"Damon Rich is creating vivid and witty strategies to design and build places that are more democratic and accountable to their residents."

Damon Rich PP AICP is a partner at HECTOR, an urban design, planning and civic arts studio whose recent projects include designing a riverfront park, writing citywide zoning and land use regulations, and creating a memorial for eco-feminist Sister Carol Johnston.

His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Queens Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and the United States Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. His projects have been recognized by the MacArthur Fellowship, the American Planning Association National Planning Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

Damon has taught architecture and planning at schools including Harvard University, Barnard College, Cooper Union, and Syracuse University, and has written about architecture and real estate for PerspectaMetropolisArchitectureDomus, and the Village Voice among other publications.

He has previously served as Planning Director and Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark, Chief of Staff for Capital Projects for New York City Parks, and is the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement.

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