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Planner Profile: Randy Duzan RLA, AICP

Name: Randy Duzan RLA, AICP

Title: Principal Planner

Company/Employer: Stanley Consultants, Inc.

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I am a Landscape Architect and Certified Planner. My journey to becoming a planner started as a landscape architect. I found myself gravitating to large scale projects and eventually found myself designing master planned communities in the 80s. I continued to do both landscape architecture projects, usually a project within the larger planning project. I enjoy being part of a project from inception to construction. My understanding of the macro and the micro has served me will. We never know where our careers will take us, for me, I now do military master planning and have been active in the APA Federal Planning Division.

Tell us how you got into planning.
Looking back, I can say that planning became an interest to me while studying at LSU. At that time the layer system was being used to do site analysis. Ian McHarg promoted this method in his book Design with Nature. This is when GIS was in its infancy. As a landscape architect, my planning experience has been more physical design and urban design. But along the way I have also worked on comprehensive plans, drafting form-based code and a full array of entitlement projects.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
When I am not designing or managing a project, I like to enjoy all the Colorado has to offer. In my early years I worked in Scottsdale, AZ where I am from. But for the past 23 years I have enjoyed cycling, hiking, skiing, golfing and seeking out festivals and concerts. I also enjoy the theater, museums and the Denver Botanical Garden. I have been fortunate in that my career has provided me opportunities to see the world. I love visiting cities round the globe seeing how different cultures deal with urban and rural conditions.

Who is your planning hero or role model?
I can’t point to one person as my role model. Like planning, the whole is a sum of the people I have worked with, observed, learned from. Of course, Ian McHarg whom I mentioned earlier, but also, I have learned from the champions of TND, New Urbanism, FBC, and most recently the focus on Resiliency Planning.

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
Planning in Colorado is interesting because we have a diverse environment and great towns and cities. Just in the time I have been here, I have seen tremendous progress in small town redevelopment to promote economic development through tourism. I have seen LoDo and now the RINO District completely transform the Denver skyline. The difficulty is that we live in such a great state that more and more people are moving here, putting upward pressure on the cost of living. As planners, we are charged with trying to provide access to all. Our challenge as a profession is to balance the pressures of growth while preserving the beauty of our natural environments and resources. As a planner/designer I have not worked a day in my life. It’s too much fun and too rewording to call it work.
   

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