Planning & Urban Design

Urban Design Peer Review Panel


​Current Urban Design Peer Review Panel Members


​Norm Alston, AIA
Norman Alston, AIA, has more than 37 years of professional experience in architecture, planning, historic preservation and cultural resource management. After 10 years of doing what he refers to as "normal" architecture, he founded Norman Alston Architects and has devoted the rest of his career to the protection, preservation and restoration of Texas' rich architectural heritage. His award-winning projects span across his beloved Texas. He is particularly proud to have been recently selected to assist with current renovations and restoration at the Alamo. Norman Alston is also a frequent speaker and sometimes writer/blogger on architecture and historic preservation issues.

 When he is not at work saving historic architecture, he is spending his free time saving historic architecture. He has been twice appointed by City Council to the Dallas Landmark Commission and over the past 20 years has chaired multiple committees and task forces for the Commission. This includes serving on the Commission's Preservation Incentives Task Force for which he received a Spirit of Preservation Award from Preservation Dallas. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, he was asked to chair the Historic Preservation Task Force and is now the chair of the newly-revived Historic Resources Committee. He also serves on the Historic Resources Committee of the Texas Society of Architects. Norman Alston is on the board of directors for the Dallas Homeowners League, a neighborhood advocacy non-profit, and also holds a board seat for Texas Neighborhoods Together, a state-wide neighborhood advocacy non-profit. Recently, he was asked to serve on the Antiquities Advisory Board of the Texas Historical Commission.

Eurico R. Francisco, AIA, LEED AP

Eurico R. Francisco, AIA is an architect whose passion for buildings and cities drives him to create memorable spaces, to inspire his clients, and to encourage his colleagues and students to achieve excellence in all that they do. Eurico is a Design Principal with HDR Architecture, where he leads Civic and Institutional projects in the Dallas design studio. His built work includes government, healthcare, academic, research, hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use facilities. 

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Sao Paulo, Eurico has received over 20 local, regional and national design awards for his work in the US and abroad, and has taught design studios at the University of Sao Paulo, Boston Architecture College, Rhode Island School of Design, and Texas Tech University. He is a contributor to Texas Architect magazine and is active in civic and professional organizations that aim to elevate the quality of the urban environment, such as the Dallas Architecture Forum, the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, the Urban Design Peer Review Panel of the City of Dallas, and the Board of Adjustments of the City of University Park.

Joanna Hampton, AIA

Joanna Hampton is an architect with experience in a diverse range of projects types including master planning, regional retail centers, commercial office buildings and residential projects.  Working with project teams, Joanna’s attention to detail contributes to the success of complex projects.  Recent projects include One Legacy West which received LEED Gold certification in 2017.  Notable large scale renovation projects include Brookfield Place and Santa Monica Place which both reimagined the relationship of existing buildings with their surroundings.  Her passion is expressed in the quality of her work and in her ability to fully understand a project.  Working collaboratively in leading project teams, she is focused on meeting project goals with creative solutions and identifying opportunities to provide thoughtful design responses to create memorable experiences in the built environment.
Joanna currently serves on the City of Dallas Landmark Taskforce, as Treasurer for Preservation Dallas, Chair of the Dallas Endowment for Endangered Properties and is a past chair of AIA Dallas Communities by Design Committee.
As a 25 year resident of East Dallas, Joanna is an active volunteer in the Old East Dallas community where she lives with her husband John.  Avid travelers they are always planning the next trip or bicycle excursion.

Rachel R. Hayden, P.E. Engineer

Rachel Hayden has 23 years of experience as a civil engineer in the Dallas area.  She is President and Owner of Hayden Consultants, Inc., a civil engineering consulting firm in Dallas.  Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989 and launched Hayden Consultants in March of 2000.  The firm has grown to 15 employees and offers transportation engineering services, hydrology and hydraulic design, water and wastewater design, surveying and construction management services.  In 2006, 2007, and 2010 Hayden Consultants was honored as an “Aggie 100” recipient, one of the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned companies in the world.  Hayden Consultants also received the 2012 Engineering Excellence Gold Medal Award from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Texas for their Riverfront Boulevard Bioswale Study.

She currently serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Public Rights-of-Way Committee through the North Central Texas Council of Governments and is past president of the Dallas Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Dallas.  In 2000 she was honored as the TSPE Dallas Chapter Young Engineer of the Year.​

Rachel is a 5th generation Texan and has lived in the Lakewood area of Dallas for 23 years.  She is married and has two children.


Mark Meyer, PLA

A Principal based in the Dallas office of TBG Partners, Mark Meyer is a Professional Landscape Architect who works on a diverse array of projects in addition to playing a key leadership role for a firm with 130 professionals. He serves as TBG’s Practice Lead, helping to guide and refine a thoughtful project approach that considers not only aesthetics but also pertinent environmental, economic and social performance factors. Mark received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1997.
Mark maintains active involvement with many professional organizations and local entities, including serving on the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Cystic Fibrosis Patients Advisory Panel, serving as past President and board member for the Grand Prairie Public Improvement District, and served as the Technical Assistance Panel Chair and Chair of Mission Advancement for the Urban Land Institute’s North Texas chapter.    

