The Design Team

Piedmont Housing Alliance has sought and attracted a world-class team of community development experts to work with us and with the community on this important project. The proposed team of consultants are nationally and internationally recognized, award-winning experts in community engagement, affordable housing, urban planning, housing finance, architecture and design.

Phase One Design Team

Architect: Grimm and Parker


Grimm and Parker is a 44-year-old firm with offices in Charlottesville and Tysons, Virginia and Calverton, Maryland.  The firm has specialized in mixed-use and mixed-income residential structures, parks, and community spaces.

Site Engineer: Timmons Group

Timmons Group is a prominent local engineering firm with 11 Mid-Atlantic offices, including a local office here in Charlottesville. Craig Kotarski, project manager, has been advising Stantec, design team consultant, during the Master Plan process. He has been providing invaluable local insight and expertise, knows the project well, and will serve as the engineering project manager. Craig was recently selected by Engineering News Record MidAtlantic as a “Top Young Professional” for 2015, selected from among hundreds of individuals across the region and the only nominee selected from Central Virginia.


Master Plan Design Team

David D. Dixon, FAIA, Senior Principal, Urban Places Group Leader, Stantec


David Dixon, leader of Stantec’s Urban Places Group in Boston, is an architect and a national leader in sustainable urban design and development. He is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Jefferson Medal for “a lifetime of creating liveable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vibrant downtowns.” He has worked on projects in Alexandria, VA, Washington, DC, Columbus, OH, Charlotte, NC, and Chicago, IL among others and has won more than four dozen awards for his work from the AIA and the American Planning Association. David is deeply committed to engaging with the community and to creating equity in his work.

Liz Ogbu, Founder and Principal, Studio O

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Liz Ogbu, Founder + Principal of Studio O, is an architect and social innovation
strategist trained at Wellesley College and the Harvard School of Design who
consults on projects throughout the global south – in Africa and South America
– and throughout the United States, as she says, “translating the desires of the
community into design.” She has worked on projects in London, England, Nairobi, Kenya, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. She has collaborated with a variety of organizations from international agencies like the UN to small social enterprises like Jacaranda Health on various projects globally. Getting Liz to work with us is very exciting. She is warm and engaging, she’s done great work around the world, and she is absolutely brilliant.

Marc Norman, Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Marc Norman

Marc Norman has a master’s degree in planning from UCLA and has worked
on many sides of the development process. He developed housing as project
manager at Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, structured financing for mixed finance, affordable housing in partnership with development agencies throughout the country as Managing Director at Duvernay+Brooks and financed development deals, non-profit developers and intermediaries as a Vice President at Deutsche Bank. He recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard School of Design and is in private practice. Marc will help us to turn the vision into one that is financially sound and sustainable over the long run. Marc is a great guy. I hope that you will have a chance to meet him.


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As a project manager and senior planner within Stantec’s Urban Group, Steve is
focused on developing urban revitalization plans at both neighborhood and district levels. Before joining Stantec, Steve was a senior planner at Goody Clancy, where he was the project manager for several HUD Choice Neighborhoods planning efforts and an arts and innovation district plan that was recently awarded a 2014 APA National Excellence Award. In all projects, Steve structured and led the community engagement process; coordinated the work of multi-firm teams; and wrote and developed the final planning documents. Steve’s experience also includes the public sector, where he was the deputy director of planning for the City of Syracuse. Steve most enjoys the aspect of community and stakeholder engagement in his work.


Craig Kotarski, PE is a Senior Project Manager with Timmons Group. He has deep roots in the Charlottesville area and community, dating back to high school and college, having received his degree from the University of Virginia. He was a selection to Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Under 40, as well as a recent graduate of the Leadership Charlottesville program. As a Senior Project Manager, Craig works closely with the design team in all aspects of the project, ensuring quality during design and appropriate oversight during the construction process.