Alex Krieger: Territories of Urban Design

Alex Krieger 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.  

Krieger is founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, a 35-person architecture and urban design firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Offering services in architecture, urban design and planning, the firm has received more than two-dozen regional and national awards for its work.  The firm has served a broad array of clients in over thirty cities, focusing primarily on educational, institutional, health-care and public projects in complex urban settings.

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, as director of the Urban Design Program, 1990-2001, and as associate chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1984-1989.  He has also served in several university-wide roles including as senior planning advisor for Harvard’s campus expansion into Allston, and on the newly established design review committees for both the Allston and Cambridge campuses.  In addition to design studios and seminar courses at the GSD, he teaches a core curriculum class at the college whose enrolment is regularly among the largest classes at Harvard.

Krieger’s major publications include: Co-editing 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.

Krieger is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions, including 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.; Joseph Riley Institute, Charleston, 2000-pr. 

Krieger received a bachelor of architecture from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and a master of city planning in urban design degree from Harvard University.

Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Quebec in collaboration with the School of Architecture at the University of Montreal.