Jerold Kayden

Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
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Jerold S. Kayden, an urban planner and lawyer, is the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he previously served as co-chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. His teaching and scholarship address issues of land use and environmental law, public and private real estate development, the role of public space in cities, and the relationship between climate change and land development. His books include Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience, LandmarkJustice: The Influence of William J. Brennan on America's Communities, and Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still to Keep. Since 1991, he has served as principal constitutional counsel to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has worked internationally on land reform and development in Ukraine, Armenia, Russia,China, Nepal, and Thailand, for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and USAID, among other countries and donor organizations. His academic honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship.



  • SUP-663 Land Use and Environmental Law


  • SUP-668 Public and Private Development

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