URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Work: 2012-09-25: 1PM: GSAPP/A114

Tucker Reed is the President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The Partnership manages three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs): the Fulton Mall Improvement Association, MetroTech BID, and the Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID. The DBP has a staff of approximately 15 and is overseen by a board of directors comprised of leaders from Downtown Brooklyn’s corporate sector, academic institutions and cultural community. It has an annual operating budget of around $6.6 million. He previously was the Director of Special Projects for Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development firm based in DUMBO, where he assisted in the execution of development projects with an aggregate budget of nearly $200 million, while directing communications and community development efforts for the firm. From 2008 – 2009 Tucker worked for the State Department in Baghdad, Iraq on the rebuilding of the City and serving as Chief of Staff of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). Prior to joining the State Department, Tucker was the founding Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District, responsible for launching the organization in 2006 that has overseen the flourishing development of that waterfront office and residential district. Prior to coming to DUMBO, Tucker was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Small Business Services in the Bloomberg Administration.

Damon Rich is a designer and artist. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Rich creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve civic engagement, and was Executive Director for 10 years. Damon has taught architecture and planning courses at the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, and the Parsons School of Design, and has written about architecture and politics for publications including Perspecta, the Nation, Domus, and Architecture. Damon currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where he leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces.

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