Douglas Woodward is Adjunct Professor in GSAPP’s Urban Planning program and Coordinator of Studios and Practice. His work as a planner and urban designer in New York focuses on complex multi-use projects in dense urban environments. He was Chief Administrative Officer and Deputy Executive Director at the Lincoln Center Development Project (LCDP), where he managed the public review process and public space design for the one-billion-dollar redevelopment of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s largest performing arts center. He was subsequently Chief Planning Officer and is now Senior Director of Real Estate at LCDP in charge of entitlements, valuations, and the approvals process for the redevelopment of David Geffen Hall and other major campus projects.
Prior to his work at Lincoln Center, he worked as an urban designer at the Department of City Planning in New York, where his projects focused on master planning, major area-wide rezonings, and large-scale development, including master plans and rezonings for Columbus Circle, Lower Manhattan, Hudson Yards, and Times Square. While at City Planning, he founded the Office of the Chief Urban Designer with the late Lauren F. Otis. As Vice President for Design and Development at Edison Properties, he led the project to create new architectural design identities for Edison’s Manhattan Mini-Storage, Edison ParkFast and Workspace brands.
He has taught urban planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University since 1991. At Columbia, he coordinated Public Space in the Private Realm with Jerold Kayden, a six-school consortium of design and planning studios (Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, and the City University of New York) on the subject of privately owned public space (POPS), which was exhibited at the Van Alen Institute. In the aftermath of September 11, he directed the Lower Manhattan Recovery Studio at Columbia, working with downtown Community Board 1 and local residents. His most recent studios were Reimagining Chinatown with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Margaret Chin as clients, and the joint Architecture/Urban Planning studio, Restructuring Quarto with Richard Plunz as co-instructor and the Mayor of the City of Genoa, Italy as client. His current studio is New Paradigms for a Resilient Vieques, in Puerto Rico, another joint Architecture/Planning studio.
He is the co-author of Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities (2015), a study of the potential of creating public space beneath elevated urban infrastructure.