February 28, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm
Human Scale Development & Equitable Growth in Jackson
featuring Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, Jackson Department of Planning & Development
and special guests

Mike Burton
General Manager, The Westin – Jackson

Craig Carter
Executive Director
American Council of Engineering
Companies of Mississippi

Thomas Gregory
Community Planner, Carl Small Town Center
President, American Planning Association MS

David Lewis
Arts Center Manager, City of Jackson
Vice Chairman, Team JXN

This presentation covers the design challenges facing the City of Jackson, efforts and projects under way by the Department of Planning & Development, and roles that professionals (Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects and Planners) play in overcoming those challenges toward a better future. Over the years, the built environment in the City of Jackson has suffered from problems of auto-oriented development and inequitable processes resulting in decline in growth and the quality of lived experiences. However, with concerted and organized efforts by municipalities and concerned professionals this trend is reversible.

Learning Objectives | Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  • apply their professional knowledge to improve the quality of public realm that directly affects the health and physical well-being of citizens.
  • conceptualize and articulate their professional efforts to improve the quality of lived experiences of residents at a more human scale.
  • participate in the transition from auto-oriented design to walkable environments toward better safety in intermodal conflicts.
  • influence urban processes to make growth more equitable.
  • anticipate local environmental challenges and respond with sustainable solutions that directly affect the long term welfare of citizens.

About Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D.
Dr. Mukesh Kumar is the Director of Planning & Development for the city of Jackson, MS. Before joining Mayor Lumumba’s team, he had taught city planning at Jackson State University since 2004. Currently his interest is focused on the nature and quality of the public realm, and processes – economic and technical, that shape the future of urban areas. He is a city planner and routinely consults with Mississippi municipalities on issues related to development and revitalization. Committed to the values of equity and justice, he finds his inner quiet within webs of urban complexities. He is an avid runner, using running as an excuse to experience the built environment, and enjoys being a perennial student of cities.

11:30 am Doors open, lunch orders begin | 12-1 pm Programming
1 LU/HSW (pending approval) | $20 / $10 Emerging Professionals 
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Albert’s at Parlor Market | 119 W Capitol Street | Jackson, MS
Recommended Parking: Intersection of W Pearl and S Roach Streets (1 block from venue)
Menu: Baked chicken, glazed carrots, pepperjack grits, cornbread, comeback salad, cookies & beverage
Please email Amber if you have special dietary restrictions.

 Special thanks to our sponsor, Team JXN.



January 24, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm
Disaster Recovery & Good Samaritan Legislation
J. Scott Eddy, AIA, 2019 AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee Chair
and special guests Rep. Cory Wilson (Mississippi House District 73, Madison), Curnis Upkins, III (Hinds County Economic Development Authority), John Cothron (Mississippi State Board of Architecture), Jordan Rae Hillman, AICP (City of Jackson, MS, Department of Planning & Development), Joel Waters (Mississippi Concrete Association)

> Read more and see photos from the event


After hosting Mississippi Celebrates Architecture at Albert’s at Parlor Market, we enjoyed the experience so much that we chose to make it the spot for our monthly luncheon. Each month we enjoy a custom menu dreamed up by their executive chef. If you have special dietary considerations, please mention it on your registration. We’re happy to accomodate you!

$20 for an entree, two sides, salad, bread, beverage & dessert
AND wonderful conversation with very smart colleagues