Matthew Taecker, AICP

Matthew Taecker

For three decades, Matt Taecker has been a leader in urban placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD). He authored some of the nation’s first TOD guidelines and is co-author of the Transportation Research Board’s “Livable Transit Corridors Handbook.” As a Principal at Calthorpe Associates, he has articulated and illustrated concepts for Congress for the New Urbanism publications including: "Codifying New Urbanism: Reforming Development" and "Principles for Inner City Design."

Taecker has developed plans for urban sustainability using in a full spectrum of settings, including large-scale redevelopment, "greenfields," and incremental infill and revitalization. He has “green” portfolio throughout the United States and internationally. His recent work focuses on regional sustainability and urban revitalization, and his on-line journal focuses on the importance of mixed-use city centers (go to

Taecker has special expertise with the revitalization of downtowns and transit corridors. He directed Berkeley’s Downtown Area Projects, winner of APA’s 2014 "Best Practices" award, which included a policy plan, innovative zoning, transportation demand program, and a street and open space improvement plan. Additionally, Taecker has developed numerous plans that promote infill development and revitalization along transit corridors.

In addition to his Berkeley-based professional practice, Taecker co-chairs the California Planning Roundtables "Infill Project" for overcoming barriers, and he chairs the East Bay AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Committee. Taecker has degrees from UC Berkeley and University of Chicago, and he is a licensed architect and certified urban planner.

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