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Arthur J. Lidsky, AICP, FAAAS
President, Dober Lidsky Mathey

Arthur J. Lidsky has been a planning consultant for colleges and universities since 1971, and became president of DLC+A (now Dober Lidsky Mathey) in 1988. During his tenure, he has participated in several hundred assignments for projects including Chattanooga Christian School, Chattanooga State Community College, Clemson University, Carleton College, College of Wooster, Columbia University, Cyprus International University, Dartmouth College, Middle Tennessee State University, Spelman College, St. Lawrence University, Stetson University, The College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Union College, University of Chicago, and Vassar College. Programs for new campuses include the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, The American University in Cairo, Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, University of Botswana in Maun, Botswana, the NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, and Cyprus Metropolitan University and the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico. Space needs assessment include Cornell University and Ohio State.

Lidsky has served on facility review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been a Principal Investigator for an award winning NSF study which identified an ideal planning process and developed facility standards for secondary school science, math, and technology education programs (http://www.LabPlan.org). He has given lectures, presentations, and invited papers on campus planning at such organizations as SCUP, the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), and the International Association for College Unions, and has been a faculty member of Project Kaleidoscope since 1992. In 2006, he received the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Founder's Award for exceptional achievement in Higher Education Planning. DLM is recipient of three awards from American School & University “Architectural Portfolio” award for outstanding design in Campus Master Planning for the Middle Tennessee State University in 2008, Stetson University in 2011, and most recent Austin Peay State University in 2013. Elected Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (F.A.A.A.S), 2012 "for distinguished contributions to shaping the higher education landscape through integrative attention in planning cultural, intellectual, and physical environments for learning". He was also chosen to receive the Architecture Alumni Achievement Award for 2014 by the College of Art and Architecture at Clemson University “in recognition of your outstanding creative and professional achievement”. The most recent award; Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Distinguished Service Award for the Creation of SCUP's Planning Institute, 2016. He is a member of the American Planning Association and a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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Art engenders an incredible amount of confidence wherever he goes and with whomever he speaks. That is why, when I got to Stephens and I needed a quick assessment, there was not a moment’s hesitation about picking up the phone and calling him. ..Read more..

-Wendy Libby
Vice President for Business Affairs at Furman University (‘95-‘03)
President of Stephens College (‘03-‘09)
President of Stetson University

He was an advisor whose judgment carried great weight at a time when we were trying to do lots of things such as trying to convince the chancellor to spend a great deal of money on new and renovated facilities and, identifying the departments whose space would have to be reduced.

Having him here with his deep knowledge of campuses and having his data and analysis, illustrated with charts and graphs made the rational discussion of difficult issues relatively easy. He knew what he was talking about having spent his whole career planning campuses.

He inspired confidence with the faculty and with the chancellor, who came to think the world of him. They all felt he was first rate. ..Read more..

-Michael Flusche
Associate Vice Chancellor (retired)
Syracuse University

George G. Mathey, AICP
Principal, Dober Lidsky Mathey

George, a key member of the firm since 1986, became a principal at DOBER LIDSKY MATHEY in 2002. Over these years, he has participated in more than 175 planning assignments for DLM’s college and university clients. Through his work on 60 campus planning studies, and 100 facility planning studies, he has developed a particular strength in space utilization; space needs projection (the translation of strategic goals to space requirements), and facility programming. While much of his work is with small liberal arts institutions, George has also been involved in all of DLM’s international projects over the past decade as well as in work with the largest research university clients, gaining a broad perspective of a wide range of campus planning and space needs issues.

George shares his experience with others through seminars and presentations to students and practitioners. The most recent of these was a presentation at the 2016 Southern Regional meeting of the Society for College and University Planning on “Defining and Implementing a Space Management Ecosystem”, another at the 2013 SCUP national meeting on “Implementing Strategic Planning through Space Planning”, one in 2007 on “Facility Programming for Sustainability” and another at the 2002 meeting on the topic, “The US News & World Report’s Rankings and Institutional Space Resources”.

A selection of recent projects George has contributed to include: campus planning for Belmont Hill School, Carroll College, Cornell College, Cyprus International University, Delgado Community College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Department of Athletics, Harvard School of Public Health, Lesley University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Samford University and The College of Wooster; space utilization studies for Cornell University, and Georgia Tech; existing space analysis and space needs projection for the Connecticut State University system, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Hong Kong, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Valdosta State University, Westfield State University; and facility programming for the sciences at Binghamton University, Holyoke Community College, Kuwait University, Marist College, Tri-County Technical College, and for the new campus of the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

For a downloadable PDF of George Mathey’s bio, please click here.

The campus master planning effort at Carroll College, led by George Mathey, provided a vision of the campus of the future,
which inspires faculty, staff and students. We applaud the work of George and Dober Lidsky Mathey for creating the vision for our future. ..Read more..

-Tom McCarvel
Vice President, Community Relations
Carroll College

They have real integrity - they do what they say
they are going to do. They are accessible. Even though
we pay for specific projects and specifically agreed upon products, in between projects they work as if they are on retainer in terms of checking things and responding to questions, helping us through architect selections and challenges we may have. ..Read more..

-Daniel Sullivan
President Emeritus
St. Lawrence University


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