Mark has 20 years of professional experience that encompasses a wide array of landscape architecture and planning endeavors. He is also highly experienced at leading multidisciplinary charrettes in which large stakeholder groups work collaboratively toward a shared vision to initiate the design process. In addition, he has helped create many award-winning and distinguished projects throughout North Texas like HomeTown, a Traditional Neighborhood Development in North Richland Hills, the North Grove community in Waxahachie, and Harvest, a community rooted in farm-to-table agricultural practices in Argyle.

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Marcel Quimby, FAIA Architect

Marcel Quimby, FAIA, is an award-winning preservation architect with over thirty years of experience in the profession and fifteen years in the areas of preservation architecture, planning and architectural history. She has led the restoration of both large and small projects that include the Hall of State in Fair Park, a National Landmark in Dallas and smaller projects such Nash Farmstead, a late nineteenth century farmstead in Grapevine and the 1847 Sharrock Farmstead in Dallas.  Committed to the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historic structures and the role they can play in today’s communities, she has conducted condition assessments of historic structures, determined appropriate uses and consulted on applicable local and federal incentives for historic properties. As a preservation planner, Marcel has prepared preservation plans or design guidelines for cities throughout Texas and for Oklahoma City, and frequently advises communities in improving their historic preservation programs. As a historian, she has prepared National Register Nominations, including the 22-block Downtown Dallas Commercial Historic District and a subsequent expansion.​

Ms. Quimby provides historically sensitive solutions that preserve historic fabric but also allow buildings to function and remain relevant for the long-term. She has received many awards for her work, and is committed to pursuing excellence in the practice of preservation architecture. Her leadership in the local preservation community and service on the National Trust’s Board of Advisors has been recognized by Preservation Dallas’ highest honor – the Dorothy Savage Award for Excellence in Preservation.


Paris Rutherford, AICP Planner [Vice-Chair]


For nearly 30 years, Paris Rutherford has had a consistent track record in the creation of market-leading mixed-use communities. His focus is the creation of profitable urban investment that delivers on the broader community’s desire for Great Places as defined through design, market and social success. He has prepared successful development strategies for hallmark destinations across the United States, and was instrumental in the rejuvenation of urban districts in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and other cities through walkable urbanism. 

As Principal of Catalyst Urban Development, Mr. Rutherford has helped guide the company’s award-winning development and strategic planning efforts following a methodology that builds successful relationships while capitalizing on untapped market potential. Previously, Mr. Rutherford was a managing partner at RTKL Associates where he lead the firm’s global planning practice and served on its Board of Directors. His work has received over 95 awards and been highlighted in such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land Magazine. He has spoken at a host of national venues such as the National Press Club, Urban Land Institute, and ICSC among others, and has been featured on broadcasts such as CNBC’s Closing Bell and PBS’s News Hour. Mr. Rutherford is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard University.

Kevin Sloan, ASLA Landscape Architect [Chair]

Kevin Sloan, ASLA, RLA, M. Arch is a landscape architect, writer and educator. The work of his professional practice, Kevin Sloan Studio in Dallas, Texas, has been nationally and internationally recognized, published and exhibited. In devising a prototypical street section as a biofilter, the planning and landscape architecture for the Urban Reserve in north Dallas earned international design recognition from Eco-Structure magazine as “One of Seven Innovative Projects in 2009.” The studio earned the highest distinction from the ASLA, a 2011 Award of Excellence for the Urban Reserve and a 2012 Award of Excellence for billion dollar Sprint World Headquarters in Kansas City. 

Mr. Sloan holds a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. A 2000 Harvard Loeb Fellow finalist, he has taught architecture, landscape architecture and urban design at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, The University of Texas at Austin and is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture.​

Mr. Sloan has written for a broad range of professional publications in the US and internationally, including Landscape Architecture Magazine, Texas Architect, Arquine and TCHAD Quarterly.  With collaborators John Mullen and Susan Smith, Sloan recently formed the blog, an online platform for contemporary urbanism.


​Faisal Syed, PE, PTOE

Faisal Syed has more than nineteen years of experience in diversified aspects of civil engineering analysis, planning, studies, design and management. Mr. Syed’s background includes a broad array of civil engineering experience, including traffic and transportation services, planning and design, pavement design, utility design and relocation, grading and drainage of land development and municipal projects. He also served as Project Manager for planning and development operations programs involving feasibility studies for infrastructure extensions, major investment studies, pavement construction and management, utility main relocations, mix-use land development, light rail expansion and numerous roadway schematics design and reconstruction projects.