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Damon Rich

Damon Rich PP AICP is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP and partner at Hector, an urban design, planning and civic arts studio whose recent projects include designing a riverfront park, writing citywide zoning and land use regulations, and creating a memorial for eco-feminist Sister Carol Johnston.

His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Queens Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and the United States Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. His projects have been recognized by the American Planning Association National Planning Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

Damon has taught architecture and planning at schools including Harvard University, Barnard College, Cooper Union, and Syracuse University, and has written about architecture and real estate for Perspecta, Metropolis, Architecture, Domus, the Village Voice and other publications.

He has previously served as Planning Director and Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark, Chief of Staff for Capital Projects for New York City Parks, and is the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement.

2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award

Damon Rich is creating vivid and witty strategies to design and build places that are more democratic and accountable to their residents.

The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6891‑1 Summer 2021
Contested Sights: Urban Design in the Wild
Damon Rich
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
3 Points
A6804‑1 Spring 2019
Contested Sights: Urban Design in the Wild
Damon Rich
M 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
A6830‑1 Fall 2017
Urban Seminar 1: Activism and Engagement in UD
Damon Rich Syllabus Urban Design Seminar
409 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points