“Having spent most of my weekdays in downtown Evanston for over 45 years, plus many of my evening and weekend hours, I have come to know and love this special place and this extraordinary community. Above all, I respect and celebrate the leadership, talent, and energy of the many persons who have been committed to downtown Evanston’s revitalization throughout the past five decades. This is a story of not just dollars and cents or bricks and mortar, but vision, perseverance and all those other precious ingredients that make up a community, not just a place.”
– Robert B. Teska
Robert Teska, AICP – Founder
Robert Teska’s professional career spans a period of over forty years, during which he has consulted to the World Bank overseas and directed over 400 projects throughout the United States. Many of these have been nationally and internationally acclaimed award winners for innovative concepts in transportation/land use relationships, new town design, business district revitalization aand citizen participation in environmental planning.
In 1986, Mr. Teska was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Harland Bartholomew Award for distinguished service in the field of urban and regional planning. In 1999 Mr. Teska became one of the first urban planners in North America to be honored as Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners for his distinguished contributions to the advancement of the of planning profession.
Mr. Teska has held positions as Principal and Vice President of Land and Community Planning for Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc. (Evanston and Washington, D.C.), Lieutenant in the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Planning Engineer for the Blauvelt Engineering Company and Staff Planner for the Madison, Wisconsin City Planning Commission. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
The author of over 50 professional papers and articles, Mr. Teska maintains a heavy public speaking schedule and lectures at numerous colleges and universities. He presently serves on the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and is co-chair of its Regional Development Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the American Planning Association’s Metropolitan and Regional Planning Division, Chairman of the Governor’s Committee on Metropolitan Planning Organization in Northeastern Illinois, and Chairman of the Evanston Business District Redevelopment Commission.