Dr. Witzling was named the American Planning Association’s Planning Pioneer of the Year in 2017. This unique honor comes on top of five other national awards, and 40 years of exemplary work on local, state, and national projects. His professional achievements have been recognized by Progressive Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Planning Association and local state chapters and regional organizations. Dr. Witzling is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UWM where he has taught several generations of planners and designers since 1972. Prior to GRAEF, Dr. Witzling was President of Planning & Design Institute, Inc. (PDI), a firm he founded in 1988.