Galina Tachieva is a partner and director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in Miami, Fla. She is an expert on how to successfully implement urban development in a range of environments, from downtowns to suburban retrofits and resorts. With more than 15 years experience in design and implementation around the world, she shares with her audiences proven strategies for success. Tachieva has led and managed scores of DPZ projects nationally and internationally. Tachieva is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual (Island Press, July 2010), which presents a comprehensive methodology for transforming sprawl developments into human-scale, sustainable communities. In 2009, Tachieva received the “People’s Choice Award” in the Reburbia Competition sponsored by Dwell and Inhabitat for her “Urban Sprawl Repair Kit.” She has also contributed to a number of publications including The New Civic Art, Architecture and the City International, and The Charrette Handbook.
Tachieva was born and raised in Bulgaria. She received her architectural education at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia, Bulgaria and her master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Miami, Florida. Tachieva joined DPZ in 1993 as a project manager and has served as director of the DPZ Miami office since 1998. In 2008, she became a principal and partner at DPZ.Tachieva has lectured at the University of Miami School of Architecture, the Harvard University Executive Education Program, the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, and the University of Ferrara. She is a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, sits on the boards of directors of the Center for Applied Transect Studies and the Guild Foundation and has been certified as a LEED-accredited professional.