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Brent D. Ryan

Head of the City Design and Development Group
Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brent D. Ryan is Head of the City Design and Development Group and Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on the aesthetics and policies of contemporary urban design, particularly with respect to pressing issues like deindustrialization and climate change. Professor Ryan’s first book Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, was one of Planetizen’s ten best urban planning books of 2012, and his secondbook The Largest Art: A measured manifesto for plural urbanism, was published by MIT Press in 2017. Professor Ryan has contributed chapters to other books and has published widely in periodicals relating to urban design and planning.

Professor Ryan conducts urban design research and practice around the world, including China, Ukraine, Russia, India, and the United States.Current research includes a studyof sustainabilityin Siberian cities funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and a study of riverfront industrial redevelopment in Kolkata, India.