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Fellow of the
American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP)

Election to Fellow (FAICP) is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) bestows upon a member.  Below are the biographies of APA Ohio Fellows.  For more information on the FAICP process and the work they promote, click here and you will be directed to the National APA site. 


Fellow Biographies

2012 Inductees
Congratulations to Ohio Planners Dr. David Edelman and Suzann Rhodes on their acceptance into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. These two Ohio professionals are part of a national class of only 42. Their induction is well deserved and took place at the APA Conference in Los Angeles this past April.

Dr. David Edelman
Dr. Edelman has built an exemplary career in the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati where, as the director of the School of Planning from 1998 to 2009, he lifted the program to national recognition. Dedicated toward assuring that the students who graduate from the UC program have the opportunity to experience the world of work, he has arranged internships for over 250 students by connecting the university with planning firms, business, and governments. Equally important, he has expanded their minds to consider global impacts by providing overseas classroom opportunities. Dr. Edelman continues to challenge his students at UC through innovative coursework to incite his students to think creatively, independently, and strategically.

Suzann Rhodes
Ms. Rhodes is nationally recognized for her planning work in the field of transportation. Her career has included both the public and private sectors. She was instrumental in meshing public involvement and broad planning approaches with the specialized and technical area of transportation planning and engineering. She was instrumental in modifying the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) project development policy to include a comprehensive, context sensitive planning content. Most importantly however was her success at weaving public involvement and multi-modal considerations throughout the transportation project development process. Ms. Rhodes was a pioneer in achieving a high position of authority at ODOT as a planner rather than an engineer. Ms. Rhodes is currently a Principal at CDM Smith Engineering in Columbus.


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