Rob is a Principal at Houseal Lavigne. With more than 20 years of expertise in urban planning and technology related to urban development, Rob has established himself as a thought leader on using technology to address complex urban development issues. As a technologist, he makes innovation more readily available to planners, helping them do their everyday work more effectively, ultimately leading to better community outcomes.

Rob received his Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Linguistics from Boston College and Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Prior to joining Houseal Lavigne, Rob worked at Esri, the world leader in GIS technology, where he led the Professional Services group for urban planning, helping major clients across the world apply advanced planning technology to their most challenging problems. He helped define Esri’s global strategy for local government planning and worked as the principal subject matter expert and system designer for ArcGIS Urban, a cutting-edge 3D planning tool that was released in 2019.

Rob directed the Decision Commons project at the University of Washington – a $650k effort to develop next-generation 3D planning technology. Funding came from a consortium of federal agencies and included a broad coalition of partners. This effort resulted in a technology blueprint to revolutionize the way stakeholders share ideas and make decisions about capital-intensive infrastructure and transformative policy. By providing decision-makers with scenario-based calculation of economic, environmental, and social indicators, the pros and cons of different possible decisions became clearer, promoting consensus among key stakeholders.

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