Dan specializes in creating innovative models of urban revitalization, entertainment districts and sustainable economic development. Dan has master planned downtown developments throughout the Carolinas and stretching from Long Beach, California to Anchorage Alaska. Internationally Dan has created cutting edge planning and sustainable development efforts for the new King Abdulla City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and the Royal Commission cities of Yanbu and Jubail in Saudi Arabia.
His public sector experience includes seven years as the founder and Director of the Raleigh Urban Design Center – charged with revitalizing downtown Raleigh, NC. He lead the city’s strategic planning effort that leveraged over $2.5 billion dollars of downtown investment. In 2008, Mr. Douglas was honored to receive the first ever Downtown Advocate Award from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
In private practice, Dan was the vice president and managing principle of Urban Strategies, founded the Urban Planning and Design Studio for KlingStubbins Architects and led the southeast practice for the Jacobs Advance Planning Group.
Dan is a sought after speaker on the topic of urban revitalization. He has been a guest on NPR’s The State of Things. He has spoken at over 20 conferences – locally, nationally and internationally. In 2007, Dan won a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship – spending 8 weeks traveling throughout Europe – studying sustainable economic development, the effects of the introduction of high speed rail on urban centers and the influence of the creative class in European city centers.
Dan’s projects have won numerous local, state and national awards from leading urban associations – International Downtown Association, American Planning Association, the International City/County Management Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Landscape Architects.