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Meet Rosslyn's Urban Planning and Design Manager Douglas Plowman

Douglas Plowman, Urban Planning and Design Manager, joined the Rosslyn BID in March 2017. A native of Birmingham (UK), Doug now lives in Glover Park with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Buzz. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

Rosslynva.org: What does your perfect day look like?

Douglas Plowman: I would get up as the sun is coming up (easier in the summer!) and take the dog for a long walk. I typically Skype with family and friends back in the UK to catch up on recent events. Following this, I’d have a coffee (essential!) and go for a bike ride with my teammates exploring the roads of Maryland or Virginia. Arriving home, my wife and I would head out to explore the city, and try out a new restaurant with friends.

Rosslynva.org: What do you like best about your job?

DP: I love the variety that my job offers. One day I can be reviewing plans for a new development coming into Rosslyn, the next, I am working on the latest placemaking opportunity to make Rosslyn an even better place to live and work.

Rosslynva.org: What’s your guilty pleasure?

DP: Coffee. I am still working on pulling the perfect espresso shot!

Rosslynva.org: What's your philosophy toward work?

DP: Work hard, treat people well, and good things will happen.

Rosslynva.org: What's your fondest memory from childhood?

DP: As a child, I was lucky to travel to some pretty amazing places with my family. This helped broaden my perspective, and probably fueled my curiosity and interest in living abroad.


Doug's Favorites

Television Show: Top Gear (only the British one!) and now the Grand Tour. Or any bike race that I can find!

Color: Blue, now followed closely by purple!

Pastime: I love soccer. My family has held season tickets at Aston Villa (my hometown soccer team) since 1998. I will always jump at the opportunity to watch them whenever I get the chance.


Photo at top: Doug and his wife, Lauren, on a recent trip to Cinque Terre in Italy.

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