Ian's experience spans Primary Research, strategy formulation, feasibility analysis, policy development, and training
For more than a decade, Ian has examined the complex and context-specific relationships between transportation investments and urban development so that he can help others plan transport systems, implement transit-oriented development (TOD), and capture the value of transit. Ian's research sponsors and consulting clients have included private and public sector entities committed to sustainable urban development: local governments, transit agencies, regional planning organizations, federal agencies, non-profits, landowners, and real estate developers.
To help draft and implement strategies that influence urban development, he leverages the latest transportation and land use studies as well as his professional experiences in real estate investment, transport planning, economic development, business strategy, and primary research. Ian's real estate experience spans the rehabilitation of historic homes in Atlanta, Georgia to 40-square kilometer TOD plan implementation in China. Ian's consulting work with U.S. city governments is equally diverse, with projects ranging from optimizing local transit services in a town of 100,000 residents, to writing an integrated transport and economic development plan for a city of 500,000 citizens, to developing a Transit Orientation Strategy for a city of nearly 4,000,000 people.
Ian previously worked on real estate development finance research for the Center for TOD and managed real estate development initiatives at Central Atlanta Progress. He also worked at Bain & Company, where he consulted with Fortune 500 executives to develop data-driven business strategies. Ian also co-owned residential property investment firms in the Atlanta area, which carried out more than one hundred transactions.
Ian has frequently collaborated with experts in the fields of real estate development and integrated transportation and land use planning to deliver customized solutions for clients. Collaborators have included the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, UC Berkeley Professor Robert Cervero, infill development expert Will Fleissig, author and consultant Terry Moore, and numerous others.
Ian is a member of the Urban Land Institute's TOD Product Council and sits on the Transportation Research Board's Transportation and Land Development Committee.
Ian has a PhD from the University of California Berkeley where his research focused on TOD-related transit planning practices. He holds two masters degrees from UC Berkeley - City Planning and Transportation Engineering - and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a focus on land development from the Georgia Institute of Technology.