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Vishaan Chakrabarti

Vishaan Chakrabarti is Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP, where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. Chakrabarti is founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a New York architecture and planning practice dedicated to the advancement of cities. Current projects include Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery, Queens’ Sunnyside Yards, Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Yards and a contemporary urban bazaar in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

From 2009 to 2015, Chakrabarti served as the Marc Holliday Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program at Columbia GSAPP. While there, he became the founding director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE). Chakrabarti is widely credited for transforming the program into one of the finest programs of its kind by establishing an interdisciplinary mission that focused on the potential role urban development could play in generating groundbreaking design, greater sustainability, and shared economic prosperity.

From 2012 to 2015, Vishaan was also principal at SHoP Architects. There, he co-led major architecture and urban design projects including the master plan and first building at the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg as well as the master plan and first building at the Essex Crossing site at Seward Park, which together bookend the Williamsburg bridge in a new form of mixed use, mixed income urbanism.

From 2005 to 2009, Chakrabarti was the president of Moynihan Station Venture, and remains an ardent advocate for the reconstruction of New York’s Pennsylvania Station. In addition, Chakrabarti was the inaugural Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professor in Architecture for the University of Virginia in 2009.

From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, where he successfully collaborated on the now realized efforts to save the High Line, rezone Hudson Yards, extend the #7 subway line, rebuild the East River Waterfront, expand Columbia University, and reincorporate the street grid at the World Trade Center site after the tragic events of 9/11.

Prior to 2002, Vishaan was an Associate Partner at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LP. There he managed numerous skyscraper projects, including the new headquarters for the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the master plan for Columbia University’s new campus in Manhattanville.

Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered architect in the States of New York and Pennsylvania.

He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Regional Planning Association. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations and has served on the National Mayor’s Institute of City Design. In February of 2018, he was inducted into The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012. He is a former Crain’s “40 Under 40” and David Rockefeller Fellow.

Chakrabarti is the author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), which argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He was a featured speaker at Vancouver’s TED2018 conference and has been a guest on The Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in The New York Times and The Financial Times. Vishaan has lectured widely across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and in April 2014, The New York Times published his Op-Ed, “America’s Urban Future” and in October 2016, his Op-Ed detailing his groundbreaking plan to transform New York’s Penn Station, “How to Build a Better Ride Home”.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6785‑1 Fall 2019
Theory of City Form
Ht chaktrabarti laszlokovacs manuelahansen dylanbelfield yerinwon mengzhezhang tingzhang fa19 1 bonnevillesaltflats
Ht chaktrabarti laszlokovacs manuelahansen dylanbelfield yerinwon mengzhezhang tingzhang fa19 2 siteplan
Ht chaktrabarti laszlokovacs manuelahansen dylanbelfield yerinwon mengzhezhang tingzhang fa19 3 birdseyeview
Vishaan Chakrabarti Syllabus All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
F 11 AM -1 PM
3 Points
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