Mark Gillem

Principal. Professor, University of Oregon. Lt Col (retired), USAF Reserves

Dr. Mark L. Gillem is the Principal of The Urban Collaborative LLC, an interdisciplinary planning and urban design firm that has prepared master plans for military bases in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is also an Full Professor in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Departments at the University of Oregon where is also the Director of the Urban Design Lab.

Dr. Gillem has extensive experience in sustainable military planning. He has completed plans at a range of scales for all branches of the U.S. military; from real property master plans to small area development plans at over 70 military installations worldwide. His designs, form-based codes, and collaborative processes are setting a new standard for military planning. His planning work has received numerous awards from the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association, including the following six awards in 2018: Outstanding Federal Planning Project (Honor Award) for the USAG Miami Future Development Plan (under contract to GSRC),  Outstanding Federal Planning Project (Merit Award) for the USAG Hawaii Installation Development Plan, Hawaii (under contract to Pond),  Outstanding Technical Plan or Study  (Merit Award) for the USAG Hawaii 2nd BCT Complex Requirements Analysis and 1391 Report, Hawaii ( with support from R&K Solutions, under contract to GEO Consultants)Outstanding Technical Plan or Study (Citation Award) for the Fort Polk Joint Operations Center Customer Concept Document, Louisiana (under contract to and with support from Pond), Outstanding Environmental Planning Project (Honor Award) for the Greeley Air National Guard Sustainability Component Plan, Colorado (under contract to Pond), and the Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project (Citation Award) for the Flint Hills/Fort Riley Joint Land Use Study , Kansas (a collaboration between Stantec and The Urban Collaborative). Additional awards include Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan (Honor Award)for the Fort Polk Warrior Plaza Area Development Plan, Louisiana (2017), Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project (Merit Award) for the NASA Johnson Space Center Master Plan Update, Texas & New Mexico (2017), American Planning Association Hawaii Annual Chapter Award Outstanding Planning Award – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Master Plan(2016), Outstanding Federal Planning Project (Honor Award) for the Fort Buchanan Area Development Plan, Puerto Rico (2016), Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan (Merit Award) for the Fort Knox South Wilson Area Development Plan, Kentucky (completed as a subcontractor to Merrick and Company)( 2016), Outstanding Technical Plan or Study (Honor Award) for the US Marine Corps Forces Reserve Training Center Customer Concept Document at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, California (completed as a subcontractor to Merrick and Company)( 2016), Outstanding Technical Plan or Study (Honor Award) for the Fort Hood Area Development Execution Plan, Texas (2016), Outstanding Technical Plan or Study (Merit Award) for the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area – Area Development Execution Plan, California (2016), Outstanding Environmental Planning Project (Honor Award) Parks Reserve Forces Training Area Sustainability Component Plan, California (2016), Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project (Honor Award) for the Fort DeRussy Area Development Plan, Hawaii (2016), Outstanding Area Development Plan Award (2012) for the Fort Sill Southwest Campus Plan, the Outstanding Federal Planning Project Award (Honorable Mention) for the Joint Base Lewis McChord Real Property Master Plan (2011), the Outstanding Federal Planning Project Award for the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan Installation Development Plan (2010), the Outstanding Sustainable Planning Award for the Historic Downtown Area Development Plan for Fort Lewis, WA (2009), and Outstanding Area Development Plan Awards for the Aviano, Italy Air Base Area A1 Master Plan (2007) and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea Central Area Plan (2003).

Dr. Gillem is a primary instructor for introductory and advanced master planning courses for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force. The courses he co-teaches for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were recognized by the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association as the Outstanding Federal Planning Program of 2010. Dr. Gillem also assists federal agencies with the development of planning policies, including the Army’s Master Planning Regulation (AR210-20) and the DoD’s Unified Facilities Criteria for Installation Master Planning.

Dr. Gillem holds a PhD in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors in Architecture with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed architect and certified planner and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for nine years. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. Over his 21-year military career, he received numerous military decorations and awards. He was selected in 1999 as the Outstanding U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer of the Year and he received the Toulmin Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers in 1998. He is the author of numerous articles on sustainable military planning and the author an award-winning book on military bases, America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Dr. Gillem is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). Additionally, he is the Director of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Dr. Gillem was promoted to full professor in Spring 2015.


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