2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference

The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
September 01, 2019
Registration Open

Doug McCoach, Director of Planning, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. Baltimore

Doug McCoach, Director of Planning, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. Baltimore

Doug McCoach is Director of Planning for MRA’s Baltimore Office. In this capacity, he brings a lifetime of experience working with public and private sector owners, developers, and investors to develop land use solutions delivering market acceptance, community benefits, regulatory compliance, and superior economic performance. His experience ranges from community specific site design to the master planning and conceptual design of entire cities, and brings to life the opportunities inherent in a variety of project programs, sites and uses.

Prior to joining MRA, Doug led CallisonRTKL’s Washington, DC Planning and Urban Design Studios and then established it’s Planning Studio in New York City. While there, he lead efforts to assess, innovate, secure value, and build consensus for public, private, and institutional clients including municipal governments, corporate facilities and real estate, educational institutions, and public agencies. During this period, Doug developed the firm’s approach to the regeneration of distressed assets, integrating real estate, environmental remediation, and planning into comprehensive disposition strategies. Responsible for the redevelopment strategies for 5700 Acres, including 7.1 miles of urban waterfront, Doug is recognized as an industry expert in the regeneration of undervalued real estate, reconciling the requirements for environmental remediation with the creation of commercially viable and culturally engaging reuse strategies. In response to the dynamic needs of a changing environment, his work regularly integrates resiliency strategies into urban design and public place-making, shaping new urban forms that protect from the threats of sea level rise and storm flooding.

Over the course of his 35 years in practice, Doug has become a trusted advisor to owners of distressed assets, municipal leaders accountable to the public interest, and developers looking for viable development strategies informed by market insight. The resultant plans and projects weave together connectivity, open-space, development opportunity, and place-making into a cohesive and inviting whole.