Ladd Keith is a planning faculty member and Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Success at The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. He leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program and other strategic initiatives related to college’s academic programs. His research interests focus on the use of climate change science in the planning and design of cities in the southwest to mitigate contributions to global change and increase resilience to climate impacts. He has developed and taught a number of courses including Sustainable Development, Sustainable Design and Planning, Public Participation and Dispute Resolution, Regional Planning, Planning Theory, and Professional Communication and Presentation.
Mr. Keith currently serves on the City of Tucson‘s Planning Commission, where as Chair he led the commission’s public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan, which was ratified by voters and will guide city planning policy for the next decade. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, Mr. Keith currently serves on the ULI Center for Sustainability Advisory Board as well as being a member of the Sustainable Development Council. In 2016, Ladd was recognized as one of the ULI’s 40 under 40, which represent the best young land-use professionals from around the globe, as selected by members of ULI.
Mr. Keith is a native Tucsonan and a graduate of The University of Arizona with a Master of Science in Planning. Prior to his master’s degree, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts with a Minor in Japanese. He currently lives in Tucson with his husband and their son and daughter.