Michael Baker International's Urban Design Studio (UDS) is a multidisciplinary team of planners, landscape architects, architects and engineers, solely devoted to projects that improve the physical and social environments of the communities we serve. We respond to the needs of city residents who are looking for communities designed to offer sustainable, healthy and vibrant places to live, work and play.
Urban Design Studio Blog Team
Susan Harden, AICP, Planning Practice Lead
Ms. Harden is the National Planning Practice Lead for Michael Baker, charged with expanding planning throughout the organization and ensuring quality, innovation, and sustainability are always at the forefront. For over twenty years, she has built her career around community-based planning and visioning. Her core skills include downtown and neighborhood revitalization, comprehensive land use planning, active transportation planning, and public involvement. As an educator, author, and presenter, she is committed to empowering communities to create positive and meaningful change. She co-authored an APA Planners Advisory Service Report entitled Placemaking On A Budget and has presented at numerous conferences, including the APA National Conference, National Town Meeting on Main Street, New Partners for Smart Growth, Neighborhoods USA, and Arizona Governor’s Rural Development Conference. She has taught urban planning courses at CalPoly Pomona University, CalState Fullerton University Extension Education program, and University California Irvine where she continues to teach a Healthy Communities practicum course in the graduate planning program.
John Fennell, PLA, LEED GA, ENV SP
Mr. Fennell is a practicing Landscape Architect and urban designer with significant experience in all stages of project design, public engagement and construction management. Mr. Fennell's use of cutting-edge technology for creating master plans, evocative communication exhibits, construction documents and planting plans allows him to solve challenges and explore ideas quickly and efficiently. Three dimensional modelling has become an integral part of his design and communication processes. He has managed and overseen numerous projects of various sizes with multi-disciplinary teams, including master plans such as Arbor Place in Washington DC; local parks such as Shepherd Field and French Park in Washington DC; large, institutional projects such as the National World War II Memorial and the University of Virginia Special Collections Library; and medium-sized, privately funded projects such as residential estates and condominium developments.
Fred Jones, AICP
Mr. Jones is currently a senior project manager with Michael Baker. He has over 15 years’ public and private sector experience in urban and regional planning and project/program management for a variety of community planning and mobility projects. His expertise includes multi-modal transportation planning, corridor studies, complete streets, traffic impact analysis, public engagement, as well as extensive experience in regulatory issues and mixed-use development. Mr. Jones’ training in anthropology led to his career in planning as he believes “urban planning is anthropology.”
Michael Hathorne, CNU-A
Mr. Hathorne is a land planning executive and urbanist in Salt Lake City, Utah. His experience includes areas such as community design, land use analysis, property acquisition, land entitlements, code writing, long range land planning, land use policy, and community/architecture design review. Mr. Hathorne's general areas of skill and ability include project management, negotiation, teaching, and public relations. His areas of professional specialty and interest include New Urbanism, Transit-Oriented Development, and Form-Based Code.
Andrew Batson, AICP
Mr. Batson's experience covers varying aspects of the planning field with an emphasis on transit, transportation, and community planning with extensive public outreach. His specific experience includes train station area planning focused on maximizing investment by revitalizing the built environment and encouraging economic growth. He has extensive experience in federal grant writing, specifically for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rail and transit grant programs, and has won grants totaling more than $80 million. Mr. Batson has developed extensive experience in reviewing and improving transit agency management through leading the Transit Agency Performance Review process for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Public Transportation, and through several groundbreaking efforts to consolidate transit agencies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve efficiencies and cost reduction.
Jaimie has more than 24 years of experience in transportation engineering. He has managed, coordinated, and administered budgets, schedules, and all technical activities, including supervision of technical staff for numerous transportation projects. His project experience includes preliminary design, corridor sketch and master planning, detailed freeway operations analysis, and bottleneck removals. Throughout his career, he has been part of transportation projects that have a significant focus on livability and sustainability. Starting with the early Smart Growth initiatives, he was involved in pilot projects to transform areas and corridors into more “complete streets.” In addition, he was engaged in access management policy development and the subsequent pairing of the access guidelines with planning and other design principles that balance out mobility objectives with livability objectives. As a traffic engineer, he has had a strong affinity for multi-disciplinary planning environments, working closely with urban designers, architects, energy consultants, and market research firms.