Since 1994, Kevin Klinkenberg, a Senior Planner with Olsson Associates has explored his passion for walkable communities. That passion led him to the Congress for the New Urbanism, where he has been a member since 1997, and a 2003 fellowship with the Knight Program in Community Building through the University of Miami and the Knight Foundation. It also ultimately led him to become a co-founder of 180 Urban Design & Architecture in 2000. For more than 10 years, the firm enjoyed excellent working relationships with its clients and like-minded professionals around the country. Working on hundreds of projects in 27 states, Kevin and his team designed developments for both new and redevelopment locations, wrote ordinances for cities and developers, and led award-winning public involvement processes. Kevin was featured in the Pitch Weekly’s “Best of ” issue in 2009 as one of the “Best of Kansas City”. He joined Olsson Associates in January of 2012.
Kevin’s particular mission is to seek the balance between the practical and the visionary in projects of all scales, from individual sites to neighborhoods to entire regions. He’s a frequent speaker and writer about this and other topics related to urban design, and maintains this blog. (as much as time allows)
His volunteer activities include serving as 2010 president of AIA/Kansas City and board tenure on the Urban Society of Kansas City, Housing Choices Coalition, along with numerous volunteer committees.
Klinkenberg has also been a faculty member for the Form-Based Codes Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Architecture & Urban Design. Additionally he has been active in setting new standards for context-sensitive transportation policy through the CNU. Klinkenberg recently relocated to the beautiful and walkable city of Savannah, GA, where he lives and rarely uses a vehicle.
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