AEP California Conference 2021

August 11, 2021: Join PlaceWorks for the 2021 AEP California Conference August 15-18.

PlaceWorks is Breaking Ground!

August 04, 2021: Announcing the Construction of Three New Outdoor Spaces The past year has reinforced the importance of accessible and equitable outdoor amenities for community building, connectivity, health and wellness, and education. PlaceWorks is proud to help communities plan and design parks, trails, and outdoor learning spaces, and we’re excited to announce the construction […]

Application Period for the 2021 Scholarship Program Now Closed

July 26, 2021: The application period for PlaceWorks’ inaugural scholarship program closed on September 13th. This year’s recipients will be announced in November. The 2022 Scholarship Program will open in the spring, so be sure to check back for updates! The PlaceWorks Scholarship Program supports the next generation of planners, environmental specialists, urban designers, and […]

2021 APA CA Section Awards

May 27, 2021: PlaceWorks’ projects from across the state received awards from local APA California sections this spring. Six projects won seven awards from five APA California sections. Congratulations to our clients and teaming partners! Brea Connecting the Core Active Transportation Plan 2021 Transportation Planning Award, California APA, Orange County Section 2021 Public Outreach Award of […]

Addie Farrell Joins PlaceWorks

January 14, 2021: PlaceWorks Welcomes Addie Farrell as a Principal of Environmental Services Addie has over 16 years’ experience with CEQA and NEPA and a portfolio of complex and controversial projects ‒ from remediation and recreation to healthcare and entertainment. Addie’s experience includes overseeing an on-call contract with the City of Los Angeles Department of […]

PlaceWorks Leaders Level Up

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AEP California Virtual Conference 2020

November 02, 2020: Join PlaceWorks for the 2020 AEP Virtual Conference November 9-11.

2020 APA CA Virtual Conference

September 9, 2020: Join PlaceWorks as we blast off with APA California on a brand-new adventure in cyberspace, September 14th- 16th! Though we’d rather catch up in person, we hope you’ll join us online at our sessions and at our virtual booth for “office hours” during the Sponsor Forum. We’ll have our experts on hand, […]

PlaceWorks Welcomes Alan Loomis, AICP

June 29, 2020: PlaceWorks Welcomes Alan Loomis, AICP, as a Principal of Urban Design in our Downtown Los Angeles Office An award-winning urban designer and educator with 25 years of experience, Alan joins us from the City of Santa Monica, where he served as City Urban Designer for the past three years and helped lead […]

Our Commitment to Fighting Racism and Advancing Social Equity

    June 12, 2020: The killing of George Floyd and countless other African Americans and people of color by police, together with the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color, have brought into clear focus the disparities and injustices in American society. We recognize that ending systemic racism and inequality requires […]

2020 CASH Annual Conference in Long Beach

January 24, 2020: Planning to attend the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Annual Conference on School Facilities in Long Beach next month? We hope to see you at the conference and invite you to join us for a reception at BO-beau kitchen + roof tap on Wednesday February 19th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. […]

2nd Edition of Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities

December 16, 2019: PlaceWorks is excited to announce the release of Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities by Associate Principal Tammy L. Seale and coauthors Michael R. Boswell, PhD, AICP, and Adrienne I. Greve, PhD. The new edition from Island Press is an update of Local Climate Action Planning by the […]

Two New Public Parks Now Open!

November 14, 2019:

2019 APA California Conference in Santa Barbara

September 4, 2019: Join us September 15-18, at the 2019 APA California Conference in Santa Barbara.

