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The IQ Brew: Halff Associates – Smart Cities, Innovation, and Sustainability


The IQ Brew is a networking and educational series featuring short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. The goal of The IQ® Brew is to share lessons learned and to have the Richardson business community hear about the successes and challenges faced while starting and growing a business. Come join us for coffee and conversation every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

On Thursday, June 23, The IQ® Brew will feature Richardson-based Halff Associates, Inc., an interdisciplinary planning and design firm that provides comprehensive services that interrelate to all facets of the built and natural environments. Halff has been on the forefront of delivering Smarter Solutions to create innovative and sustainable results for its client communities. Matt Bucchin and Lenny Hughes will briefly introduce the concept of Smart Cities, its trends and benefits, and how technology is influencing and changing our urban environments. It will also highlight exciting examples of innovative technological ideas and opportunities that are already being implemented in areas like the Innovation Quarter or could be in the future.

Come hear from Matt and Lenny and learn more about smart cities, innovation, and sustainability in the Richardson IQ®!  

Thank you to our venue host, The Drawing Board!


8:30am – Coffee & Networking

9:00am – Opening Remarks

9:05am – Introductions

9:15am – IQ Speakers

9:45am – Q&A

Joining us online? Below is the Zoom link for the session:


Meeting ID: 846 2546 8499

Passcode: 929569


Matt Bucchin Bio

Matt Bucchin, AICP, LEED Green Associate is currently a Regional Practice Leader with Halff Associates, Inc., at the Austin office. He has over 25 years of public and private sector experience at the city, state, and special district levels of government. Over the last 10 years, Matt has worked as a planning consultant and project manager on comprehensive, park, corridor, active transportation and downtown master planning processes and zoning and land development code projects. He also leads Halff’s Smart Cities initiative. Beyond his primary job duties, he has also taken leadership roles for several American Planning Association (APA) initiatives including being the past Division Chair for the APA’s Sustainable Communities Division, founding member of APA’s Smart Cities Interest Group, and project manager for APA’s Smart Cities and Sustainability Initiative (2014-present). Matt has been privileged to speak or lead events at many national, regional, and local conferences over the past decade related to smart cities, sustainability, and transportation, including six of the past eight APA National Planning Conferences (2014-2019; 2021).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbucchin/

Lenny Hughes Bio

Lenny Hughes, PLA, ASLA is a Vice President and Regional Practice Leader with Halff Associates, Inc., at the Richardson office. He brings more than 25 years of experience in master planning and design of parks, trails and bikeway, landscape architecture, project management, bidding and negotiations. Over the past decade, Lenny has led the development of extremely progressive and cutting edge projects. He also has an extraordinary track record with successful grant applications for parks and trails, successfully securing over $100M in grants and funding within the past 10 years.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lenny-hughes-154a7923/

The event is finished.


Jun 23 2022


8:30 am - 10:00 am
The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Drive, Richardson, Texas 75081


The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Drive, Richardson, Texas 75081

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