Glenn Cusick — Redevelopment Specialist and Site Manager, Knoxville IA

Glenn Cusick — Independent Consultant (Redevelopment/Urban Design) from Knoxville IA

I’ve always been somewhat flustered by the “about me” sections in most websites. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but more because I’m never sure exactly where I’ll start.

Should I talk about my work? Or would that be too boring for someone who just happens to stumble upon my post?

Or maybe I should talk about how I love my labrador (I do!) — dogs are always excellent conversation starters, as well.

So, in the absence of a structured format to abide by, I’m just going to “wing it” and talk a little bit about why I got into independent consulting.

I was trained as an architect, and then did my masters in urban design. A common progression back when I was in college. My feelings toward architecture were…ambivalent. I enjoyed the planning aspects of it, but I never really learned how to have an eye for flamboyant aesthetics.

Planning, on the other hand…Oh, I loved my urban design and planning semesters. I was indifferent to my chosen field until I got into urban design…and now, I’m hopelessly in love.

My area of expertise is urban redevelopment. I’m a free agent at the moment, working on a contractual basis with companies, but I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time working as a site manager as well.

In the coming months, I hope to travel a little, once the restrictions are lifted. I firmly believe that global urban planning is something we must be more aware of, given how the markets are evolving. And although I was born and raised in Iowa, it’s not a stretch to say that the urban design challenges of tomorrow may be in China, India and South-East Asia.

In the meantime, I’m working on a book that examines urban planning and its interaction with “virtual spaces”, and the negotiations that must take place for the two to coexist in harmony.

Redevelopment Specialist and Site Manager, from Knoxville IA

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