Alexander D. Garvin

Professor Adjunct

B.A., Yale University

M.Arch., Yale University

M.U.S., Yale University

Mr. Garvin is currently president of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., a planning and design firm in New York City, and president of the Forum for Urban Design. From 1996 to 2005 he was managing director for NYC2012, New York City’s committee for the 2012 Olympic bid. During 2002–3 Mr. Garvin was the vice president for planning, design, and development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site following 9/11. He has also held prominent positions in New York City government, including deputy commissioner of housing and city planning commissioner. Mr. Garvin is the author of numerous articles and books, including the expanded and updated third edition of The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t; The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities; Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities; and Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda; and he is one of the principal authors of Urban Parks and Open Space, published jointly, in 1997, by the Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Garvin’s other publications include The Beltline Emerald Necklace: Atlanta’s New Public Realm, commissioned by the Georgia office of the Trust for Public Land; A New Public Realm for De Kalb County, published by the Livable Communities Coalition of Atlanta, Georgia; and Hinton Park: From Farmland to Parkland, commissioned by the town of Collierville, Tennessee. In 2012 the New York Chapter of the AIA awarded Mr. Garvin its Award of Merit.

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