I’m Jake. I am the Director of the Center for Towns at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. We utilize design process, planning knowledge and decision support to help establish vibrant, sustainable small cities and towns on the Eastern Shore. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I moved back to the land of pleasant living in 2008 to work with ESLC. Before that, I served as national President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and later as Editor-in-Chief of Crit, a journal of architecture. A Richard Upjohn Fellow, I served on the AIA national Board of Directors and in various capacities with ACSA, NAAB, NCARB and Urban Dialogues. I earned a Master of Science in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy from Oxford University where I graduated with distinction for my dissertation on transforming the American lawn. I also earned a Master of Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. I am a Second Lieutenant with the 158th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army. I am a graduate of Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning. In my spare time, I am an adjunct professor of Environmental Policy at Salisbury University, a commissioner on the City of Salisbury/Wicomico County Planning Commission, chair of the Wicomico County Natural Resources Conservation Advisory Committee and a member of the Salisbury Board of Housing Appeals. My work has been honored as a 2010 Strong Communities Competition national semi-finalist, 2010 Heart of the Chesapeake Outstanding Project award winner, 2007 ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition Honorable Mention; has been featured at the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ Conference in Belgium and in publications including Urban Trialogues and Strategies for the Reuse of Vacant Urban Land. I was featured in the 2007 book – Becoming an Architect, by Lee Waldrep, Ph.D. In addition to my written and editorial work for Crit, I authored a book about our place work[s]hop community design process published in 2010. I have been a featured speaker and panelist at the AIA National Convention, interviewing Santiago Calatrava for the AIA Gold Medal Forum, the ACSA Administrators’ Conference and most recently at the National Building Museum.