W. Paul Farmer

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, is Chief Executive Officer of the American Planning Association (APA) and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He previously served in senior management positions as planning director in Minneapolis, and department and deputy planning director in Pittsburgh. He has also held academic positions at the University of Oregon, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has consulted throughout the world and has written and lectured extensively.

Farmer received both his B.Arch. and B.A. degrees from Rice University and his M.R.P. degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. He received a Design Excellence Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Progressive Architecture award. He was also a Hayden Fellow in Architecture, a Baker Distinguished Student Fellow at Rice University, and a Richard King Mellon Fellow at Cornell University. A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a recipient of the Dale Prize from Cal Poly Pomona, he has been awarded the status of Hon. ASLA by the American Society of Landscape Architects and Hon. RTPI by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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