Staff News: Welcome Robert Goodill, AICP, New Principal of Urban Design and Planning

SK+I is proud to announce that Rob Goodill, AICP has joined the Bethesda office as the new Principal of Urban Design and Planning. Rob brings with him over 25 years of experience and is a recognized leader in consensus-based visionary design. A proponent of mixed-use, walkable urbanism, his work includes neighborhood revitalization, sprawl repair, and transit-oriented developments that are vibrant, inclusive and implementable both here and abroad.

In his new role, Rob will bring exciting thought leadership and play a key role in raising the firm’s profile through his work with private and public/private clients focused on the reciprocal relationship between building programs and the public realm of streets and open spaces in neighborhoods and cities. His extensive expertise is focused on visioning, programming, placemaking, urban design and planning. He is particularly adept at achieving collaborative, consensus solutions to difficult development opportunities. His efforts have been nationally recognized by American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Rob received his BArch from the University of Notre Dame and his MArch from Cornell in Urban Design. Prior to SK+I, Rob was a Senior Principal at Torti Gallas + Partners. Before that he was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University where he taught in both Syracuse, NY and Florence, Italy. He has served as a Guest Critic at universities around the country including Cornell University, Notre Dame, and The Catholic University of America. Rob’s affiliations have included the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. He will be an integral part of leadership and growth of SK+I’s Urban Design Practice and we are excited to have him on board.

1 Comment

  • Norman Crowe

    December 17, 2021 8:44 pm

    Dear Rob, Congratulations on your 2 articles in Public Square. I thoroughly agree, especially about the importance of multi-unit and mixed-use housing designed to form neighborhood context, rather than each trying to assert its presence against the rest as is too often the approach of most architects. I like to use the terms “background buildings” and “foreground buildings” — simplistic, but effective! I would add that “boxes” could make for a richer environment if not strictly ‘international’ in character, but rather reflect regional characteristics, a broader sense of place. And that might mean more closely reflecting traditional architectural ‘styles’. For some citizens, the thin wall appearance suggests relative impermanence, while “old fashioned” bricks-with-limestone-details suggests relative permanence. And more solid appearance needn’t necessarily look dull, depending on how it is handled. But most important: It has been a long time and I especially appreciate what you are doing. Keep up the good work!
    All the best, Norm

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