Building Together

Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building

With Ronald Shiffman
Foreword by Dore Ashton, Kenneth Reardon

Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Honorary AIA

Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.

Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, is the former director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, which he cofounded in 1964. He was awarded the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership for his work to promote community-based activism over the last fifty years. Shiffman is a city planner with four decades of experience providing program and organizational development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Trained as an architect and urban planner, he is an expert in community-based planning, housing, and sustainable development. He has had extensive experience bringing together private and public sector sponsors of housing and related community development projects. He is also recognized as one of the founders of the community design movement in America and was one of the organizers of what today is known as the Association of Community Design Centers. He is currently a professor at Pratt's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and lectures extensively on sustainable development and community development strategies.

He has received numerous awards from community-based organizations and national advocacy groups including local and national awards from ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility), the local chapters of the AIA and AICP, and the Municipal Art Society. He is the recipient of the American Planning Society's prestigious 2013 Planning Pioneer Award. He has authored a number of articles on urban planning, social justice, and community economic development. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since May of 1985, and in April of 2002 he became an AICP Fellow.

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