CNU Florida Summit 2015

Registration is now open for the CNU Florida Statewide Summit in Orlando Florida in February, 2015.

Click here for Summit Agenda.

Transit and Transects:
Sparking Florida’s Urban Revival

Keynote Speaker: Rick Bernhardt
Planning for Place: A Proven Approach to Form-Based Coding
(Executive Director, Nashville-Davidson Planning Commission
& Former Director of Planning, City of Orlando) 

AICP and AIA Credits Pending 


At this year’s Summit, local, state and national speakers will discuss the rebirth of Downtown Orlando, development of urban neighborhood centers, the design of great civic spaces, transportation oriented development, the return of rail transit to Orlando and Winter Park, architectural design for urban environments and other topics in a variety of lectures, panels, and lightning talks.  Four exciting tours will showcase both urban and new urban experiences in Orlando and Winter Park.

We will begin the Summit in Downtown Orlando on Thursday, February 19th and conclude at Rollins College in Winter Park on Friday, February 20th, providing attendees the opportunity to ride Sun Rail between venues. More information on the Summit including a detailed agenda will be posted in early January.

  • Registration includes all regular sessions
  • Tours require separate Registration

Summit Lectures

Andres Duany’s “Lean Urban Housing” Lecture

CNU Member and Early Registration Discounts

Your CNU Membership entitles you to register for this event for $175, a savings of $50 over the non-member registration fee. Join CNU national or renew your membership (for as little as $40) to take advantage of this savings by clicking here. Register before January 31st for an additional “early bird” discount for members and non-members.

Walking and Biking Tours
All tours have limited availability.

MORNING WALK TOUR #1: The Creative City 
  • Tour Orlando’s newest co-working space, Canvs, and catch the vision for the Future Creative Village district with a view from the top of Orlando’s skyline with Brooke Myers of the Creative Village and co-chair of Project DTO.
  • Thursday Morning, 8 am – 9:30 am
  • $20 ($10 for students)


MORNING WALK TOUR #2: The Revival of Thornton Park
  • Find out how Thornton Park went from the place to avoid to the premiere address in town. From the revival of Washington Street’s historic business district to the recent construction of a 16 story condo building with a Publix.
  • Thursday Morning, 8 am – 9:30 am
  • $20 ($10 for students)


EVENING WALK TOUR: Public Art and Public Space
  • Tour the outdoor public space associated with the new Performing Arts Center with the lead designer, Chad Cowart, and the Orlando’s SEE ART Orlando Public project led by Terry Olson, O.C. Arts & Culture.
  • Thursday Evening, 6:15 pm – 8 pm
  • $20 ($10 for students)


FRIDAY BIKE TOUR: Baldwin Park and Winter Park
  • Take a bicycle tour that includes the infill New Urbanism of Hannibal Square, Winter Park’s picturesque lakeside neighborhoods, and Baldwin Park, one of the nation’s premiere, large traditional neighborhood developments. Bicycles provided by Orlando Bike Share.
  • Friday Afternoon, 1 pm – 4:30 pm (The  tour will include a stop for lunch)
  • $30 ($15 for students)



Enjoy a special rate for CNU Florida Summit attendees at Embassy Suites in the heart of Orlando with views of Lake Eola. Must be reserved one month in advance by January 18th. Availability is limited.

Embassy Suites 191 E Pine St.  Orlando, Florida 32801
Rate: $165.00 /night; Parking $18/day.

Other area hotels within walking distance include:

  • In Orlando: The Grand Bohemian, Eo Inn and Spa, Aloft Orlando,
  • In Winter Park: The Alfond Inn, Park Plaza Hotel



Come On and Ride the Train! Come car-free or leave your car at the hotel. Central Florida’s new commuter rail is now available for travel on weekdays between our two venues. Check out the route and schedule at

Amtrak stops in Winter Park. SunRail is available between Winter Park and Downtown Orlando on weekdays.

For travel between Downtown Orlando and Thornton Park check out the free Lymmo BRT system.
Parking: Our sessions and tours will be in a downtown (Thursday) and college (Friday) environment. If you are driving in please allow time and budget to park. Parking rates start at $5 / day and vary by location. Most downtown hotels charge for parking. Consider downloading the ParkMe app to review public options.


Directions from SunRail to Bush Auditorium, Rollins College:

From the train station, walk across Central Park to Park Avenue and turn right.  Turn left onto New England.  Turn right onto Interlachen.  Cross Fairbanks at interlachen.  Bush Auditorium is the first building on the right upon entering into the campus.


Directions from the SunTrust Parking Garage:

Park at the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman.  Cross Fairbanks on foot at Interlachen.  Bush Auditorium is the first building on the right upon entering into the campus.


Link to the map of Rollins College at:

Other options: Ridesharing (UberX/Lyft) and Orlando’s Bike Share system should both be in operation by the time of our meeting.

For information on airport transportation please see: and


Register Online

Click here to register online.


Register by Mail – Deadline February 5th

If you would like to register by mail you can do so provided that your registration arrives by February 5th. Call Anthea Gianiottes at 772-221-4060 for details.


Program Sponsors

As a sponsor, your organization receives acknowledgement on the website, on the Summit program, and at the event. Contact Rick Geller for more information. Download Sponsor Form Here.


Dine-Around Program

This year, we are happy to offer optional participation in a Dine-Around program for lunch on Thursday, where a reservation will be made for you at one of our pre-selected restaurants. We will place you at a table with 3-5 other CNU members for your meal (separate checks). If you would like to participate in the Dine-Around program, please click here.  Responses received after February 13th may be added to a waitlist. Your reservation confirmation and table assignment will accompany your registration materials. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you Dine-Around town at CNU!

Artisan’s Table

Rusty Spoon


Frank ‘n’ Steins

Napasorn Thai