Urban Designer David Walters to Speak at Center for Environment at Catawba College


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The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will feature a presentation by urban designer David Walters Thursday, March 31, at the Center facility on the college campus. His topic will be “Signposts to Surviving the 21st Century: Air Quality, Carbon Emissions and Community Design.”

Walters, a British architect who has four decades of experience as an architect, urban designer and community planner, will speak at 7 p.m. in Room 300 of the facility that houses the Center for the Environment.

Walters also serves as a tenured professor of architecture and urban design at UNC-Charlotte and the program coordinator of the Master of Urban Design program at UNCC’s College of Arts and Architecture. He is a senior urban designer with The Lawrence Group, Architects and Town Planners. With The Lawrence Group, Walters has won state and national awards for urban design master plans, form-based codes and community planning projects based in Carolina communities.

He is the author or co-author of three books: Design First: Design-based Planning for Communities (with Linda Luise Brown); Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes; and The Future Office (with Christopher Grech).

Walters holds undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in architecture and urban design from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He taught and practiced in England where he won national awards for housing and urban design. In 1983 he moved to the United States, teaching and practicing in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma before joining the UNC-Charlotte faculty in 1990.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve a space, individuals may call 704.637.4727.


The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was founded in 1996 to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country.

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