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The Institute for Public Architecture uses design to challenge social and physical inequities in the city. We address urgent issues of design and policy by mobilizing our network of activists, professionals, government officials and community stakeholders. The IPA's collaborative process involves a focused design residency and related programs.


The Institute for Public Architecture believes in a future in which design is used as a tool for facilitating social justice and the public has a voice in all decisions that shape our built environment.


Executive Board
Executive Board
Executive Board
Advisory Board
Advisory Board

Nupoor is an architectural and urban designer from Mumbai, now based in Boston. Her work is strongly informed by her upbringing in Mumbai and lies at the intersection of urban design and policy.

Nupoor Monani

2018 IPA Fellow

With a background in geography, humanities, and the social work field, Andrew strives to empower and activate the individual and collective potential of people using the physical and emotional spaces that they inhabit.

Andrew Lassiter

2018 IPA Fellow

Crystal Eksi is an Urban Designer at the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP), where she works on public realm design in the scope of neighborhood studies.

Crystal Jane Eksi

2018 IPA Fellow

Elaine Sun is a licensed Architect who has worked in New York with Gluck+ on design build projects for the East Harlem School and Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services.

Elaine Sun

2018 IPA Fellow

Alec is currently an Architectural Designer at Jenny Peysin Architecture. He recently completed his B.Arch degree at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. He joined the IPA for the 2018.

Alec Rovensky

Staff Member

Andy is a member of the IPA's Advisory Board.

Andy Bernheimer

Board Member

For over four decades, the conviction that architecture must work for the betterment of communities has been the foundation of Damu’s professional life – as architect and urbanist, advocate and mentor.

Damyanti Radheshwar

2018 IPA Fellow

Emily Arden Wells holds a Masters in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture where she won the coveted H.I. Feldman Prize for a sustainable multi-family housing proposal in Houston, Texas.

Emily Arden

2016 IPA Fellow

Alexandra is a member of the IPA's Advisory Board.

Alexandra March

Advisory Board Member

Angela Co is an architect, designer, and teacher committed to the belief that architecture has the capacity to shape both individual experience and collective understanding

Angela Co

2016 IPA Fellow

Deborah Gans is the founder and principal architect of Gans studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Deborah Gans, FAIA


Emma holds a Bachelors of Architecture from The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and has over a decade of experience with award winning architectural firms.

Emma Fuller

2016 IPA Fellow

Alexandra Paty-Díaz is a Venezuelan urban designer and city planner working at the New York City Department of City Planning - Brooklyn Office. She earned a B.Arch from Simon Bolívar University, and a M.S. Urban Planning at Columbia University´s GSAPP.

Alexandra Paty-Díaz

2018 IPA Fellow

Brian is a member of the IPA's Advisory Board.

Brian Baer

Advisory Board Member

Despo is an Urban Designer at One Architecture + Urbanism in New York City and a Registered Architect in the EU.

Despo Thoma

2016 IPA Fellow

Fred Harris was named Managing Director for Real Estate Development of Jonathan Rose Companies in 2016. Mr. Harris is responsible for directing the expansion and diversification of the Companies’ nationwide development portfolio.

Fred Harris

Board Member

Amaritha Mahesh is an Urban Designer at The NYC Department of City Planning

Amaritha Mahesh

2016 IPA Fellow

Cassim is a member of the IPA's Advisory Board.

Cassim Shepard

Advisory Board Member

Despo is a member of the IPA's Advisory Board.

Despo Thoma

Advisory Board Member

Hayrettin works at the crossroads of architecture, urbanism, and policy. He holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Hayrettin Gunc

2018 IPA Fellow


Friends of the High Line

Gehl Institute

Plaxal Art Gallery

National Public Housing Museum

Great Cities Institute, University of Chicago



Queens museum

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Center for Architecture


Pratt Institute

Buell Center for American Architecture at Columbia University


LIC Arts

Columbia GSAPP

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Noguchi Museum

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Architectural League of New York

Chicago Architecture Biennal

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