Faculty / Brian McGrath
Brian McGrath is the founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC, a urban design consulting practice that fuses expertise in architecture, ecology, and media. The firm combines new research in urban ecosystems with digital technologies to produce urban design models that engage local participants in flexible, innovative approaches to urban densification and revitalization. Current projects include partnerships with government agencies, private developers, and cultural institutions such as the USDA Forest Service, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Edison Properties, Tern Landing Development, the Ironbound Community Corporation, and the Skyscraper Museum. McGrath is also a principal researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research project of the National Science Foundation, in which he leads the urban design working group. His books and publications include Digital Modeling for Urban Design and Transparent Cities, Sensing the 21st-Century City (co-edited by Grahame Shane), and Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today (with Jean Gardner). McGrath was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand in 1998–1999 and an India China Institute Fellow in 2006–2008. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Master of Architecture from Princeton University.