MEDC’s James Tischler inducted into the College of Fellows of the AICP at APA Planning Conference

posted on May 5, 2016 11:25am

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James Tischler is the policy director of Collaborative Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (view larger image) James Tischler is the policy director of Collaborative Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

James Tischler, policy director of Collaborative Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and former director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Community Development Division, was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), along with MSU’S School of Planning, Design and Construction’s Urban & Regional Planning Professor Zenia Kotval. Fellows of AICP receive this honor for “achieving excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership.” They must also be planners who have been members of AICP and be nominated and chosen to become members of the College of Fellows.

“It’s hard to find words to express how honored I am to be recognized by such esteemed professional peers,” said Tischler. “I am grateful to many colleagues with whom I have worked alongside on projects and programs over the years, which were the basis of the College’s selection.”

Tischler has more than 29 years of experience in the field of urban planning, working for public organizations and consulting with private sector firms, and has been a practicing planner in Michigan for more than 20 years. He has contributed research and innovation as a leading-edge practitioner and provided essential tools for more community-oriented planning. Tischler is respected nationally, especially for leadership in the planning movements of placemaking, form-based codes, New Urbanism and brownfield/greyfield redevelopment, all of which helped to qualify him for this honor.

Mark Wyckoff, senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute, was involved in assembling the materials needed for Tischler’s application. Wyckoff has been a Fellow of AICP for close to 16 years.

“Jim is one of the principal thought leaders behind Michigan’s Placemaking initiative, and very effective at bringing outside professionals from around the country into Michigan to train planners on best practices,” said Wyckoff about Tischler’s nomination.

Tischler, Kotval and 59 other AICP members were nominated to be Fellows by various American Planning Association (APA) Chapters and Divisions. They were inducted into the College of Fellows of the AICP on Apr. 3, 2016, during APA’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Please join us in congratulating James Tischler on receiving this prestigious honor!