UTSA planning instructor Bill Barker named a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners

(April 22, 2018) -- The American Institute of Certified Planners will bestow one of its highest honors on UTSA Adjunct Associate Professor Bill Barker, AICP, by inducting him into the College of Fellows at the National Planning Conference in New Orleans on April 22, 2018. There are about 500 living members of the College of Fellows.

Formerly the director of planning for transit authorities in both San Antonio and Fort Worth, Barker has helped public and private consulting clients in seven states, Canada and Mexico as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Agency for International Development. He has been engaged in “think tank” projects with the Houston Advanced Research Center, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Center for Urban Transportation Research, and the Gas Research Institute.

In supporting Barker’s nomination to the College of Fellows, former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger noted that he, along with County Judge Nelson Wolff, appointed Barker to a joint city-county Task Force on transportation because of his knowledge and style. “He has a calm, effective, non-combative manner that yields good results,” noted Hardberger. “He made a difference on that Committee and for San Antonio.”

Beyond transportation, Barker was key to making San Antonio a “Solar America City”, organizing San Antonio’s first climate change conference, contributing to a national planning report on drought, signing the Bexar Land Trust’s first conservation easements, and defining the City’s initial “Mission Verde” sustainability program.

Barker is the only professional in San Antonio recognized as a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners.

The American Institute of Certified Planners is the American Planning Association's professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of an urban planner’s qualifications. Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of their planning achievements as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society.