Geoff Dyer

Director of Design / Interim CEO
Downtown Development Authority

1136 8th Ave. SW
Lafayette, LA


On August 1 of 2013, Geoff Dyer accepted the position of Director of Design for the City of Lafayette, Louisiana Downtown Development Authority. A professional Urban Designer, Geoff was previously the Principal and Director of Design for Placemakers llc, and Owner, Principal of Placemakers Canada Inc. He is a regular educator, lecturer, and writer on the subject of sustainable urbanism, urban design, and alternative land use regulations and development standards - particularly form based codes and the SmartCode. 

For the past ten years he had run a successful Calgary-based urban design firm focused exclusively on the design and implementation of walkable, mixed-use urbanism that exemplify Smart Growth, New Urbanism, LEEDND, and the many other contemporary movements towards human scaled urbanism. To date he has completed over 80 projects in 18 U.S. States and 4 Canadian Provinces as a professional, principal urban designer. Of these projects, he has served the role as Project Principal and Lead Designer for 60 projects, and 27 of these with the additional role of Project Manager. As a partner and principal in US-based Placemakers LLC, Geoff served as the design team lead, managing the design component and collaboratively co-authoring most of the firm’s over 40 form-based codes and SmartCodes, of which over 25 have been adopted to date. 

Today he fills the unique position as Director of Design for the City of Lafayette, Louisiana Downtown Development Authority where he has turned his attention toward building an innovative national model for implementing and building an ambitious downtown redevelopment plan. 

Geoff holds a Master in Environmental Design (Urban Design) from the University of Calgary, is a Knight Fellow in Community Building from the University of Miami, is accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A: A Designation earning one LEEDND point), and is a member of the New Urban Guild.

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