April 6, 2017 04:07 PM

Photo by Robin May

Thursday’s INDesign Awards 2017 presentation, Building Strong Cities for the 21st Century: A Lafayette Perspective, was moderated by Christiaan Mader, editorial director of The Current, IND Media’s new glossy magazine (branded as “Lafayette’s journal of culture, commentary and ideas.”)

The panelists were Rachel DiResto, executive vice president for the Center for Planning Excellence in Baton Rouge, who led the phase two update of the city’s successful downtown master plan and specializes in transportation strategies to address complex regional planning issues; Harry Weiss, One Acadiana’s vice president for Urban Revitalization & Development and a 30-year veteran in community redevelopment and historic preservation in Grand Junction, Colo., Asheville, N.C. and Sante Fe, N.M.; and Geoff Dyer, director of design and interim CEO for Lafayette’s Downtown Development Authority, a specialist in mixed-use urbanism whose career spans over 100 projects in 18 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

The awards luncheon was held at The City Club at River Ranch and sponsored by Southern Lifestyle Development, Van Eaton & Romero, A Latter & Blum Company and One Acadiana.

View of gallery of photos by IND Media Photography Director Robin May from Thursday’s luncheon here.

Read more about the winners in the commercial category here, and click here for the residential winners.