Mr. Dixon has led a wide range of significant projects in North America for public, private, and institutional clients. His commitment to enhancing quality of life and economic opportunity for urban communities is a consistent theme in all his work. Mr. Dixon speaks frequently throughout the country on a range of urban design issues, including smart growth, downtown revitalization, integrating a new generation of urban growth into historic urban environments, and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. An advocate for many aspects of community-building, he is especially known for initiating a national dialogue on density as an essential tool for revitalizing urban communities. He has led many of Goody Clancy’s award-winning projects, gaining recognition from groups such as the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Society for College and University Planning, the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects. In 2013, the American Planning Association honored Goody Clancy’s Planning and Urban Design practice with their National Excellence Award for a Planning Firm.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded him its 2007 Thomas Jefferson Award for “a lifetime of … significant achievement in [creating]… livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns …” In 2012, Residential Architect, inducted Mr. Dixon into their Hall of Fame for his lifetime of work creating equitable and opportunity-rich residential communities.
As 2003 President of the Boston Society of Architects, David chaired the “First National Conference on Density: Myth and Reality.” He is a co-author of Urban Design for an Urban Century (Wiley 2009), which the Boston Globe’s architectural critic, Robert Campbell FAIA, described as “The wisest, clearest introduction I know to the art and science of designing cities” and writes on emerging urban issues for periodicals and books published by the AIA, APA, MIT Press, Urban Land Institute, and similar organizations.
As chair of the AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Committee, David helped shape the AIA’s response to Hurricane Katrina and went on to prepare the post-Katrina Master Plan for New Orleans, where he continues to work. Additional current and recent work includes a new high density, mixed-use, walkable downtown for suburban Dublin (Ohio); breaking down the barriers between campus and community for urban universities including Drexel, Ohio State, and the Aga Khan Liberal Arts University in Karachi; growth strategies for innovation districts including Kendall Square (adjacent to MIT), East Franklinton near downtown Columbus (Ohio), and “U” districts adjacent to the University of Washington (Seattle); downtown plans for Wichita, Asheville (NC), and New Orleans; and “Choice Neighborhood” revitalization plans for Baltimore, Columbus, and San Antonio.
David has written extensively on post-industrial opportunities and challenges facing America’s cities, including Urban Design for an Urban Century, a book he co-authored for Wiley and an article for Planning Magazine, “Wish Fulfillment” that describes a 50-year vision for America’s cities. David holds a BA from Wesleyan University, M Arch from the University of Pennsylvania, and M Urban Design from Harvard University.
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