2015 CLIDE Awards Jury

A distinguished panel of jurors comprised of nationally respected professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, and development will select the CLIDE Award recipients from the applications submitted. Winners will be recognized at the North Central Texas Council of Governments General Assembly on June 18, 2015 where the awards will be presented.


2015 CLIDE Jury


Jerold Kayden

Jerold Kayden- Jury Chair
Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Jerold Kayden is the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between law and the built environment and public-private urban development. He has authored numerous articles on subjects such as property rights, smart growth, design codes, historic preservation, and market-based regulatory instruments.

As an urban planner and lawyer, Professor Kayden has advised governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private developers around the world. Since 1991, he has been the principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He founded Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space, a nonprofit organization based in New York City whose mission is to improve zoning-created plazas, arcades, and indoor spaces. Professor Kayden has been a consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Development Programme, with work in countries such as China, Nepal, Armenia, Ukraine, and Russia. From 1992 to 1994, he was Senior Advisor for Land Reform and Privatization to the Government of Ukraine on behalf of USAID/Planning and Development Collaborative International.

Professor Kayden earned his undergraduate, law, and city and regional planning degrees from Harvard, and subsequently served as law clerk to Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Among Professor Kayden’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Environmental Design Research Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also received the “Teacher of the Year” honor at the Design School.



Douglas Hooker

Douglas Hooker
Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission

Douglas Hooker is the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is an agency that facilitates local governments in the Atlanta region and implements innovative solutions for small and large challenges and opportunities. He oversees programs and services that support community development, transportation development, water and natural resources, arts and culture, and many others.

Hooker has held a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. He began his career with Georgia Power, where he worked as a design engineer, project manager, design section supervisor, and technology policy analyst. He later served as the Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works and led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games. Throughout his career, he has worked on critical regional and local projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, and water.

Hooker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Technology and Sci­ence Policy from Georgia Tech. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory Uni­versity’s Goizueta Business School.

Hooker is involved in several aspects of the community, including board service on the Council for Qual­ity Growth, and has served on boards and committees of organiza­tions such as Georgians for Passenger Rail, the Georgia Conservancy, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He was also appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to serve on the first board of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. He has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the Excellence in City Government award from the Atlanta City Council.



John Rahaim

John S. Rahaim
Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco

Appointed Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco in January 2008, John Rahaim manages long-range planning, environmental reviews, and development entitlements for most physical development in the City.

Rahaim has overseen the completion of nine neighborhood plans in San Francisco. Since his arrival, the Department has completed the Better Streets Plan in cooperation with seven other city agencies and has also staffed the work of the Historic Preservation Commission. The ongoing work of the department includes reviews for 8,000 projects per year, of which nearly 2,000 require detailed review and analysis.

Previously, Rahaim was Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Seattle and was the founding Executive Director of CityDesign. Prior to his tenure in Seattle, Rahaim served as Associate Director for the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning.

Rahaim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



Smedes York

G. Smedes York
Chairman of York Properties, Inc. and of related companies, Prudential York Simpson Underwood and McDonald York Building Company

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, York has spent many years serving his community. In the 1970s and ’80s, York served as a Raleigh city councilman and later as Mayor of Raleigh. He was a past chairman of the North Carolina Chamber, the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees, and the YMCA of the Triangle. As a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), he chaired many advisory service panel assignments, including in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Today, he continues to serve as a trustee for the ULI.

York earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, where he played basketball for the legendary Everett Case. After college, York served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, receiving an Army Commendation Medal for his service in South Korea. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State University in 2009.

Currently, York serves on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Foundation, North Carolina Amateur Sports, and North Carolina State University Foundation. He is a highly respected businessman and has been instrumental in helping the Triangle area become one of the most desired places to live in the United States.