Perspectives on the Future
15-Minute City


In direct contrast to the urban planning archetypes that have dominated our industry’s thinking over the last century, the “15-minute city” imagines a design where everything we need—from fresh groceries to education to healthcare—is within a 15-minute radius from our doorstep.

The concept has recently gained traction as cities envision a more healthy, sustainable and equitable future while contemplating what urban spaces might look like in a post-pandemic world. But how realistic is this idea as it relates to our healthcare systems, our transportation infrastructure, the way we work and the built environment as a whole? We’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss the 15-minute city model in order to gain some perspective.

Our Experts

Jessica Lucyshyn
Jessica K. Lucyshyn, P.E.,
Executive Vice President & Market Vice President, Land Planning

Jessica Lucyshyn serves a dual role responsible for operations and strategy as well as vision and growth for Gresham Smith’s Land Planning market. A licensed professional engineer in Florida and Tennessee, Jessica has spent more than 20 years managing the delivery of a broad collection of project types including residential, institutional, resort, commercial and industrial developments.

Louis R. Johnson PLA
Louis Johnson, PLA,
Senior Landscape Architect, Land Planning

Louis Johnson has more than a decade of experience in broad regional and urban design, corridor planning and design, and detailed landscape architectural site design. A leader in his field, he speaks at state and national conferences, has served as an adjunct instructor in the areas of urban design and sustainable infrastructure, and currently sits on the board of the Congress of New Urbanism, Midwest Chapter.

Andy Lucyshyn, P.E., PTOE,
Middle Tennessee Area Transportation Leader

Andy leads operations, workforce development, growth strategy and business development for the firm’s Nashville-based Transportation group, which includes intelligent mobility, traffic engineering, transportation planning, roadway design, bridge design, utility coordination, and construction inspection and engineering. He’s a board member of ITS Tennessee and TennSMART, a public-private consortium focused on new mobility initiatives in Tennessee.

Matt D’Angelo, P.E.,
Transportation Systems Management and Operations Practice Leader

A nationally-recognized thought leader in transportation, Matt has provided program guidance as well as project support from concept to implementation for a wide range of transportation technology projects throughout his 23-year career. Matt is actively working with clients on applying emerging solutions to solve transportation challenges including early deployment strategies that leverage connected and automated vehicles to support safety, mobility and environmental objectives.

Jack E. Weber IIDA
Jack Weber, IIDA, MCR, LEED AP,
Principal, Corporate + Urban Design Market

Jack is a recognized expert in the design of workplaces that are responsive to the needs of both the individual and organizations. He has developed a unique approach and toolset geared toward guiding clients through a thoughtful process of exploring, understanding and visioning in order to develop workplaces that truly align with an organization’s culture and business strategies.

Jeffrey W. Kuhnhenn AIA
Jeff Kuhnhenn, AIA, LEED AP,
Director of Architectural Design

A longtime design leader of the firm, Jeff’s experience includes innovative, sustainable and resilient design practices across all of the firm’s markets. He also serves as a key member of the advisory group overseeing the firm’s innovation initiatives.

Jim Langlois, AIA, LEED AP,
Executive Vice President, Healthcare

Jim Langlois leads the growth strategy of Gresham Smith’s Healthcare market. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and biomedical research, he draws on his broad expertise to track developments and trends in the Healthcare industry to solve our clients’ unique planning and design challenges.