Damon Rich is cofounder of Hector, an urban design, planning, and civic arts studio in Newark, NJ, serving private, public, and nonprofit clients. He is currently working with neighbors, local associations, and city officials in South Philadelphia to reimagine Mifflin Square Park and plan a redesign to meet the needs of one of the most diverse communities in the city.
From 2008 through 2015 Rich was planning director and chief urban designer for the city of Newark, where he led a 3 year participatory planning process that resulted in the complete overhaul of the city’s development codes. (Read Rich’s 3 part series “Zoning for Democracy” in the LOEBlog.) In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a NYC nonprofit that uses nontraditional methods to bring people into the planning process, and was its executive director for 10 years.
Rich’s work has been used to represent the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.