Alex Krieger, FAIA has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas.
Mr. Krieger is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977 and was also interim chair of the department in 2009–2010. He served as chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design from 1998–2004, as director of the Urban Design Program from 1990–2001, and as associate chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1984–1989. He currently teaches the Urban Design Proseminar and the studio Reconnecting City & River: Vienna, Austria & the Danube. In previous semesters, he has taught the seminar The Regional City: Values and Ethics in Contemporary Urbanism, the Detroit research seminar, the Detroit studio, and the studio Planning in Paradise: Urban Redevelopment—Honolulu, Hawaii.
He has also served in several university-wide roles, including senior planning advisor for Harvard's campus expansion into Allston and on the newly established design review committees for both the Allston and Cambridge campuses. In addition to design studios and seminar courses at the GSD, he teaches a core curriculum class that's enrollment is regularly among the largest classes at Harvard. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, he was honored as one of the outstanding teachers at Harvard University.
Mr. Krieger's major publications include: editing Urban Design, 2009; co-editing two volumes of Harvard Design Magazine (focusing on the evolution of urban design as a discipline), 2005–2006; Remaking the Urban Waterfront, 2004; Mapping Boston, 1999; Towns and Town Planning Principles, 1994; A Design Primer for Towns and Cities, 1990; and Past Futures: Two Centuries of Imagining Boston, 1988. He has authored numerous essays on American urbanization for various publications. He lectures frequently at conferences and universities around the world.
Mr. Krieger is a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. He was a founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, which merged with NBBJ in 2010. Offering services in architecture, urban design, and planning, the office has served a broad array of clients, focusing primarily on educational, institutional, healthcare, and public projects in complex urban settings.
Mr. Krieger is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs and serves on a number of boards and commissions. Among these: director of the NEA's Mayor's Institute in City Design, 1994–1999; founder and co-director of the Large City Planners Institute, 1999–present; Boston Civic Design Commission, 1987–1989; Providence Capital Center Commission, 1990–1998; vice president of the New England Holocaust Memorial 1989–2000; national design peer, General Services Administration, 2002–present; Historic Boston Incorporated, 2004–present; Joseph Riley Institute, Charleston, 2000–present; and chair of the Advisory Board at the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. In 2012, he was appointed to the US Committee of Fine Arts by President Obama.
Mr. Krieger received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of City Planning in Urban Design from Harvard.