Colin McArthur


Principal Planner

Colin started his career with Cameron McCarthy in 2005, earned his planning certification in 2007, and became a partner in 2010.  He currently enjoys a unique dual role with our firm as the director for all of our planning projects and as a specialty designer of the firm’s track and field projects.

Education & Professional Expertise

McArthur studied at the University of Oregon, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture in 2001 and a Master of Community and Regional Planning in 2006.  In between receipt of his two degrees, Colin was employed for 5 years in with a multi-disciplinary firm in Eugene.  Following completion of his masters degree, Colin worked for several years with University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop as a manager of selected projects.  McArthur is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

In the planning realm, Colin specializes in assisting public agencies with comprehensive planning, natural resource planning, implementation and development.  He has an impressive record of obtaining entitlements for influential projects, monitoring regulatory compliance throughout the planning process, navigating the legal system at all levels of government, and assuring that projects meet the needs and desires of the community.  High profile undertakings include the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, the West Eugene EmX Extension, the I-5 Willamette River Bridge Replacement, the Middle Fork Willamette River Loop Path, and PeaceHealth RiverBend North Campus.  A planning philosophy and goal that Colin continuously strives for in his work is to improve livability within urban areas while preserving and sustaining resource lands.

Colin also possesses extraordinary track and field design credentials.  He is a former Pac-10 track and field student-athlete for Oregon and is an active track and field coach at Lane Community College.  As a competitor and coach, he has first hand experience with dozens of prominent collegiate track and field venues.  He has studied from both a designer and competitor’s perspective a wide range of track surfaces, event configurations and apparatus, and a litany of related details.  First class facilities he has designed include the major renovation to Hayward Field for the 2008 Olympic Trials, OSU Whyte Track and Field Center, Lane Community College Track and Field Complex, and 2013 renovations to Willamette University’s McCulloch Stadium.

McArthur is an adjunct instructor in the PPPM department at the University of Oregon and teaches courses in land use policy and growth management.


Colin is a native Oregonian, born on the coast but raised amongst the rolling terrain and wheat fields of rural Sherman County.  Summers during his youth and college years were spent driving tractor and combine in the fields of his family’s ranch.  It was there he developed a respect for agriculture, a fascination with landscapes, and an interest in urban and rural development.