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Catherine Cuellar Photo Courtesy of Ms. Catherine Cuellar, Executie Director of the Dallas Arts District, will moderate the Panel Discussion, "Creating Thriving Neighborhoods," for the Dallas Architecture Forum on April 28.

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to present “Creating Thriving Neighborhoods,” a Panel Discussion on Tuesday, April 28, moderated by Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District. 

The Dallas Architecture Forum Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!   The venue for this Panel, presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum, is 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201. This free Dallas Architecture Forum Panel will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend the Panel.

Many Dallas neighborhoods have evolved with clear identities and personalities, while several flourished under the radar before getting noticed. Some retain their vibrancy; meanwhile others fade. What causes certain urban areas to endure? How has Dallas built connective infrastructure, developed mixed-use neighborhoods, and implemented citizen programs that enliven and populate urban neighborhoods? What else is on the horizon, and what might Dallas learn from other city successes? 

These are some of the questions that will be explored in the this season’s final Panel Discussion presented by The Dallas Architecture Forum, “Creating Thriving Neighborhoods,” on Tuesday, April 28. This Panel, which will be moderated by Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District, will be held the evening before the opening of CNU 23, the Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference, to be held in Dallas-Fort WorthThe Panel will incorporate concepts and subject matter experts involved in the conference. Panelists are Lynn Richards, President of the Congress for New Urbanism; Jason Roberts, Founder of The Better Block; Arti Harchekar, Urban Design Officer for Townscape; Scott Bernstein, President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Victor Dover, Principal of Dover, Kohl and Partners. 

About the Moderator:  Catherine Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar leads the Dallas Arts District, which is world headquarters of the Global Cultural Districts Network. She spent two decades as an award-winning multimedia journalist for national public radio stations and programs, Sojourners magazine and The Dallas Morning News among others. Ms. Cuellar also managed communications for five years at the sixth-largest electric power grid in the U.S., Oncor. 

Currently Ms. Cuellar serves on the board of the Rhodes College Alumni Association. She made her debut as an author in the Dallas Noir short fiction anthology published in 2013 by Akashic Books. She is a 2014 Next Generation Project Texas Fellow at The Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT-Austin. Cuellar was recognized among the Dallas Business Journal’s 2013 “40 Under 40,” was a 2011 White House Fellows regional finalist, and in 2007 was among the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce's Five Outstanding Young Dallasites.   

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit or call 214-764-2406.  Advance registration is not necessary to attend any of the Panels in the Panel Series.  

Panel Season Sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates and WDG Architects.

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