2009 Invited Panelists

John Landis

Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning,
University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Landis' research interests span a variety of urban development topics; his recent research and publications focus on growth management, infill housing, and the geography of urban employment centers.

Together with several generations of Ph.D. students, Prof. Landis developed the California Urban Futures series of urban growth models. He is currently engaged in a National Science Foundation-funded project to model, forecast, and develop alternative spatial scenarios of U.S. population and employment patterns and their impacts on travel demand, habitat loss, and water use through 2050.

Prior to arriving at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, Prof. Landis was on the planning faculties of the University of California, Berkeley (1987–2007), Georgia Tech (1985–1986), and the University of Rhode Island (1983–1984).

Prof. Landis serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.

Hilda Blanco

Professor Emeritus of Urban Design and Planning
University of Washington

Dr. Hilda Blanco is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley. As a specialist in planning theory and urban growth management, she has published a book on planning theory, How to Think about Social Problems (1994), and articles in Urban Studies, Places, Journal of the American Planning Association, and other journals, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Planning Education and Research. She has served as co-director of the Northwest Center for Livable Communities, a founding member of the Strategy/Action Council of West Siders Together, a member of the Board of Advisors of Cuban National Heritage, and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for New Jersey Transit’s MLK light rail station planning in Jersey City. Outside academia, she have worked as a planning consultant to the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and New York. She has also evaluated land reform efforts in China, led workshops on growth management for Puerto Rico, and been Manager of Policy and Research for New Jersey Office of State Planning where she was principal author of early versions of New Jersey’s first statewide growth management plan.

Matthew Kitchen

Program Manager for Development
Puget Sound Regional Council

Matthew Kitchen is the Program Manager for Development within the Data Systems and Analysis Department at the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). He has 10 years of experience in transportation planning and economic development. He specializes in transportation planning, economics and financial analysis. He is also part of a team leading an effort to integrate transportation and land use models and develop activity-based transport models. Recent work has included a $3 million behavioral research experiment, the Traffic Choices Study. This one-of-a-kind research project was designed to collect and analyze behavioral data from drivers as they made travel choices when faced with tolls for the use of roadway facilities. Other work has included the development of long-range transportation plans, including the development and implementation of transportation benefit-cost analysis methods, transportation revenue forecasting and financial analysis. Mr. Kitchen has served on a number of NAS project panels and expert task groups including NCHRP and SHRP2 research efforts. He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences including the Transportation Research Board, ITS World Congress, ITS America, IBTTA, and the Transportation Research Forum.

John Carruthers

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

John Carruthers is an Economist in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; he is also affiliated with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of alternative land use patterns and, increasingly, on the value that households place on environmental quality. Dr. Carruthers is presently serving the first year of a two-year term on the RSAI Council, the governing body of the Regional Science Association International. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his family.