Title: Senior Adviser
Company: Econsult Solutions
Location: Ardmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Richard G. Bickel Jr., FAICP, Senior Adviser at Econsult Solutions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in urban planning.
During a more than 50-year career, he served as a community, county and regional land use and transportation planner. While at the University of Pittsburgh, after initially aiming for a career in medicine, Mr. Bickel discovered planning through an urban geography course, deciding instead to pursue a careering in planning. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, remaining at the university to acquire a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in 1972.
Until 1984, Mr. Bickel gained experience as the community planner, chief, and associate director at the Montgomery County Planning Commission in Pennsylvania. 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 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) as director of long-range planning, returning to DVRPC in a variety of roles, including director of the planning division, until his retirement in 2014. In 2015, he joined Econsult Solutions, an economic development, financial feasibility and planning firm in Philadelphia.
As a testament to his professional success, in 2015, Mr. Bickel was awarded the Distinguished Service and Planning Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). In 2009, he earned the title of Site Visitor of the Year from the Planning Accreditation Board. In 2005, he received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. An active member of his industry, he maintains affiliation with the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Certified Planners, for which he is a fellow. In Mr. Bickel’s spare time, he enjoys golfing, reading and hiking. He is a member of the American Alpine Club, and calls himself an “armchair mountaineer.” Looking toward the future, Mr. Bickel hopes to stay involved in his professional and leisure activities.
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