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Accomplished Urban Planner Jason Beske Joins Stantec’s Urban Places

Parul Dubey on May 21, 2019 - in News, People

Washington, DC, NYSE, TSX: STN: Leading global design firm Stantec welcomes Jason Beske, AICP, as senior associate in the firm’s Urban Places practice, Stantec’s interdisciplinary team that brings together experts in urban planning, design, mobility, smart cities, and resilience. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Beske will lead planning and urban design projects in the Washington, DC region, supporting growth of the firm’s Urban Places practice in the region while advancing the group’s mission of helping communities across the globe create places of economic, social, and environmental value.

Beske brings nearly 20 years of experience leading transformative initiatives that have helped communities across the Washington, DC region manage growth in ways that build economic competitiveness, promote equity, and enhance livability. This work has ranged from large-scale comprehensive planning and civic engagement initiatives to planning for individual neighborhoods, districts, and high-profile sites. During his tenure at the National Capital Planning Commission, Beske oversaw planning for significant federal projects ranging from parks to memorials and museums. Prominent projects in recent years include the Courthouse Square sector plan in Arlington County, VA; the Crescent District Form-Based Code in Leesburg, VA; and the comprehensive plan for the National Capital region of Washington, DC. Before moving to the Washington, DC area, Beske had served as the Urban Designer for Overland Park, a rapidly growing suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, where he produced the widely acclaimed Vision Metcalf Downtown Form-Based Code.

A respected thought leader with a strong interest in the full range of opportunities and challenges facing America’s suburbs, he recently co-edited Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places(Island Press: February 2018) with David Dixon, vice president and planning and urban design leader for Stantec’s Urban Places.

“I speak for the whole Urban Places team in saying we are excited that Jason has chosen Stantec to build the next stage of his terrific career,” said Dixon. “I have known him for years and deeply respect his commitment, which he shares with the rest of us, to help cities and suburbs alike manage the accelerating pace of change to become places that are more livable, equitable, and resilient.”

Beske holds a bachelor of science in community and regional planning and a master of community and regional planning from Iowa State University, and serves as an adjunct professor for planning and urban design at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Area campus. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference Committee and will chair the 2021 National Planning Conference in Boston.

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 www.stantec.com/urban-places


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