Jeffrey Shumaker, AICP, Assoc. AIA, has been working at the intersection of architecture and city planning for more than twenty years, in both the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on the design and programming of the public realm. Most recently Jeffrey served as the Director of Urban Planning and Design for KPF, a global architecture and planning practice based in NYC, working on projects in China, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
Before that, Jeffrey served as the Chief Urban Designer for NYC, joining the Department of City Planning (DCP) in 2007 under then Commissioner Amanda Burden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. For almost ten years with DCP, Jeffrey worked to ensure a high level of design quality on public spaces across the city and helped shape plans for neighborhoods as diverse as Coney Island in Brooklyn, the west side of Manhattan, including the High Line, and Long Island City in Queens.
Prior to joining the city, Jeffrey garnered more than ten years of experience helping communities, architecture and planning firms, private and non-profit institutions, towns and cities create better places to live, work, study and play. Jeffrey maintains his consultancy, URBANscape, which he began in 2002.
Jeffrey holds dual Masters Degrees in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of the Public Architect Award from AIANY and the Michael Weil Award from DCP, both recognizing excellence in urban design in the public realm. Jeffrey teaches and lectures frequently.