2021 Featured Speakers


See Dr. Mariela Alfonzo’s Opening Keynote Address on Monday, September 13

Bridging the worlds of academia, practice, and entrepreneurship, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo is an internationally-renowned thought-leader and speaker, with 20+ years of experience on the nexus between urban design, behavior, and the triple-bottom line.

Dr. Alfonzo is the Founder and CEO of State of Place, an urban design database, benchmarking, and predictive analytics platform that quantifies what people love about places, recommends the best ways to make them better while driving upside, and quantifies the value of doing so. In 2014, she was named one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 best young land use professionals around the globe; is a New Cities Foundation Placemaking Fellow; is a Fulbright Scholar, having focused on walkability in the rapidly urbanizing context of China; and a Research Professor at NYU Tandon’s School of Engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from UC Irvine, as well as a Masters in Urban Planning, and a BA from University of Miami in psychology and architecture.


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