Richard G. Bickel, Jr., FAICP

Title: Director (Ret.); Senior Advisor
Company: Econsult Solutions
Location: Ardmore, Pennsylvania, United States

Richard G. Bickel, Jr., FAICP, Retired Director and Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in urban planning.

During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Bickel found himself in an urban geography course. It was there that he discovered a passion for urban planning, deciding then to pursue the field as a career. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, going on to remain at the university and acquire a Master of Urban Planning in urban and regional planning in 1971.

Until 1984, Mr. Bickel gained experience as the community planner, chief, and associate director at Montgomery County Planning Commission. He then relocated to DVRPC, where he served as the director of the strategic planning division until 1990. From then until 1998, he worked with the Transportation Authority, going on to loan his expertise to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in a multitude of roles. Currently, Mr. Bickel is working as the senior advisor for Econsult Solutions, demonstrating consistent success for the past five years.

As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Bickel was awarded the Distinguished Service and Planning Leadership Award from the American Planning Association. Earlier, in 2010, he earned the title of Site Visitor of the Year from the Planning Accreditation Board. An active member of his industry, he maintains affiliation with the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Institute for Certified Planners, for which he is a fellow. In Mr. Bickel’s spare time, he enjoys golfing, reading, and hiking. He is a former member of the American Alpine Club, and he is a former arm-chair mountaineer. Looking toward the future, Mr. Bickel hopes to stay involved in his favorite activities.

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