Klaus Philipsen received his German diploma in architecture with a minor in planning and urban design. ArchPlan’s name stems from the desire of re-uniting the fields of architecture and planning in a comprehensive and integrated approach that combines the detailed knowledge of buildings with the bigger picture of place-making, urban design and master-planning. Recycling of older buildings and investment in the public spaces of older communities as well as good site planning are increasingly important in sustainable strategies that stop the decay of inner cities and curb sprawl. ArchPlan has prepared large masterplans, brownfield redevelopments, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and Transit Oriented Development Plans (TOD). Many projects involve reuse, revitalization, historic preservation and the creation of meaningful public spaces.