Public Realm

Vice Chair: Jason Ficht
Assistant Vice Chair: Rich Flierl
Vice Chair, Education: Matt Shannon
Vice Chair, Outreach: Pete Carmichael
YLG Representative: Stephanie Roxas
YLG Representative: Manny Trujillo
Student Representative: Jonathan Lightfoot

Public Realm

The Public Realm Initiative Council will work to provide programming that benefits ULI members, including but not limited to: understanding best practices, case studies and lessons learned, and innovating new approaches to planning and designing places where and through which the public connects in communities in Orange County and the Inland Empire   The expertise of the Public Realm Initiative Council members will be leveraged to share best practices with the broader ULI membership.

Our membership will be broad based and will not only include design professionals but experts in the fields of public / private development, policy planning, transportation planning, economic development, housing, real estate marketing, real estate finance, development, and construction.


Interest Areas

  • Revitalization
  • Parks
  • Complete Streets
  • Civic Design
  • Streetscapes
  • Public Financing
  • Historic Urban Design
  • Mixed Use Districts
  • Recreational Open Space
  • Streetscapes
  • Bridges
  • Pedestrian, Bike and Equestrian Pathways

Pete Carmichael

Vice Chair - Outreach
Director, Community Development
City of Irvine
Irvine
CA
United States

Jason R. Ficht

Vice Chair
Project Manager
Design Workshop
Costa Mesa
CA
United States

Dima Galkin

Young Leader Group
Associate
RSG
Irvine
CA
United States

Walker Wood

Young Leader Group
Acquisitions Associate
The Olson Company
Seal Beach
CA
United States

William Crouch

Member
Community Development Director
City of Orange
Orange
CA
United States

Richard J. Flierl, ASLA

Member
President/Principal
Katalyst
Denver
CO
United States

John Leehey

Member
Director of Planning
JZMK Partners
Costa Mesa
CA
United States

Jonathan Lightfoot

Member
Community Development Technician
UC Irvine
San Clemente
CA
United States

Amy Martz

Member
Newopen Group
Irvine
CA
United States

Seth Merewitz

Member
Partner
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Andrew B. Nelson

Member
Red Oak Investments, LLC
Irvine
CA
United States

Joel W. Rosen, AICP

Member
Director of Community Development
City of Buena Park
Buena Park
CA
United States

Matt Shannon

Vice Chair - Education
Managing Director
Urbanus Group
Santa Ana
CA
United States

Audrey Young

Member
City of Lake Elsinore
Lake Elsinore
CA
United States