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AICP has announced the selection of the 2014 Class of AICP Fellows.  The Texas Chapter submitted a total of eight nominations.  The selected new members of the College of Fellows include three new Texas Fellows of AICP –congratulations to Bill Dahlstrom, Robin McCaffrey, and Jim Parajon.  They were inducted as members of the AICP College of Fellows at the FAICP Induction Ceremony in Atlanta on April 27, 2014.  The AICP Fellows Induction Ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.  A reception followed the ceremony and was a black-tie optional. The new Fellows were also honored guests at the APA Texas Chapter Reception on Monday night in Atlanta.  With the three new Fellows, the APA Texas Chapter has a total of 37 Fellows among our membership.


William S. Dahlstrom, FAICP, JD is a highly respected and recognized leader in Texas land use law. He successfully combines his planning education and experience with his legal expertise to create innovative, mixed use and sustainable communities. Bill’s work on one of Texas’s first conservation communities is pioneering, as is his drafting of pivotal regulations and incentive programs for significant development projects. He is a frequent volunteer, contributing often to the APA Texas chapter and other professional organizations as author, lecturer, and trusted advisor to community organizations that have included Habitat for Humanity and Connemara Land Conservancy.


Robin H. McCaffrey, AIA, FAICP - Robin’s 40 year career as a public and private sector planner shows significant accomplishment in addressing the challenges that townships and cities in rapid growth corridors/ regions face. Key accomplishments include Texas Supreme Court Tested ordinances, plans, designs, economic development strategies, and inter-governmental/ international agreements which manage such growth in ways that make the forces of inorganic assimilation more responsive to history, culture, and community. Robin’s contribution rises from the fundamental economic sensibilities of his work. The relationship of value to proximity over time, the central economic understanding, was developed by the nominee over the course of his career.


James F. Parajon, FAICP - The achievements and accomplishments of James F. Parajon as a professional city planner can best be described by examples of his leadership as a practitioner, his commitment to innovation, his concern for the disadvantaged, and his responsiveness in crisis situations.  Over Jim’s three decade career, he has managed large municipal planning departments and multi-disciplinary consultant firms, advised local elected officials on growth and development policies, and conducted training workshops for citizens, businesses and professionals.   During this time, he has developed and implemented comprehensive plans, multi-modal transportation programs, economic development initiatives, capital and operating budgets, redevelopment strategies, business plans, and feasibility programs.