Bruce Stephenson is dedicated to the art of city planning. A professor at Rollins College, he has worked as a public planner and consultant. He is a leading expert on John Nolen, the visionary founding father of American city planning. The 2014 recipient of the Graham Frey Civic Award, he is invested in preparing and implementing plans to advance sustainability in Central Florida.


Stephenson’s definitive biography, John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Plannerilluminates the art Nolen practiced and the legacy he left. Stephenson also wrote the Introduction to a re-issued edition of Nolen’s most far-reaching book, New Ideals in the Planning of Villages, Towns, and Cities

Stephenson is an advocate of the New Urbanism and led the Rollins College Civic Urbanism Design Studio, which provided sustainable solutions to solve the inefficiencies of suburban sprawl. Stephenson also directs the college’s award winning efforts in landscape restoration on the Genius Preserve, a 50-acre piece of Old Florida set between three lakes in the heart of Winter Park. 


Bruce lives in Baldwin Park, a New Urbanist community in Orlando, and is a close student of the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, where he owns a condominium. Stephenson’s blog, Living New Urbanism, offers an insiders perspective of the challenges and benefits of living in a human-scaled community. 


Contact Information


Phone: 407.646.1587