A-P Hurd


A-P Hurd is a Vice President at Touchstone Corporation, a Seattle developer of sustainable urban infill commercial real estate. She is also an affiliate faculty member and Runstad Fellow in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

From 2002-2004 A-P was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her research focused on system dynamics and complex system architecture. She has worked extensively on land use and environmental policy initiatives at the state and local level. She has a particular interest in the structure of incentives: how local/regional/national frameworks quantify and allocate the cost of development and how better frameworks can encourage investment and innovation. She is also active in her community where she serves on the boards of several non-profits including NAIOP Washington, Forterra, and Friends of the Seattle Waterfront.

A-P has been invited to speak about topics related to this book at both academic and industry functions on a regular basis. She has addressed diverse audiences including planners, lawyers, community leaders, members of the real estate community, graduate students and public sector officials.

In March 2010, A-P received the Better Bricks Advocate Award, in recognition of her support for the design and operation of high-performance buildings. Better Bricks is the commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. In July 2010, A-P was honored to be named one of the Top 40 Under 40 for the Puget Sound area.