David - FULL

Project Associate
Transportation
dnelson@pps.org
@DMNOMA

David is a transportation professional, physical planner, and urban designer from Nebraska. His focus is on how legible patterns of public space and transportation networks influence the cognitive image of place and on how the design of pedestrian facilities legitimizes or undermines normative behavior.

At PPS, David works on projects ranging from street typologies to form based codes to public space programming and design. As project manager for the Federal Highway Administration’s Context Sensitive Solutions Clearinghouse, he uses communication best practices to connect transportation practitioners and citizens with emerging innovations in the discipline and supporting evidence on the benefits of contextuality.

Before joining PPS, David worked at the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University as a transit and bikeped researcher and graphic designer for the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Research Center and the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

While at the City of Omaha Planning Department, David cultivated walkability and bikeability through data and design projects. His wide array of initiatives included siting bicycle parking, designing signage, and coordinating the city’s inaugural bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts.

Education

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Master of City and Regional Planning
University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Minor in Mathematics

Full CV here.