Chris Beynon (AICP) is a national leader in the transformation of our urban environments. Chris has led urban design, land use planning, downtown revitalization, economic development, and mixed-use corridor projects in cities large and small throughout North America. His affinity for cities and their distinct characters was awakened while traveling and working abroad after college. Returning to the States, he saw characterless uniformity on the streets and in the communities and skylines—a stark contrast to the bustle and vibrancy of places like Cairo, Bangkok, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. Since then he has worked to plan and design urban environments that celebrate and reflect what truly makes them unique. A highly skilled facilitator, writer, and keynote speaker, Chris is a catalyst for critical thought and collaboration. Whether it’s a community workshop or a client working session, he integrates multiple points of view and builds consensus to move projects forward for both private and public-sector clients. From downtown cores to transit corridors to neighborhood parks, Chris creates innovative planning and design solutions that optimize resources, meet multiple objectives, and produce measurable outcomes to tangibly impact communities.