Galina Tachieva joined DPZ as a project manager in 1993 after receiving a master's degree in town planning from the University of Miami, Florida. Prior to her graduate study in the United States, Ms. Tachieva received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ms. Tachieva directs and manages the design and implementation of projects in the United States and around the word, with plans that vary from the regional scale to inner city and architecture. An expert in urban design, urban redevelopment, sprawl retrofit, sustainable planning and form-based codes, Ms. Tachieva has applied her comprehensive background to author the Sprawl Repair Manual, published by Island Press. She is the primary author of the Sprawl Repair Module, a special application to the SmarCode, which enables the recuperation of sprawl into healthy communities. Her extensive hands-on experience has resulted in successful resort communities under construction such as Alys Beach, Beachtown Galveston, Albany, Schooner Bay, and Camana Bay. In addition, she has led numerous charrettes in Brazil, where she has also visited as a professor in UFRJ and UNICAMP, lecturing on advance techniques of urban design. Ms. Tachieva is one of the leaders of the CNU Sprawl Retrofit Initiative, a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, a member of the Transect Codes Council, a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and by the US Green Building Council as a LEED-acredited professional.