Name Ted Conrad
Hometown San Francisco, California
Undergraduate school/major University of California, Los Angeles/Geography
What was your work experience/background before coming to the GSD?
I worked at a utility-scale solar developer doing project siting, land origination, permitting and entitlement work, and power marketing.
Why did you decide to pursue planning as a career?
I’m a generalist by disposition and the multidisciplinary nature of planning suits me in this regard. It’s especially relevant to my interest in environmental issues and local government.
What made you decide to come to the GSD?
The faculty, the resources available in the broader Harvard community, and Gund Hall.
What are your main interests in planning and concentration area?
My concentration was Transportation and Infrastructure. I’m also interested in renewable energy, conservation, economic development, and housing.
Are you writing a thesis? What is your topic and why did you choose it?
No, I chose to take options studios and really enjoyed interacting with students from the other programs at the GSD.
What has been the most surprising aspect of the GSD?
The studio culture is very strong. This gives students a unique opportunity to apply skills learned in other classes to a specific project or site.
What has been your favorite class or project? Why?
The Markets and Market Failures class was an enlightening introduction to economics with case studies that were quite relevant to planning.
What are your career ambitions?
I’d like to work in local government, likely back in my native San Francisco.
The best thing about studying planning at the GSD is that I got to spend my days with a group of hardworking, smart classmates who like planning as much as I do!