TALENTS: development, strategy, vision, Design thinking process
Gary Gaston is the Design Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center and a Lecturer with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Gary has lead planning efforts for the East Bank, Edgehill, Chestnut Hill, Lafayette and Wedgewood Houston Neighborhoods.
He was a principal contributor to the Center’s book The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2005. Gary co-authored the Center's recent publication Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities, and is currently working on Shaping Healthy Communities, which will be published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2015. Gary served as the project director and executive producer of the documentary film Design Your Neighborhood, which was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was shown at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2012.
Gary was named a “Next American Vanguard” by Next American City Magazine in May 2010 – one of only 30 young urban leaders selected from across the country; he was a member of the 2010-2011 Leadership Nashville class; an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council; and has served on the Board of Directors of Nashville CARES, Artrageous, GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Historic Nashville Inc., and is currently on the advisory board for Transit Now Nashville.