FAICP in Michigan 

Induction to the AICP College of Fellows is the highest honor the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member.

Fellows of AICP are nominated and selected by their peers to recognize and honor their outstanding contributions as a professional planner. The outcomes of their individual efforts left demonstrably significant and transformational improvements to the field of planning and the communities they served. All Fellows are long-time members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, and community service and leadership.

MAP is thrilled that three of our planning leaders have received this prestigious recognition from the American Planning Association. 

Doug Piggott’s career exemplifies his commitment to serve his profession, his colleagues, and the rural communities of mid-Michigan. He has worked for 40 years to provide citizens and professionals the tools to develop a unifying vision for their communities and the path to achieve it. He has demonstrated that planning can serve as a tool to bring residents together in a culture of mutual respect.  
Suzanne Schulz harnessed a major Michigan community’s vision and moved it forward with stunning results. She is an implementer who sees urban systems as opportunities to be leveraged. Her planning processes engage and empower stakeholders to become passionate changemakers. Suzanne’s innovative work in Grand Rapids, Michigan, includes eliminating single-family zone districts to increase housing types and price points, creating unique citizen participation strategies, and writing integrative policies and ordinances across disciplines to operationalize plan goals. She is known for valuing the wisdom of community voices, passionately leading with her values, and believing that planning is an essential service.

Russ Soyring transformed Traverse City, Michigan, a post-industrial town, into one of Michigan’s most thriving, walkable, and equitable communities. He achieved this through leadership, educating elected officials, and engaging residents. Soyring never wavered on his passion for making cities enticing and inclusive places to live. Soyring was never shy to engage student planners and citizens to advance city planning initiatives, be the voice for those with lesser means, advocate for affordable housing opportunities, and encourage compact development to support walking, bicycling, and public transit. His results have resulted in Traverse City being designated "The Strongest Town in America.”  Russ Soyring


Doug, Suzanne, and Russ join the ranks of 15 Michigan professionals who had previously been inducted into the AICP College of Fellows.   Read all about them.