Galina Tachieva is the managing partner of DPZ CoDESIGN, directing the work of the firm in the US and around the world. With more than 25 years of expertise in sustainable planning, urban redevelopment and form-based codes, Galina is the author of the “Sprawl Repair Manual”, an award-winning publication by Island Press, which focuses on the retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete walkable communities.
Multilingual, Galina has experience with projects across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Russia, including downtowns and urban revitalizations, regional plans, environmental conservation, new communities, and resort towns. Managing complex projects and teams, she has led charrettes and other public processes, from project initiation through implementation.
Galina maintains an active civic engagement. A Fellow of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) she has been leading its national Sprawl Retrofit Initiative. She is a founding member of the Council for European Urbanism (CEU), and she has lectured throughout the world. She has been a visiting lecturer and design critic at Harvard University, the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and at the University of Miami, among others.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, she received her architectural education at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, Galina received her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Miami School of Architecture. Galina is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a LEED-Accredited Professional.
- Lonely Last Days in the Suburban Office Park
- Sprawl Repair - The next frontier in residential innovation
- Here's what could happen to America's hundreds of dead malls
- Red Friday
- Four ways to reform a commuter campus
- Genuine change or lipstick on a pig?
- The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here
- Nordstrom Tries On a New Look: Stores Without Merchandise
- How to Build Better Burbs to Ease the Housing Crunch
- Generation Us: Graying of the suburbs presents challenges for the community
- Busting 4 Common Myths About the Suburbs
- Historic Sprawl: A Future for Post-War Suburbia
- Millennials prefer revitalized historic areas not malls
- Why the Death of Malls Is About More Than Shopping
- One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix
- Malls are doomed: 25% will be gone in 5 years
- Happy 70th to True American Suburbia - Levittown was once finishing a new house every 16 minutes.
- Shipping containers, oval swings and food trucks? How old Eastland Mall site could be reimagined
- From “Sprawl” to a “Complete Community”
- Lean Sprawl Repair – Mall Retrofit
Events & Lectures
- 1000 Friends of Florida Sprawl Repair Webinar
- The Architecture of Place: In Conversation with Galina Tachieva
- Sprawl Repair Manual Now Translated Into Bulgarian
- Just-Right Sizing: How Small and Medium-Scale Interventions Might Solve Our Large Sprawl Problems
- An Introduction to Form-Based Coding
- Repair and Prepare Our Suburbs for the 21st Century
- Sprawl Repair for Florida's Communities
- ROWE ROME 2015: The Best of Both Worlds, Regenerating the Light City
- CNU Utah Sprawl Repair Webinar
- Stranded Real Estate Assets: Changing Economy, Changing Land Use
- Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Annual Dinner Keynote Speech
- Ivory Press Roundtable Discussion
- A Short History of the Future
- The Importance of The Sprawl Repair Initiative
- Sprawl Repair in Florida: From Auto Scale to Human Scale
- Keynote Lecture
- Sprawl: Past, Present, Future
- Retrofitting Suburbia 202
- Sprawl Retrofit at the Macro Scale
- Creating Choices and Improving Quality of Life through Repair and Redevelopment: Tools for Columbus & Ohio