Robert J. Gibbs AICP, ASLA, CNU-A

President, GPG


Profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land, Gibbs has, writes The Atlantic Monthly, “a commercial sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown-renewal efforts.” 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.
 
For the past 25 years, Gibbs has been active in developing
innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 400 town centers and historic cities here and abroad. He also planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and Form Based Codes. A speaker at the First Congress of the New Urbanism in 1992 and eight subsequent CNUs, Gibbs lectures frequently throughout the country. He is the author of "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" and the SmartCode "Retail Module," and has contributed articles to numerous books and publications. For the past 20 years, he has taught “Urban Retail Planning” in the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2012, Gibbs 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. 


Before Gibbs founded GPG in 1988, he gained invaluable expertise in retail planning by advising shopping center developers on the psychology of commerce—the practical science of analyzing and adjusting all elements known to affect a shopper's mood in the marketplace. From this experience, Gibbs distilled the fundamental retail and merchandising principles for reviving retail in moribund downtowns and for instilling successful
commerce in new ones.


Gibbs serves as GPG’s president , supervising all operations, planning, and research. 

Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
                Master of Landscape Architecture
Oakland University, Auburn Hills, Michigan
                Bachelor of Arts in History
 

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Books
Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development
John Wiley and Sons, 2011
 
Book Contributions
New Urbanism & Beyond                Sustainable Urbanism
Tigran Hass, Ed.                                 Douglas Farr, Ed.
Ten Principles for Developing Successful Town Centers
Urban Land Institute
Smart Code Manual  and The SmartCode Retail Module
SmartCode Institute


Publications
Atlantic Monthly                                 ICSC Research Magazine                Albuquerque Journal                         Los Angeles Times    
Better Cities & Towns                    New York Times
Charleston Business Journal            New Urban News                  
Chain Store Age                                 Orange County Register
Chicago Tribune                                Palm Beach Daily News  
Consumers Report                            Planning Magazine                   
Crain’s Detroit Business                   Portland Oregonian    
Detroit News                                      Shopping Centers Today
Governing Magazine                         Urban Land Institute

                                              Wall Street Journal

                                              Washington Post


Professional Associations

American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
American Society of Landscape Architects
ASLA Michigan
Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Member
CNU-Michigan, Board Member

Form Based Code Institute, Board Member

International Council of Shopping Centers
Urban Land Institute 


Prior Experience

JJR/SmithGroup
Taubman Centers