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Kate Orff, Faculty Director

Kate Orff

Faculty Director

Kate Orff is the Faculty Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, an Associate Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Director of the Urban Design (MSAUD) Program. She coordinates complex, interdisciplinary studios centered on urban systems of the future with a focus on ecological infrastructure, global cities and climate adaptation. Kate is a registered landscape architect and a principal of SCAPE, an award winning, 30-person professional practice based in lower Manhattan. The firm has won national and local American Society of Landscape Architecture Awards for built projects, planning, and communications work. The work of the office has been featured on the cover of Landscape Architecture Magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine China, and Topos, and in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Economist, among other publications.

ko2111@columbia.edu

Thad Pawlowski, Managing Director

Thad Pawlowski 

Managing Director

Thaddeus Pawlowski is the managing director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University.  CRCL uses the tools of urban planning and design to empower communities and ecosystems to survive and thrive in a world in crisis.   With the Resilience Accelerator program, CRCL conducts multidisciplinary research, intensive public convenings and analysis and visualization of potential futures for the built environment.  Before founding CRCL, Thaddeus worked in New York City government advancing climate change adaptation policies in through urban design projects, zoning and disaster recovery programs.  He was awarded a Harvard Loeb Fellowship in 2014 and teaches urban planning seminars and urban design studios at Columbia GSAPP where he brings the challenges of frontline communities into the classroom.   He lives in Red Hook Brooklyn where he is active advancing a community-based plan for climate adaptation.   

etp2114@columbia.edu

Johanna Lovecchio, Associate Director

Johanna Lovecchio

Associate Director

Johanna Lovecchio is the Associate Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes. She specializes in urban climate adaptation planning and public infrastructure project design that is forward-looking and conscious of community-based and ecosystem resilience. At CRCL, she manages the Resilience Accelerator, which delivers strategic support, technical design and climate systems research, and intensive local workshops to advance resilience project design and implementation in partnership with local governments around the world.  Most recently, Johanna led a year-long engagement with Tel Aviv-Yafo – “Urban Heat, Equity, Resilience, and the Future of the Public Realm” – which assessed city-wide vulnerability to heat impacts and generated community-based urban design concepts to be piloted by the municipality.

Prior to joining CRCL, Johanna worked as a Senior Analyst and Program Manager at HR&A Advisors, where she scaled resilience capacity-building models, including the National Disaster Resilience Competition and Global Resilience Academy programs, developed city- and district-wide climate adaptation plans, such as the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, and supported the design and evaluation of transformational urban resilience infrastructure investments. As City Planner at the New York City Department of City Planning, she researched planning opportunities in post-industrial, waterfront communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Johanna holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and Metropolitan Studies from the New York University College of Arts and Sciences.

jrl2205@columbia.edu

Grga Basic, Associate Research Scholar

Grga Basic

Associate Research Scholar

Grga Basic is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP); his work and research focus on critical, narrative, and investigative cartography. He joined CRCL in 2018, coming from the Center for Spatial Research. At CRCL, Grga acts as a mapping expert, developing and overseeing spatial analysis and cartographic representations for all Resilience Accelerator projects. At Columbia, he also teaches GIS and Points Unknown, an interdisciplinary course focused on pairing journalistic techniques with design practices through spatial data analysis and visualization.

Prior to joining GSAPP, Grga held academic appointment at the Harvard Urban Theory Lab and worked as an architect at the Atelier Seraji in Paris. His cartographic representations have been exhibited at the Venice, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Rotterdam Biennials of Architecture. Grga holds Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

gb2559@columbia.edu

Center Affiliates

We are proud to partner with faculty and researchers from across Columbia University 

Dr. Radley Horton, The Earth Institute
Dr. Radley Horton, The Earth Institute
Dr. Radley M. Horton

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute

Dr. Geeta Mehta, GSAPP
Dr. Geeta Mehta, GSAPP
Dr. Geeta Mehta

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Julia Watson, GSAPP
Julia Watson, GSAPP
Julia Watson

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Dr. Walter Baethgen, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Dr. Walter Baethgen, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Dr. Walter Baethgen

International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

Dr. Christian Braneon, NASA GISS
Dr. Christian Braneon, NASA GISS
Dr. Christian Braneon

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Meridel Phillips, Center for Climate Systems Research
Meridel Phillips, Center for Climate Systems Research
Meridel Phillips

Center for Climate Systems Research, The Earth Institute

Lee Altman, GSAPP
Lee Altman, GSAPP
Lee Altman

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Dr. Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Dr. Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Dr. Klaus Jacob

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute

Dr. Jacqueline Klopp, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
Dr. Jacqueline Klopp, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
Dr. Jacqueline Klopp

Center for Sustainable Urban Development, The Earth Institute 

Dr. Dilip da Cunha, GSAPP
Dr. Dilip da Cunha, GSAPP
Dr. Dilip da Cunha

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Sagi Golan, GSAPP
Sagi Golan, GSAPP
Sagi Golan

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 

Former Researchers and Students

Georine Pierre
Georine Pierre
Georine Pierre

Associate Research Scholar

2018-2019

Gideon Finck
Gideon Finck
Gideon Finck

Associate Research Scholar

2018-2019

Linda Schilling
Linda Schilling
Linda Schilling

Associate Research Scholar

2018-2019

Danli Wang
Danli Wang
Danli Wang

Student Casual


2019

Juliana Velez Duque
Juliana Velez Duque
Juliana Velez

Fulbright Scholar


2020