Expertise: Practice & Research


Urbanism and Planning Positions

  • David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement: Director, Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture, current.
  • City Planning Director, City of Pittsburgh.
  • Planning Director, City of Seattle.
  • Director, Manhattan Office, Department of City Planning, New York City.
  • Director, Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture.
  • Transit-Oriented and Regional Design Director, Regional Plan Association.

Urban Waterfronts, Public Space and District-Scale Urban Design and Planning

  • Speaking and Workshops. “High Water Marks: Reimagining the Urban Waterfront, Future of Smaller Cities” (Troy Innovation Garage, 2019)
  • City Planning. Director of City Planning. Riverfront Zoning (approved  2018).
  • Publication. “Complexity and Contradiction in the Transformation of Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts,” River Cities (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard, 2018).
  • City Planning, City Planning Director, Hays Woods Task Force (Pittsburgh, 2018-19).
  • Publication, Principal Author. Success Looks Different Now: Design and Cultural Vitality in Lower Manhattan.
  • Publication, Beyond the Edge, New York’s New Waterfront.
  • Author. Prospect Parks: walking the Promenade Planteé and the High Line. 
  • Competition Advisor. Urban Intervention Design Competition. 
  • Exhibition and Publication Director. OPEN: New Directions for Public Space. Ray Gastil directed the exhibition and catalogue for a exhibition and catalogue on the direction of public space. 
  • Design Competition Director. TKTS Booth Design Competition. 
  • Teaching. Carnegie Mellon University, “Planning by Design: Campuses, Waterfronts, Districts and Cities,” 2015-2019.
  • Organizer and Speaker. New Directions in Campus Urbanism. Colloquium. 
  • Speaker. Forum48. Invited speaker and roundtable participant. “Space, Place and the Future of Learning.” 

Neighborhoods, Housing, and Sustainability

  • City Planning, Planning Director.  Inclusionary Zoning Committee (Pittsburgh, 2018).
  • City Planning, Task Force Cochair and City Planning Director.  Affordable Housing Task Force  (Pittsburgh, 2016).
  • City Planning, Planning Director. EcoInnovation District Community Plan.