Nicholas Zaferatos, Ph.D., AICP, is a professor of urban planning and sustainable development at the College of the Environment, WWU. He serves as the program director for the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program, co-directs the minor in Sustainable Design, and directs WWU's faculty-led global learning program in Mediterranean Sustainable Development in Greece. His teaching emphasis in urban planning, sustainable development, Native American planning, and environmental policy complements his regional and international teaching and research interests. He is active in promoting sustainability education at Western Washington University, serving appointments on university committees, academies, and initiatives. Since 2005, Dr. Zaferatos has directed several service-learning programs in sustainable development in Washington State and internationally.
His applied sustainability studies in Greece has received national and international recognition, including the 2017 Outstanding Student Planning Award (American Planning Association / Planning Association of Washington); the 2009 Green Good Design Award (The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies); the 2010 Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Honor Award for contributions to Greek sustainable development (Thessaloniki, Greece), the 2008 SETE National Sustainability Honor Award (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Athens); and the 2006 6th Honorific Mediterranean Sustainability Award (Centre D'Iniciatives Ecologiques, Tarragona, Spain). In Washington State, he is the recipient of the 2019 Myer R. Wolfe Award for Professional Achievement to the Advancement of the Planning Profession (American Planning Association, WA Chapter), the 2011 Sustainability Award: Creating Sustainability Partnerships (Western Washington University and Office of Sustainability), the 2004 Builder of Bellingham Award (Community Service Distinction, WWU), and the 2000 National High Honor Award (Harvard University’s Tribal Governance Program: Honoring Nations).
His professional practice in urban planning spans over 40 years and includes positions as director of planning agencies, executive tribal government managerial positions, consultancies, as well as civic appointment service on planning commissions, zoning and hearings boards, and gaming regulatory boards with local, regional and Native American governments. He also serves as the CEO for an international not for profit organization promoting sustainability education in the Mediterranean region and sits on scientific boards for international nonprofit organizations.
Link to Urban Planning and Sustainable Program Website
Link to University Catalog - UPSD Program
Link to Sustainable Design Minor Program
Link to University Catalog - Sustainable Design Minor
Native American Political Sovereignty, American Indian Reservation Planning, Growth Management, Sustainable Community Development, Mediterranean Sustainable Development
Planning Studio Publications
- 2021 Activating Downtown Bellingham Alleys
- 2020 Arlington Downtown Plan
- 2019 Ferndale Plan - Urban Design
- 2019 Ferndale Plan - Implementation
- 2019 Ferndale Plan - Design Guidelines
- 2018 Edison Community Plan
- 2018 Edison Community Plan - (spread format)
- 2017 Tiny Homes - Affordable Housing Study
- 2017 Alderwood Neighborhood Planning Study
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study, spread
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study
- 2016 Birchwood Neighborhood Village Study - powerpoint
- 2016 Blueprint for a Living Village: Kioni, Ithaca, Greece, spread format
- 2016 Blueprint for a Living Village: Kioni, Ithaca, Greece
- 2015 Sunnyland Urban Infill Study
- 2014 Downtown Alley Strategies
- 2014 Homeless Settlement Communities
- 2013 State Street Corridor Design Study
- 2012 Downtown Corridor Edge Study
- 2011 Haiti Housing Relief Design Book II
- 2011 Transit Oriented Community - Bellingham
- 2010 Haiti Housing Relief Design Book I
- 2010 Sustainable Ithaca Planning Study
- 2010 Cornwall Avenue / Adaptive Mall Reuse Study
- 2006 Kefalonia Island, Greece: Farsa Village Restoration Study
Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2017). Planning the Native American Indian Reservation: from Theory to Empowerment. Syracuse University Press.
Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2015). “Planning in Native American Reservation Communities: Sovereignty, Conflict and Political Pluralism” in Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning. Michael A. Burayidi, (Editor). University of Toronto Press.
Nicholas C. Zaferatos (2020). "Washington Indian Tribes and the Growth Management Act: Toward Inclusionary Regional Planning"
Nicholas C. Zaferatos (2022). "Tribal-Local Intergovernmental Agreements," in Tribal Administration Handbook, edited by Rebecca M. Webster and Joseph Bauerkemper. Michigan State University Press.
Recipient of the 2019 Myer Wolf Award for Professional Achievement and Significant Contributions to the Profession. American Planning Association, Washington Chapter