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Roberta Fennessy

Roberta Fennessy

, M.S., B.D.A.
Instructor
Public Administration, URP
Employed Since: 2015

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Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Urban Land Institute

    • Biography

    Biography

    Roberta Fennessy is a multi-faceted architect and urban planner with strong strategic and project management skills. Her in-depth knowledge of land use laws, zoning regulations, and approvals processes, has made her a key figure in navigating projects and clients through various levels of agency and governmental approvals.

    She has worked in local government as well as for world-renowned architecture firms RMJM Architects and Planners, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as a development and planning consultant whose core experience comprises large‐scale, mixed-use, urban redevelopment projects in markets such as New York City, Newark, New Jersey, Denver, Colorado, and the Central Florida Region.

    While at SOM, she worked on Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus Plan in West Harlem - successfully navigating the project and client through approvals for the rezoning of 37 acres on Manhattan's west side. She also led the development of the Newark Broad Street Station District Redevelopment Plan - a 2009 NJ Futures Smart Growth Award recipient.

    She is presently spearheading the development of the Interim Use Master Plan for the Creative Village Development team. Creative Village is a public-private redevelopment project in Downtown Orlando.

    Roberta holds an M.S. degree in urban and regional planning from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Florida. She is a full-time professor of urban planning at the University of Central Florida where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on land use, planning law, and urban design. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Columbia and has been a guest critic at Rollins College and UF. She has a passion for urban environments, travel and mid-century modernism. 

     

     

    Credentials

  • M.S., Urban Planning, Columbia University
  • B.D.A., Architecture, University of Florida
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