Vice Provost for Campus Space Management and Planning

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Brent D. Ryan

Office Phone 617-324-1874
Room 3-240


Brent D. Ryan is vice provost and associate professor of urban design and public policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on the aesthetics and policies of contemporary urban design, particularly with respect to current and pressing issues like deindustrialization and climate change. Professor Ryan’s first book Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities, was selected by Planetizen as one of its 10 best urban planning books of 2012, and his second book, The Largest Art, was published by MIT Press in 2017. Professor Ryan is the co-editor of the Journal of Planning History