Adam Baacke

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Adam Baacke, AICP, is the Executive Director of Planning, Design, and Construction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Adam possesses a professional background of over 25 years in planning and development administration, project management, and design.  His group is responsible for campus planning, capital project programming and development, real estate activities, campus construction, permitting, and facilities information management.

Prior to arriving at UMass Lowell, he worked for the City of Lowell for more than 14 years, including serving as the Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning and Development.   He previously worked in various design, historic preservation, and community development positions in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.  Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass Boston and attended MIT’s program in Real Estate Development and Finance.

Since 2016, Adam has been an adjunct faculty member in UMass Lowell’s Honors College, teaching courses focused on the city as text.

He is an active member of several national and local planning and community organizations, including chairing the City of Lowell’s Community Preservation Committee and serving on the North Atlantic Regional Council of the Society for College and University Planning.