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Vishaan Chakrabarti    

Architect & Author of "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America"

Vishaan Chakrabarti is Associate Professor of 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.

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.

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