Corky Poster is a Registered Architect in the State of Arizona (#10611) since 1976, and a Certified
Planner (AICP #074511) since 1990. Mr. Poster’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Architectural Sciences (Magna cum laude) from Harvard College (1969) and a Master of Architecture
degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He has practiced architecture,
planning and preservation in Tucson since 1973. He is one of three principals at Poster Mirto
McDonald. After 28 years at The University of Arizona, Mr. Poster is now a Distinguished Professor
Emeritus at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) and the former Director of the Drachman Institute. He was Acting Dean of CAPLA in 2002 and 2003.
Mr. Poster’s professional work focuses on:

• Historic Preservation, with UA Bear Down Gym, UA Old Main, UA Old Chemistry, the Benedictine
Monastery, Old Pima County Courthouse, Tucson Historic Train Depot, Matus-Meza Yaqui
Museum, Jewish History Museum, Dunbar School, Rollings Simpson Rowhouses, the MacArthur
Building, Canoa Ranch, Steam Pump Ranch, Historic Fort Lowell Park, as prominent examples
• Community Planning, with work on dozens of Neighborhood Plans, Area Plans, Community
Development Plans, and Strategic Plans in Tucson and other Arizona communities;
• Urban Design, including the Infill Incentive District Update of the Tucson Land Use Code, Historic
Warehouse Arts District Master Plan, Barrio Santa Rosa Community Development Plan, and Tucson
Modern Streetcar Land Use and Development Implementation Plan
• Housing, having designed and built more than 4600 units of market-rate, workforce housing,
public housing, and housing for the homeless
• Community Buildings, including the Ellie Towne Community Center, the Quincie Douglas Center,
the Freedom Park Center and the Valenzuela Youth Center.

Mr. Poster has won numerous awards including: the National AIA Award and the Design-Build
Excellence Award for the UA Student Success District 2023; Cornerstone Award for the Community
Planning of the Benedictine Monastery 2020; the Diane LeVan Lifetime Achievement Award for
Community Development (1997); the Distinguished Visiting Professor (Universidad de Panama) 1999;
Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2002; Governors Award for Historic
Preservation, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018; Best Master Plan for 2004 (Arizona Planning
Association); the Best Comprehensive/ General Plan for 1992 (Arizona Planning Association). He is the co-editor of the book, “Service-Learning in Architecture and Planning,” a project of the American
Association for Higher Education (AAHE)

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