Gibbs Planning Group
Robert J. Gibbs
Robert J. Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group, Birmingham, MI, is considered one of the foremost urban retail planners in America. For more than two decades, his expertise has been sought by some of the most respected mayors, renowned architects, and successful real estate developers in the country. He is also a recognized leader in the New Urbanism, having pioneered the implementation of its environmentally sustainable principles of Traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth as an antidote to the wasteful sprawl of suburbia. For the past 25 years, Mr. Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities here and abroad. Gibbs has consulted for the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, OR; Alexandria, VA, Cambridge, MA; Charleston, SC; and Naples and West Palm Beach, FL; and for the states of Florida and Oregon. His consulting for New Urbanist developments has included the towns of The Kentlands (Gaithersburg, MD); the Glen (Glenview, IL); and Rosemary Beach and Seaside, FL. Gibbs's corporate clientele has included Fortune 500 companies, such as Electronic Data Systems, General Motors, and the Walt Disney Company, real estate industry leaders such as Taubman Centers, Inc., and Simon Property Group, and architectural innovators such as Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company.