David Rouse is a planner and landscape architect with nearly 40 years of experience, focused on creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities. He is committed to connecting professional practice and research to develop practical solutions for 21st century planning and design issues. Areas of expertise include comprehensive planning; parks and open space planning; green infrastructure; and planning for emerging technologies. David is an accomplished speaker and has published widely on a variety of planning and design topics. Many of his projects have been recognized with awards for excellence from the American Planning Association and other professional organizations.
David began his career as a Conservative Agent for the Town of Barnstable, MA. He supervised the Conservation Commission office, administered state and local wetland regulations, and played a key role in several major planning initiatives for the largest and fastest growing town on Cape Cod. David also worked at Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) as a planner, landscape architect, and practice leader in city and regional planning. From 2013-2019, David was Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association where he supervised research programs and initiatives such as Green Communities, Planning and Community Health, Hazards Planning, and more. Most recently in 2019, David founded his Company, David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA, as a consultant providing strategic advisory services to public agencies, nonprofits, and firms seeking to develop and implement sustainable community planning and design solutions.