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The Expanded Field of Urban Design

Mon, Jul 17, 2017    6:30pm

In the evolution of the varied practices of Urban Design, one of the most intensively discussed questions has been the definition of the discipline itself: What is Urban Design? Rather than a concrete answer, this event explores the expanded field of Urban Design through the lens of people, who graduated from Columbia GSAPP’s Urban Design program in recent decades. Through their current work and a reflection on the ways in which their experience at GSAPP shaped their thinking about design, cities, and politics, the event will open a dialogue about what Urban Designers Do.

Skye Duncan ‘07 MSAUD
Director, Global Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Johannes Pointl ‘12 MSAUD
Senior Architect and Urban Designer, Studio Vlay, and Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Technology

Els Verbakel ‘01 MSAUD
Head of Urban Design Program, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and Principal, Derman Verbakel Architecture

Lay Bee Yap ’11 MSAUD
Director, Urban Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore

James Khamsi, Principal, FIRM Architecture and Design, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP
Thaddeus Pawlowski, Senior Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP

Introductory remarks by Kate Orff, Director, and David Smiley, Assistant Director, Urban Design Program


Event to be followed by reception at Avery Hall.
Free and open to Columbia community and alumni.

Organized by Columbia GSAPP Urban Design program.
Hosted by the GSAPP Office of Alumni & Development.