Martin Zimmerman

City Wise Studio USA


Martin is a registered architect, city planner and urban journalist. As Director of City Wise Studio USA, he consults and writes about smart growth, multi-modal transportation, and proactive responses to the climate change crisis. Martin's articles and reviews have appeared in, the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Agenda, APA Planning, Landscape Architecture, Blueprints Journal of the National Building Museum, and other media outlets.

As the first architect to lead the Office of Facilities Planning for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1992-2001), Martin helped guide its transition from car-centric to urban and linked to the city core by light rail transit. As executive director of the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (2003-2012), he worked in tandem with Mayor Pat McCrory and his successor, Anthony Foxx, to further redirect the arc of Charlotte's travel culture. 

Martin is affiliated with the Land Use Advisory Committee of Sustain Charlotte, the Char-Meck Climate Leaders group, the League of American Bicyclists and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He travels frequently to major cities in the USA, Canada and abroad in search of low carbon innovations for city living. His zero-carbon vehicle of choice has two wheels and a bell.