2018 Build Maine Speakers

Conference held at Bates Mill 1, 36 Chestnut St, Lewiston, ME 04240. For parking info, see ATTEND page.

Registration & breakfast begins at 7:30am. Conference begins at 8:00am.


2018 Workshops

Workshops held at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240. For parking info, see ATTEND page.

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Allison Thurmond Quinlan

9:00 am — 9:45 am 

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Allison Thurmond Quinlan is an architect, landscape architect, and small infill developer. She founded and runs Flintlock Ltd Co, a multi-disciplinary design practice, and Flintlock Development, an urban infill real estate development company in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She also served on the Fayetteville Planning Commission and the Construction Board of Appeals. Alli grew up on a large working cattle ranch in western Oklahoma and believes strongly in being hands-on in your farm. She believes that small developers have the potential to be advocates for their neighborhoods, leading the redevelopment of communities in a way that protect and include long time residents while welcoming new, diverse neighbors. As part of this approach, she recently completed a tactical urbanism project to make walking to the community center easier for neighborhood kids, located nearby to Flintlock Development’s South St Cottages.

Working in a range of roles (architect, land planner, owner, developer, and city administrator) over a wide variety of development projects has taught Alli to cut through the voodoo of pro formas and zoning / building code to create beautiful, lovable, walkable projects that make sense for communities and make money for investors.

Developers Collaborative Coffee Break

Visit with Exhibitors.

9:45 am — 10:15 am

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Blair Humphreys

10:15 am — 11:00 am

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Blair Humphreys works for Humphreys Company, with 13 years of experience in real estate investing and development. He is currently overseeing the design and development of Wheeler – a mixed-use New Urbanism development on the Oklahoma River. Blair is a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Oklahoma District Council, currently serving as Chair of the statewide organization. He has a Master’s degree in City Planning and Urban Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Oklahoma.

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Doug Farr

11:00 am — 12:00 pm

Chicago, Illinois

Doug Farr is an American architect, an urban planner and founder of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, Inc., a sustainable architectural and planning firm in Chicago, Illinois. Doug is Vice Chair of the board for the Congress for the New Urbanism, a member of the LEED Steering Committee, and he was the inaugural chair of the LEED for Neighborhood Development committee. He is the founder of the 2030 Communities Campaign that seeks to reduce vehicle miles traveled. In 2007, he authored Sustainable Urbanism and in spring 2018 released his latest book, Sustainable Nation. Doug originally hails from DetroitMichigan

Food Truck Lunch & Activation Walk

12:00 pm — 1:45 pm

Pay your own way lunch at 5 Canal Street Alley.


Nicole Losch

1:45 pm — 2:30 pm

Burlington, Vermont

Nicole Losch, PTP, is the Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Burlington. What if there was a faster, less expensive, and better way to make our streets safer for all people? Nicole will share how Vermont's biggest town has quickly embedded municipal pilot projects and a program for community-led demonstration projects into its public works operations, and how to bridge the gap between conceptual planning and full reconstruction.


Marcus Westbury

2:30 pm — 3:30 pm

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Marcus Westbury is the founder of the multi-award winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia projects that have helped launch more than 300 creative and community projects in empty and abandoned buildings and reopened more than 100 vacant shops and offices across Australia. Marcus's background is as an urbanist, writer, media maker, and festival director. He is the author of the crowd funded Amazon best selling book Creating Cities (Niche Press, 2015) and has written and presented for the ABC TV (Australia) series “Bespoke” and “Not Quite Art.” Marcus is currently employed as the founding CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd, a non-profit that is leading the redevelopment of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne.



9:00 am — 11:00 am 

Located at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Bob Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group

National retail consultant and Harvard lecturer Bob Gibbs shares his secrets on what sets successful small business apart from the internet giants. Plus rock-star Maine sellers offer their formulas for winning at retail. Brought to you by Maine Downtown Center + Build Maine.

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11:15 am — 12:30 pm
Located at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Anne Marie Purkey Levine, Principal, AMPL Arts Consulting | Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission | Deborah Greel, Salem Public Art Planner | Caitlin Cameron, City of Portland | Pamela Moulton, Artist

Art sets places apart. Hear from public art professionals on how to cultivate partnerships to realize impactful projects that your community can afford -- plus places to find funding.
Brought to you by Maine Downtown Center.



1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Located at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240

David Valecillos, North Shore Development Coalition |           Doug Farr, Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design

Come learn how you can transform vacant lots, alleys, and unfriendly streets into vibrant spaces that attract foot-traffic and a positive vibe in your downtown. This workshop includes lessons learned from Salem’s transformation of The Point Neighborhood and patterns from Doug Farr’s new book, Sustainable Nation. Brought to you by Maine Downtown Center, Build Maine, the City of Lewiston, and Grow L+A.



4:30 pm — 8:30 pm

[5 Canal Street Alley Pop-Up Beer Garden]

Build Maine will kick off with a beer garden, held at the L/A Arts Downstage building located at 5 Canal Street Alley. Join us for good conversation, food, and beer in this transformed civic space, complete with outdoor games and seating. Brought to you by Bear Bones Beer & Marche.


Professional Development Credits

Build Maine is pleased to offer the following Continuing Education Credits for select sections:

  • Engineer Professional Development Hours (PDH)

  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits - credits for June 15th only

  • Maine Real Estate Commission — Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

  • AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits

  • AIA Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits

  • MTCMA is offering 5 overall credits to managers for “Development of General Administrative/Management Skills

  • Board of Real Estate Appraisers — Continuing Education Credits (CEC) - credits for June 15th only

  • CEO Contact Hours - Legal - Credits Only for June 15 session with Allison Thurmond Quinlan from 9 - 9:45am.