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Walker Wells

Mr. Wells is a Principal at Raimi + Associates, a mission-driven urban planning and sustainability consultancy.  He works with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and development of innovative polices and programs.  

Over the past two decades Walker has helped shape green affordable housing policy, educated hundreds of practitioners, and overseen the certifications of over 2,000 units of green affordable housing. He is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Green Rater and a lecturer in Green Urbanism at the Claremont Colleges and the UCLA Urban Planning Program. Mr. Wells is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow with the Royal Institute of Technology Urban Planning Program in Stockholm, a 2012 Pritzker Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and he served as an advisor to the State of California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

Mr. Wells holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s of City and Regional from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.  He also studied at Lund University and the Lund PolyTechnic Institute School of Architecture in Sweden. Prior to joining Raimi + Associates, Mr. Wells was the Executive Director at the non-profit Global Green and oversaw the organizations green urbanism projects. He has also held positions as Senior Urban Designer with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition

The lack of affordable housing and the climate crisis are two of the most pressing challenges facing cities today. Green affordable housing addresses both by providing housing stability, safety, and financial predictability while constructing and...