David W. Levy, AICP

David Levy, AICP is an architect turned city planner with more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. As Director of Urban Design and Plan Review at the National Capital Planning Commission, he directed the plan review and design consultation practice for major national memorials and museums, national parks, and public space projects in Washington, DC. He has significant experience applying the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act to federal projects, and understands the politics behind projects that receive approval. David has a sophisticated understanding of  development approvals in Washington, DC.


While at the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor, he implemented innovative sustainability pilot projects including tactical urbanism projects in parks and other public spaces. As a private consultant, he has developed strategies to obtain project approvals, helped clients build support for their projects, designed and facilitated public meetings, workshops, and events.


Recent private sector work includes the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola Feasibility Study, where he designed the project’s approval path for 22 federal, state, and local agencies; and the DC Climathon at GWU, where he and his team designed, planned, and facilitated a 24-hour eco-entrepreneurship event. Other projects include strategic planning initiatives for the Golden Triangle and a Rosslyn transportation survey and tactical urbansim workshop for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District.

David’s pro-bono work includes organizing citizen engagement for the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, neighborhood zoning work, and participating in planning initiatives at Gallaudet University.