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TBG Partners Diversifies Practice by Hiring Director of Sustainability and Urban Regional Planner

Bill Odle

TBG is pleased to announce new additions to its landscape architecture and planning practice: Mikel Wilkins, Director of Sustainability, and Rob Parsons, Urban/Regional Planner.

“On behalf of TBG, we are so excited to welcome Mikel and Rob – first, to our TBG family, and second, to the many clients and communities we serve across the country,” said Bill Odle, President of TBG Partners. “Mikel and Rob each bring a diverse skillset to the firm that diversifies our practice and maintains our position of thought leadership in the profession.”

Mikel Wilkins, P.E., ENV-SP, joins TBG to expand the firm’s overall expertise offerings by providing green infrastructure master planning and watershed improvement strategy development, along with many other sustainable design offerings. Mikel formerly owned his own environmental engineering practice, Urban Ecoplan, based out of Dallas. A Professional Environmental Engineer, Mikel has over 25 years of experience delivering impactful and resilient projects and, in particular, is inspired by projects that require a coordinated multi-disciplinary design approach and rely heavily on creativity, innovative spirit, education and compassion to guide the planning and design process.

Mikel will be based in the firm’s Dallas office and will lead TBG’s focus on sustainability by collaborating on planning and design projects, specifically targeting improved sustainability from large to small scale brownfield and greenfield projects. Additionally, Mikel will also provide technical and non-technical education and communication services focused on building community and stakeholder consensus for effective implementation of green infrastructure strategies.

Rob Parsons, AICP, CNU-A, joins TBG after seven years at Gateway Planning and one year owning his own practice, GH Townbuilders. Rob has a broad background in planning, urban design, and the codes/policies that enable a more livable and vibrant community. He has worked in communities across Texas and the United States, for both public and private entities, and has internalized the lesson that every place has unique attributes to be leveraged and every place shares the need and desire for more human scaled development. Rob will be based in the firm’s Austin office and will focus on urban planning, master planning, entitlements, planned development zoning work, downtown corridor planning and economic and environmental analysis. His desire is to add perspective to TBG’s client offerings by expanding the firm’s presence in Civic Planning work and in offering upstream development opportunities.

Rob enjoys working on complex projects, with complexities often taking the form of political, economic or community issues that require education and the need to overcome objections through quality planning and design.