Hank Dittmar Associates is led by Hank Dittmar, one of the world’s leading urbanists, dubbed by the Daily Telegraph as “the high priest of new urbanism.”
Dittmar was the longest serving Chief Executive for the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, directing the growth of the unique charity in the UK and around the world, and overseeing the development of its urban projects and its practice based approach to education from 2005-2013. He remains a Special Advisor.
From 2000-2005, Dittmar was Founding President and CEO of Reconnecting America, and was Chairman of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2003-2008. He has been the head of a US based foundation, a regional planner, an airport director, and an outreach worker with street gangs in Chicago’s inner city. He advised on sustainable development and climate change during Bill Clinton’s presidency, has frequently provided testimony to the United States Congress and has been a policy adviser to senior officials in Great Britain, the United States, Australia and the OECD. He served on the Farrell Review of architecture and the built environment for the UK government and provides design advice to London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Dittmar is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College at Oxford University. He received his Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 2008, he was named the Outstanding Alumnus of The Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin, and in the same year received the Seaside Prize for his contributions to urban design worldwide.
He is the author of the 2008 book Transport and Neighbourhoods, co-author and editor of New Transit Town (Island Press, 2004) and a coauthor of Sustainable Planet (Beacon Press, 2000) and Green Living (Compendium, 2009). He writes a regular column for Building Design magazine and has written for the London Evening Standard, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.