Jeffrey Shumaker, AICP, has been working at the intersection of architecture and city planning for more than twenty years, in both the public and private sectors. In addition to working for many of the world’s top architecture and planning firms, he served as the Chief Urban Designer for the City of New York. For almost ten years, beginning under Mayor Bloomberg and Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, Jeffrey worked to ensure a high level of design quality on many of the city’s newest public spaces and helped shape plans for neighborhoods throughout the city’s five boroughs. He also played a key role in developing many citywide initiatives including the city’s first-ever Urban Design Principles, Street Design Manual, NYC Plaza Program and Active Design Guidelines.
Jeffrey is currently the Director of Urban Planning at BIG, an international architecture and planning firm with offices in Copenhagen, Brooklyn, London and Barcelona. Jeffrey holds dual Masters Degrees in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of the Public Architect Award from AIANY and the Michael Weil Award from the NYC Department of City Planning, both recognizing excellence in urban design in the public realm.