Geoffrey Ferrell

Geoffrey is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-Based Codes. His work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – development regulations that emphasize clarity for end-users.  

His experience with adopted municipal form-based codes goes back to 1991 with the Metropolitan Dade County Traditional Neighborhood Ordinance, and his experience includes the master plan & form-based code (with Dover Kohl & Partners) for the redevelopment of the Columbia Pike Corridor in Arlington, Virginia. His firm’s Form-Based Codes for the Farmers Branch, Texas, Station Area and Heart of Peoria Form-Districts in Peoria, Illinois, received the Richard Driehaus Form-Based Code Award in 2007 and 2010, respectively.

Geoff’s firm’s work i­­s featured in the books Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford, The New Urbanism by Peter Katz, and Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson.

Mr. Ferrell holds a Master of Architecture degree with a Certificate in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Architecture from Oregon School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Willamette University. He is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a Charter Board Member for the Form-Based Codes Institute.

Form-Based Codes 101: Learning How To Look

This course will teach you the skills to appreciate and analyze the measures and functions of good urbanism. 

72 min AICP CM, CNU-A, LA CES
Form-Based Codes 101: Neighborhoods

This course introduces the essential elements of neighborhoods. 

69 min AICP CM, CNU-A, LA CES
Form-Based Codes 101: Corridors

Corridors have historically been a key element of the urban fabric of every American town and city, yet they are also commonly problematic. This course looks at the roots of the problem for examples of how...

56 min AICP CM, CNU-A, LA CES