Ana Gelabert-Sanchez

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, AICP, has over 25 years experience in the planning field and was planning director for the City of Miami from 1998 to 2010. There she led the Miami 21 initiative, a form-based zoning code that takes a holistic approach to land use and urban planning, making Miami a more sustainable and pedestrian-friendly city and the first in the US to adopt this innovative citywide code. Miami 21 won numerous awards, including the APA National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice in 2011.

Gelabert directed all urban planning programs, including coordinating, developing, and implementing Miami’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, directing a professional staff in the areas of general planning, land development, urban design, historic preservation, and community planning. She led several planning efforts, including the Museum Park master plan, the Coconut Grove master plan, the Virginia Key master plan, and the Parks and Public Spaces master plan. Gelabert also led the review and approval of more than 75,000 residential units, approximately 6,000 hotel rooms, over 8 million square feet of office space, and 7 million square feet of retail space, contributing to Miami’s greatest growth period in history.

Gelabert holds bachelor degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MLA from the GSD. She was named Top Public Official of 2010 by Governing magazine and received the CNU Groves Award on Leadership and Vision in 2011.

She is currently principal of Gelabert-Sanchez & Associates, a planning and design consulting firm, a faculty advisor to the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership Fellowship and a design critic at the GSD.