Rodney Swink, FASLA, PLA, is Senior Associate for Planning and Development at Heritage Strategies International. A licensed landscape architect, he is also a Professor of the Practice at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and an independent consultant to local governments, nonprofits, and firms interested in community development and downtown revitalization. From 1984 – 2008, Swink served as director of the North Carolina Main Street Program and Director of North Carolina Office of Urban Development.
Internationally, Swink has worked with the government of Abu Dhabi to identify incentives and strategies to protect post-oil modern architecture; with local governments in Bolivia on strategic planning initiatives; with the U.S. China Arts Exchange in China on heritage tourism potential; with the World Bank in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to better understand the potential economic impact of heritage tourism; and with the Inter-American Development Bank in Santiago, Chile on micro-enterprise development.
Throughout his career, Swink has been a leader on numerous boards and commissions. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the City of Raleigh (NC) Planning Commission and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Preservation North Carolina and the Board of Advisors for the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Swink also served as national president of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Chair of the ASLA Council of Fellows.
Swink attended North Carolina State University and achieved both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Landscape Architecture with a concentration in community planning and urban economics. Over the past three decades, he has won a variety of prestigious awards for his work in historic preservation, landscape architecture, and his humanitarian- and community-focused work. He has published a range of articles for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and publications including Raleigh Downtowner Magazine, Planetizen, Main Street News, and Carolina Planning.