We are pleased to announce that Doug McCoach, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, has joined MRA as Director of Planning to lead our Planning and Urban Design Studio in Baltimore.
Doug has spent his career contributing to the architecture and urban planning of metropolitan areas, including service as Director of Baltimore City’s Department of Planning and, the last 10 years, leader of CallisonRTKL’s Planning and Urban Design Studios in Washington, DC and New York City.
With over 35 years in practice, Doug has become a trusted advisor to municipal leaders accountable to the public interest, owners of distressed assets, and developers looking for dynamic development strategies informed by market insight.
Responsible for the redevelopment strategies for 5700 acres, including over 7 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. Recent projects include a 1.1-MSF mixed-use redevelopment strategy for East Providence, RI’s entire waterfront district.
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. His teams were instrumental in securing $330M in federal funding for resiliency projects in New York City and Norfolk, Virginia.
“Doug will bring deep insight and strong regional knowledge to our team. We are thrilled to have a professional of his caliber joining our team to serve our client’s needs. He will have an essential role in our efforts to expand the firm’s presence in the region’s economic center,” said Frank Hertsch, MRA President.