Jerold Kayden

Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design

Jerold S. Kayden is the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he previously served as Co-Chair of the Urban Planning and Design Department and Director of the Urban Planning Program. His teaching and scholarship focus on land use law and environmental law, public-private real estate development, public space in cities, and urban disaster resilience. His books include Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience; Urban Disaster Resilience: New Dimensions from International Practice in the Built Environment; Landmark Justice: The Influence of William J. Brennan on America’s Communities; and Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still to Keep.

As urban planner and lawyer, Professor Kayden has advised governments, non-governmental organizations, and private developers around the world.  Since 1991, he has served as principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, writing briefs and arguing cases in state and federal courts. He has worked in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Nepal, and China for projects funded by the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, United States Agency for International Development, and United Nations Development Programme. From 1992 to 1994, he was Senior Advisor for Land Reform to the Government of Ukraine on behalf of USAID/PADCO. He founded and serves as President of Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space, a New York-based not for profit organization (

Among Professor Kayden’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the American Bar Association, the Environmental Design Research Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He has received the Teacher of the Year award at the Design School.  Professor Kayden served as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

August 2016