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