Brian Vandewalle

Brian Vandewalle
CEO/President, Principal Planner

Brian Vandewalle has been a leading strategic urban planner, economic development advisor, and development consultant to the Upper Midwest’s communities, corporations, institutions, and developers for over forty years. He is a respected master in the areas of urban planning, urban redevelopment, and urban design.

Brian established the team of Vandewalle & Associates, now a well-respected urban planning, economic redevelopment, and design consulting firm known for producing some of the most visionary and impactful land use plans in the country. While carefully building a guild-like, multi-disciplinary team over several decades, Brian has led the firm’s development of a comprehensive approach to economic repositioning which integrates planning, design, and market analysis while skillfully leveraging the area’s land, cultural, and human assets. The developments that result are long-range efforts that are standing the test of time as sustainable examples of market-driven design.

With his finger on the pulse of the region’s emerging technologies and economic sectors, Brian synthesizes market dynamics with deep knowledge of communities and a broad experience working with urban centers to craft new, place-based economies that position them for a new economy. Highly effective with implementation, Brian is an expert in bringing projects to fruition by generating consensus, forging partnerships, making key government and business linkages, determining financing sources, and recruiting end-users for urban development and redevelopment.

Brian is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of Wisconsin, and professionally practices commercial and industrial brokerage. This hands-on experience with project tenants and buyers helps him combine a sense of planning vision with a very realistic perspective on project feasibility.

Brian was awarded the “Best of Madison Business” in 2005 for his visionary work on the Madison, Wisconsin Mayor’s “Healthy City” economic development initiative. In recent years, Brian has served as the economic development advisor, planner, and real estate development advisor on many successful projects in the Great Lakes Region, New York state, and Colorado. These projects include economic development and downtown revitalization in Middleton, Racine, Wauwatosa, Sheboygan, and La Crosse, Wisconsin; Muncie, Indiana; Moline and South Suburban Chicago, Illinois; Lansing, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio; Amsterdam, New York; Rifle, Colorado; and Waterloo and Davenport, Iowa. He also continues to be instrumental in master planning and economic development for the Milwaukee County Grounds Research Park and Medical Center–another long-term, multi-project client relationship he has served for over 20 years.


B.S. Urban and Regional Planning
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Professional Licenses, Registrations, and Memberships

Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
Member, American Planning Association, National and Wisconsin Chapters
Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Wisconsin
Member, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Member, Mid-American Economic Development Council
Member, Urban Land Institute