Brent Ryan, Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy at MIT, received his PhD in urban design and planning from MIT in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty from 2007 to 2009. He joined MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning in 2009. Brent is a trained architect and urban designer who received his M. Arch. from Columbia University in 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he was a city planner and urban designer in the New York City Department of City Planning in the Zoning and Urban Design Division as well as the Manhattan Borough Office.
Brent’s current research includes preparing a book on urban design in shrinking cities. Publications in preparation include a study of industrial preservation in Detroit and a study of privately-financed housing in disinvested neighborhoods.