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Roy Strickland

Professor of Architecture

Roy Strickland is an internationally recognized and award winning urban designer and educator whose practice, teaching and research have engaged the global cities of London, Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, New York and Beijing. He is Professor of Architecture at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he served as the founding director of the Master of Urban Design Program from 2001 until 2012. In China he is a designated Overseas Expert in the field of urban design tasked to help that country develop urban design education. Also in China he serves as senior advisor to the National Research Center for Rural Planning, Beijing. Currently he is editing an international survey of urban design pedagogy for the journal Urban Planning and Design of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Britain.

Mr. Strickland specializes in resilient urban design, housing, public space, school and community design and the use of narrative film in architectural and urban design, subject of his Taubman College seminar “Architecture and Urbanism in Film” and his book in progress. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record and The Atlantic Cities and has been exhibited at The Architectural League of New York, MIT, Columbia University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Washington (Seattle) and UCLA. He is former director of Columbia University’s Urban Design Program and chair of the S.M.Arch.S. Curriculum Committee at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.

As founder and director of the New American School Design Project at MIT and the University of Michigan Mr. Strickland has developed the City of Learning [COL] design and planning strategy that has been applied to schools and school systems across the United States. COL embraces educators' research that healthy neighborhoods support successful learning and makes school design and programming holistic by integrating the planning of schools with that of communities. By doing so it identifies schools as a potent force in urban revitalization as it expands preK-12 educational options and has shaped the planning and delivery of more than $1-billion in school and community development projects nationwide.

Mr. Strickland is author and editor of Designing a City of Learning: Paterson, NJ, winner of an EDRA/Places Award for outstanding planning projects. He is also author of numerous articles in American, British, French and Italian academic and professional journals concerning architecture, urban design and urban design pedagogy.

Currently serving on the editorial advisory board of the journal Urban Design and Planning Mr. Strickland is former associate editor of the Harvard Architecture Review and member of the editorial advisory board of Places: Forum of Environmental Design for which he edited the Media and the City issue. He is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum and member of the Municipal Art Society Preservation Committee, New York City. In New York he has executed public space revitalization projects at midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park and Union Square and the design guidelines leading to large-scale residential developments along Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Bradhurst Avenue in upper Manhattan.

Mr. Strickland has lectured internationally, in the United States at many universities and organizations such as TEDX, the Architectural League of New York, Mayors Institute on City Design, Seaside Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Regional Plan Association, Congress for the New Urbanism, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, American Planning Association, American Architectural Foundation and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History; in Turkey at ULI Europe, Mimar Sinan University and the international real estate association GYODER; in Japan at the Institute for Behavioral Studies; and in China at Tsinghua University, South China University of Technology, City University of Hong Kong and the International Association for China Planning. He is a drafter and signer of “Educating Urban Designers for Post-Carbon Cities,” the manifesto produced by the University of Pennsylvania/Rockefeller Foundation “Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design after the Age of Oil” Conference.

Mr. Strickland received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.Arch. from MIT.