Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, is President, Gibbs Planning Group, Inc. (GPG), Birmingham, Michigan. Robert Gibbs is a leading urban planning consultant who has contributed to over 400 master plans across the United States, including Alexandria, Birmingham, Charleston, Detroit, Disney, Houston, Marquette and Naples. He also planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and Form Based Codes. He founded GPG in 1988, and has prior experience with JJR/Smith and Taubman Centers.
Gibbs was recently voted one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers of the Twentieth Century by Planetizen. In 2012, he was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions to urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand for his planning innovations. Gibbs is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, gives frequent lectures and has co-authored four books. Gibbs authored the Urban Retail Form Based Code Module, and in 2012 published Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development (Wiley, 2012). The book has received wide acclaim and was described by the APA as “…Not all sweetness and light, but one planners can ill afford to ignore”
A professional Landscape Architect in Michigan and North Carolina, Gibbs earned an MLA from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and resides in Birmingham, Michigan. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan chapter of CNU and the national Form Based Code Institute. Gibbs has been profiled in the New York Times, Urban Land Institute and the Wall Street Journal. The Atlantic Monthly stated: “Gibbs has an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts.”