Pittsburgh, PA

EDUCATION

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) > 2012

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Boston University (BU) > 2006

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Adobe Creative Suite

Esri ArcGIS

Google SketchUp

HTML/CSS

IBM SPSS

Python

MEMBERSHIPS & POSITIONS

American Planning Association

Pittsburgh Mayoral Transition Team

Student Planning Organization of UIUC,
Former President

UIUC Masters Admission Committee,
Student Member

Champaign-Urbana Bike to Work Day,
Volunteer Webmaster

Former U.S. Government Security Clearance

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BACKGROUND

A new transplant to Pittsburgh, Ira was most recently a planner at Houseal Lavigne Associates, an industry leading consulting firm based in Chicago. He contributed to urban planning projects across the Midwest, ranging from rural farming communities to growing college towns to post-industrial cities. Primarily working on long-range comprehensive plans, he also gained experience in neighborhood planning, downtown planning, corridor planning, urban design, and public outreach and community engagement for municipalities, counties, and other organizations.

Ira has developed particular strengths in writing, data management and analysis, surveys and facilitation, and document illustrations and layout. An avid traveler, his interpretation of cities and local ways of life are colored by an interest in regional cultures and customs. While earning his masters degree, he focused on community development, international planning, and planning communication.

Before becoming a planner, Ira was an electrical engineer at a federal research lab. Ira’s engineering and science background give him a unique approach to planning problems. His technical training in things like computer programming, laboratory protocols, and data analysis continually influence his writing, research, and design.

Ira has worked in numerous roles in local and federal government, as well as the private sector, educational institutions, and small business. He has technical expertise in GIS, graphics software, and website development. He frequently managed technical projects such as website and database development at Houseal Lavigne, both for clients and for the firm.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Houseal Lavigne AssociatesAssociate Planner
Chicago, IL > Jun 2012 – Oct 2013

Major Projects
Coralville, IA
Council Bluffs, IA
Crothersville, IN
Culver, IN
Flint, MI
Lansing, IL
Oak Park, IL
Richton Park, IL
St. Charles, IL
Tipton County, IN
Traverse City, MI

US Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research LabGraduate Researcher, Water Usage and Conservation
Champaign, IL > Aug 2011 – May 2012

Designed and administered surveys to gauge attitudes and practices of more than 330 soldiers toward water use; created a graphical conservation awareness and education campaign; analyzed sensor and survey data to provide informed recommendations to Army decision makers.

City of UrbanaPlanning Intern
Urbana, IL > Jun 2011 – Aug 2011

Wrote sections of the city’s farmers’ market strategic plan; designed marketing and website materials; supported department staff with planning and zoning cases, zoning appeals, and press releases and public communication.

MIT Lincoln LaboratoryAssistant Staff, Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group
Lexington, MA > Aug 2006 – Jun 2009

Principal support for field testing new technologies, including experimental design and execution, hardware development, data analysis, and technical writing.

PROFESSIONAL PLANNING

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ACADEMIC PLANNING: DESIGN

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ACADEMIC PLANNING: ANALYSIS

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PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo, Japan
  • Easter Island, Chile
    Easter Island, Chile
  • Sydney, Austraia
    Sydney, Austraia
  • Singapore
    Singapore
  • Great Wall, China
    Great Wall, China
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
    Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Jerusalem, Israel
    Jerusalem, Israel
  • Ushuai, Argentina
    Ushuai, Argentina
  • New Zealand
    New Zealand
  • Venice, Italy
    Venice, Italy