Keith Walzak

Director

Keith brings a passion and commitment for placemaking and design to every project. For over 30 years, Keith has collaborated with public and private sector clients, communities and key stakeholders in city-building initiatives throughout the U.S. Inspired by people and places, Keith strives to improve the health and livability of communities, focusing his interest on sustainable urbanism, multi-modal and green infrastructure, urban redevelopment/regeneration strategies, cultural arts and social equity initiatives. Applying a design-minded, collaborative approach, Keith engages community members throughout the visioning and implementation process to promote community character and placemaking opportunities for neighborhoods, campus environments, business districts and cities.

Favorite Project & Why

It’s a bit cliché to say, but I really enjoy most project work. If I had to highlight a particular project, it would be the South Park Avenue Improvement Project—an FTA Livable Communities Initiative project aimed at improving pedestrian and transit access while celebrating the cultural identity of a historically underserved African-American neighborhood in Tucson, AZ. The residents of South Park taught me to open my eyes and be humble.

Favorite Thing About Your Job

It’s the people…. It’s always about the people.

Favorite Thing to Do

Hang’in with my peeps: Ms. Sheri (my life partner), my son and daughter and the new grandchild Clyde (best name ever).

Three Things You Can't Live Without

Blue skies, laughter, exploring

Keith Walzak