I'M DAVID BERNIKER.
I'M A PLANNER, URBAN DESIGNER,
& LOVER OF CITIES.
Connecting people, places, and policy is my defining focus. While I wear several hats (a planner, urban designer, architect, and policy-maker), my drive remain the same: process and people.
My passion is in working with stakeholders--neighborhood groups, municipalities, and private groups--in a manner that aligns with the community's history and vision. I take a systems approach to planning and design. This collaborative and iterative exchange is about seeing the opportunities, challenges, and relationship between the physical infrastructure ("hard" systems)--the pipes, roads, parks, and open spaces--and social infrastructure ("soft" systems)--the places and organizations that allow for the exchange of ideas and create a sense of belonging.
For the past 30 years, my responsibilities have included strategic planning, conceptual design, consensus-building, and project management roles throughout the public and private sectors. My projects include developing and managing pedestrian-oriented land use and transportation plans, creating graphic-friendly design guidelines and form-based codes, and facilitating public workshops and visioning exercises that bring to life the shared goals of all who work, live, and play in the community.