As an architect and urban designer, Vaughan produces dynamic plans for urban waterfronts, retail/entertainment destinations, transit centers and mixed-use environments in cities large and small, nationwide and abroad. By placing an emphasis on creating 'pedestrian first' urban neighborhoods he seeks to create resilient and sustainable cities – he is a true pragmatic visionary. His professional career has shaped cities from New York to Los Angeles, Cape Town to Bahrain, Brisbane to Dublin for generations to come.
Based in Los Angeles, he has led the design efforts for many of the region’s precedent setting projects, including: Gateway Inter-modal Center at Los Angeles' Union Station; Hollywood & Highland's mixed-use development and home to the Oscars; the 400 acre "Bridge to Breakwater" Waterfront Master Development Plan for the Port of Los Angeles; as well as Paseo Colorado a mixed use urban redevelopment in Pasadena. Rainbow Harbor was an early "postcard success" on the waterfront in Long Beach. For the cities of Fresno and San Bernardino he has developed Vision & Action Plans to guide their downtown renaissance with the advent of High Speed Rail, and establish them as a forerunners of sustainability in Central & Southern California.
Recently Vaughan has accepted awards for his team's efforts developing plans to capture the air-rights above freeways, and creating much needed opportunities for urban parkland in Santa Monica, Hollywood, and in Downtown Los Angeles with PARK 101. His work at Cabrillo Marina II and the Downtown Harbor on the Los Angeles Waterfront are both award winners, as is the recently proposed Seaport San Diego waterfront development that is reshaping the Downtown. His design for the Beicai Forest Park district in Shanghai recently won the "Rethinking the Future" Global Architecture & Design Award 2018, and an Honorable Mention award from the Architect’s Newspaper in their 2018 Best of Design Awards for the LA River Gateway project.