CHRIS SINCLAIR

CEO, Principal | Orlando, FL

About Chris: 

Insanely curious, Fascinated by solving problems, Struggling musician, Reasonable sailor, Teacher, Traveler,                     Son/husband/dad/nephew 

Education: 

BA Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech

MS Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Chris Sinclair has more than 25 years of experience managing a variety of land and transportation planning projects. As the firm’s founding owner and current president, he has served as the visionary leader committed to advancing the state of planning practice through the integration of transportation planning and urban design.

Chris has managed master plans, transportation studies, comprehensive plan updates, MPO long range transportation plan updates, impact fee and concurrency ordinances and fiscal impact studies He is well versed in a wide range of planning tools and methods, including land use models, travel demand models, traffic operations software and fiscal impact models. Chris has developed unique technical methods, including the creation of the firm’s land use allocation tool, CorPlan, which is used as a scenario planning model. 

My Philosophy is...

Just like the natural environment, cities are complex, emergent systems that fascinate me.  I’ve come to understand that effectively planning in such complex settings requires the ability to simultaneously pay attention to the forest and the trees. The trick to pulling off this feat is avoiding the temptation to look at each and every tree, and finding and focusing on those trees that have the greatest influence on the forest when zooming between the two levels. The more I apply this approach, the more clearly I truly understand its importance. 

City planners of yore worked in such a way but the profession yielded to the temptation of specialization in order to tend to the details. As a result we spend most of our time lost in the trees, with no one taking responsibility for the forest. The sad result is dysfunctional cities, which ultimately take their toll on the natural environment. There is hope though. The formulation of new and important systems theories, such as emergence, is better defining our theoretical constructs. On the applied side, planners are making a move back to integrated planning. New urbanism, whether one is a fan or not, focuses on integrated planning.