• Profile:

    Aurash Khawarzad is an urban planner working and living in New York City. His practice is focused on the democratization of the urban planning and development process.
    He currently works as a Policy Coordinator at We Act for Environmental Justice and as a Lecturer on urban planning at The New School and the City University of New York. Recent projects of his include the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan, Waycount, a tool for community-based transportation planning, and the redevelopment of the 135th Street Marine Waste Transfer Station, among others. 

    Degrees Held:

    2006 - 2008: Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech University
    2000 - 2005: Bachelor of Science, Urban Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Professional Affiliations:

    2016 - Present: NYC Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) Community Adaptation Working Group
    2016 - Present: NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Conservation Working Group
    2015 - Present: UREx Sustainability Research Network City Comparison Working Group
    2015 - Present: East Harlem Rezoning Plan Transportation and Environment Working Group
    2015 - Present: Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) Urban Heat Island Working Group
    Various other academic, governmental, and community-based collaborations

    Research Interests:

    Urban policy, climate change resilience, the urban commons, community-basd planning, action-research, equitable housing and urban development, environmental and social justice, arts-based planning techniques, multi-media research and communications, more. 

    Awards And Honors:

    Residencies and Exhibitions
    Summer 2013: Teaching residency, Strelka Institute for Architecture, Media and Design, Moscow, Russia
    2012 - 2013: Social Practice Residency, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
    2012: Tactical urbanism exhibition, Chilean Architecture Biennale, Santiago, Chile
    2012: Urban planner residency, US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy