Website: Design For The Just City


Educational Credentials:
  • Harvard University, John L. Loeb Fellowship, Advanced Graduate Studies Program, 1997-98
  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Architecture, 1986
  • University of Notre Dame, Rome Studies Program, 1984
Teaching Experience:
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 2009-2011
  • Design Critic in Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 2006-2008
Professional Experience:
  • Founder, Urban Planning and Design for the American City, 2009 – Present 
  • Director, Division of Planning & Community Development. City of Newark, Newark, New Jersey, June 2007 – 2009 
  • Vice President, Director of Design. Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, Washington, DC, 2005-2006
  • Deputy Director for Revitalization Planning, District of Columbia Office of Planning, Washington, DC, 2000 – 2005; Deputy Director for Neighborhood Planning, 2000-2002
  • Vice President for Planning & Tourism Development, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp., New York, NY, 1998-2000
  • Associate Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Chicago, IL, 1986-1998
  • State of Illinois, licensed architect (not active)
Selected Publications and Recent Research:
  • "American City Interrupted: What Spontaneous Interventions Can Teach Us About Taking the City Back", Architect Magazine, August 2012
  • "Hurricanes, Civil Unrest and the Restoration of the American City: Lessons from Newark for a New Planning Response", New Orleans Under Construction, edited by Michael Sorkin, Carol Reese, and Anthony Fontenot, release date TBD
  • "A Tale of Two Publics: Washington, D.C., and the Anacostia Waterfront "
Professional Memberships:
  • Institute for Urban Design, Board Member, 2010-Present