Dan specializes in creating innovative models of urban revitalization, entertainment districts and sustainable economic development. Dan has master planned both public and private downtown developments in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wilmington in North Carolina, Myrtle Beach, Clemson and Rock Hill in South Carolina and nationally in Long Beach, California, Suffolk, Virginia and Anchorage Alaska.
His public sector experience includes seven years as the founder and Director of the Raleigh Urban Design Center – charged with revitalizing downtown Raleigh, NC. He lead the city’s strategic planning effort that leveraged over $3.5 billion dollars of downtown investment. In 2008, Dan was honored to receive the first ever Downtown Advocate Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
In private practice, Dan founded the national Urban Planning and Design Studio for Kling-Stubbins Architects. He led the southeast practice for the Jacobs Advance Planning Group. Recently Dan gained significant international planning experience working on large scale new city projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Dan is a sought after speaker on the topic of urban revitalization. He has spoken at over 25 conferences – locally, nationally and internationally. He helped to organize and found the International Making Cities Livable Conference and the NC State University/City of Raleigh Conference on Urban Design. In 2013, the NCSU School of Design awarded him its “Wings on Wings” medallion for significant service to the North Carolina design community.
In 2007, Dan won a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship – spending 8 weeks traveling throughout Europe – studying sustainable economic development, the introduction of high speed rail in urban centers and the influence of the creative class in major city centers in Ireland, Spain, Germany and France.
Dan’s projects have won numerous local, state and national awards from leading urban associations – International Downtown Association, American Planning Association, the International City/County Management Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.