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Bonnie Richardson

Bonnie Richardson

Urban Designer/Architect

Tempe, AZ


  • EMSL, 2015, School of Sustainability
  • Urban Designer/Architect


Bonnie's focus is on urban planning, transportation planning and architecture that builds on sustainable concepts to promote a vital and resilient city and region. She works with the Sustainable Communities Collaboration, encouraging mixed-use transit oriented development and infill, leveraging our new light rail system for environmental, social and economic benefit. Bonnie shares best practices and new solutions to government challenges with 28 cities and tribes in Maricopa County as Chair of Sustainable Cities Network.

Recent accomplishments include the first LEED Platinum Transportation Center in Arizona, development of a Storefront Improvement Program and initiation of an Urban Forestry Masterplan and Action Plan.

Capstone: The Resilient Metropolis: Seeding Collaboration

Metropolitan Phoenix faces extreme weather events, rising temperatures, limited water and on-going sprawl. A new collaborative approach is taking hold regionally, instigated by the new light rail line. But what inspires civic participation and how will you get involved?


  • EMSL, Sustainability Leadershp, School of Sustainability, 2015