Maurice Cox

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Maurice Cox
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District At-large
Term Start 1996
Term End 2004

Mayor
District Charlottesville
Term Start 2002
Term End 2004
Preceded by Blake Caravati

Biographical Information

Alma mater Cooper Union School of Architecture (Bachelor's in Architecture)
Profession Professor
Contributions $ VPAP database

Maurice Cox served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 2002 to 2004. He was an architect on the faculty of the University of Virginia. Cox is a former design director at the National Endowment for the Arts and a two-term City Councilor. In August 2012, Cox left Charlottesville for New Orleans, where he accepted the position of associate dean of community engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture.[1]

In February 2015, he was named as director of planning and development for the city of Detroit. [2]

Biography

Cox was born in New York City and received a Bachelor's in Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. He taught for six years in Florence, Italy as part of Syracuse University's Italian Program. In 1993, he moved to the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Architecture. In 1996, he co-founded the architectural practice of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism with partners Craig Barton, Giovanna Galfione and Martha Rowen.[3]

City Council

Cox served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 2002 to 2004.

Cox was widely credited for encouraging the City to change its comprehensive plan in order to encourage more density and mixed uses. He presided over the City's new zoning code, which was adopted in 2003. He was an opponent of the Meadowcreek Parkway.[4] In January 2003, he presented a vision for the future of the city which included a downtown arts district, extensive economic development efforts downtown, public private partnerships, commercial corridors and major residential projects. [5]

Election history

Cox ran for City Council in two elections, both as a Democrat.

2000 election for City Council

Candidate Votes %
Maurice Cox (D) incumbent 2,931 56.15
Meredith Richards (D) incumbent 2,734 52.38
Kevin Lynch (D) 2,723 52.16
Jon Bright (R) 1,946 37.28
Elizabeth Fortune (R) 1,793 34.35
John Pfaltz (R) 1,701 32.59
Kevin Cox (I) 740 14.18
Stratton Salidis (I) 317 6.07
Source: City of Charlottesville[6]


Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.

1996 election for City Council

Candidate Votes %
Maurice Cox (D) 2,733 65.40
Meredith Richards (D) 2,625 62.81
Virginia Daugherty (D) incumbent 2,571 61.52
Michael Crafaik (R) 1,852 44.32


Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.

NEA

Cox took a two-year sabbatical from the University of Virginia's school of architecture to serve as design director at the National Endowment for the Arts.[7]

References

  1. Web. Big Easy bound: Cox embarks on New Orleans adventure, Courteney Stuart, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 3 August 2012, retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. Web. Letter to Maurice Cox, Michael E. Duggan, City of Detroit, February 5, 2015, retrieved April 22, 2015.
  3. "UVa School of Architecture | Maurice Cox." University of Virginia School of Architecture. Web. 01 Sept. 2010. <http://www.arch.virginia.edu/faculty/MauriceCox/>
  4. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, 10 Aug. 2006, retrieved 2 May 2009.
  5. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 21, 2003.
  6. Web. Official Results May 2, 2000 City Council Election, city website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 6 May 2011.
  7. Web. "Following NEA stint, Cox returns to architecture faculty.", Harding, Cathy, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 22 Dec. 2009, retrieved 22 Dec. 2009. Print. Dec 22-28, 2009 , v.21 no. 51,  page 9.

External links

UVa architecture page