Rick Bernhardt

Rick Bernhardt

Executive Director, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department
Nashville, Tennessee

A town planner for over 35 years, Rick Bernhardt is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department. His practice has focused on creating sustainable communities, neighborhoods, and places through the use of traditional design principles. These techniques have been used to develop community-wide and project specific master plans.

Prior to joining Metro, Bernhardt was director EDAW’s Town Planning Studio having also served as Orlando, Florida’s Director of Planning and Development for 17 years. His work with the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan and Baldwin Park resulted in the receipt of the initial Catherine Brown Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

He is on the Board of Directors of the Form-Based Code Institute and previous chair of the Planners Task Force of CNU. Bernhardt was educated at Auburn University (Bachelor of Science in Economics), Ohio State University (Master of City Planning with a concentration in housing and urban structure), and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio State University in 1997.