Nancy Levinson

Nancy Levinson is editor and executive director of Places.

She brings to the role experience in design and practice, most recently as director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory and professor of practice at The Design School at Arizona State University, and as co-founding editor of Harvard Design Magazine at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As both architect and editor, Nancy works to broaden the public constituency for progressive urban and environmental design. At ASU, she worked with colleagues to develop the interdisciplinary project Post-Petroleum Phoenix: Transforming the Low-Density City for an Eco-Energy Future, a design research initiative focusing on the systems-scale adaptation of postwar suburbia. At Harvard Design Magazine, she created issues on diverse topics such as new directions in metropolitan form, urban sprawl and spectacle culture, monuments and memorials, and post-communist Eastern Europe.

A frequent design juror and lecturer, Nancy writes for both academic and trade periodicals, including Architectural Record, the Journal of Planning LiteratureJournal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta: The Yale Journal on Architecture, The Architect’s Newspaper, I.D., Metropolis, Dwell, Landscape ArchitectureBoston ReviewChristian Science Monitor, and Planning. For two years she wrote the architecture weblog “Pixel Points” for Arts Journal. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.