Cassim Shepard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP.
Shepard produces non-fiction media about cities, buildings and places. Trained
as an urban planner, geographer, and documentary filmmaker, he lectures widely
about the craft of visual storytelling in urban analysis, planning and design. Most recently, he was named a MacDowell Fellow and received the 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship for his research project Self-Help Housing: Incremental Approaches to Shelter Since 1965. His film and video work has been commissioned by and screened at the Venice Architecture
Biennale, the Ford Foundation, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and
the United Nations, among many other venues around the world. His writing on
urbanism has appeared in Next City, Places, Domus, Public Culture, as well as in
books and catalogues documenting work by Geoff Manaugh, David Adjaye, and
others. His first book, Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism, was published by Monacelli Press in 2017.
As the founding editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus, an online publication of The
Architectural League of New York, he spent six years working with hundreds of local
architects, designers, artists, writers, and public servants to share their stories of urban
innovation, with a particular emphasis on housing, infrastructure, and the changing
nature of cultural institutions.
In addition to teaching Columbia GSAPP he has been a guest lecturer in the Cities
Programme of the London School of Economics and a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute
for Public Knowledge at New York University. He studied filmmaking at Harvard
University, urban geography at Kings College London, and urban planning at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.