SB 743 Mandates New Traffic Metrics Beginning July 1, 2020

August 26, 2019: Implementing SB 743 Means More Than Adopting New Traffic Thresholds! It requires planning, CEQA, and legal defensibility. COUNTDOWN TO VMT Are you ready with: New traffic study guidelines and methodology? Mitigation to reduce vehicle miles traveled? Methods to tier off planning-level EIRs? New, non-CEQA funding mechanisms for roadway improvements?     PlaceWorks […]

Skyline Wins Two PCBC Awards

July 10, 2019: The Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) awarded two Gold Nugget Merit Awards to the “Skyline” community in the Santa Clarita Valley—for Best Planned Community and for Master Planned Community of the Year. Working with TriPointe Group / Pardee, PlaceWorks started from an existing plan with entitlements in place and developed a new, […]

PlaceWorks’ LA County Parks Plan Wins National APA Award

July 10, 2019: The Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I was recently awarded a National American Planning Association award for Excellence in Sustainability. The Sustainable Communities Division of APA presented the award at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco. Completed in 2016, the Los Angeles County Master […]

Sarah Gronquist, ASLA, BFQP Joins PlaceWorks

April 11, 2019: PlaceWorks is pleased to welcome Sarah Gronquist as an Associate Principal in Landscape Architecture. Sarah has over 20 years of experience designing outdoor places in California and has a broad range of projects and clients in her portfolio. Her completed projects include multifamily housing development and renovation projects, mixed-use commercial sites, playgrounds, […]

PlaceWorks Partners with HCD to Provide SB 2 Technical Assistance

March 20, 2019: We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has selected a team led by PlaceWorks to provide technical assistance to SB 2 grant applicants throughout the state. As part of this effort, the PlaceWorks team will work closely with HCD staff to help jurisdictions identify […]

The Latest Edition of the Practical Guide to CEQA is Here!

March 12, 2019: A lot has happened in the world of CEQA since the last edition of this popular guide. PlaceWorks’ 6th edition of the Practical Guide to CEQA helps guide public agencies, project applicants, and the general public through the CEQA process maze as it responds to: CEQA Guidelines Update SB 743’s Transportation Paradigm […]

PlaceWorks Opens New Sacramento Office

February 25, 2019: Led by Mark Teague and Jennifer Gastelum, PlaceWorks’ new Sacramento Valley office offers the full range of planning, environmental, housing, and GIS services. Mark has over 35 years of planning and CEQA experience and has worked with jurisdictions all over the state to promote efficient and effective planning practices. Jenny brings 20+ […]

2019 CASH Conference in Sacramento

February 14, 2019: CASH’s 40th Annual Conference on School Facilities is around the corner! Order copies of the new Practical Guide to CEQA

2018 APA California Conference in San Diego

September 19, 2018: Join us October 7-10, at the 2018 APA California Conference in San Diego.

Jonathan Nettler, AICP Joins PlaceWorks

July 30, 2018: We are excited to announce that Jonathan Nettler, AICP, has joined PlaceWorks as the Los Angeles Regional Director. Jonathan is an accomplished leader who has spent over 15 years helping to create healthy, vibrant, and sustainable places. His experience in real estate, land use planning, historic preservation, and large-scale urban design provides […]

Learn About Hazard Mitigation Funding for Schools in the Latest PlaceViews

June 22, 2018: Is your school district ready for a natural disaster? Over the past few years, California and California schools have received some cruelly sobering reminders of how little we control natural forces. Drought, floods, fires, and other disasters have hit the state one after another. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, […]

Can SB 2 Planning Funds Benefit Your Community?

    June 7, 2018: In its first year, Senate Bill 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, is expected to generate about $250 million, and 50 percent of that will be available to local governments to update planning documents and zoning ordinances in order to streamline housing production. California’s Department of Housing and Community […]

Charlie Knox Article on Connected Autonomous Vehicles

April 16, 2018: The Winter 2018 issue of #TalkITS Magazine features an article by PlaceWorks Principal Charlie Knox on the future of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs). You can click below to read the article or access the entire issue online here.

Colin Drukker, Joanna Jansen, and Wendy Nowak Promoted to Principal

April 3, 2018: PlaceWorks is pleased to announce the promotions of Colin Drukker, Joanna Jansen, and Wendy Nowak from Associate Principal to Principal. All three have been with the firm for nearly 20 years, and all three have been the driving force behind some of our clients’ most significant projects. Colin is currently leading the […]

2018 AEP California Conference in Rancho Mirage

March 19, 2018: PlaceWorks is excited to take part in the 2018 AEP State Conference in Rancho Mirage!

California Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) 39th Annual Conference on School Facilities

February 14, 2018: February 26–28, Sacramento Convention Center Join us at the 39th CASH Annual Conference in Sacramento, which will focus on how to take advantage of the approval of Proposition 51 state school bond and local bonds. Check out the conference web page and the conference brochure for additional details. PlaceWorks’ staff will lead […]

Esri Interviews PlaceWorks’ Robert Kain

January 24, 2018: In an interview at Esri’s 2017 GeoPlanner conference in San Diego, Esri asked our GeoSpatial Business Leader Robert Kain to describe how GeoPlanner and GIS technologies have influenced PlaceWorks’ approach to building innovative communities. Robert discusses how GeoPlanner’s interactive and iterative process educates and engages decision makers and helps drive the decision-making […]

PlaceWorks Welcomes Bob Birkeland

January 09, 2018: PlaceWorks is excited to welcome Bob Birkeland, ASLA, as an Associate Principal in Landscape Architecture. Bob has over 30 years of experience in the design and creation of public parks and open space throughout the Western United States. His extensive portfolio includes urban plazas and streetscapes, community parks and open spaces, campus site […]

David Early to teach The General Plan in California at UC Davis Extension

November 15, 2017: Does your community need to update its General Plan? Join David Early on November 29th for a one-day course through UC Davis Extension. Using his book The General Plan in California as a guide, David will share his insights on the policies and best practices associated with General Plan preparation. Learn how […]

PlaceWorks Project Featured in APA’s Planning Magazine

November 13, 2017: Los Angeles County’s Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation is featured in the November issue of Planning magazine, the American Planning Association’s national publication. “Nurturing Neighborhoods,” written by Clement Lau, Facilities Planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, examines the community-wide benefits of delivering sustainable and equitable […]

Questions about changing General Plan requirements?

September 21, 2017: PlaceWorks can help! OPR’s General Plan Guidelines Released After much anticipation, planners across the State are eager to utilize OPR’s recently updated General Plan Guidelines. The new Guidelines reflect the wide range of legislation passed since 2003, include beefed-up sections on crucial topics, and integrate new resources like online mapping and data. […]

Join Us at the 2017 APA CA Conference in Sacramento

September 11, 2017: The 2017 APA California Conference is taking place in Sacramento from September 23-26. PlaceWorks is proud to be a sponsor and excited to be involved in sessions and events throughout the conference. We hope to see you there!    

2017 California Climate Action Planning Conference

July 28, 2017: PlaceWorks is excited to take part in the 2017 California Climate Action Planning Conference in San Luis Obispo. Hosted by Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research August 24-25, the conference will focus on key issues related to GHG emissions reduction, climate adaptation, and resiliency at the local and […]

The CalPlanner Interviews PlaceWorks’ Woodie Tescher

June 22, 2017: The latest issue of the CalPlanner, a publication of APA California, features an in-depth interview with PlaceWorks’ Principal Woodie Tescher. Woodie has been with PlaceWorks since 2011 and is a principal in Planning and Urban Design in our LA office. He is widely recognized for advancing the state of the art in […]

AEP California Conference 2017

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Join Us at CASH’s 2017 Regional Training Course on School Facilities Planning

February 23, 2017: On March 3, 2017, PlaceWorks’ Principal Dwayne Mears will be teaching at the first of three sessions in the 2017 Regional Training Course Series hosted by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) in Kern County. The three-part, comprehensive training program will address planning, financing, and constructing school facilities in California and […]

Welcome Tammy L. Seale!

