J. David Waggonner III

David Waggonner is the president of Waggonner & Ball, an award-winning, internationally active architectural design and planning practice located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also the initiator of Dutch Dialogues, an intercultural, interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between Dutch engineering and design professionals and their American counterparts focused on water-based urban design. The Dutch Dialogues conferences in the years after Hurricane Katrina articulated a new vision of New Orleans as a city living with - rather than against - water. Building on the Dutch Dialogues, David leads a team of local and international experts in the development of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. The regional strategy addresses sustainable storm water management at all scales, from drainage system networks to individual lots, and includes ideas for supplemental green infrastructure systems based on hydrologic characteristics of the landscape. The team's ultimate goal is to develop a model of sustainable delta urbanism that embraces water to improve safety, resiliency and quality of life, as well as create new economic and development opportunities.