Professor, Urban Planning
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Nicholas Zaferatos, Ph.D., AICP, is a professor of urban planning and sustainable development at Huxley College of the Environment, WWU. He serves as the program director for the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program, co-directs the minor in Sustainable Design, and directs WWU's faculty led global learning program in Mediterranean Sustainable Development in Greece. His teaching emphasis in urban planning, sustainable development, Native American planning, and environmental policy complements his regional and international service learning teaching and research interests. He is active in promoting sustainability education at Western Washington University, serving appointments on university committees, academies, and initiatives. Since 2005, Dr. Zaferatos has directed several service learning programs in sustainable development in Washington State and internationally. His applied sustainability studies in Greece has received national and international recognition, including the 2017 APA/PAW Outstanding Student Planning Project award; the 2009 Green Good Design Award (The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies); the 2008 SETE National Honor Sustainability Award (Athens); and the 2006 6th Honorific Mediterranean Sustainability Award (Spain). Regionally, he is the recipient of the 2011 Sustainability Award: Creating Sustainability Partnerships (Western Washington University and Office of Sustainability), the 2004 Builder of Bellingham Award (Community Service Distinction, WWU), and the 2000 National High Honor Award (Harvard University’s Tribal Governance Program: Honoring Nations).
Project Title: Getting to Regional Pluralism: Merging Tribal Nations in the Emerald Corridor Planning Framework
Funding: The Bullitt Foundation, Seattle, WA.
Project Summary: One of the most perplexing problems facing regional cooperation in planning Washington State’s Emerald Corridor lies in the relationship between local governments (counties, cities, utility districts, etc.), deriving their authority to plan from the state; and tribal nations, whose authority emerges from their inherent sovereignty, treaty-based rights, and federally conveyed rights, and who are not subject to state planning laws. These rights and authorities involve overlapping jurisdiction both on and off of Indian Reservations. Further complicating the situation is the fact that local governments have historically applied policies that directly affect tribal interests in ways that are often adverse to tribal community goals. Adding to the confusion is the absence of a clear directive in Washington’s planning legislation to guide local governments towards the coordination of their planning policies with those of neighboring tribes. Differences in respective community goals often result in regional conflicts that frustrate efforts toward a consistent and inclusionary regional planning vision. With urban growth projected to significantly increase in the Corridor over the next several decades, which will further stress the natural ecosystems, the impact on tribal interests can be expected to increase. The goal of this project is to formulate a regional planning framework that fosters environmental stewardship through a process that embraces a plurality of visions and is equitable and inclusive of tribal nations.
Planning Studio Publications
(Urban Transitions Studio Lab and WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership Program)
- 2018 Activating Bellingham Downtown Alleys - spread
- 2018 Activating Bellingham Downtown Alleys - single pages
- 2018 Edison Community Plan
- 2018 Edison Community Plan - spread format
- 2017 Tiny Homes - Affordable Housing Study
- 2017 Alderwood Neighborhood Planning Study
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study, spread
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study - powerpoint
- 2016 Blueprint for a Living Village: Kioni, Ithaca, Greece, spread format
- 2016 Blueprint for a Living Village: Kioni, Ithaca, Greece
- 2015 Sunnyland Urban Infill Study
- 2014 Downtown Alley Strategies
- 2014 Homeless Settlement Communities
- 2013 State Street Corridor Design Study
- 2012 Downtown Corridor Edge Study
- 2011 Haiti Housing Relief Design Book II
- 2011 Transit Oriented Community - Bellingham
- 2010 Haiti Housing Relief Design Book I
- 2010 Sustainable Ithaca Planning Study
- 2010 Cornwall Avenue / Adaptive Mall Reuse Study
- 2006 Kefalonia Island, Greece: Farsa Village Restoration Study
BA Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program
Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2017). Planning the Native American Indian Reservation: from Theory to Empowerment. Syracuse University Press.
Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2015). “Planning in Native American Reservation Communities: Sovereignty, Conflict and Political Pluralism” in Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning. Michael A. Burayidi, (Editor). University of Toronto Press.
PhD Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington; MS Urban & Regional and Environmental Planning, Western Washington University; BA Regional Geography, University of Buffalo, State University of New York