Kathy Spiegelman

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Kathy Spiegelman, formerly head of planning and real estate at Harvard University and Chief Planner for Harvard’s Allston Development, currently holds the title of Vice President and Chief of Campus Planning and Development for Northeastern University.  In between these university leadership roles, Kathy served as a strategic consultant for private and public clients seeking innovative solutions to real estate, physical planning and community development challenges.  Having started in historic preservation planning at the Cambridge Historical Commission, Kathy expanded her planning experience to include city, campus, strategic and capital planning.  She developed expertise in community development, real estate, affordable housing, and the communication of complex, long-range processes for change.  Kathy serves on community and non-profit boards and committees and she teaches in the core Urban Planning Studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, initiating a new generation of urban planners to the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.  Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning.


  • rendering showing herb, veggie, and flower sites.

    Highlands’ Harvest

    Brie Hensold, Daniel D'Oca, Kathy Spiegelman and Carole Voulgaris, Instructors

    Spring 2020