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Alan Greenberger, FAIA
Department Head, Architecture, Design & Urbanism; Distinguished Teaching Professor



URBN Center, 410F
Alan Greenberger’s 42-year career has three significant chapters. For 34 years, he was a practicing architect with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and its successor, MGA Partners, where he was the design lead on many award winning projects. In 2008, Mr. Greenberger left his practice to join the administration of then-Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as the city’s Chief Planner and then Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Under his leadership, the City produced a new zoning code and comprehensive plan and is experiencing its most dynamic growth in half a century. Following the end of the Nutter administration, Mr. Greenberger was appointed Distinguished Teaching Professor and Lindy Fellow at Drexel University.  
In his dual role in city government, Mr. Greenberger oversaw the integration of long-range strategic planning with implementation of both business and real estate development goals. Under his leadership, the City of Philadelphia rewrote the Philadelphia Zoning Code and initiated a five-year long comprehensive plan for the city, entitled Philadelphia 2035. Both initiatives are the first of their kind for the city in over 50 years, receiving the American Planning Association’s National Excellence Award for a City Planning Agency in 2016. Mr. Greenberger's office also launched multiple programs to attract and support a burgeoning entrepreneurial community, called StartUpPHL, and was successful in attracting new, technology and venture capital firms to Philadelphia, in addition to expanding business opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses throughout the city.