Hi, my name's Brian, and my life's work in transportation is dedicated to the humble street. With a burgeoning urbanism in Vancouver and across Canada, I'm hardly alone - and for good reason: streets, long under-appreciated in North America, are the majority of the public realm we come in contact with on a daily basis, containing the pavements, trees, furnishings, and facades that are the building blocks of a vibrant public realm.
In following this thread of inquiry, I've built a multidisciplinary background including studies and work in civil engineering, city planning, journalism, urban design, public policy, landscape architecture, and urban forestry. I've collaborated across these disciplinary boundaries and more, whether for professional practice, academic research, municipal governance, or transport advocacy.
This thread has brought me to Vancouver, first to explore the urban landscape with Spacing Magazine
, and now to help set the City's sights higher and farther ahead in the new transportation plan
. My goal in the coming years is to put this high level vision into practice to build streets that put people first.
This isn't all I've been up to lately. In the last few years I've completed my MCP at the University of California, Berkeley, honed my urban design techniques in two studios, worked for a transit agency with a service area population of 1.5 million, developed a spreadsheet to portray the US passenger transportation system and project emissions to 2050, studied (and mapped) how bike lanes and other facilities affect route choice, and wrote a weekly freelance transit column, among other things.