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Harris Steinberg

Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Contact:

harris.m.steinberg@drexel.edu

215.571.4419

Harris Steinberg is one of Greater Philadelphia’s leading practitioners and teachers of urban planning and one of the most respected professionals in civic visioning in the region. He came to Drexel from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the founding director of PennPraxis, the school’s applied research arm. Since 2001, PennPraxis has fostered faculty and student collaboration on real-world projects in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning historic preservation and fine arts. Among his high-profile projects are the award-winning 2006-07 planning process for the central Delaware River, which continues to guide development today; a 2008 study on “Reimagining the Kimmel Center”; action plans to add to Philadelphia’s park space and increase the vibrancy of Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and “The New Fairmount Park,” a vision and action plan released this past spring.

Globally, Steinberg worked with the United States Embassy in Haiti in 2012 on a series of workshops on civic engagement, urban planning and creating partnerships for implementation of projects. In 2006, he participated in a capacity building mission in Sri Lanka around urban design and planning, education and psychology. He also has done exploratory work in Botswana's capitol city of Gaborone in terms of urban and city planning.

Steinberg is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has led design teams for the AIA’s Sustainable Design Assistance program. He also served on the Philadelphia Historical Commission from 2001 to 2006.

 More information about Steinberg

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • New Historic Preservation Task Force Sets About Ensuring the Past Stays Present as City Grows

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in Westphal College, was quoted in a July 24 Plan Philly story about the first meeting of the mayor's Historic Preservation Task Force.

  • Balancing Philadelphia's Past, Future

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Center For Urban Innovation and a distinguished teaching professor in Westphal College, was mentioned in an April 26 Philadelphia Inquirereditorial about the mayor creating a task force for historic preservation. Steinberg will be heading the group.

  • Kenney Aiming to Keep Preservation Pledges With Task Force on Historic Protections

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute For Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in an April 20Philadelphia Inquirer story about the mayor's task force for historic preservation, for which Steinberg will serve as chair.

  • Is This The Holy Grail Project That Will Jump-Start The Revitalization of North Philly?

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a March 19 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Manhattan developer HFZ Capital Group eyeing real estate near Amtrak's North Philadelphia Station.

  • Why is a Nonprofit with Local 98 Ties Helping Plan a Delaware Waterfront Plaza?

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a Nov. 28 PlanPhilly story about the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) aiming to revamp a public plaza with key waterfront access in the shadow of Society Hill Towers, and Spruce Street Park.

  • How the Promise of the World’s Tallest Modular Tower Didn’t Stack Up

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a Nov. 17 Realtor.com story about the future of urban, modular developments and the need to streamline the construction process.


  • How About a Forward-Looking Plan for Preserving the Past?

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in an Oct. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer piece regarding the need for a city-wide preservation plan and the need to embrace the past alongside the future.

  • Developer Wants to Break Height Limit on Philly's Delaware River Waterfront

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a Sept. 16 Philadelphia Inquirer story about proposed development along the Delaware waterfront.

  • Toll Bros. Seeks to Build 16-Story Residential Building on Jewelers Row

    Harris Steinberg, distinguished teaching professor in Westphal College and executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in an Aug. 12 Philadelphia Inquirer story about a newly proposed residential building on Jewlers Row. 

  • Beer Replaces Babies as Yards Eyes Brewery at Former Destination Maternity Warehouse

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a June 28 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Yards Brewery moving to the former site of a Destination Maternity warehouse on Spring Garden Street.

  • Say goodbye to the University City you know

    A Flying Kite story about the transformation of University City that quoted Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a distinguished teaching professor in Westphal College, was picked up by Keystone Edge May 17.

  • Brickstone Cos. Plans Still More Apartments for Market East

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Jan. 27 about new apartments in Center City’s Market East. 


  • 6 Steps to Bringing People Together from the Delaware Waterfront Revitalization

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Engagement and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a Generocity.org story on Dec. 11 about the Delaware waterfront revitalization.

  • Waterfront Agency Close to Choosing Development Team for Festival Pier Site

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Engagement and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Oct. 28 about choosing a developer for Philadelphia’s Festival Pier site.

  • A New Vision for Philadelphia's Industrial Spaces

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Center for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, wrote an opinion piece for Context magazine’s fall issue about Fairmount Park. 

  • Server Hubs Take Over Disused Industrial Space

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Center for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Oct. 25 about server hubs taking over industrial space.

  • A Vision Taking Shape Along City's Waterfront

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College, wrote an opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer on Oct. 5 about the Philadelphia waterfront.

  • PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas Is Out at WHYY

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College, was quoted in a PhillyMag.com story on Sept. 10 about employees leaving WHYY.

  • Philadelphia Starts Small (and Cheap) With Delaware River Waterfront Revitalization

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College, was quoted in a Newsworks.org article on Aug. 12 about revitalizing Penn’s Landing.

  • Fix It: The Incredible Vanishing Bike Lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in PhillyMag.com’s “Citified” blog on Aug. 6 about fading bike lanes in Philadelphia. 

  •  A to-do List for Philly Before the Pope, Democrats Arrive

    Harris Steinberg, director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a July 31 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia’s preparations for the Democratic National Convention and the Pope.

  • To the burbs and back: Could Philadelphia be a match for Baby Boomers?

    Harris Steinberg, director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a PhillyVoice article on July 28 about baby boomers moving to Philadelphia.

  • Gallery-Area Developments Seen as Cooperative

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was mentioned in a May 25 Philadelphia Inquirer article about Gallery-area developments.

  • Fairmount Park Plans for the Future

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a Newsworks.org story on May 4 about plans for Fairmount Park.

  • Next for the Gallery: 'Not Just Another Mall'

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on April 19 about renovation plans for the Gallery Mall. 

  • Philly Parklets Aim to Blur Line Between Street and Sidewalk

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a distinguished teaching professor in the Wespthal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a PhillyVoice.com article on March 27 about parklets.

  • Could Philly’s Concourses Become a Destination?

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on March 13 about new plans for Philadelphia’s subway concourses.

  • PlanPhilly Moving to WHYY

    Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was mentioned in a PhillyMag.com story on Feb. 24 about the PlanPhilly website becoming part of WHYY.

  • Urban Design and Planning Students Reimagine the Delaware River Waterfront

    An upcoming design charrette hosted by Harris Steinberg, executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was featured in the University City Review on Feb. 24. It also was spotlighted in a WHYY/Newsworks story on Feb. 25.

  • Harris Steinberg: "With time, comes change"

    On Sept. 2, PlanPhilly.com ran a post by Harris Steinberg, currently executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Praxis design-based community outreach program, about his move to Drexel to become executive director of Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He will also have a faculty appointment in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

  • Harris Steinberg to Leave Penn for Drexel

    On August 26, PhillyMag.com announced that Harris Steinberg, currently executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Praxis design-based community outreach program, will become executive director of Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He will also have a faculty appointment in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. 

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