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Kairos Shen

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Kairos Shen is a city planner and urban designer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before starting his own private practice in 2015, he was the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s Economic Development and Planning Agency for thirteen years. In his capacity as Boston’s Chief City Planner, Mr. Shen worked closely with the Mayor of Boston to envision, coordinate and administer the city’s planning and economic development policies and regulations.

Mr. Shen was intimately involved in many of Boston’s most important planning and economic development initiatives in the last two decades. They include the development guidelines for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the planning and implementation of the South Boston Waterfront Innovation District, the refurbishment of Fenway Park, and the revitalization of Dudley Square.

In addition to his own private practice, Mr. Shen teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Shen is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a Master of Architecture from MIT.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
PLA6613‑1 Spring 2020
Social Entrepreneurship and the Urban Built Environment
Kate Wittels, Kairos Shen
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
3 Points
PLA6613‑1 Spring 2019
Social Entrepreneurship and the Urban Built Environment
Kairos Shen, Kate Wittels
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
3 Points
PLA6613‑1 Spring 2018
Social Entrepreneurship and the Urban Built Environment
Kairos Shen, Thaddeus Pawlowski Syllabus
600 Avery
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3 Points