FORUM speaker

Gwen Wright

APA Urban Design and Preservation Division

From July 2013 to October 2022, Gwen Wright was the Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Montgomery County is one of the largest jurisdictions in Maryland with over 1 million residents and has a key role in the dynamic Washington D.C. metropolitan growth area. Ms. Wright also worked for the Montgomery County Planning Department from 1987 to 2008 and was the Chief of Countywide Planning, including supervising the Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Historic Preservation Sections, as well as serving as Acting Planning Director. Ms. Wright began her career in Texas as the Director of Architectural Design and Redevelopment for the Galveston Historical Foundation in Galveston, Texas. She has degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from Yale University. Ms. Wright serves on the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program Advisory Board. Ms. Wright is the recipient of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the AIA’s Kea Award for Architectural Advocacy and the National Capital Area Chapter of the APA’s Frederick Gutheim Award for Planning Leadership.

FORUM 2024

Join us in West Palm Beach, FL this summer.