Student Planner of the Year: Tyler Woolsey, FAU

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Tyler is currently in his final year of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program with an expected graduation date of December 2019. Tyler has consistently demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence in his time at FAU and maintains a nearly perfect grade point average.

Tyler is currently serving as the student representative to the APA Florida Executive Committee for 2018-19. Tyler also serves as an at-large member of the Broward Section Board. In this role he has helped to organize events and coordinate connections among planners in Broward County and the surrounding area. Similarly, Tyler is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean Section Young Leaders Group (YLG) and works to organize events that connect the next generation of land use and real estate development industry leaders.

Beyond his academic progress and involvement in professional organizations, Tyler has worked full time since July 2017 as a planner with the land use and zoning law practice group at Greenspoon Marder under head land use attorney, Dennis Mele. It should be noted that he was hired for this responsible position well before he completed his bachelor’s degree. In this role, Tyler has been involved in the full range of land use entitlement processes and a wide variety of urban planning challenges. He has worked closely with planners and allied professionals at private sector firms and various levels of government across the South Florida region.

As stated in a nomination letter, “His impressive performance in research, academic coursework, and leadership makes him highly qualified for this award. He fully understands planning principles and the planning process, and he distinctively shows excellence in planning … he is a rising star in the planning profession.”