R. W. Thorpe

& Associates

Planning & Design

Robert W. Thorpe, AICP


With over 40 years of experience in the planning field, Mr. Thorpe has been the Principal-in-Charge on most of the firm's urban and regional planning projects and environmental studies. He is a certified planner and has served as SEPA Responsible Official for several communities. Prior to founding RWT/A, Mr. Thorpe was instrumental in developing many innovative planning programs with the City of Mercer Island and two large engineering/planning consulting firms:


This included the development of a number of implementation tools such as:

SEPA Guidelines,

  • Shorelines Management Program,
  • Design Commission Guidelines,
  • Zoning Codes,
  • Master Planned Communities regulations, etc.


Mr. Thorpe has extensive experience with citizen involvement and has been retained by a number of public agencies and private citizen groups as a consulting urban planner.   He has served as a consulting planner to several Washington area cities, and is currently a college instructor in Urban Planning and the development process.


He has also been a candidate for the MAI (Appraisal) designation, combining expertise in land economics with design and planning.


He is a qualified expert witness in several jurisdictions and courts throughout Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska, and Wyoming.


He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and an AIA - R/UDAT Team Member.   He serves on the BIAW Legal Trust Committee, has served for 3 years on the East King County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, and is Past President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Planning Association.




B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Nebraska (Minors in Architecture and Art)


Masters degrees in Urban Planning and Urban Development Economics from the University of Washington.


Email: rwta@rwta.com





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