Harris Steinberg to Head Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
To faculty and professional staff:
We’re excited to announce that Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA, one of Greater Philadelphia’s leading practitioners and teachers of urban planning, will join Drexel on November 1. He will serve as executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and distinguished teaching professor of architecture and interiors in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
Harris comes 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.
Along the way, Harris has become perhaps the best-known and most respected professional in civic visioning in our region. Among his many 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.
Harris is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and has led design teams for the AIA’s Sustainable Design Assistance program. He is also an internationally known lecturer and panelist, and served on the Philadelphia Historical Commission from 2001 to 2006.
We expect Harris to develop the Lindy Institute into the vehicle that aligns Drexel’s academic work with our real-world need for urban planning. Considered holistically, urban planning is critical to many of our strategic priorities—obviously the Innovation Neighborhood, the 30th Street Station District study with Amtrak and our continued campus development, but also the neighborhood and civic engagement initiatives through which we’re attempting to knit Drexel more firmly into the fabric of a vibrant and prosperous West Philadelphia.
Any day that Drexel can bring aboard an expert at the true pinnacle of his field, both academically and in practice, is a day for celebration. Please join us in welcoming Harris Steinberg, and in looking forward to a bright future for the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
John A. Fry James D. Herbert
President Interim Provost