TRUDC hosts the 2016 Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

David Armentor

Dec 21, 2016

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC) recently hosted the 2016 Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD South), representing its 11th turn as host of the lauded national program. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.

Experts in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, real estate development, transportation planning, and urban design joined mayors from across the Midwest and South regions in two-and-a-half-day discussions and offered pragmatic advice on how the mayors could approach the design and development challenges facing each of their cities.

The event was attended by Eastpointe, MI Mayor Suzanne Pixley; Germantown, TN Mayor Mike Palazzolo; Gretna, LA Mayor Belinda Constant; Gulfport, MS Mayor Billy Hewes; Meridian, MS Mayor Percy Bland; and Natchez, MS Mayor Daryll Grennell. The 2016 MICD South Regional Session included participation and leadership by several TSA faculty and staff, including leadership by TRUDC Director Grover Mouton, Project Manager Sergio Padilla, Small Center Project Manager Nick Jenisch, MSRED Director Casius Pealer, and MSRED student Andrew Moore.

Joining the mayors and MICD Director Trinity Simons at this session was a distinguished group of Resource Team members: Portland Development Commission Senior Project Manager Leila Aman; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill Senior Urban Designer Robert Bracken; New Orleans Downtown Development District Director of Economic Development Leigh Ferguson; City of New Orleans Director of Place-Based Planning Bill Gilchrist; Preservation Design Partnership Principal Dominique Hawkins; Rhode Island School of Design Landscape Architecture Department Graduate Program Director Suzanne Mathew; and TSA’s Mouton & Pealer.

The 2016 MICD South Regional Session was sponsored in part by United Technologies Corporation. For more information, visit and


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