Alex Krieger

Professor in Practice of Urban Design

Interim Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design

Alex Krieger, FAIA has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas.

Mr. Krieger is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, 1998-2004 and 2006-2007, as Director of the Urban Design Program, 1990-2001, and as Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1984-1989.  In addition to design studios and seminar courses at the GSD, he teaches a general education class on the evolution of American cities at the College. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, he was honored as one of the outstanding teachers at Harvard University. Design Intelligence Magazine annual national survey named him one of seven “2007 Architectural Educators of the Year.”

He has also served in several university-wide roles including as senior planning advisor for Harvard’s campus expansion into Allston, and on the recently established design review committees for both the Allston and Cambridge campuses.

Mr. Krieger is a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. Offering services in architecture, urban design and planning since 1984, the studio, formerly Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, has served a broad array of clients in numerous cities worldwide, focusing primarily on educational, institutional, healthcare and public projects in complex urban settings.

Mr. Krieger’s major publications include: Co-editing Urban Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) two volumes of Harvard Design Magazine, (focusing on the evolution of urban design as a discipline), 2005-06; Remaking the Urban Waterfront, 2004; Mapping Boston, 1999; Towns and Town Planning Principles, 1994; A Design Primer for Towns and Cities, 1990; and Past Futures: Two Centuries of Imagining Boston, 1988.  He has also authored more than two-dozen essays on American urbanization for various publications.  He lectures frequently at national conferences and universities.

Mr. Krieger is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions.  Among these:  The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2012-pr.; Director of the NEA's Mayor's Institute in City Design, 1994-1999; Founder and co-director of the Large City Planners Institute, 1999-pr.; Boston Civic Design Commission, 1989-1987; Providence Capital Center Commission, 1990-1998; Vice President of the New England Holocaust Memorial 1989-2000; Historic Boston Incorporated, 2004-pr.; The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Board of Directors and Chair, Board of Review at the Boston Public Library; Joseph Riley Institute, Charleston, 2000-pr.; and as a Design Excellence Peer for the U.S. General Services Administration.

Mr. Krieger received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of City Planning in Urban Design degree from Harvard.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Territories of Urban Design
February 2004

The Costs – or Have There Been Benefits, Too? – of Sprawl
Harvard Design Magazine, 2003-2004 Fall-Winter

Sidewalk Bulwarks: Park Benches Fight Terror
Harvard Magazine, July 2003

Security with Dignity
Urban Land, March 2003

Chapter Two: The Unique Characteristics of Urban Waterfront Development
Remaking the Urban Waterfront – ULI Press, 2003

Seven Wise (though possibly impractical) Goals for Smart Growth Advocates
Smart Growth, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2002

An Urban Revival for a Suburban Culture
Urban Land Institute, 2001

On the Waterfront
Preservation Magazine, February/March 2000

Cities and Suburbs
Harvard Magazine, January 2000

Beyond the Rhetoric of Smart Growth
Architecture, May 1999

Whose Urbanism?
Architecture, November 1998

Investigations in Collective Form: Maki's quarter of a century at Hillside Terrace
Princeton Architectural Press, 1997

The Virtues of Cities
Places, September 1995

Reinventing Public Space
Architectural Record, June 1995

Between The Crusader's Jerusalem and Piranesi's Rome: Conflicting Ideals for the City
Modernism and History, Essays in Honor of Eduard F. Seckler, 1996

Architecture in the Public Realm: A Public Discussion
GSD News, Spring 1995