Abby Hamlin is Director of Curriculum and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is also the President of Hamlin Ventures, LLC. a design-driven real estate development company that focuses on select urban projects. Founded in 1998, Hamlin Ventures is known for producing distinctive market-rate and affordable projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prior to founding Hamlin Ventures, Ms. Hamlin was President of Swig, Weiler and Arnow, a premier developer of major office and hotel properties. Ms. Hamlin is also the founder and head of Studio HV, a creative studio that addresses urban challenges through participation in competitions and consulting assignments. A dedicated urbanist and proponent of the arts, Ms. Hamlin has previously served as Chair of the Board of the Van Alen Institute for Public Architecture, and as Chair of the Public Art Committee of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. She has also served as a juror for the National Endowment of the Arts ArtWorks program. Currently she sits on the boards of The Actors Fund Affordable Housing Corporation, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Art Omi. Ms. Hamlin received a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Princeton University.