Dan Kirby Named to American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows
Jacobs’ Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities Principal Dan Kirby (Orlando, FL) was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows, Class of 2018. AICP Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service and leadership. Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors the AICP bestows upon a member.
Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of the achievements of a planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who made significant contributions to planning and society. Kirby is one of only 16 people who has been recognized with Fellowships in both American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the AICP.
Commenting on the Fellowship Kirby stated, “I am deeply honored to be included in the 2018 Class of AICP Fellows. When I was a kid I became fascinated with drawing buildings and cities. This fascination grew into a thirst for understanding how cities are planned and how they work. Being a part of a company like Jacobs has afforded me the opportunity to not only help shape urban form, but to confront the challenges of creating more sustainable and efficient infrastructure.”
Dan joined Jacobs in 2012. An architect, planner and development consultant, he leads design and planning of public and private sector projects, championing emerging technology, transit-oriented development, pedestrian friendly environments and sustainability.
One of his recent projects included working with residents in a neighborhood surrounding a renovated stadium. A local group had been formed to improve the surrounding neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents. Recognizing the power of urban open space, he led a team planning the transformation of a park into a unifying element of the revitalized neighborhood, incorporating health, economic, environmental and social dimensions and creating new amenities, scenic overlooks, outdoor fitness equipment, barrier free playgrounds and new gathering areas.
Dan has an enduring record of public service and giving back to professional, educational and local communities. A LEED Accredited Professional, he is the recipient of the AIA Orlando Medal of Honor, past president of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, and was a member of the Orlando (Florida) Utilities Commission for nearly 10 years advocating for expanded use of renewable energy and making it more accessible and affordable to customers. He is a former design studio instructor at the University of Central Florida, and co-founder of two non-profit organizations.