Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Keith Covington

Founder, Principal
Common Ground Urban Design & Planning
Franklin, TN

Keith Covington is Principal of Common Ground Urban Design + Planning.  As a registered architect, he brings over 20 years of professional experience in urban design, land planning, and architecture. Keith earned his bachelor of architecture degree at the University of Tennessee and his masters of architecture in urban design at the University of Miami. As a graduate of these programs, Keith has a unique understanding of traditional patterns of urban design from the regional scale down to the scale of the building. Keith applies time-tested principles of urbanism to all of his projects to achieve a true sense of community in neighborhoods, districts, towns and cities. While he is an accomplished architect whose work has been published in Southern Living Magazine, Keith’s primary focus is to create walkable environments that balance the needs of the pedestrian with those of the automobile. He has lectured extensively on this subject across the country. Prior to forming Common Ground Urban Design + Planning, Keith was the director of the Metro Nashville Planning Department’s Urban Design Studio where he helped reinvent Nashville’s approach to planning and coding. Keith Covington founded Common Ground Urban Design + Planning in 2006 and, since then, Third Coast has completed dozens of projects in 20 states across the United States.