Brent D. Ryan is Assistant Professor in Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on the aesthetics and policies of contemporary urban design, particularly in postindustrial cities and neighborhoods. His book, Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities, was selected by Planetizen as one of its ten best urban planning books of 2012.
Ryan has written chapters in the recently published books The City After Abandonment; Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning; Rethinking Global Urbanism; and the forthcoming Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View, as well as articles for the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Planning History, Journal of the American Planning Association, Urban Design International, Urban Morphology, and a forthcoming issue of Perspecta.
Since 1994, Ryan has practiced urban design and planning in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. From 2007 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and from 2002 to 2007 he was co-director of the City Design Center and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ryan holds a B.S. in biology from Yale University, a M. Arch. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from MIT.