Our Work : Services
Planning + Urban Design

Meaningful dialogue results in successful consensus-based planning and urban design processes.

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GRAEF planners’ specialty is preparing detailed and innovative plans, guidelines, and concepts that enhance development, preserve the environment, and add value to a community. We integrate new development or redevelopment with existing neighborhoods, districts, and corridors to create livable, walkable, sustainable public places tailored to fit local social, economic, and cultural activities. GRAEF views planning and urban design as simultaneously building on the community’s traditions and affording new socioeconomic directions for change.

GRAEF planners and urban designers recognize the importance of a good working relationship with public officials and local citizens. Through meaningful dialogue with public agencies, community leaders, and residents, we can facilitate successful consensus-based planning and implementation processes.

Some of you may remember us as Planning and Design Institute, or PDI, out of Milwaukee. For 20 years, PDI provided planning consulting, urban design, and design competition advisory services across the country. In 2008, PDI joined GRAEF, forming GRAEF's new Planning + Urban Design Group. We are grateful to the many partners and colleagues who have collaborated with us over the past 25+ years.


Ben Block

Benjamin Block

Expand opportunity and protect the environment.
Tanya Fonseca

Tanya Fonseca

Brings national and international experience.
Stephanie Hacker

Stephanie Hacker

Establish systems that kick-start physical change.

Craig Huebner

Craig Huebner

Experienced in architecture and urban planning.
Kristan Sanchez

Kristan Sanchez

A community's goals are at the center of the process.
Kristian Vaughn

Kristian Vaughn

Specializes in land use planning and community economics.

Larry Witzling

Lawrence Witzling

The 2017 National Pioneer in Planning award recipient.


Larry Witzling,Principal - Milwaukee Larry Witzling
Principal - Milwaukee
larry.witzling@graef-usa.com
414 / 266-9220
Stephanie Hacker,Practice Area Leader, Planning + Urban Design Stephanie Hacker
Practice Area Leader, Planning + Urban Design
stephanie.hacker@graef-usa.com
414 / 266-9226
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