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Lee Altman

Lee Altman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in Columbia GSAPP’s Urban Design program, where she coordinates the program’s regional design studio in the Hudson Valley. She is an urban designer and an associate at SCAPE Landscape Architecture, where she manages projects that integrate urban design and landscape strategies with sustainable and resilient public infrastructure.

Altman has previously worked for New York City’s Department of Design and Construction where she led the agency’s efforts on projects and initiatives to improve public health through the design of the built environment, and collaborated on interagency efforts that employ design, policy, and evidence-based practices to improve public health outcomes. In addition, she promoted high-quality public design through the Design and Construction Excellence program. Prior to joining DDC, Altman worked with artists, scientists, and media professionals to form a multifaceted perspective and allow different voices and interests to participate and impact the design process of complex urban projects.

Altman serves as the co-chair of the Design Trust for Public Space Former Fellows Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Israel Institute of Technology, and Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia GSAPP.