TEACHING & PRESENTATIONS

The Walker Collaborative’s Phil Walker has lectured and/or served on design juries for several universities for various planning-related issues.

He has taught urban planning courses to planning officials and professionals throughout the state of Alabama as part of the University of North Alabama’s continuing education program. His book on downtown planning is required reading for several collegiate planning courses, including those at the University of Massachusetts and Arizona State University.

In 2018, Phil Walker was appointed by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) as a Site Visitor to help evaluate collegiate planning programs across the country.

Some of the universities Walker has lectured at or served on design juries for include:

University of Tennessee, Harvard University, Oklahoma State University, Alcorn State University, University of West Florida

Watch A Presentation from Phil Walker

“Initiating and Implementing a Downtown Plan” • Mississippi Main Street, Nov. 3, 2021

“Planning For Tryon’s Future” • Tryon Downtown Development Assoc., May. 7, 2015

Representative Presentations

  • American Planning Association’s National Conference: April 13, 2019 – San Francisco, California
    Session: Design-Based Comprehensive Plans
  • Alabama/Mississippi American Planning Association Fall Conference: October 11, 2018 – Oxford, Mississippi
    Session: Dollars, Heritage & Race: Creating a Downtown Plan for Natchez, MS
  • American Planning Association’s National Conference: April 23, 2018 – New Orleans, Louisiana
    Session: Dollars, Heritage & Race in Natchez
  • Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association Spring Conference: May 19, 2017 – Lake Cumberland State Park & Resort
    Session: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • Alabama Planning Institute – University of North Alabama: September 30, 2016 – Gardendale; February 3, 2017 – Madison; February 24, 2017 – Sylacauga; February 25, 2017 – Phenix City
    Session: Coding for Smart Growth
  • Alabama & Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association Annual Conference, October 8, 2015 – Orange Beach, Alabama
    Session: A Tale of Two Cities: Planning in Oxford & Starkville
  • Killeen Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, September 24, 2015 – Killeen, Texas
    Session: Why History is Important
  • Downtown Tryon Development Association, May 7, 2015 – Tryon, North Carolina
    Session: Planning for Tryon’s Future [view viedo above]
  • Alabama & Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association Annual Conference, November 13, 2014 – Tupelo, Mississippi
    Session: Old Stuff = New Dollars: Historic Preservation as Economic Development
  • 2014 Twin States Conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects (Alabama & Mississippi ASLA Chapters), March 14, 2014 – Oxford, Mississippi
    Session: Heritage Tourism Planning in the Mississippi Hills
  • University of North Alabama’s Continuing Education Series, September 25, 2012 – Enterprise
    Workshop: Turning the Past Into Dollars – Economic Development Through Preservation & Heritage Tourism
  • 2012 Annual Conference of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, September 20, 2012 – Bentonville, Arkansas
    Session: When Good Downtowns Do Bad Things: Lessons A to Z
  • 2012 Destination Downtown Conference, September 18, 2012 – Rogers, Arkansas
    Session: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • 2011 Florida Main Street Conference, September 16, 2011 – DeLand, Florida
    Session: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • University of North Alabama’s Continuing Education Series, June 8, 2011 – Auburn, Alabama
    Workshop: Community Enhancement Through Zoning & Design Standards
  • 14th Annual Planners’ and Zoning Administrators’ Conference, April 27, 2011 – Madison, Alabama
    Workshop: Community Enhancement Through Zoning & Design Standards
  • 2011 Annual Conference of the American Planning Association, April 12, 2011 – Boston, Massachusetts
    Session: Zoning Repair for Downtowns
  • 2011 Annual Conference of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, March 11, 2011 – North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Keynote Speech: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • 2011 Annual North Carolina Main Street Conference, January 28, 2011 – Shelby, North Carolina
    Keynote Speech: Downtown Revival in a Fiscal Crunch
  • 2010 Annual Conference of the American Planning Association, April 12, 2010 – New Orleans, Louisiana
    Session: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • 2010 Annual Spring Conference of the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, March 17, 2010 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Session: Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsized Communities
  • 2009 Annual Conference of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association, November 12-13, 2009 – Hernando, Mississippi
    Sessions:
    – Smart Growth Planning, Small Towns, the Livable Community: Is Your Plan Helping or Hurting?
    – Planning Commissioners Workshop: The Comprehensive Plan
  • African-American Preservation Alliance Conference, August 4, 2006 – Memphis, Tennessee
    Session: Historic Neighborhood Initiatives – Jazzing Up Urban Neighborhood Commercial Districts
  • Texas Downtown Association Annual Conference, November 11, 2004 – Bryan, Texas
    Sessions:
    – Keynote Speech: Reclaiming Main Street Through Downtown Planning
    – Design Review for Quality Development
  • ABPP 7th Annual National Conference on Battlefield Preservation, April 21, 2004 – Nashville, Tennessee
    Session: Reading the Land – Cultural Resource Analysis & Battlefield Preservation
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Joey Dunn, AICP
Director of Planning & Development Services
City of Bryan, Texas
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“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)
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“Working with TWC on the Washington Drive District Plan was enjoyable and rewarding. Phil’s team was very qualified and easy to work with. The high-quality renderings made the plan catch people’s attention. The vision and strategies detailed in the written text inspired those who will implement it. Phil is very attentive, quick to respond, always willing to listen, and incorporate your ideas.”

G. Lee Burnette, AICP
Director, Planning & Development
High Point, North Carolina
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“Phil is a pleasure to work with and for. He is committed to giving his clients
everything they seek while providing high-quality professional recommendations and plans.
He is always seeking the best in colleagues and consultants, as well.”

Ron Emrich
Former Executive Director
Preservation New Jersey
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“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
Mayor
City of Tupelo, Mississippi
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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
Director
Ohio Main Street Program
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“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
Mayor
City of Midway, Georgia
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“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
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“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
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“… 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