Stephen Gray

Assistant Professor of Urban Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Stephen Gray is Assistant Professor of Urban Design with experience working in complex urban environments with municipal agencies, colleges and universities, private developers, non-profits, and the public. His interests center on the intersection of design and engagement as tools for empowerment as well as drivers for the production of progressive urbanism. As a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, Stephen has collaborated with and led cross-disciplinary teams on projects that take on site, district, and city scales. Recent work ranges broadly from strategic reinvestment in downtown Wichita, to urban design visions for downtown Raleigh and uptown Cincinnati, and resilience planning for South Shore Long Island in post-Sandy New York.

Prior to joining the GSD, Stephen was a Lecturer at Northeastern University School of Architecture and spent two years as Visiting Lecturer at MIT School of Architecture and Planning. While at MIT, he and his co-instructor were awarded the MISTI Faculty Research Grant and worked with the World Bank to explore urban resiliency strategies that reduce human vulnerability in Metropolitan Manila. His current research focuses on answering two important questions: What role does the design process have in connecting and building trust among the increasingly diverse public? And, Can broad-based engagement make for better designed and more inclusive cities?

Stephen is Associate Director on the Board of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), and he has been tapped to serve on several Urban Land Institute (ULI) advisory panels. Stephen holds a B. Arch. Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) Degree with distinction from Harvard University where he received the Thesis Prize for Urban Design and the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Design. He has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his contributions to urban design thinking in the U.S. context as a recipient of the 2015 National Associates Award, the highest honor given to individual associate AIA members.