Damon Rich is a designer, urban planner, and artist. In his public spaces, exhibitions, graphic works, and events, often produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Damon creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His design work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit that uses design and art to increase civic engagement, and was Executive Director for 10 years. Damon currently serves as the Planning Director and Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where he leads design and planning efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s shared spaces.
As a Loeb Fellow, Damon studied design theory, development, and participatory design processes and looked for ways to apply the methods developed at CUP to broader scales. Damon is back at the GSD for the fall of 2013 to lead an option studio through the Department of Urban Planning and Design that focuses on Newark’s Riverfront.