272 Broadmoor Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
New developers are investing in Nashville every day, and each of these developers must create a comprehensive plan that incorporates many factors, including the surrounding neighborhoods, history, environmental impacts of the new buildings, and more. At this Urban Design Forum, you will hear from architects and professionals from the Studio 615 Masterplan, FutureVU, as well as the River North plan to talk about the inspiration behind these projects and their process to ensure good design for all the stakeholders of the project.
Eric Kopstain, Vanderbilt University: FutureVU
In July, 2014 Eric Kopstain became Vanderbilt’s Vice Chancellor for Administration and his portfolio includes human resources, business services, facilities, contract and grant accounting, public safety, and equal opportunity, affirmative action and disability services. Eric came to Vanderbilt in 2012 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance. In this previous role, Eric was responsible for financial reporting, tax, budget and capital planning, financial systems, procurement, disbursements, travel and payment cards and student accounts. Before joining Vanderbilt, Eric served for 7 years at Harvard University where he began as Assistant Dean for Planning & Budgeting and was responsible for leading budgeting and planning activities across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a $1.2B enterprise and the largest division of Harvard. In 2010 he assumed the role of Associate Dean for Finance and CFO at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and had responsibility for risk management, financial analysis and financial planning for the division. His service at Harvard coincided with the global recession and his efforts focused on the stabilization of the FAS’ finances and operations in the wake of the financial crisis. Prior to Harvard, Eric worked for three years as the Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning at Dartmouth College; and for twelve years at Northwestern University in various budget, planning and administrative capacities including Assistant Director for the Office of Budget and Planning, Analysis and Allocation, and Director of Planning and Special Projects in the Office of Administration and Planning. Eric received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
David Bailey, Hastings Architecture: River North
David Bailey has been a Principal with Hastings since 2004. He joined the firm in 1996 and has led some of the firm’s most prestigious design projects including the Thompson Nashville, 1201 Demonbreun, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Terrazzo, Roundabout Plaza, Suntrust Plaza, and multiple projects at Vanderbilt University. His current work with Monroe Investment Partners on River North creates an opportunity to convert 125-acres of underutilized land into a cohesive, urban, mixed-use core for Nashville that will connect neighborhoods on both sides of the Cumberland River. David is expert in implementing environmentally conscious design solutions and is currently designing numerous projects pursing LEED Certification. David has lectured extensively on sustainable design and urban design principles.
James Moore, Hawkins Partners: Studio 615 Masterplan
After attaining Masters Degrees in both Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, James practiced in Charlottesville, VA on private estates and gardens as well as public landscapes and infrastructure, including the revival of Richmond, VA's "Low Line." He returned to Nashville to join HPI in 2014 and has since worked on many projects in the public and private realm. He believes design to be a catalyst to bring communities closer to their environment. His research interests include the revival of aging infrastructure and the use of visual representation as storytelling. He leads HPI’s internal education program. His other interests include writing and performing music, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his family.