ADG Adds Urban Planning Services
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Local architecture, engineering and program management firm, ADG, P.C., expands its services to include Urban Planning. AJ Kirkpatrick was chosen to lead the group, bringing to the firm nearly 15 years of experience in community building efforts, specifically in the downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, area. ADG also provides architecture, engineering, interior design and program management services.
Throughout his career, Kirkpatrick's passion for city centers and neighborhood nodes of all shapes and sizes has grown. He has developed expertise in walkability, transit and parking, and creative uses of GIS. He comes to ADG as both a planner and an implementer, having worked for the city of Oklahoma City and having managed one of the nation's most complex Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Known for his strategic thinking and ability to bring structure to fledgling efforts, Kirkpatrick is the current chair of the Oklahoma District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and was the organizer of a recent effort to spread best practices in development by helping 25 Oklahoma professionals gain accreditation from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A).
Kirkpatrick was also a planner for the Oklahoma City Urban Redevelopment Division, which included Core to Shore planning focused on revitalizing the 750-acre area between the downtown core and the Oklahoma River. He also managed private consultants on several planning studies and led a land use analysis effort for the Oklahoma City Streetcar project. Prior to his work in Oklahoma City, he worked for Northside Development Corporation in Columbus, Ohio where he administered a housing down payment program for Ohio State University employees and assisted with an area market study instrumental in the city's planning process for the neighborhood.
Kirkpatrick earned accreditations from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2012 and the Congress for New Urbanism in 2014. He holds dual masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Geography, with Urban Regional Systems emphasis. He also holds bachelor of arts degrees in both political science and sociology. His current projects for ADG include the Norman Forward citywide improvement plan in Norman, Oklahoma, the Cleveland County Courthouse Plaza Improvements and Office Development in Norman, and the Urban Development Downtown Improvements in Stillwater, Oklahoma.