Spotlight Speakers Series: Pioneer Panel
Unless you were one of the early participants in the DC Ranch saga—and it’s been great to hear their stories over the past year—it’s hard to imagine what it felt like to look out across empty land towards the McDowell Mountains. Back in the day, architects, land use designers, developers and communications experts had to plan out not only where the roads would go but how to create a visually integrated master plan and foster a vibrant and enduring sense of community.
The Pioneer Panel brings together some of the community’s most influential contributors to share their thoughts on how they created something new and distinctive in DC Ranch. They’ll explore what inspired them, the challenges they faced, and what they learned along the way—plus fun facts and colorful stories sprinkled in.
Meet the panelists:
Trevor Barger – The founder of Espiritu Loci, Barger applied his innovative approach to land planning and urban design to DC Ranch, helping to create the “effortless blending” of natural and built environments that characterizes the community.
Charley Freericks – An executive with DMB Associates for nearly 20 years beginning in 1997, Freericks brought a strong background in real estate development, land use, and finance to the project.
Melinda Gulick – For more than a dozen years, Gulick helped shape the spirit of DC Ranch, including being a Town Manager and creating the elements of engaged community life residents continue to enjoy.
Vern Swaback – Trained by Frank Lloyd Wright, Swaback’s design firm was the principal planner for DC Ranch, bringing years of visionary thought to fruition in a carefully orchestrated integration of desert and dwelling space.
Moderator John C. Little, Jr., has witnessed the growth of DC Ranch first hand during his 20 years of experience working for the city of Scottsdale, culminating as City Manager before retiring in 2009.
A special night celebrating DC Ranch
The evening offers extra surprises: Memorabilia including photos and models of DC Ranch homes will be on display along with carefully chosen items that will go inside the 20th anniversary time capsule.
A local brewer crafted a special “DC Ranch beer” for the event that will be served with wine, iced tea, and a dazzling array of appetizers. Join neighbors and poet laureate Bob Frost for a toast to honor DC Ranch’s past and its future at the end of the evening.
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