Damon Rich is a designer, planner, and partner at Hector, an urban design, planning, and civic arts studio whose recent projects include neighborhood parks, an exhibition exploring mortgage politics, and a memorial for an eco-feminist nun. He formerly served as Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark (population 278,427), where his team’s achievements included completing the city’s first riverfront parks, launching the Newark Public Art Program, and a 2015 National Planning Award for the first comprehensive update to the city’s zoning regulations in over fifty years. (Read Rich’s 3 part series “Zoning for Democracy” in the LOEBlog.) Prior to coming to Newark, Rich founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement, where he served as executive director for ten years. Rich has taught architecture and planning at schools including Harvard University, and his design work has been exhibited in the US Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2008), PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.
Hector urban design, planning & civic arts
Newark, New Jersey