January 25, 2017: We are pleased to announce that Tammy L. Seale has joined PlaceWorks as Associate Principal for Climate Action and Resiliency Services. An acknowledged leader in the field of sustainability and climate action planning, Tammy is the co-author of Local Climate Action Planning, the first guidebook on Climate Action Plans that helps planners, […]

PlaceWorks Earns ArcGIS Online Specialty Designation

December 29, 2016: PlaceWorks was recently recognized by Esri as a new member of its ArcGIS Online Specialty, joining a relatively small handful of firms worldwide. This designation is given to Esri Partners who have demonstrated in-depth knowledge, skill, and competence in implementing Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions using ArcGIS Online, a collaborative, cloud-based platform […]

PlaceWorks Welcomes Mark Teague!

November 14, 2016: We are pleased to announce that Mark Teague, AICP, has joined PlaceWorks as an Associate Principal in our San Diego office. Mark will focus his expertise on our CEQA/NEPA practice in the San Diego region, heading development and infrastructure projects in the City and throughout the County. His more than 30 years […]

Join Us at the 2016 APA CA Conference in Pasadena

October 12, 2016: The 2016 APA California Conference in Pasadena starts on Saturday, October 22. PlaceWorks is proud to be a sponsor, and we look forwarding to catching up with our friends and colleagues at our booth (#B20) and in the halls. We also hope you’ll join us at the following sessions and events: Saturday: […]

David Early at Esri’s 2016 Geodesign Summit Europe

September 14, 2016: Principal David Early will be speaking at this year’s Geodesign Summit Europe in Delft, Netherlands. David’s presentation will highlight our use of GreenScore, PlaceWorks’ suite of GIS-based tools, to assess sustainability across a variety of planning and design disciplines. He will showcase projects for Los Angeles, San Diego, Menlo Park, and rural […]

2016 Awards for PlaceWorks Projects

August 11, 2016: Congratulations to our clients! Thank you for your vision and collaboration, as well as the opportunity to serve your communities and to further our mission to “envision and create great places.” Vacaville General Plan Hard-Won Victory Award, California Chapter APA Hard-Won Victory Award, California APA, Northern Section The citizens and city council […]

Clovis Parklet Design Festival

August 10, 2016: PlaceWorks staff from throughout the state recently took part in the Clovis “taking it to the streets!” design festival. Over the two-day festival, amateurs and professionals designed and built outdoor environments in parking spaces around Old Town Clovis. Fifteen parklets were judged by representatives from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning […]

Our Los Angeles and San Diego offices have moved

May 25, 2016: We’re excited to announce our newly combined office in the heart of Downtown LA. As of May 23, 2016, our two LA offices are finally under one roof! Located at The Bloc, the revitalized Macy’s Plaza development in the historic 7th Street retail corridor, our expanded LA office is in the middle […]

Michael Nilsson Joins PlaceWorks

March 30, 2016: PlaceWorks is pleased to announce that Michael Nilsson, AICP CTP, has joined our San Diego office as a Senior Associate for Active Transportation. Michael has 15 years of experience in both the public and private sector and specializes in mobility and active transportation planning, outreach, and implementation. Most recently, he served as […]

2016 AEP California Conference

March 30, 2016: PlaceWorks is excited to take part in the upcoming 2016 AEP state conference in San Diego! We hope to see you in the exhibit hall at our booth (#B4) and at the following sessions and events: Sunday, April 3rd 1:00–5:00 pm Climate Change and Air Quality Workshop Monday, April 4th 10:30–12:00 pm […]

SB 743 Is Back in Motion…Are You Ready?

February 8, 2016: Whether your interests are municipal, technical, or private, PlaceWorks can help! Watch our short video about SB 743 for key information and potential next steps. On January 20, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released revisions to its proposed CEQA guidelines for the implementation of SB 743, setting in motion […]

The General Plan in California

January 13, 2016: PlaceWorks is pleased to announce the release of The General Plan in California by PlaceWorks principal David Early. Published by Solano Press Books, this up-to-date manual covers the nuts and bolts of preparing a General Plan and breaks down a complex planning process into clear and concise steps. The General Plan in […]

Need AB 52 Basics? See Our New PlaceViews

November 23, 2015: The Native American Historic Resource Protection Act (AB 52) is one of many recent changes to the California Environmental Quality Act. In our latest PlaceViews, “AB 52: Beyond the Letter of the Law,” we share our professional insights about AB 52 compliance for lead agencies. This newest PlaceViews clarifies the basics and […]

Join Us at the 2015 APA CA Conference in Oakland

September 28, 2015: The 2015 APA California Conference in Oakland is just a few days away! PlaceWorks is proud to be a sponsor, and we look forwarding to catching up with our friends and colleagues at our booth (#B21) and in the halls. We also hope you’ll join us at the following sessions and events: […]

The California High-Speed Rail Project Is Rolling

August 19, 2015: PlaceWorks will leave its mark on the California High-Speed Rail (HSR)–this time, on the Palmdale to Burbank segment. PlaceWorks is a subconsultant to SENER, which has designed and engineered HSR projects in Spain and other parts of Europe. As a member of the consultant team, PlaceWorks is responsible for the planning of […]

San Bernardino County Launches Countywide Plan

May 21, 2015: San Bernardino County announced this week the official launch of the Countywide Plan, a web-based plan that will break new ground for plans at this scale (countywide). In addition to the long-term vision, goals, and policies of a traditional general plan, the Countywide Plan will incorporate shorter-term implementation strategies, budgeting, and priority […]

PlaceWorks Projects Set an Example

May 9, 2015: The American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service recognized PlaceWorks’ contribution to the emerging practice of geodesign in the March/April PAS Memo, “Geodesign and the Future of Planning.” Authors Shannon McElvaney of Esri and David Rouse of APA used the Menlo Park General Plan and the Benicia Urban Waterfront Enhancement and Master Plan […]

Los Angeles County General Plan EIR Certified

May 9, 2015: The LA County Board of Supervisors certified the countywide general plan EIR on March 24 and indicated its intent to adopt the general plan, planning a second reading of the resolutions before final adoption. The Antelope Valley Area Plan EIR was also certified, on November 12, and the board will probably adopt […]

2015 Awards from the American Planning Association

May 9, 2015: It was a busy awards season for PlaceWorks and our clients. Our projects received recognition from four different APA California sections, in addition to two state-level awards. This makes six awards for Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail and three for the Healthy Communities Practical Guide. Harbor Mixed Use Transit Corridor Specific Plan and […]

AEP California Conference

April 22, 2015: The AEP state conference in Santa Barbara was a great success. PlaceWorks staff moderated or otherwise participated in in seven workshops. Amid all the other activity, the PlaceWorks booth had a run on our “Practical Guide to CEQA.” If you missed it, it’s available on our Publications page, along with our other […]

APA National Conference

APA’s National Conference is in Seattle this year, from April 17 to 22. PlaceWorks’ principal David Early will moderate a panel discussion, Safe, Sustainable, and Resilient by Geodesign,” featuring PlaceWorks’ GIS Manager Robert Kain, Rob Matthews from Esri, and Mary Roderick from the University of Washington. The panel will explore the concept and practice of […]

Meet up with Us at the AEP California Conference

The AEP state conference starts this weekend in Santa Barbara. PlaceWorks staff will be the moderator or a panelist in seven workshops. PLUS, we’ll be manning booth #3. If you can’t make it to a workshop, stop by and say hello. We’d love to talk to you. See a list of the workshops we’re involved […]

David Early at Esri’s 2015 Geodesign Summit

David Early once again presented at Esri’s annual Geodesign Summit. David discussed how PlaceWorks uses Esri’s web-based app GeoPlanner to tackle planning challenges faced by communities in California. Watch David’s interview from the Summit to learn more about geodesign and the importance of GIS in the planning profession    

Devil’s Slide Trail Named Project of the Year

Our recently completed Devil’s Slide Trail project has already been recognized with several awards, including the Project of the Year Award by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Public Works Association in the under $2 million category; the Bikeways & Trails Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Region […]

“Harnessing the Potential of Urban Rooftops”

The Fall 2014 issue of Esri’s ArcNews published an article by PlaceWorks’ David Early and Sarah Sutton about the Rooftops Resources Project, which developed a way to assess urban rooftops for their capacity to grow food, capture rainwater, and generate electricity. Not surprisingly, the methodology relied heavily on GIS tools, and it was tested in […]

Ahead of the Curve on SB 743

Since day 1, PlaceWorks has been examining the implications and possible consequences of SB 743, which will drastically change the way transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA. Last April, PlaceWorks principal JoAnn Hadfield—with Tony Petros of LSA Associates and Tim Paone of Cox Castle & Nicholson—presented a “first reading” of the legislation at a meeting […]

New Website for School Facility Planning

PlaceWorks announces the launch of School Facility Planning (SFP) Marketplace, an online marketplace linking freelance facility planners with school districts and other school employers. Freelancing is on the rise as 21st-century employees look for better ways to do the work they enjoy and control their own schedules. Cash-strapped school districts can’t afford to keep the […]

Strap on Your Boots and Get Movin’!

One of PlaceWorks’ most cutting-edge projects culminated in the launch of a new website for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. We helped design the site, define functionality, and develop the content. Our staff assessed hundreds of miles of trails; collected data to build a geodatabase, which is the foundation of the […]

City of Pasadena Receives 2014 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award

PlaceWorks offers its congratulations to the City of Pasadena as the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. The Robert C. Larson award recognizes exemplary government programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable and workforce housing. Over the past decade, PlaceWorks has […]

The Newly Published Practical Guide to Planning Healthy Communities is Now Available

“A Practical Guide to Planning Healthy Communities” gives an overview of the field and shows how closely connected health issues are to all aspects of a community, sometimes in surprising ways. The guide discusses the history of the movement, offers basic principles to keep programs grounded, and describes useful diagnostic tools for understanding the health […]

2014 APA CA Conference in Anaheim

The recent 2014 APA California Annual Conference in Anaheim was a great success, and PlaceWorks was thrilled to be a part of it. Our staff participated in 14 panels covering a variety of topics from ethics to outreach. We also had staff in leadership positions helping behind the scenes, including Marissa Aho as AICP Commissioner […]

The Revised Practical Guide to Environmental Risk Is Available Now

If you are already familiar with our Practical Guide series, we offer a revised edition in a new graphical setting with some new and updated material. If you are not already familiar with the Practical Guides, this is a good introduction. “A Practical Guide to Environmental Risk: Perception, Assessment, Communication” describes some of the human […]

Breaking New Ground in the Coachella Valley

PlaceWorks is the lead coordinator of an international design competition —called “Breaking New Ground”— focused on workforce housing for farm and service workers in the Coachella Valley. The competition is sponsored by The California Endowment as part of its Building Healthy Communities program. Breaking New Ground goes beyond most other design competitions by emphasizing not […]

AEP State Conference

PlaceWorks made a great showing at the 2014 AEP conference in Huntington Beach this March. Our staff participated in eight sessions that covered a wide variety of environmental issues, from case law to career guidance to analytic strategies. The firm was recognized as a Platinum Sponsor, and two of our projects—the Cordes Ranch EIR and […]

APA Section Awards

The APA Section Awards are out, and PlaceWorks is once again well represented. The Inland Empire Section honored the City of Menifee’s Inaugural General Plan and the City of Yucaipa’s Community Profile. The Northern Section recognized the City of Santa Cruz’s Ocean Street Area Plan, and the Central Section Awarded the City of Newman’s Non-Motorized […]

Third Street Promenade is 25

PlaceWorks’ Principal Woodie Tescher helped the City of Santa Monica celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Third Street Promenade. Woodie was the lead planner for the project, and he and former mayor Denny Zane shared stories about the planning process. See article in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Suzanne Schwab is a ULI Emergent Leader

Congratulations to Suzanne Schwab, who received the Emergent Leadership Award from ULI’s Orange County/Inland Empire District Council Young Leaders Group. Suzanne was nominated by the council and won this prestigious award based on her involvement in the Young Leaders Program and leadership in a variety of local ULI initiatives, particularly in the area of sustainability. […]