Our urban communities are facing ever increasing pressure to find elegant solutions to the grand challenges we face – shifting economies, changing demographics, and impacts to our landscapes and natural systems – compounded by the added stress of a changing climate. Join Ms. Attarian to hear about designing for ourfuture by incorporating sustainable design into every street corner, and what that means to our community’s sense of place. She will also share stories and lessons learned from her own work with the cities of Chicago and Detroit.
Janet joined the City of Detroit in June 2016 as the city’s first Deputy Director for the Planning and Development Department. For the previous two decades, Janet worked for the City of Chicago, serving most recently as project director for the Streetscape and Sustainability Program and Sustainability Coordinator for the Chicago Department of Transportation, working to turn Chicago’s streetscapes, river walks, bicycle facilities, and pocket parks into great urban places. Janet’s ability to meld the concepts of complete streets and ecological design led to the development of the City’s Sustainable Streets Program and Green Alley Program, which has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Chicago Innovation Award.
Janet speaks around the country on sustainable infrastructure and her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times and the FHWA’s Public Roads magazine. She has been honored with the South East Chicago Commission’s Special Service Award and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by the Greater Chicago Chapter of Women in Transportation. Prior to working with the city of Chicago Janet had her own design firm and worked for several architectural firms including DLK Civic Design.