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Hendrix to host New Urbanism Panel

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CONWAY, Ark. (March 21, 2014) – Hendrix College will host “New Urbanism: Classic Concepts for New Communities,” a panel discussion on how to create more livable, sustainable and eco-friendly cities, at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Worsham Student Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.

The program is co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Panelists will discuss “New Urbanism,” a movement among developers, architects, city planners and others that promotes the value of close-knit neighborhoods with significant human interaction. They will address how to conceptualize and plan for these neighborhoods, what they contain, why they are appealing to a wide-range of residential and commercial residents, and why they support economic development. Examples of New Urban developments include Seaside, Fla., and The Village at Hendrix in Conway, Ark.

The panel will be moderated by Pulaski County Judge and Hendrix alumnus Buddy Villines and will include: Galina Tachieva of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ); Rob Sharp, director of design for ERC Companies; Hendrix sociology professor Dr. Stella Capek; and Ward Davis, CEO of The Village at Hendrix. [See panelist bios below]

Following the panel, there will be a guided tour of The Village at Hendrix to illustrate the principles of New Urbanism.

Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.eduor calling 501-683-5239.

For more information on the program, contact Ward Davis at 501-499-4000 or


Galina Tachieva

An expert in regional planning, sustainable urbanism, urban redevelopment, sprawl repair and form-based codes, Tachieva, a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ), directs the design and implementation of projects in the United States and around the world. Tachieva is the author of the award-winning Sprawl Repair Manual, which focuses on the retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete, walkable communities. Tachieva, one of the leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism Sprawl Retrofit Initiative, is the primary author of the SmartCode Sprawl Repair Module. Originally from Bulgaria, where she received her architecture degree, Tachieva completed her master’s degree in urban design at the University of Miami and has lectured at the University of Miami, Harvard Executive Program, as well as in universities in South America and Europe. She is a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation and the Transect Codes Council. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED-Accredited Professional.

Robert Sharp

Robert Sharp serves as director of design for ERC Companies, where he has worked for the past three years to develop new multifamily, single family and commercial real estate prototypes. His design ethic is deeply rooted in the region’s history, patterns and construction methods, and he believes that significant architecture can be created by combining meaningful client collaboration with thoughtful design. Sharp has extensive experience with adaptive reuse and urban infill projects. He also has developed an expertise in mixed-use buildings, where residential, office, retail or restaurant uses are accommodated on a single parcel. He is active in his hometown community of Fayetteville, Ark. He chairs a local nonprofit that is dedicated to providing efficient and dignified housing in Fayetteville’s Walker Park neighborhood. He is also active in the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and is a member of the New Urban Guild.    

Dr. Stella M. Čapek

As a sociology professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Hendrix, Dr. Čapek teaches courses on The Urban Community, Images of the City, Environmental Sociology, Social Change/Social Movements, Medical Sociology, Food/Culture/Nature and a creative writing class called Exploring Nature Writing. She is especially interested in sustainable community design and is currently involved in an ethnographic study of Little Rock’s South Main (SoMa) neighborhood. Dr. Čapek is the past chair of the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section. She has co-authored two books, Community Versus Commodity: Tenants and the American City and Come Lovely and Soothing Death: The Right To Die Movement in the United States. Her other publications include articles on environmental justice, urban community issues, sustainable design, and health and environment. She also publishes environmentally themed creative nonfiction. She is an alumna of Boston University and received her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Ward Davis

As CEO of The Village at Hendrix, Davis directs the activities of The Village at Hendrix, a New Urban neighborhood adjacent to the Hendrix campus. The Village at Hendrix thoughtfully combines restaurant, retail and office spaces with a range of residential options including apartments, student housing, carriage houses and both small and large single family homes. Prior to joining The Village, Davis worked on the development team of five New Urban neighborhoods as the primary developer or a financial consultant in addition to developing conventional neighborhoods and commercial real estate projects. He is an alumnus of Davidson College and earned a General Course Diploma in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Buddy Villines

As the son of a Methodist minister, Villines grew up in seven Arkansas communities. He is a graduate of Hendrix and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. A military veteran, he served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. Villines was elected Pulaski County judge in 1990 after having served six years on the Little Rock Board of Directors as director, vice mayor and mayor. His public service is highlighted by aggressive leadership in issues involving economic growth, education and the environment. He has been an advocate and leader in developing public transit, specifically the River Rail Trolley System, and has overseen the construction of nearly $150 million in construction projects, including the Two Rivers Park Bridge, “The Big Dam Bridge”  ̶ the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in the world, specifically designed and built for that purpose  ̶ “The Junction Bridge,”  a historic railroad bridge converted for pedestrian use, a regional jail, courthouse renovation and three health clinics and the approximately $100 million development of the 18,000-seat Verizon Arena and the expansion of the Little Rock Convention Center. He has overseen the replacement of 82 bridges in the county’s unincorporated areas.

About Hendrix College
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit

About the Clinton School of Public Service
The nation’s seventh presidential school, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, giving students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service. The Clinton School, located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, differs from more traditional graduate programs in public administration, public affairs and public policy because a significant portion of the academic curriculum is direct field service work. Clinton School students perform team-based, international and individual public service projects during the two-year program and as a result of over 490 projects, they have completed over 170,000 hours in direct field work, not including classroom activity, translating into over $3.4 million in economic/community benefits.  For more information, visit

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of a statewide university system with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive. The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute offers a variety of workshops, seminars, public lectures, conferences and special events. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at, or stay connected through Twitterand Facebook.