Bill Furman, AIA, believes that community collaboration creates sensible solutions. In fact, that’s the slogan for his Lakewood City Council election campaign.
As a project architect at Jacobs who does public and municipal work, Bill has always been motivated by projects with a broad community impact.
That ethic of serving his community, combined with his experience as an architect, is what compelled Bill to run for public office.
“The biggest benefit of having architects in politics is that we are used to working with groups that have different interests and agendas, and helping to find solutions to address those many needs,” said Bill. “I think we are uniquely adept at that skill as architects.”
If Bill becomes a city council member, he hopes to find solutions for the rapid growth in Lakewood—the city in which he grew up and currently lives.
As an architect and a long-time resident, Bill thinks he is uniquely positioned to address the issues of community planning and development. And as someone who has paid close attention to local politics, Bill aims to change the negative tone of the race.
“I want to change the divisiveness and add my professional experience as an architect to improve our city,” Bill said.
Lakewood faces a variety of issues that relate to growth, but Bill is focused on improving and preserving quality of life while also building for the future. He also has his eye on redevelopment and ensuring that new communities and neighborhoods are created, rather than a “hodge podge of buildings trying to serve immediate needs.” He suggests a design review board for certain areas as a way to ensure and maintain quality design.
And of course, he wants to be involved in the development of 59 acres of land that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently ruled was suitable for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to use for homeless services.
Bill encourages other architects to get involved with local politics because they—especially architects who work on public projects—are familiar with the complicated elements of cities, including planning, infrastructure, budgeting and the bureaucratic process.
If he does not win the election, Bill will remain an advocate for the solutions he proposes for Lakewood.
“Even if I don’t win, the issues I am interested in aren’t going to go away,” he said. Either way, Bill promises to leverage the momentum and the people who have supported his campaign to make a difference.
If you’d like to get involved or keep track of Bill’s campaign, visit his Facebook page.
*AIA Colorado does not endorse candidates.