Alex Krieger, MCPUD

Research Professor in Practice of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Alex Krieger has made a career combining teaching and practice, dedicating himself to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas.

Krieger is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977. He has served as chairman of the department of urban planning and design, as director of the urban design program, and as associate chairman of the department of architecture. He has also served in several university-wide roles including senior planning advisor for Harvard's campus expansion into Allston, and on the design review committees for both the Allston and Cambridge campuses.

Krieger is founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, a 35-person architecture and urban design firm based in Cambridge. Offering services in architecture, urban design, and planning, the firm has received more than 24 regional and national awards for its work. The firm has served a broad array of clients in more than 30 cities, focusing primarily on educational, institutional, health-care and public projects in complex urban settings.

Krieger's major publications include co-editing Urban Design, two volumes of Harvard Design Magazine, (focusing on the evolution of urban design as a discipline); Remaking the Urban Waterfront; Mapping Boston; Towns and Town Planning Principles; A Design Primer for Towns and Cities; and Past Futures: Two Centuries of Imagining Boston. He has also authored more than two dozen essays on American urbanization for various publications.

Krieger received a BArch from Cornell University and a master of city planning in urban design from Harvard.


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