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Rick Bernhardt, FAICP

A town planner for over 30 years, Rick is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department. Rick’s practice has focused on creating sustainable communities, neighborhoods and places through the use of traditional design principles. His techniques have been used to develop community-wide and project specific master plans. Prior to joining Metro, Rick was director EDAW’s Town Planning Studio. He also served as Orlando’s Director of Planning and Development for seventeen years. His work with the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan and Baldwin Park led to his receiving the first Catherine Brown Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. Rick was educated at Auburn University (B.S. in Economics) and The Ohio State University (Master of City Planning with a concentration in housing and urban structure), and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University in 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.