The ULI San Antonio Young Leaders Group invites you to come and join in on an interactive discussion with our esteemed luncheon featured speaker, Vishaan Chakrabarti. This unique, small group engagement opportunity gives you a chance to meet and greet Vishaan and ask him questions about his background, book or expertise on urbanism. This Coffee Talk will be in the Private Dining Room at Supper in Hotel Emma. Coffee and juice will be provided.
With over twenty years of proven experience authoring and implementing visionary design, Vishaan Chakrabarti
is the founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU)
. Simultaneously, he is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches design and urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
(Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Recently Chakrabarti was named the Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he will assume in July 2020.
While serving under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, Vishaan successfully collaborated on the now-realized efforts to save the High Line, rezone Hudson Yards, extend the #7 subway line, rebuild the East River Waterfront, expand the Columbia University campus, and reincorporate the street grid at the World Trade Center site after the events of 9/11. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered architect in the States of New York and Pennsylvania and is registered with NCARB. Vishaan lectures internationally; contributes articles and op-ed’s to the New York Times, Crain’s Business, and other publications; has appeared on CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s The Cycle, Charlie Rose, National Public Radio, WNYC, and other television and radio programs; and was a main-stage speaker at TED 2018: The Age of Amazement