David Feldman, an architect and founder of the development outfit Right-Sized Homes, has been named the new director of the Development Workshop, a lobbying group and consortium of builders, designers, attorneys, and engineers that got started in 2008. Feldman will take over for Craig Schelter, a former director at PIDC and the Planning Commission who helmed the Development Workshop since its founding.

Feldman was chosen to be the Workshop’s director—its only paid position—because of his combined experience in housing development, design, and work with government agencies, according to Schelter and Michael Sklaroff, a Ballard Spahr attorney who serves as the group’s chairman. He was chosen for his “smarts, great sense of humor, commitment to the city,” and his experiences with architecture and development, Sklaroff said.

“And he was recommended to us by a lot of people I trust as a terrific guy,” Sklaroff added.