David Early, AICP, LEED-AP
David Early, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, is renowned throughout California as an expert on smart growth and sustainable development, with work in the fields of comprehensive planning, plan implementation, public participation, urban design, transportation, and environmental review. His work spans diverse fields such as downtown revitalization, transit-oriented development, bicycle planning, greenhouse gas reduction, and agricultural preservation. David is an expert facilitator, and he has helped numerous groups achieve consensus on difficult development and conservation issues. He also has extensive knowledge of GIS planning concepts and has overseen the application of GIS on a number of major projects. David was the original founder of the Berkeley based planning and design consultancy Design, Community & Environment, which is now part of PlaceWorks, where David continues to serve as a principal. He has over 25 years of experience in planning and design and has master’s degrees in both architecture and city planning. He is a frequent speaker and teacher, and his work has won awards at the local, State, and national levels.