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Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA

Harris Steinberg to Head Drexel's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation

Executive Director
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, 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.

Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA
Executive Director, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Westphal College
Drexel University
URBN Center 132
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104