Urban Design and Regulatory Limitations

Urban Design & Regulatory Limitations: The Future of Zoning, Land Use, and its Impact on the Public Domain


Roy R. Pachecano, AIA, operates Portico R.E.I LLC and is a builder-developer, author, lecturer, and recognized leader in sustainable development. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director at the LePatner & Associates law firm assisting clients’ real estate holdings: Cooper Union’s high-rise dormitories, Barnard College/Columbia University high-rise dormitories, and Goldman Sachs’ New Jersey headquarters. From 2004-2005, Mr. Pachecano successfully represented Europe’s largest investment entity, Deutsche Bank PWM, in securing several multi-family residential portfolios in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States.

Mr. Pachecano remains active in higher education and marks the start of his teaching career in 1996, serving for 7 years as a seminar assistant to Harvard University faculty A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, at the Graduate School of Design. In 2002, he was appointed faculty at Pratt Institute. In 2009 he was appointed adjunct assistant professor at Columbia. He recently served as guest lecturer at Princeton University at the invitation of esteemed faculty J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, and is concurrently engaged in energy/land use research. Through his firm Portico, he financed, designed and restored the Nix House in San Antonio. In 2008, the project was the first, 1899 historic landmark dwelling in the United States to earn USGBC’s LEED-Platinum designation. Former Vice President Al Gore, The State of Texas, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the project for its contributions to innovative design solutions.

In 2010, Mr. Pachecano was retained to conceive and launch a new $1 million Sustainable Business Program at University of Texas Institute for Economic Development funded by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA). In addition to authoring new curriculum, he founded the program based on the triple-bottom-line (TBL) approach to sustainability. In 24 months, the program attracted over 340 clients with a local economic development impact of over $33 million. [M.Arch 1993, National Hispanic Scholar, MS R.E.D. 2003, Class President.]


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

  • Where: 

    Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Avery Hall, Room 114
    1172 Amsterdam Avenue
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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