Adam Lubinsky

Adam Lubinsky, Ph.D., AICP, is managing principal at WXY Studio. With a background in architecture and urban planning, he brings an integrated approach to master plans, planning policy research, and community engagement. Lubinsky has led several award-winning initiatives and projects, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan, the D15 School Diversity Plan, and the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan.

He is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum and was named by Fast Company as one of 2017's Most Creative People. In 2019 Fast Company also named WXY one of the World's Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Lubinsky is currently adjunct faculty at Cornell, Columbia, and The New School, and has previously taught at NYU and the University College London.

Lubinsky has a B.A. from Brown University, a master's in architecture from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in planning and urban design from the University College London.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Adaptive reuse
  • Architectural design
  • Community-based planning and development
  • Economic developmentĀ 
  • Gender- and age-based planning
  • Infrastructure planning
  • International studies in planning
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Landscape architecture
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • Planning history
  • Real estate development
  • Social policy
  • Suburban neighborhoods
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation planning
  • Urbanism
  • Master planning
  • Mixed-use development
  • School planning
  • Community engagement
  • Mobility planning

Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5173 NYC Studio: Integrated Urbanism as a Platform for EngagementThis studio will dive deep into the complex balance between architecture and urbanism, policy and public housing, focusing in particular on campus of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan, Architects Newspaper, Best of Design Unbuilt Urban Projects Honorable Mention (2018)
  • D15 Diversity Plan, APA – NY Metro Chapter, Lawrence M. Orton Award for Leadership in City and Regional Planning (2018)
  • La Marqueta Concept Plan, APA – NY Metro Chapter, William H. Whyte Award for Creativity and Ingenuity in Planning (2018)
  • Kearny Point Master Plan, New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award (2017)
  • East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, APA – NY Metro Chapter, Award of Unusual Merit (2016)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Is Arnstein's Ladder Still Relevant, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference (October 2018)
  • Mobility and the Public Realm, Municipal Art Society (MAS) Summit (October 2018)
  • Cities Rising: Rebuilding, Retooling, and Relearning, panel discussion, Smart Cities NY Conference (May 2018)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Big Dreams in a Post-Master Planning World," Architect d.b.a., (Center for Architecture Press, 2016)
  • Integrated Freight Management Strategies, NYS Energy Research and Development Agency and NYS Department of Transportation (2016)
  • New York Electric Vehicle Tourism Feasibility Study, NYS Energy Research and Development Agency and NYS Department of Transportation (2015)
  • City of New Rochelle Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement Downtown Overlay Zone School Capacity Analysis Chapter, City of New Rochelle (2015)
  • 10 Steps to Creating a Conversation: Community Design for Affordable Homes and Sustainable Places, (U.S. ex rel. ADC v. County of Westchester) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Corporation for Supportive Housing and Court Monitor James Johnson (2014)
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