Bradshaw Hovey, Co-Director of the Urban Design Project, is a city planner, writer, analyst, and teacher with extensive experience in urban politics, community planning processes, citizen participation, and public information. His expertise encompasses plan-writing, large-scale public visioning processes, strategic planning for organizations, and small group facilitation for planning and problem-solving.
Hovey was a primary author or editor of six major plans including Buffalo’s waterfront, downtown, and citywide comprehensive plans; Building UB: the Comprehensive Physical Plan, the campus master plan for the University at Buffalo; Achieving Niagara Falls’ Future; and the Buffalo-Niagara Cultural Tourism Initiative.
Hovey helped design and manage the award-winning Buffalo Neighborhood Summits and was co-editor of “The Buffalo Summit Series: Experiments in Democratic Action 1994-1998.” He was primary author of “Empowerment Begins With A Job,” the City of Buffalo’s 1998 Federal Empowerment Zone application, done under contract to the Urban Design Project.
He was also co-editor of A Canal Conversation: A Community Forum on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor Development and the Erie Canal. (2001); Rethinking the Niagara Frontier: A Report on the Continuing Bi-national Forum (2001); A New Convention Center for Buffalo: Whether? Where? How? (2001); and If Gambling Comes… The location, design and management of urban casinos. (2002).
Before his career in planning, Hovey worked for a decade as a journalist at newspapers in Buffalo, Albuquerque, N.M., and northern New Jersey, covering a wide range of planning and political topics. He holds a BA in politics and journalism from Empire State College (SUNY); a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Buffalo.
Hovey holds a doctorate in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington where his research focused on the political culture of planning Portland, Oregon. At Washington, Hovey was involved in creating the ground-breaking undergraduate major in Community and Environmental Planning, and has taught courses in housing, neighborhood planning, planning theory, and studio practice.
Hovey was assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX from 2004 to 2007 where he taught urban history, planning theory, citizen participation methods, real estate development, and planning studio.