Director, Planning & Zoning, City of Miami
A planner, urban designer and architect by training, Mr. García is responsible for leading designs for new communities as well as urban redevelopment and revitalization projects in America, Europe, and the Middle East. In 15 years of professional experience he has held executive positions in both the public and private sectors. Mr. García’s experience is broad in range encompassing, among others, management of a large municipal community planning, urban design and zoning divisions inclusive of code enforcement. In the private sector he has managed the implementation of sizeable projects such as the development of a mixed use parking and retail structure and the restoration of a historic museum. In addition, and pertaining to master planning and coding efforts, Mr. García is presently involved in, or has completed over the last several years, the design of diverse master plans in both infill and gray-field conditions as well as for new towns and a number of code calibrations for municipalities of various sizes including, most recently, the City of Miami, Florida’s Miami 21 zoning code. Mr. García has worked at the forefront of mixed use, community planning and code writing during his tenure in the field of urbanism where he is sought-out to work on complex or sensitive sites, including culturally-diverse or disenfranchised neighborhoods. Mr. García’s urban design and coding efforts have been published and have been honored most recently with a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism in the 2009 Denver conference.