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Sigurd Grava

Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Sigurd Grava is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University where he has taught infrastructure, transportation, and system development courses since 1960. He is also the Technical Director for Planning and Vice President at Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in transportation projects. Dr. Grava was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in 1999. Dr. Grava has worked in about 25 countries, primarily on projects that focus on regional transport systems and the interaction between land use and transportation patterns. In 2002 he was on leave from Columbia University, giving seminars at the Riga Technical University and conducting various planning workshops for municipal agencies. Among the projects Dr. Grava has directed at Parsons Brinckerhoff are infrastructure plans for squatter settlements in Latin America, river basin development studies in Africa, and the organization of decision-making procedures for water quality control in San Antonio, Texas. In the past, he has written reports for the United Nations on transportation systems and development policies in Manila, Katmandu, Bangkok, Lagos, Guayaquil, St. Lucia, and Bahrain. He has written extensively on regional transport systems, the search for suitable models, the role of bus ways, and informal transport systems. He is the author of Urban Planning Aspects of Water Pollution Control, 1969, reprinted in 1972 and is the author of a forthcoming book, Urban Transportation Systems: Choices for Communities. Education: B.C.E., City College; M.S., Planning and Housing, Columbia University; Ph.D., Transportation Planning, Columbia University.

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