Robert L. Chapman is the founder and managing director of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners, LLC, TND Capital Management, LLC, Pocket Partners, LLC, Red Branch Development Services, LLC, of Durham, NC; South Elm Development Group, LLC, Greensboro, NC, and Cygnex, LLC of Winter Haven, FL.
Mr. Chapman develops walkable mixed-use neighborhoods, specializing in university related projects. His projects in North Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas are approved for approximately 16,000 residential units and two million sq. ft. of mixed-use retail and commercial space.
Mr. Chapman has developed a range of college and university projects that include undergraduate and graduate student and faculty housing. His clients and development partners include Duke University (Trinity Heights in Durham as well as a comprehensive master plan for Duke’s Central Campus); The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (workforce housing for University employees at Winmore in Chapel Hill); Hendrix College (undergraduate apartments and dormitories in a new mixed-use neighborhood, The Village at Hendrix in Conway, Arkansas); Harding University (graduate student housing and a neighborhood retail center at Legacy Park in Searcy, Arkansas); Drury University (a complete long-range master plan for their main campus in Springfield, Missouri) and Union Square at South Elm, two blocks in downown Greensboro including a public-private medical education campus sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford Technical Community College and Cone Health.
Additional projects include Southlake/Cagan Crossings, Clermont, FL (8,000 permitted housing units and two town centers); the NoCo DIY District, Durham, NC (a two city block adaptive re-use of a previously abandoned mid-twentieth century commercial district); Rosewalk, Durham, NC (a walkable mixed-use neighborhood) ; Swift and Faber at Duke University, Durham, NC (a proposed pocket neighborhood for Duke University faculty and staff); Cleveland and Church, Durham, NC (a proposed one block infill project in downtown Durham); and Old Five Points, Durham, NC (a restoration of a historic three block neighborhood adjoining downtown Durham).
Bob also founded and served as president of Southlake Development Group and Southlake Utilities, Inc. of Clermont, FL.
He has served as founding chair of the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance; chair and founding board member, National Town Builders Association; and as a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, The Seaside Institute, Preservation Durham, Friends of the Duke University Museum of Art (founding board member), Central Park School for Children, Duke School for Children (founding board member), Durham Central Park and the Museum of Durham History.
Mr. Chapman graduated from Duke University in 1971. At Duke he was selected for membership in the Order of the Red Friars senior honorary society. He has been a guest lecturer at the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a founding member of the advisory board for the program in Real Estate Development and Urbanism at the University of Miami.