Mallory Baches A.I.C.P. LEED-AP CNU-A focuses her professional practice on the intersection of urban design and community development, exploring the relationship between the quality of physical realm and the strength of civic engagement, involvement, and investment. Ms. Baches reinforces her commitment to civil society through her role in leading industry innovation, her contributions to her local community and national advocacy, and her writing and speaking on related subjects.
Mallory is the Program Coordinator at the Congress for the New Urbanism. She began her career with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, the international leader in new urbanist design, development and implementation practices. There she developed her skills in master-planning, building schematics, code development, urban revitalization, sustainable visioning, and management of projects as diverse as the redevelopment of the heart of Peoria, IL to 3,200 acres of sustainable conservation resort development on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Evolving from her international work, Mallory became a founder of the firm’s first affiliate office, DPZpacific, overseeing new urbanist work across the pan-Pacific region.
Mallory’s skills in urban form and architectural design were first developed at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, one of the only NAAB-accredited classical schools of architecture and urban design in the United States. Her studies there included a year spent at the school’s celebrated Rome Studies Program. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, which is delivered in partnership with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.
Mallory displays a passionate commitment to cultivating her own community, most notably as a founder of Riverview Charter School, Beaufort County’s first charter school, serving over 600 Kindergarten-8th grade students and receiving top state public school honors. She reinforces the development of civicism beyond her own community through her contributions to the New Civicism League, a cooperative organization that promotes public participation in the advancement of civic contribution.
Mallory holds a B-Arch professional degree from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford. She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A).
She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is a board member and former President of the Association for Community Design, is a trustee of the Atlas Collaborative Foundation, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of the Savannah and Carolinas Chapters of the CNU.
Mallory has been profiled on the Design Feast series Designer Quest(ionnaire) and on Next City. Her writing on architecture, planning, and sustainability has appeared in numerous publications, and she is a practiced public speaker.