About Places Journal

Places Journal is an essential and trusted resource on the future of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. We harness the power of public scholarship to promote equitable cities and resilient landscapes.

In these pages you will find writers, designers, and artists who are responding to the profound challenges of our time: environmental health and social inequity, climate change, resource scarcity, human migration, rapid technological innovation, and the erosion of the public sphere.

These challenges demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. They also demand that ambitious design research and practice move from the margins to the center of cultural discussion.

Founded at MIT and Berkeley in 1983, Places has been online and free since 2009. We have deep associations with leading design faculties around the world. Bridging from the university to the profession to the public, our articles combine the scope and immediacy of serious journalism with the precision and depth of scholarship.

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Harrison S. Fraker, University of California, Berkeley
  • Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
  • Adam Yarinsky, Architecture Research Office
  • Amale Andraos, Columbia University
  • Rod Barnett, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Alan Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Trine Berthold, Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Ewan Branda, Woodbury University
  • Todd W. Bressi, Urban Design • Place Planning • Public Art, Philadelphia
  • Nelson Chen, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Elizabeth Danze, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dieter DietzÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Vittoria Di Palma, University of Southern California
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury, University of Miami
  • Steven P. French, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jim Friedman, Treasurer, Ryan Associates
  • Ming Fung, SCI-Arc
  • Deborah Gans, Pratt Institute
  • Sharon Haar, University of Michigan
  • Jeff Hou, University of Washington
  • Judith Kinnard, Tulane University
  • Amy Larimer, Stanford University
  • Peter MacKeith, University of Arkansas
  • Elizabeth Meyer, University of Virginia
  • Louise Mozingo, University of California, Berkeley
  • Garth Rockcastle, University of Maryland
  • Peter Siöström, Lund University
  • David Smiley, Columbia University
  • Frederick R. Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ralph Stern, University of Manitoba
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Philip UrsprungETH Zürich
  • Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christopher John Webster, University of Hong Kong
  • Allison G. Williams, AECOM


  • Nancy LevinsonEditor and Executive Director, Places
  • Donlyn LyndonUniversity of California, Berkeley, Editor Emeritus, Places
  • Thomas F. SchuttePratt Institute

Academic Partners

  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Columbia University
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • ETH Zürich
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pratt Institute
  • SCI-Arc
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Woodbury University