"Future of the City" - Alumni Faculty Forum

Fri, May 29, 2015,
9:00 am to 10:00 am

The Alumni-Faculty Forums (AFFs) bring together alumni panelists from the major reunion classes for discussions of a broad range of timely or timeless topics. Moderated by members of the faculty or administration, the forums attract thousands of alumni and guests each year.

This event is open to Princeton University alumni and current university ID holders.

Alison IsenbergAlison Isenberg, Professor of History, and Co-Director, Program in Urban Studies; Co-Project Investigator of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities
Alison Isenberg writes and teaches about nineteenth and twentieth century American society, with particular attention to the transformation of cities, and to the intersections of culture, the economy, and place. Professor Isenberg's book Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It (University of Chicago Press, 2004) received several awards: the Ellis Hawley prize from the Organization of American Historians; Historic Preservation Book Prize from Mary Washington University; Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History; and an Honor Book award from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. At Princeton, Isenberg is a Faculty Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School and has co-directed the Urban Studies Program since Fall 2012. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Studies Program, and is an Affiliated Faculty member in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Ray GastilRay Gastil *91, Director, Department of City Planning, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ray Gastil, Planning Director of the City of Pittsburgh, has worked in urban design, planning, architecture, and non-profit and government leadership. Gastil has experience in city and regional planning, with a focus on urban issues such as planning and design issues for campuses, arts districts, waterfront redevelopment and public spaces. He is the founding Director of Van Alen Institute, a program of architectural competitions, exhibitions, publications and studios, and Gastilworks, a planning and design consulting practice. He is a former design and architecture professor at the University of California-Berkeley and Penn State University; Director of Regional Design and Transit-Friendly Communities, Regional Plan Association, New York; and a writer and researcher for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York. Gastil holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s in Literature from Yale University.
Peter WaldmanPeter Waldman ’65, William R. Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
Corps volunteer in Arequipa, Peru. He served his apprenticeship in the studios of Richard Meier briefly and more substantially with Michael Graves. Since the 1970s, he has been an architect and educator teaching first at Princeton, briefly at the University of Cincinnati, then at Rice University and currently at the University of Virginia, where he is now firmly grounded in the Piedmont condition. His extensive residential practice has been concerned with the Climatic House constructed according to Specifications for Construction executed by Nomads, Surveyors and Lunatics. His fables of the Gardener and the Engineer manifest his profound respect for the spirit and resources of the renewable American urban condition. Published internationally in Global Architecture, Area, Architecture and recently the Yale Perspecta, Waldman is winner of several Progressive Architecture design citations, Urban Design Competitions, and New Jersey AIA Design Awards. Waldman received the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award in 1996. In 2000 as an Architecture Fellow at the American Academy, his work focused on the Villa Aurelia as Construction Site, where it is still rumored that he has discovered mirrors for the moon in the mica mines of this ancient oasis some call Rome. In 2002, he received an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2012 he won the ACSA Creative Achievement Award for Lessons of the Lawn.
Ellen Dunham-JonesEllen Dunham-Jones ’80 *83, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning architect, professor and Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A leading authority on suburban redevelopment, she lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities and consults on individual projects. She and co-author June Williamson wrote Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009, 2011, 2013.) The book’s documentation of successful retrofits of vacant big box stores, dead malls, and office parks into more sustainable places has received significant media attention in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, was featured in Time Magazine’s 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now” and is the subject of her 2010 TEDx talk and 2012 TED-NPR Radio Hour interview. She taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009. She continues grow her database of suburban retrofits in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Phillip Jones and is experimenting with living carfree.
Chris HandChris Hand ’95, Chief of Staff, City of Jacksonville, Office of the Mayor
Chris Hand currently serves as Chief of Staff to Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, Alvin Brown. He previously served as speechwriter and press secretary for U.S. Senator Bob Graham. Chris has also practiced law at two Jacksonville firms, Rogers Towers and Terrell Hogan. With Senator Graham, Chris is the co-author of America, the Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You, a guide to effective citizenship. Chris is a graduate of Princeton University, and the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He enjoys spending time with his family of redheads, hiking, fishing, and cheering on the Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Waqas JawaidWaqas Jawaid ’10, Partner, Isometric Studio
An architect and public artist, Waqas Jawaid received his undergraduate degree with highest honors from Princeton University and a Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. At Princeton, he was awarded the Frederick White Prize for his thesis on architectural apartheid in the Paris exurbs. Waqas started his design career at Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He has since worked on design for the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem with Tokyo-based firm SANAA, and urban-scale development projects in China with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Most recently, Waqas worked with the Harvard Art Museums on client-side brand strategy to make the institution more accessible.
Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University and organized with assistance from Marguerite Vera '79, Victoria Cox, and Bianca Freda on behalf of the 2015 Alumni-Faculty Forums Committee.
School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium