Jonathan Barnett is a Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning, and director of the Urban Design Program, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an architect and planner as well as an educator, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory and practice of city design.
He has been an advisor to the cities of Charleston, SC, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Omaha, and Pittsburgh in the United States and Xiamen and Tianjin in China. He has also been an advisor to several U.S. Government agencies including the National Park Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Capitol Planning Commission.
A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, Barnett also holds an M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge and an M. Arch from Yale. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and also a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
He has been the William Henry Bishop visiting professor at Yale, the Eschweiler Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the Kea Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, and the Sam Gibbons Eminent Scholar at the University of South Florida. He was awarded the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Design and Regional Planning. He also received the Athena Medal from the Congress for the New Urbanism.
His recent work on large-scale urban development and redevelopment projects includes a 2500 hectare planned community in Cambodia, an urban design plan for the whole city of Omaha, Nebraska and a transit-oriented design plan for the City of Xiamen in China, as well as a resort plan in Busan, Korea and a plan for the Cumberland riverfront in downtown Nashville. His earlier work includes reuse plans for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco, and for the former air force base in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has also helped prepare re-use plans for former railway yards in Philadelphia and Sacramento, California. He has been the urban designer for studies of the Ocean View Avenue corridor in Norfolk, the Highway 111 corridor plan for Indian Wells, California, and the Euclid Corridor transportation plan in Cleveland.
Books written by Barnett include Urban Design as Public Policy; Introduction to Urban Design; The Elusive City: Five Centuries of Design, Ambition, and Miscalculation; The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old City, Reshaping the Region; and Redesigning Cities, a book on the current practice of city design. His newest book is City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green, and Systems Perspectives (2011).