NHIA Brings City Planner Jeff Speck to Manchester

Jennifer Robertson on 11.07.18

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) brings best-selling Author and Influential City Planner Jeff Speck to Manchester


Manchester, NH (November 7, 2018) - The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce it is co-sponsoring noted author and influential city planner Jeff Speck to present the keynote address at this year’s Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Infrastructure Summit, November 14 at the Manchester Country Club. Click here to register today!

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH WALKABILITYPRESENTED BY ORACLE AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NHIA How can “walkability” enhance a city’s quality of life and promote economic development? Walkability expert, influential city planner, and best-selling author Jeff Speck will explore this topic and highlight some of the opportunities Manchester can pursue to drive economic development through creating a more walkable and connected community. If book sales and video views are any indication, Jeff Speck is likely the most listened-to city planner in the world – you don’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from a world-renowned city planner about his perspective on Manchester 

This is the second time Speck has made an appearance in Manchester. NHIA welcomed Speck to campus in October 2015 in connection with the launch of the college’s Certificate in Creative Placemaking program. The Certificate program attracts a diverse mix of mid-career planners, economic development specialists, arts management professionals, and designers from across the nation and seeks to build a shared knowledge base and ethical framework for creative placemaking in areas of civic art, urban planning, public policy, community development, and leadership development. 

Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.