I had the good luck to arrive in England in 1997 at the start of the “urban regeneration” industry and to ride the wave of its development over the last 12 years. I worked on complex projects as part of the London Mayor’s delivery team, e.g., the redevelopment of historic Crystal Palace Park, Elephant and Castle and several arts projects, including the expansion of the Tate Modern and the South Bank Centre. I also led the regeneration of a UK New Town and headed up the urban regeneration practice at a global engineering/ construction firm.
My last two UK roles focused on sustainability: largescale developments, economic clusters, renewable energy and I continue this focus as I resettle in the US.
My family has recently returned from the UK and while looking for my next role, I am working as a consultant in Minneapolis on energy efficiency and buildings. The work aligns my personal concerns, professional interests and skills.
The Loeb Fellowship broadened my perspective. I had 7 years of UK experience before coming to Harvard and was able to reacquaint myself with issues at home, as well as layer-on academic training in planning, sustainability and architecture. I also witnessed new models for leadership. The Fellowship network is invaluable. There is an unmistakable common point of reference amongst the Loebs and I look forward to expanding this network now that I am stateside.