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​P​eter Park

Associate Professor Adjunct

Contact Information

Phone: 303.315.1000 
Office Location: 
Office Hours: By appointment


Urban and Regional Planning

Degrees Held

  • ​​Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Arizona State University

  • Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Interests

Mr. Park was the 2012 Lincoln Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. During his fellowship, he researched opportunities for replacing elevated highways in cities with reconnected and enriched street networks, application of Form-based codes at citywide scales, and new technologies for community engagement.​

Professional Activities​

Peter J. Park is a city planner who has led innovative private and public sector practice for over 20 years. He served as the Manager of the Community Planning and Development Department for the City and County of Denver and was responsible for Denver’s planning, zoning, construction permit and inspection services. Prior to his post in Denver, he served as City Planning Director in Milwaukee where he was instrumental in establishing a disciplined approach to comprehensive planning, raising awareness of design, creating the Milwaukee Development Center (consolidating planning, zoning and construction permit functions), and streamlining development review procedures. 

Mr. Park specializes in innovative solutions that balance development needs with unique context, site, and design quality concerns. His integrated approach to comprehensive planning, urban design, and development review has created clear visions for sustainable urban development, places of high quality design, and streamlined permitting systems. He has overseen preparation of numerous plans, comprehensive zoning code updates, and implementation of major infrastructure and development projects.

In Denver, he led major initiatives that implement BlueprintDenver, the city’s integrated land use and transportation plan. Major accomplishments include the Denver Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan that serves as the foundation for Denver’s future growth around FasTracks (the nation’s largest regional transit expansion project); an innovative Context and Form-based Zoning Code applied citywide; numerous corridor, neighborhood, and transit-station area plans; and a new vision for Downtown Denver that ensures it remains the sustainable heart of the Denver region. In 2010, his team led a multi-agency effort that was awarded nearly $3million in HUD Community Challenge and DOT TIGER II funding for work related to TOD implementation, affordable housing, healthy eating/living, and community capacity building.

In Denver and Milwaukee, Mr. Park oversaw comprehensive zoning code and map replacements that deliver innovation with practical results. The updated zoning codes in Milwaukee and Denver streamline development permitting, guide high quality design, and implement the urban vision identified in the Comprehensive Plans in both cities. The crafting of Denver’s Context and Form‐based code involved detailed urban form analysis and mapping at citywide, neighborhood, block, and building scale. Mr. Park oversaw the conception and execution of various methodologies for evaluating existing built form relative to applicable zoning regulations and creating new standards that more effectively implement adopted city plans. Through extensive interdepartmental coordination and public engagement, both zoning codes received broad community support and were unanimously adopted.

Previously, he taught at the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee and coordinated the Joint Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning program. Over the last 20 years, he has focused on integrating teaching and practice. The work explored in his urban design studios has significantly influenced real world planning and development outcomes such asthe removal of the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee and adoption of the Denver Zoning Code. 


  • Planning Studio II

  • Urban Design Studio

  • Planning Issues and Processes

  • Design Policy and Regulation​

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