Gastilworks Planning & Design

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Ray Gastil, AICP LEED AP ND, is a city planner, educator, and author with more than two decades of experience in innovative urban design and development. His work focuses on planning and urban design for neighborhoods, urban campuses, waterfronts in transition, mixed-use development, and district revitalization.

Now Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture, Gastil continues to address the founding goals of Gastilworks Planning & Design to connect ambitious programs and design concepts to the challenge of building projects and places that are grounded in their communities. The approach is informed by Gastil’s previous positions including, most recently, City Planning Director, City of Pittsburgh, as well as Manhattan Office director for New York City Planning, city planning director for Seattle, founding director of Van Alen Institute, and Transit-Oriented and Regional Design director for Regional Plan Association in New York.

His expertise includes both project-based and comprehensive city and regional planning, with a focus on planning and urban design guidelines and incentive frameworks for campuses, mixed-use districts, arts districts, waterfront redevelopment, and affordable housing. Working with teams of built environment professionals, he has led initiatives from outreach and concept development through community and commission review. His work in non-profit and government leadership has included strategic planner, division and project manager, and design competition manager, including public, private and civic sectors.

Gastil’s role in education, in addition to his current position (2019) as Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, includes teaching the seminar “Planning by Design” on urban design and planning approaches to large scale, sustainable districts. He has held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley and Penn State, has taught at University of Pennsylvania and Pratt Institute, and has been active in speaking, writing, and research in academic and professional forums.

Gastil contributed the essay “Complexity and Continuity in the Transformation of Pittsburgh’s Rivers and Riverfronts,” in River Cities, City Rivers  (Harvard University Press, 2018) and is author of Beyond the Edge: New York’s New Waterfront and principal author of Success Looks Different Now: Design and Cultural Vitality in Lower Manhattan.

Gastil is a professional planner who has spoken on conference panels and served on awards committees of professional organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects,  the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Organization.