Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 05, 2001

Cal Poly Professor, Alumnus Elected Fellow of American Institute of Certified Planners

Cal Poly City and Regional Planning instructor, Cal Poly alumnus, and former county planning director Paul Crawford has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a member.

Crawford, the 1990 College of Architecture and Environmental Design Honored Alumnus, was among 56 planners to be named as fellows in a two-day selection process in Washington, D.C.

Crawford is the Cal Poly's first graduate of the City and Regional Planning Department to receive the title of fellow.

"The induction of Paul Crawford into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners is a fitting recognition of the exemplary career Paul fashioned as a city planner," said City and Regional Planning Department Head Bill Siembieda.

"Throughout his career as an urban planner, Paul has shown great dedication in achieving livable pedestrian-oriented, distinct communities," Siembieda said. "The process and results of his planning have benefited communities by linking environmental and economic sustainability with social equity."

"Gaining this sort of national recognition for one's work is a high and humbling honor," said Crawford. "I am incredibly fortunate to have a career that I remain passionate about, that forces me to keep learning, and that allows me to contribute in some positive way to the quality of peoples' lives by helping to care for their communities and the environment."

In addition to lecturing part-time at Cal Poly, Crawford is president of Crawford Multari & Clark, a planning consultant firm in San Luis Obispo that he founded in 1990. At the firm Crawford has worked on 14 general plans and more than 50 zoning ordinances, development codes and design guidelines for communities throughout California. He is currently preparing new design guidelines for the City of San Luis Obispo and general plan updates for Atascadero, Morro Bay and the town of Loomis as well as new zoning codes for Sonoma and Solano counties.

Crawford served as director of planning and building for San Luis Obispo County from 1980 to 1990.

In 1993 he was elected a member of the California Planning Roundtable, a professional advisory council, and last year he served as its president.

Fellowship is granted to an AICP member for excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service and leadership. He was recently inducted in a ceremony as a part of the 2001 American Planning Association National Conference in New Orleans.

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