Inam, Aseem

Inam, Aseem

Aseem Inam
PhD, Planning, University of Southern California in Los Angeles
Associate Professor of Urbanism; School of Design Strategies; Parsons School of Design

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Areas of Expertise:
Urban design; Design of Future Cities; Urban Transformation; Urban Practice; International Comparative Urbanism.
Aseem Inam is the director of the Theories of Urban Practice program and associate professor of urbanism at Parsons The New School for Design, and fellow at the Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received national awards from the SOM Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for his research and writing on the design of cities and their future. He is the author of the book, “Planning for the Unplanned: Recovering from Crises in Megacities, a comparative analysis of successful city rebuilding in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and New York.” Professionally, he was the founding Architect-in-Charge of the Rural Habitat Development Program in Gujarat, India and a project leader for urban design and planning projects in California, Idaho, and New Mexico with the award-winning firm, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists. He was a member of a team invited by the Haitian government to design a rebuilding strategy after the devastating earthquake in 2010, and is a member of the editorial board of ArchitectureBoston, the leading professional architecture and urbanism magazine of New England.
Courses Taught:
  • Designing Urban Transformation
  • Design and Urban Practice History Lab
  • Design and Urban Practice Colloquium 1
  • History of World Urbanism
Recent Publications:
“Tensions Manifested: Reading the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi” and “Epilogue,” in Emerging Asia: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, ed. Vinayak Bharne.(London: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Smart Growth: A Critical Analysis of the State of the Art,” in Companion to Urban Design, ed. Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. (New York: Routledge, 2011).

“Education, Urbanization & Citizen Activism,” interview in This Big City: Ideas for Our Urban World, blog [Award for Best Sustainability Blog in the UK in 2011], December 15, 2011 at

“From Dichotomy to Dialectic: Practicing Theory in Urban Design,” Urban Design, 16 (2011).

“Navigating Ambiguity: Comedy Improvisation as a Tool for Urban Design Pedagogy and Practice,” Education in the Built Environment, 5 (2010).

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