About J Michael Cobb

International urban planner-designer-researcher; eco-cities; rapid urbanization; smart cities; design-planning methods

Other Consultant
United States

J Michael Cobb, PhD, PP, FAICP

Int'l Planning/Urban Development:
Rapid Urbanization, EcoCity Design, Transport & Infrastructure PPP, Climate Adaptation

IDC International Development Consultants, LLC / Urbanism3.org

Princeton University

Portland, Maine Area


Dr. J. Michael Cobb has thirty+ years of international experience in planning, design, and management implementation of urban and regional development projects in the U.S. and overseas. His project work can be found in California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Jordan, Venezuela, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Uganda, South Africa and other countries

The range of Dr. Cobb’s experience includes large-scale urban redevelopment and expansion projects, coastal zone ecological developments and integrated planning and design for urban, transportation and infrastructure projects. Project and program types include: master planning for national reconstruction; capital city expansions and international airports. His senior responsibilties have also include master plans and implementation programs for national railways, new cities and communities, ports and waterfronts, resort tourism developments, housing and urban redevelopments, environmental infrastructure; and economic and industrial development.

A specific listing of his major projects and programs include the following:

He directed the master planning, urban design & implementation of Jubail New Industrial City, the award winning mega project in Saudi Arabia. Supplementing his technical skills: public coordination & presentations, business development, management, & coordination at highest levels of government & industry. Author of numerous technical reports & publications & guest speaker at conferences & universities in the U.S. & abroad.

He founded IDC International Development Consultants, LLC & previously was an executive with several major companies: Bechtel (Chief of Urban & Infrastructure Planning, global operations); Planning Research Corporation (Vice Pres.); & EDAW (Director Urban Planning & Design). His career responsible involved planning, urban design, A-E design, financing & development implementation of projects & programs with constructed values of 30+ billion USD.

Specialties: International Urban Design & Planning
Project Development & Implementation
Public/Private Partnerships
Green Infra. & Ecological City Design
Urban Redevelopment & Multi-modal Transport
National-Regional Spatial & Economic Development
Comm. & Indus. Real Estate Development

Designing Buildings Anywhere

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