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Brown Bag Lunch: Urban Planning Careers on the Digest

March 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Please join us for Urban Planning Careers on the Digest. This program will feature Paul Fontaine, AICP, of Fontaine Urban Design.

This will be an invaluable and unique opportunity to learn about what is takes to own your own urban design firm.

If you are interested in any of the following things listed below, you want to attend this lunch program:

  • Land Planning
  • Urban Design Guidelines
  • Public workshops
  • Working at a large national land planning and urban design firm
  • Working for the public sector
  • Preparing schematic , development and construction documents
  • Developing a master plan
  • Working with neighborhood groups

Paul Fontaine is an award winning urban designer whose primary focus is providing strategic planning services for communities and cities. Current projects include being a faculty member and coordinator of University of Michigan’s engaging community through the classroom effort; lead planner for Detroit’s Vantageport, a 60,000 acre aviation based redevelopment strategy, and helping a small community turn a Superfund site into their new City Hall and mixed use development.

As coordinator of University of Michigan’s coordinated outreach efforts, Paul helps bridge the gap not only between community and the University, but also between academic units. To date, the schools of Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Public Health, Art, and Public Policy have been involved in project work. His professional skills combine historic preservation, brown field redevelopment, land preservation, and high density design with the goal of preserving existing neighborhoods and green spaces. Before creating his own strategic planning firm in Ann Arbor, Fontaine was SmithGroup’s — one of the nation’s largest and oldest firms, first principal level Urban Designer. Paul has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Columbia University and a BGS from University of Michigan.


March 26, 2013
12:00 pm