Brian Vandewalle

Brian Vandewalle, AICP
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 and developers for over thirty years. His particular areas of expertise lie in urban planning, urban redevelopment, and urban design.

In 1977, Mr. Vandewalle established Vandewalle & Associates, now a well-established urban planning, economic redevelopment, and design consulting firm known for producing some of the most visionary land use plans in the country. While carefully building a unique, multi-disciplinary team, Mr. Vandewalle has led the firm’s development of a unique, comprehensive approach to economic repositioning which integrates planning, design, and marketing analysis. The developments that result are feasible—and sustainable—examples of “market-driven design.”

With his finger on the pulse of the region’s emerging technologies and economic sectors, Mr. Vandewalle applies a broad experience helping revitalize urban centers craft new, “place-based economies” that position them for a new economy. Highly instrumental in implementation, Mr. Vandewalle is expert in generating consensus, forging partnerships, making key government and business linkages, determining financing sources, and recruiting end-users for urban development and redevelopment. Mr. Vandewalle 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.

In recent years, Mr. Vandewalle has served as the economic development advisor, planner and real estate development advisor on many successful projects in the Great Lakes Region and Colorado. These projects include economic development and downtown revitalization in Middleton, Sheboygan, and La Crosse, Wisconsin; Moline and South Suburban Chicago, Illinois; Lansing, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio; Waterloo and Davenport, Iowa. He worked with Lorain, Ohio on their waterfront redevelopment. He was also instrumental in master planning and economic development for the Milwaukee County Grounds Research Park and Medical Center. Mr. Vandewalle was awarded the “Best of Madison Business” in 2005 for his visionary work on the Madison, Wisconsin Mayor’s “Healthy City” economic development initiative. You can Email Brian here.


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