Jerold Kayden

Professor Kayden was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Big Weather and Coastal Cities.

Jerold Kayden is the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was project director and principal investigator of the Harvard-Netherlands Project on Climate Change, Water, Land Development and Adaption. He also previously served as Co-Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and as Director of the Master in Urban Planning Degree Program. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between law and the built environment and public-private urban development. His books include Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience; Landmark Justice: The Influence of William J. Brennan on America’s Communities; and Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still To Keep. He has also authored numerous articles on such subjects as property rights, smart growth, design codes, historic preservation, and market-based regulatory instruments.

As urban planner and lawyer, Professor Kayden has advised governments, non-governmental organizations, and private developers around the world. He has represented clients in court, written amicus curiae briefs in significant U.S. Supreme Court land-use cases, and served as expert witness. Since 1991, he has been the principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He founded Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space, a non-profit organization based in New York City whose mission is to improve zoning-created plazas, arcades, and indoor spaces.

Professor Kayden has been consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United Nations Development Programme, with work in, among other countries, China, Nepal, Armenia, Ukraine, and Russia. From 1992 to 1994, he was Senior Advisor for Land Reform and Privatization to the Government of Ukraine on behalf of USAID/PADCO.

Among Professor Kayden’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Environmental Design Research Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also received the “Teacher of the Year” honor at the Design School. He earned his undergraduate, law, and city and regional planning degrees from Harvard, and subsequently served as law clerk to Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court.