattle. He continues as a practicing consultant urban planner and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has edited the APA Regional Planning Journal and is working on a book on Arts & Crafts era planning, a subject of personal interest for over 40 years. In 2007 the Ely Chapter of LAI awarded him their Harry Chaddick Distinguished Public Service Award.

Neal Peirce was the recipient of LAI 2005 Biennial International Journalism Award presented by Larry Lund as LAI President during its Chicago conference. Recognition long due over a 50-year career, Neal was a constant presence and his writings will continue to be a challenge, inspiration and guide to those working to create great places, develop healthy communities to live and remind us conserve what is essential to the earth we share. Share a short remembrance of Neal, the person and his work.

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