Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Cultural Competency: A Critical Skill Set For The 21st Century Planner

Understanding the needs of ethnic minorities is critical for contemporary working planners, says Leonardo Vasquez, AICP/PP.

December 21, 2009 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

How Frederick Law Olmsted Got the Central Park Job

If the Frederick Law Olmsted of 1857 offered to plan and manage your city’s central park, you probably wouldn’t hire him. The 35-year-old then was a farmer, journalist and former sailor with no formal training in architecture, engineering or any related field. Though he didn’t have much technical expertise, he had great leadership skills. Those gave him the opportunity to succeed, and helped him become successful, according to Leonardo Vazquez.

November 10, 2008 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Changes to AICP Certification Maintenance Program a Positive Step Forward

Leonardo Vázquez, AICP/PP, applauds recent changes to the AICP Certification Maintenance Program that reduce costs and improve access.

September 8, 2008 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Will the American Institute of Certified Planners Live By the Principles it Promotes?

The continuing education program of the American Planning Association's American Institute of Certified Planners has stirred much controversy amongst members, educators and officials. Many agree the system's flaws need to be addressed. But where is the public discussion?

April 21, 2008 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Improving The Purpose And Accountability Of The American Planning Association

When membership is not much more than a subscription and decisions are made with little group input, the APA needs to adjust the way it interacts with its members, according to self-proclaimed "APA lifer" Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP.

April 11, 2007 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Latinos and Planning: The Road Ahead

With the Latino population growing tremendously, it's time to begin addressing the shortcomings in the practice of planning regarding this key demographic.

February 26, 2007 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

The AICP Certification Maintenance Program: Good Steps In The Wrong Direction

Though the program has good intentions, APA's proposal for mandatory continuing education could just encourage more planners to attend the National Planning Conference than to actually get more training.

January 2, 2007 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

How Bad Leadership Spoils Good Planning

In many ways, a successful urban planner is first and foremost a leader, yet far too many professionals lack the ability to lead, and ignore the importance of cultivating good leadership skills.

September 18, 2006 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Urban Fables: The Role Of Storytelling And Imagery In Successful Planning Movements

New Urbanists and pro-property rights advocates have made good use of both allegory and myth to capture the attention of planners and the public.

August 7, 2006 - Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

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