MICHAEL D. WATKINS, AIA, AICP, LEED AP DUANY PALTER-ZYBERK Project Manager-Planning
Michael Watkins is Director of Town Planning for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, leaders in the national movement called New Urbanism, advocating economically sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally sensitive new town develop- ment. In 1988, Mr. Watkins opened the Washington, D.C. office of DPZ. Since that time, he has been a leader or member of design teams for over sixty towns and neo- traditional neighborhoods in the United States and abroad, including a number of Transit-Oriented Developments. His responsibilities have included leading numerous charrettes, preparing concept master plans and designs, developing design guide- lines and reviewing the architectural and engineering plans for developers. In 2003 Mr. Watkins edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region. Prior to working for DPZ, Mr. Watkins was a Project Architect with Cho, Wilks & Benn, an architecture firm in Baltimore, MD. His apprenticeships included work with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Houston and San Francisco and WED Imagineering, the design department of Walt Disney World. Mr. Watkins speaks on the subject of traditional town planning at universities and con- ferences and has been a jury member for design studios at several universities.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1985
REGISTRATIONS Registered Architect: Maryland American Institute of Certified Planners LEED AP
MEMBERSHIPS Congress for the New Urbanism American Institute of Architecture
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS Springhill Lake, Transportation-Oriented Development, Greenbelt, Maryland Collaborating Principal and Lead Planner for redevelopment of 157 acres; property will be redeveloped in successive phases with a section of the existing apartments to be demolished in each phase. The project, undertaken with Michael Graves & Associates, contains two ten-story towers at the gateway to the community, with a main plaza with shops in a neighborhood center with lower density units in the interior, a new school, and a pedestrian pathway connecting the community to the Washington Metro’s Greenbelt Station.
Upper Rock, Transportation-Oriented Development, Rockville, Maryland Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner for a new dense mixed-use neighborhood one mile from the Shady Grove Metro and within walking distance of a proposed light rail stop. Within this 20-acer site an eight-story LEED-Silver office building is nearing
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY