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Ryan J. Debold

Ryan J. Debold

Associate Director
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


Ryan J. Debold is the project manager for the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Ryan received his non-baccalaureate Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and his Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. During his two year tenure as a graduate student at Penn, he held the position of Design Editor for the City Planning department’s student journal Panorama. Their 2014 issue, Mend the Gap: Reconciling Perceptions with Trends, explored the need for planners to recognize the disconnect between the world of planning—rife with abstract ideas, complex constituent relationships, and jargon—with the public’s perception of the endeavors planners champion. Mend the Gap received the New York Center for Architecture’s Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals, an award founded to encourage student journalism on architecture, planning and related subjects, and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals. In his second year, Ryan participated in an equitable development planning studio analyzing the effects of particular redevelopment strategies of three post-industrial cities in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s District—specifically, Lancaster and Bethlehem in Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. Their report, entitled “Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy”, won the 2014 Student Project Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, and created a methodology for building equity and access into municipal policy decisions and future development plans.

Ryan J. Debold, ASLA
Project Manager, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Drexel University
URBN Center 132
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104