Meeting Archive:
Creating a Fit Nation: Tips and Tools from the Authors of New York's Active Design Guidelines


Meeting Description:
Creating a Fit Nation: Tips and Tools from New York City’s Active Design Guidelines
New York City’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines, a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored program Fit Nation, offer examples and illustrations of design strategies that promote active living. Utilizing these guidelines for architecture, urban design, and planning can lead to increased active transportation, improved social cohesion, and a healthier population. The Active Design Guidelines are the product of a collaborative, cross-agency effort by 12 NYC agencies. The presenters shared examples and offered suggestions for how built environment professionals can use the Active Design Guidelines to begin to promote healthier buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods.
Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2014
Time: 04:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): American Public Health Association and the American Planning Association
 Presenter Information
Anna Ricklin
Manager, Planning and Community Health Center
American Planning Association
Anna works with APA members and partners to research and disseminate best practices that benefit public health, including solutions to the obesity crisis, access to healthcare, and environmental health concerns. Anna became aware of the importance of the built environment to healthy living when she worked to promote public transit, walking, and biking in Portland, Oregon. When she moved to Baltimore, MD, Anna discovered that transportation choices and access to services were critical to a high quality of life. She has previously worked for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Anna has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Anthropology from American University.

Ernest W. Hutton, FAICP
Hutton Associates, Inc.
Ernest is the President of Hutton Associates Inc. A specialty of the firm is the use of public and stakeholder involvement as a central organizing tool for ‘smart growth’ planning/ urban design/ transportation strategies at both the urban and regional scale. Successful projects include a series of Roanoke Vision plans (national APA award, featured in National Building Museum APA 50th Anniversary Exhibit), the Pittsburgh Cultural District (International Downtown Association Project of the year, HUD National Merit Award), Hartford Riverfront Recapture (Waterfront of the Year award), 10 Connecticut Corridor Management Plans (National USDOT Award of Merit), and Jonathan New Community (HUD National Merit Award). He is currently planning advisor to Providence City Council and is working on a variety of other planning and development projects. 

David Burney, FAIA
Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking
Program for Sustainable Planning and Development
Pratt Institute School of Architecture
David is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Active Design. The Center supports public health by increasing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through the design of the built environment. The Center was established in 2012 as one of the key initiatives to emerge from New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Obesity Taskforce. David Burney was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”) from 2004 to 2014 where he launched a City-wide “Design and Construction Excellence Initiative” with the goal of raising the quality of design and construction of public works throughout New York City.  

Rick Bell, FAIA
Executive Director
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Rick was instrumental in the creation of the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture. The Center has hosted 1,000 public events and 20 exhibitions each year since opening in 2003. In collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Center for Architecture has hosted annual interdisciplinary conferences called “Fit City” and “Fit Nation.” These bring together design and public health professionals to develop ways of helping to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Previously, Rick was Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering at New York City’s Department of Design + Construction. A registered architect in several states, Rick was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 for his work in public facility design.  He holds degrees from Yale and Columbia and has received numerous awards for civic activities and design.