Thaddeus Pawlowski is an architect and urban designer working at the forefront of adapting cities to climate change. Working in New York City government since the early 2000s, he has sought to integrate adaptation and resilience into the long term development patterns of the city through the design of projects, policies and programs. After Hurricane Sandy, he was the planning and design advisor for the Mayor’s housing recovery efforts which is managing the re-housing of 20,000 displaced New Yorkers with $3.4 Billion in federal grants. He continues to manage the urban design of several post-Sandy recovery efforts, including a flood protection project for Lower Manhattan known as the Dryline.
Pawlowski has worked nationally and internationally with communities managing change with the tools of design. He was a visiting urban designer for the City of Sao Paolo Brazil as they were beginning to address major public space and infrastructure improvements to vulnerable, informal settlements. Last year, he helped the US Department of Housing and Urban Development lead a series of Resilience Academies to train officials from City and State governments throughout the country in the best practices in design for major disaster mitigation projects, as part of the $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition.
Pawlowski has a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, was a 2015 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and a 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture, and is an adjunct assistant professor of Urban Design at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.