VICTOR DOVER: In 1987 Victor Dover co-founded the firm that became Dover, Kohl & Partners, and he serves as Principal-in-charge. Along with his partner Joseph Kohl, Mr. Dover’s practice focuses on the creation and restoration of real neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities. Victor has personally led over 140 charrettes worldwide. Mr. Dover lectures widely around the United States and internationally on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development.
Mr. Dover was cited by Architecture magazine as being among ‘‘the country’s best urban designers and architects.’’ Dover-Kohl’s projects are profiled in many textbooks, including The New Urbanism by Peter Katz, Community by Design by Kenneth Hall, Sustainable Urbanism by Doug Farr, and Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson. Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, co-authored by Victor Dover and John Massengale, is required reading at major universities.
Victor Dover is former Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and was the Founding Chair of the CNU Florida Chapter, the first of its kind. He was a key player in the creation of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the National Charrette Institute, both leading think tanks for sustainable urbanism and community-based planning. Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the CNU. He served on the Core Committee setting sustainable urbanism certification standards for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development rating system (LEED-ND). Victor is a five-time Ironman triathlete.
Joshua Frank serves as Project Director and Urban Designer/Town Planner at Dover, Kohl & Partners. He has a variety of experience in the built, natural, and cultural environments, spanning the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, transportation, and urban design. Josh has worked on projects ranging from campus and municipal master-planning to streetscape and public realm design. Josh is formerly a founding principal of Wide Open Office, as well as a distinguished Research Associate with the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design where he received numerous awards including the AIA Bronze Medal and the eponymous Frank Award for Leadership in Research.
Most recently, Josh was recognized with the AIA Tampa Bay’s 2019 Christopher Kelley Emerging Professional Award for demonstrating exemplary service above self to champion the causes and issues of AIA chapter members, local community organizations, and beyond. Josh maintains vocal advocacy for design in the public realm and transportation as well as his #blvdtampa campaign — a community-driven alternative to interstate expansion in Tampa’s urban core, featured nationally in the 2019 and 2021 Congress for New Urbanism’s Freeways Without Futures report, the New York Times, Tampa Bay Times, and NextCity.org.
JOE DRISCOLL: Joe Driscoll was born and raised in Syracuse. After graduating Nottingham High School, he began to pursue a career as a professional musician. In 2003, he moved to England where he signed to record label Buttercuts, and toured his original compositions all over the world, including: Africa, most of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and all over the US. His last album Monistic Theory debuted at #1 on the Amazon and iTunes World Music Charts.
In 2015, Driscoll returned to his hometown, and began engaging in politics. In 2016, he was a lead organizer in the group ‘Syracuse for Sanders’, building a grassroots campaign for presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders. The experience led Driscoll to pursue running for local office in 2017, where he was successfully elected to the 5th District Council Seat. Since taking office, Driscoll has
passed legislation addressing the city’s Lead Crisis, certified the City of Syracuse as a Clean Energy community, and worked extensively as transportation chair, advocating for the Community Grid option.
Currently, Joe is the City Project Director for the I-81 project for the city of Syracuse. Driscoll continues to perform, promote, and organize musical and cultural events as well.