Urban

David T. Downey

INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION


The International Downtown Association strives to help downtown communities become more livable urban centers.

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PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION


Global Movement Leader, City Advocate, Architect, New Urbanist & Urban Designer

A 20-year association professional, David is an accomplished not-for-profit leader in the community building industry. At IDA, David provides overall strategic direction and drives success toward the organization’s vision to build a world full of vital and livable urban centers. Prior to IDA, David served as the Managing Director of the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects and as Executive Director for the Michigan Society of Planning. David has been a city advocate since 1989 receiving his degree in Architecture and Design with a focus on Urban Design from Lawrence Technological University.

David and his wife Margie live in northern Virginia with their three sons Connor, Liam, and Declan. The International Downtown Association (IDA) with over 600 members worldwide is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Through its network of diverse practitioners, its rich body of knowledge, and its unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships, IDA provides tools, intelligence and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities and regions of the world.