Uwe S. Brandes has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of new buildings, public infrastructure and the urban landscape. He is the founding Executive Director of the Masters Program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University. He formerly served as Senior Vice President at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he directed research and global programs on climate change and sustainable urban development. He is author and executive editor of several major projects for ULI, including The City in 2050, What’s Next? Real Estate in the New Economy and Getting Ahead of Change. He created ULI’s Climate Change Land Use and Energy (CLUE) initiative and was instrumental in forming the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, ULI’s dedicated market research on buildings and energy.
Prior to ULI, Uwe was Director of Capital Projects and Planning for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation where he directed the urban design of several hallmark projects in the nation’s capital, including the new U.S. Department of Transportation, the Capper Carrolsburg project, the Washington Nationals ballpark and the Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. He oversaw the rezoning of hundreds of acres of waterfront lands as well as the largest transfer of land between the United States and the District of Columbia since the establishment of home rule. He earned a bachelor’s in engineering science from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He has been a MIT Paul Sun Felow at Tsing Hua University’s School of Architecture and a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University of Dortmund at its Institute of Spatial Planning.