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Stantec Expands Leadership of Urban Planning and Design Group

Parul Dubey on April 9, 2018 - in News, People

Washington, D.C. TSX, NYSE:STN: Global design firm Stantec announced that Jess Alexander has moved from the firm’s Abu Dhabi office to help lead the expansion of Urban Places, Stantec’s multidisciplinary team of urban planning, design, mobility and resilience experts, across the U.S. East Coast. As a principal based in the firm’s Arlington, Va. office, Alexander will focus on planning, public realm design and urban design, as well as building an awareness of Urban Places in the Washington, D.C. area.


“Jess’ deep commitment to sustainable urban design and master planning is matched by a comprehensive command – gained from significant work across the U.S. and overseas – of state-of-the-art strategies for creating places that build social, environmental and economic value,” said David Dixon, vice president, planning and urban design leader for Stantec’s Urban Places team.


With 14 years of extensive project experience, Alexander is an accomplished landscape architect specializing in urban design and master planning. He holds established expertise in master planning and public realm design of vital waterfront communities, having completed more than 10 large-scale waterfront community master plans in the past five years. Among his more prominent projects is the design of the 50-acre Makers District in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The waterfront community was designed through a process of research and collaboration between global design teams focused on creating a destination that cultivates creativity and enriches people’s lives. 


“During the six years he was in the UAE, Jess was instrumental in growing that office by building a talented team, finding high-quality projects, and creating strong client relationships that resulted in repeat business,” said Ken Anderson, principal in charge of Stantec’s Arlington office. “Most importantly, the design work produced by Jess and his team is truly exceptional, and we look forward to growing our urban planning practice under his leadership.”


As urban cores continue to grow across the globe, Stantec’s Urban Places team aims to deliver planning and design expertise that provides communities with substantial new economic, social and environmental value. By blending data, experience and creativity, the group equips communities with the tools necessary to proactively manage change and shape the future with confidence.


To learn more about Urban Places, please visit https://www.stantec.com/urban-places


About Stantec


Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.


We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.


We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.


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