Robert Russell Hahn is an author and thought leader in urban planning and development. He was born in Washington D.C., the son of an Army Colonel and his Parisian wife. He was raised “all over” the United States, Japan and Europe and moved on the average every nine months until his father’s final military assignment and retirement at the Presidio of San Francisco.
The Presidio, with its open space beauty and unique history as a military reservation on the San Francisco Bay became “home.” As a youth, he hiked and biked its 1,500 acres of trails, stopping at scenic overlooks of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz fueling his dreams for having a family and career one day. The Post theater, library and “PX” were a short walk from his house. He would bike along the parade grounds past his father’s historic office building which housed the 6th Army Headquarters just to catch a silhouette of his dad working late at night. Living on the Presidio awakened in Bob a sense of community. That desire to connect with his environment lead to a career in the field land use, housing and development.
He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. His Master’s degree in urban planning from The Ohio State University combines urban planning with specialized research in environmental and behavioral psychology. At 25, he became a published author in the field of community development. His master’s thesis, based on original research in the field of man-environment relations was selected out a competitive field of academics and experienced practitioners to be presented at the Fourth International Environmental Design Research Association Conference (EDRA).
He has lectured at The College of Charleston and taught at Rollins College graduate level courses in: senior and affordable housing; place-based economic development incentives; revitalization of economically distressed areas; infill and transit oriented development (TOD).
As a Strategist and Development Partner his focus is holistic. He moves beyond outdated and rigid planning models to achieve new visions of “community” that are connected to the needs of the user. He co-founded with his wife thirty years ago a multi-disciplinary land planning and urban design firm. He lives with his wife in Winter Park, Fl. and serves on the board of directors for numerous non-profit and community development organizations in Central Florida. His two grown children, Tessa and Baron are marketing and brand strategists who run their own companies in NorCal and SoCaL.