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Our Board

The Board of the Douglas C. Allen Institute is comprised of colleagues, students, friends, and family of Doug.


Kathy Allen

Kathy was married to Doug for 41 years. After graduating from Georgia Southern College in 1971, she began a 34 year career with Delta Air Lines. She and Doug traveled extensively during their marriage.  Kathy accompanied him as often as she could while he taught students in Italy, France, and England over many years. Kathy is committed to the mission of furthering Doug’s profound influence to present and future generations. She is a founding member of the DCAI board.


Bruce Rado

Bruce Rado received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design in 1971 and two years later earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. His son is now a graduate of UGA’s Landscape Architecture program as well.

Bruce has a long background in the public and private sectors. He was the Founding Partner and Vice President of ERDAS, Inc. from 1978 to 2006. Before that, Bruce worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 1973 to 1980, where he participated in the state-wide Landsat vegetation mapping effort and establishment of a state-wide Geographic Information System (GIS). He also served as an advisor to NASA, the White House Science Advisor, and the National Governors’ Association Earth Resources Data Council.


Bill Haley

J. William (Bill) Haley received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in June 1970 and his M.B.A. and J.D degrees from the University of Georgia in June 1976. He is a partner in the firm of Jones & Haley. P. C., which has been recognized as a “Best M&A Law Firm-Georgia” and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “City’s Top Law Firms.” He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Mr. Haley has over forty years of experience representing businesses, ranging from start-ups to large international corporations. His practice areas include Corporate and Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law. His extensive experience in different roles (draftsman, closing attorney, negotiator, and litigator) gives him a unique and advantageous perspective and the ability to anticipate and avoid problems and pitfalls.


David Green, AIA, LEED ap BD+C

Principal, Global Practice Leader

David focuses on large-scale planning and urban design projects for the firm.  He has been involved in hundreds of projects in the past twenty-five years, encompassing all scales of development from individual buildings to multi-thousand acre projects across the globe and is currently working on five continents. His work focuses on issues of broadly sustainable development, particularly the creation of health and research districts in urban areas and the design and metrics that facilitate the success of these districts. He further addresses the regulatory framework within which this development occurs and provides innovative strategies for appropriate design and policy implementation that allows for the seamless incorporation of research and healthcare specific elements in new and existing districts.

David received the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Atlanta Silver Medal in 2003 and the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008. David was a member of Georgia Tech College of Architecture Faculty from 1992-2013; appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture, where he taught studios focused on research both at the building level and as urban design studios. He is currently located in the London offices of Perkins+Will, leading planning efforts globally for the Cities+Sites practice and he is the current CEO of AREA Research, the non-profit research arm of the company. He lectures and publishes widely on issues of urban design, planning, and architecture.


Michael Arad

A native of Israel, Michael Arad was raised there, the U.K., the United States and Mexico. He came to the United States and earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1994 and a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. Mr. Arad became a resident of New York City following his studies. He worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox in the city before joining the Design Department of the New York City Housing Authority, where he was working during the Memorial competition. In 2006 Mr. Arad was one of six recipients of the Young Architects Award of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial. In addition, he was also honored in 2012 by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership.  His work on the Memorial was recognized with Honor Awards from the AIA and ASLA. In 2017 Mr. Arad was selected to design a memorial to the victims of the 2015 Charleston church massacre at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm.


John Skach, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

John Skach is a senior designer and manager with Perkins+Will’s urban design team in Atlanta. With more than 25 years of experience as a practicing architect, city planner and urban designer, John serves as a mentor to the team and a leading voice for inclusive planning for the firm.

John brings his depth of expertise to large-scale urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization projects, engaging the public and stakeholders throughout the process. He is committed to affordable housing and community revitalization, having served as project director for many HUD place-based planning initiatives across the Southeast.  He has also managed planning processes in historically significant or sensitive contexts such as the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, coastal environments on both the Atlantic and Great Lakes, and historic courthouse towns. His significant projects include the Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods LCI study, University Homes Choice Neighborhood, and the East Savannah Gateway.


Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore, AICP, is Senior Director of Georgia Conservancy’s statewide Sustainable Growth program. Katherine has worked in the community planning and design  fields for 20 years, including private sector and non-profit roles. Her experience ranges from site design to watershed-scale planning and projects typically include public engagement or community education. Katherine’s current focus areas include the location and design of schools as critical public infrastructure and the design and sustainability of small and rural towns. For many years Katherine worked with Doug, David Green, and Richard Dagenhart, all Georgia Tech professors at the time, in holding Good Urbanism 101 classes around the state of Georgia and beyond. Doug helped create this curriculum which has reached almost 2,000 Georgians, influencing thoughtful decisions and inspiring creative community design efforts in his home state. Doug Allen’s work in Georgia related to the Chattahoochee River and his years of service to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reflect the reality that cities are not separate from the natural resources they impact.


Jennifer Ball

Jennifer Ball is Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) where she directs land use and transportation planning efforts, economic development initiatives and implementation projects within Downtown Atlanta.  Recent notable initiatives under her direction include the development of the Atlanta Arts & Entertainment District, the Atlanta Streetcar Development and Investment Guide; the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan; and the on-going implementation of $40 million worth of public space capital improvements.

Jennifer has been named a member of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Up and Comers: 40 under 40” group of promising young leaders.  She is a founding Executive Committee member of Sweet Auburn Works, Inc.  She has served on the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Georgia Tech College of Design Affinity Group. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the Urban Land Institute and a founding member of the Atlanta District Council Young Leaders Group.  Jennifer has been a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s City and Regional Planning program and a presenter at national and local conferences on topics ranging from downtown economic development and business improvements districts to transportation planning and plan implementation.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture and a Master of City Planning degree also from Georgia Tech.


William Belcher

Will Belcher is a marketing professional. He leads the sales and marketing operations for Signature Leaders, a startup leadership training company for executive women. He has a background in copywriting and previously worked at Atlanta-area PR agency Jackson Spalding. Before that he lived in Abu Dhabi working at a digital marketing agency.

He began his career in communications in the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, writing press releases, speeches and social media content.

He was raised in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia.