2017 Student Competition Jury
San Diego university students will compete in an exercise of responsible land use through a design and development competition focusing on healthy communities. All submitted projects must incorporate the highest and best use of land as well as adhering to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Principles along with financial feasibility.
The primary objective of the Competition is to assemble multidisciplinary student teams from the various local universities where they create a land use plan and development proposal for a site in the City of San Diego. The winning entry will be the plan and proposal best demonstrating the Building Healthy Places Principles and improving public health, while being economically feasible and aesthetically pleasing.
A second objective of the Competition is for the students to work in an environment similar to a professional setting. Typical professional project teams are assembled on a project by project basis depending on the skill sets needed to properly develop a site. The teams include disciplines such as architecture, development, construction, landscape architecture, urban design, planning and finance. Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to negotiate the group decision-making process are strengthened from this type of charrette team approach to development.
The Competition will provide a forum for students to learn first-hand about the motivations and objectives of the other players in the development process and what compromises need to be made to ensure the project is financially feasible, aesthetically attractive and promotes healthy activities and lifestyle for its future inhabitants and users.
A panel of experts (the Jury) will narrow down the Competition entries to three finalist teams who will make a presentation to the Jury determining the winner. The winning team will receive an award of $2,500.
Thank you to our distinguished jury for their time and diligence in choosing our 2017 Healthy Places University Finalists.
- Jon Becker, Assistant Vice President-Planning, Project Design Consultants
- Lance Hosey, Architecture + Design Leader, HED
- Marco Sessa, Sr. Vice President-Land Development & Residential, Sudberry Properties
- Michael Singleton, Principal, KTU+A
- Kelly Souza, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
- Jim Moxham, CEO, Cameron Brothers
Mr. Becker is a landscape architect and land use planner. He is a long time civic volunteer who has held several leadership positions including chair of the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board, chair of the Land Use Committee, and chair of the Park Village Maintenance Assessment District. Most recently, Mr. Becker has served on the City of San Diego Community Forest Advisory Board before terming out. Most recently, Mr. Becker has been appointed to the Park and Recreation Board of San Diego by the Mayor of San Diego.
Jon has served in the management and design of both public and private developments in many locations throughout the US and Mexico with most of his experience focused in the Southwest. His background includes both physical and policy planning and design of urban settings, residential housing communities, park developments, and commercial facilities.
His physical planning experience has ranged from 1/2-acre infill sites to several-thousand-acre walkable community developments. From smaller high-density sites to regional communities of 6,000 dwelling units, his focus has been to create livable neighborhoods with a sense of place with the ability to secure entitlements. His master plan projects have achieved the integration of housing, commercial, schools, and park developments, with pedestrian linkages, while providing roadway design and infrastructure. Some of his land plan designs have included freeway options, optimal positioning of land uses, hillside grading, site plans, and landscape plans.
He has also successfully completed many landscape architectural projects for parks (some award winning), open spaces, streetscapes, commercial projects, and golf courses.
Lance Hosey is the former chair of the LEED Advisory Committee and has served on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Social Equity Working Group. Currently, he serves on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group, and he is one of only 30 people in the world who are Fellows with both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the USGBC. Lance’s latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, the first to study the relationships between sustainability and beauty, won a 2013 New York Book Show award and was a 2014 finalist for “Book of the Year” with the U.K.’s Urban Design Awards.
Prior to joining HED Hosey was a design director with William McDonough + Partners and Chief Sustainability Officer with two of the world’s largest design firms. Earlier in his career, he played key design roles with Rafael Viñoly Architects and with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. His clients have included some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including NASA, Google, SC Johnson, Palm, and others. His design work with employers and alone has won many awards and has been published extensively. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Marco Sessa serves as Sudberry Properties’ Senior Vice President-Land Development/Residential. He is in charge of all aspects of the development process for the Civita mixed-use community. Civita will include 4,780 homes, 900,000 square feet of commercial retail and office, public parks, and a civic center with a heritage museum. The Civita plan achieved a “gold” certification in the United States Green Building Council’s LEED-ND program.
Prior to Sudbury, Sessa worked for Reno Contracting, Inc. and managed the construction operations of 670,000 square feet of build-to-suit office developments with total construction costs of $94 Million for a San Diego general contractor specializing in the construction of high-tech and biotech office buildings. Responsible for all facets of project management from pre-construction estimates through construction scheduling, subcontractor agreements and change orders, material procurement, cost control, quality control and project safety.
Sessa obtained a graduate degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California with honors for outstanding academic achievement in 2003 and a graduate degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering Management from the University of Colorado in 1997. His undergraduate degree was in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Michael Singleton is a professional planner (AICP) with a concentration on transit and active transportation design and planning. He is trained as a Landscape Architect with most of his 35 year career bridging the two professions of planning and landscape architecture. He is also a certified transportation planner under the advanced credentials of AICP.
Mike is a health advocate for communities and transportation options and abides by these principles in his personal life. You can often hear him bragging about his small carbon footprint while also showing off his large leg muscles resulting from 45 years of serious cycling. Mike has produced many pedestrian and bike master plans and projects along with many years of transit planning and advocating for smart growth policies and plans that integrate transportation options, transportation demand management, proper design that encourages healthy community activities and lifestyles. Mike has been involved with mentoring students for many years, including 9 years supporting the Landscape Architecture Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with three annual visits to help critique, mentor and support students.
Kelly Souza is the senior vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate office in San Diego.
Jim Moxham is the owner of the site with which the Student Competition is taking place.
In 1946 brothers William and John Cameron founded the core company – Cameron Brothers Construction Co., which has since evolved into three main companies (Companies). Over the years, the Companies completed numerous civil work projects for the City of San Diego and the State of California, including sections of the 8 Freeway, grading on Qualcomm Stadium and numerous underground sewer, water and storm drain projects for the Cities of San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee among others.
Overtime, the Companies built many projects for their own account. Today the Companies own approximately 20 different properties including office, industrial, apartments, retail, mobile home parks, as well as, agricultural land in Yuma. The Companies have survived the past 70 years, where many have failed, by limiting debt and staying within its means.
The Companies are debt free and are driven by generating cash flow and holding properties for the long term. This strategy results in building quality into the project at the front end to minimize maintenance issues over time. Most typically, companies will build for cash through internal loans.