Over 35 Years of Professional Experience In Both Public and Private Sectors

The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was founded on the belief that rarely is any one firm uniquely qualified for any single planning project. This is why, rather than using a firm-based approach, TWC employs a person-based approach.

Phil Walker and TWC are involved with a wide range of planning projects, including community visioning, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, comprehensive planning, zoning and design standards.




  • Principal: The Walker Collaborative – Nashville, Tennessee (2002-present)
  • Part-Time Interim Director:
    – City Planning Department – Natchez, Mississippi (2022)
    – Downtown Natchez Alliance (DNA) – Natchez, Mississippi (2019-2022)
    – Two Rivers Company (TRC) – Clarksville, Tennessee (2011-2014)
  • Director of Planning – Nashville Office: LRK Architects – Nashville, Tennessee (1998-2002)
  • Principal: Community Planning & Research, Inc. – Nashville, Tennessee (1994-1998)
  • Associate: Christopher Chadbourne & Associates – Cambridge, Massachusetts (1993-1994)
  • Director of City Planning: City of Natchez – Natchez, Mississippi (1991-1993)
  • Associate: Hintz/Nelessen Associates – Princeton, New Jersey (1988-1991)
  • Executive Director: Downtown Improvement Board – Pensacola, Florida (1986-1988)
  • Harvard University:
    Master of Design Studies – Real Estate Development (1994)
  • University of Florida:
    Master of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning (1986)
  • Middle Tennessee State University:
    Bachelor of Science – Historic Preservation (1984)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners – College of Fellows (FAICP)
  • Professional Planner – State of New Jersey (inactive)
  • National Charrette Institute (NCI) – Charrette Manager
  • Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Site Visitor
  • American Planning Association: Pilot Program Reviewer – Comprehensive Plan Standards
  • American Planning Association: Committee Member – Community Assistance Planning Services (CAP)
  • International Association for Public Participation
  • Preservation Action – Board of Directors (past)
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • National Main Street Network
  • Tennessee Preservation Trust – Board of Directors (past)
  • Nashville Urban Design Forum – Board of Directors (past)

The process of learning what a community wants for itself, and building a consensus when a collective vision is lacking.

The process of learning what a community wants for itself, and building a consensus when a collective vision is lacking.

The process of learning what a community wants for itself, and building a consensus when a collective vision is lacking.

Comprehensive&Area Planning

The process of examining an area, community or region and crafting a long-range plan for its future growth.


The Walker Collaborative's Phil Walker has over 35 years of experience preparing and implementing planning strategies for downtowns across the country.


Phil Walker has over 35 years of experience with waterfront planning for both public and private sectors.

New Town Centers

Although The Walker Collaborative focuses primarily on enhancing existing places, TWC also has experience with the creation of new town centers.


Phil Walker has led and participated in a wide range
of neighborhood planning projects for both new and existing neighborhoods.

Historic Preservation

Phil Walker's preservation expertise began with earning a bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation in 1984, and preparing a historic preservation plan for St. Augustine, Florida.

Battlefield Preservation

Phil Walker has worked on battlefield preservation plans for over a dozen battlefields in five different states and lectured at conferences of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program...

Zoning & Design Guidelines

Phil Walker has over 35 years of experience drafting and implementing all types of land use and design policy, including zoning, development standards and design guidelines.


“The reason the City continuously hires The Walker Collaborative, even over the course of multiple political administrations, is because they do a good job. Phil is good at listening to his clients and the public in general, and he takes the time to understand the various existing conditions in a thorough manner. His solutions for our community always seem to be the most technically sound and pragmatic path to take, so we value his recommendations.”

David Bennett
City of Lookout Mountain, GA

“… the City hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) to craft a detailed revitalization strategy in 2013… Issues addressed included uses and development along the Coosa River … Although budgets are tight, we have used the plan to make steady progress in revitalizing the district… The City of Wetumpka was quite pleased with the services and end product provided by The Walker Collaborative.”

J. David Robison, AICP
Planning & Program Director
City of Wetumpka, AL

“Philip and his team are sincerely nice people with no pretense –
a delight to be around and interact with.
I am looking forward to helping implement all the great ideas and images they created for our City.”

Denise Boswell, Ph.D.
Senior Planner, Planning and Development Services
City of Wilson, NC

Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsize Communities is excellent for anyone working in revitalization. The book covers all of the aspects that help create a healthy downtown and a successful revitalization strategy. It’s the big picture of what makes a downtown function and the importance of having a plan. It reminded me what initially interested me about the field.”

Jeff Siegler, CMSM
Ohio Main Street Program

“I can tell you project managers make all the difference in the overall success of major planning initiatives. Phil Walker provided leadership at every step of the project. He took the lead role in all public meetings, served as the key point of contact with the City, and oversaw all aspects of the planning process. He exhibited a high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness.”

Joey Dunn, AICP
Director of Planning & Development Services
City of Bryan, Texas

“You and your team did a fantastic job with this comprehensive plan.
It clearly reflects a high level of care on your part.
We feel like the City of Midway really got its money’s worth.”

Don Emmons
City of Midway, Georgia

“From all accounts, The Walker Collaborative knows what it’s doing when the aim is downtown revitalization… What we like most about this process is the strong desire this organization has to get public input…
The Walker Collaborative seemed to truly care about getting local buy-in.”

Courier Staff
The Courier (Russellville, AR)

“Mr. Walker assembled a talented team…that have dramatically changed the neighborhood for the better.
The plan has since been used as a model strategy for the revitalization
of other similar neighborhoods in Tupelo.”

Larry Otis
City of Tupelo, Mississippi

“I enjoyed your session. Your presentation was streamlined so it was easy to follow and grasp concepts,
entertaining with your natural injection of humor, and you had excellent presence.
You really connected with your audience.”

Merideth Hildreth, AICP
Hillsboro, New Mexico

“Phil’s charrette process exceeded our expectations… Phil and his team demonstrated an outstanding ability to work with anxious developers, interested property owners, and concerned neighbors. The caliber of Walker’s work was proven when the resulting Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Planning Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.”

Katherine E. Ennis, AICP
Planning Director
City of Northport, Alabama