Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member.
Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Those chosen become members of the College of Fellows.
Tom Schulze has been a City Planner in the NJ/NY area for almost 40 years. Recently retired as Senior Director for Capital Planning at NJ TRANSIT, he now directs the Community Planning Assistance Program for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is lead Coordinator for the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth in Essex County towns of Newark, East Orange and Orange. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for Community Planning, a newly created non-profit community planning group providing planning services to communities throughout New Jersey. Prior to working for NJ TRANSIT, he was the Executive Director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) in New York City. He has also worked for local and regional governments, including the City of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NJ Transit, where he did the planning for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line. He has worked for private consulting firms, and consulted for local community development corporations and non-profit housing development groups in and around Newark, New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Rutgers University Graduate Planning Programs and has a Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree from Hunter College in New York City.
Carlos Rodrigues PP/AICP is a Princeton, NJ based urban designer, professional planner, writer and educator. His planning practice represents local governments, development clients and civic groups involved in (re)development and preservation projects of merit. He has worked in senior management positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and has taught planning and design at the Bloustein School and at other major programs in the region. He is a firm believer in the transformative qualities of city planning and a tireless advocate for better planning at all levels.