Sep/09 Lecture
Vishaan Chakrabarti

A country of cities

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.

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Principal, SHoP Architects, Director, CURE, Columbia University

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and the Director of CURE, the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Simultaneously, Professor Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where he advances large-scale projects worldwide. He is the author of a recently published book called, “A Country of Cities” from Metropolis/DAP Books 2013. The book is “A Manifesto for an Urban America”, in which a future of Trains, Towers and Trees is envisioned as a prosperous, sustainable and equitable alternative to our current failing condition of Highways, Houses, and Hedges.

Prior to joining Columbia and SHoP, Chakrabarti was an Executive Vice President at the Related Companies where he ran the Moynihan Station project and oversaw planning and design for the firm's extensive development portfolio including Hudson Yards. In addition, Chakrabarti was the inaugural Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professor in Architecture for the University of Virginia in 2009.

From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning. Prior to his work with the City, Chakrabarti was an Associate Partner and Director of Urban Design at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, as well as a transportation planner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual Bachelors’ degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and Enterprise Community Partners, is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations. Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012. Chakrabarti is a David Rockefeller Fellow and was a Crain’s “40 under 40" in 2000.