Master Planning & Urban Design Thought Leaders

  • Doug BissonVice President, Community Planning Manager

    Doug Bisson serves as HDR's Community Planning Manager and has expertise in urban design and redevelopment. He is especially adept at bringing together key city leaders, business owners and residents to stimulate economic development and neighborhood revitalization through the use of environmentally friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development practices. He was the Project Manager for several notable initiatives within the region, including the Downtown Omaha Master Plan, the North Downtown Redevelopment Plan, Aksarben Village, Destination Midtown, the South Omaha Development Project and the Omaha Streetcar Feasibility Study. In addition, Doug serves on numerous community-based boards such as the City of Omaha Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission (Chairman, 2009-2012), the University of Nebraska Project Review Board and Emerging Terrain (President, Board of Directors).

  • Bryan CoppSenior Land Use Planner

    Bryan Copp's career has been divided into public and private sector positions that have primarily focused on private development and public transit and transportation planning in an urban setting. As his career advanced, he began to see that more and more opportunities for combining this experience were being presented, and that public policy and developer interest was beginning to provide a framework for not just a planning trend but a lifestyle choice that many were seeking.

    Working at HDR, Bryan's experience has culminated with a focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) planning. TOD provides the unique opportunity for private sector land owners and developers to work with public decision makers and stakeholders to make places where people want to live, work and play. Bryan helps clients develop a vision for what they want to achieve. He accomplishes this by forging inquisitive relationships with clients to better understand their goals and objectives; working with multi-disciplinary teams to solve problems and propose new ideas; using media to accurately describe and illustrate the results of these collaborative efforts; and, finally, by helping the client present ideas to decision makers and stakeholders to generate buy-in and approval.

  • Steve SchukraftSection Manager Community Planning & Urban Design

    Steve Schukraft is an accomplished city planner with experience helping clients find creative, sustainable solutions to complex master planning and development challenges. Steve is especially skilled at helping clients find common ground with public officials and community leader and has managed a wide range of consensus-building processes and led dozens of planning charrettes, workshops and visioning initiatives. His recent experience includes master planning for the retrofit of older suburban commercial corridors, transit-oriented development master planning and design, and work on such high profile projects as the post-hurricane planning efforts for Galveston, Texas, and Gulfport, Miss.

    Steve is an active participant in the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the Congress for New Urbanism. He holds a Master of Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida. Steve is coauthor of the book Pulling Together: A Planning & Development Consensus Building Manual, published by the Urban Land Institute and the Program for Community Problem Solving. As the primary author of several development codes and guidelines, he understands how to navigate local government planning and regulatory processes.