As a Vice President and Director of Design at Project for Public Spaces, Inc., Meg directs work on new town centers and mixed-use development, focusing on the design and management of public spaces in new developments. She also facilitates community workshops that engage the public in the planning process. Meg’s projects have ranged from master plans for new town centers and adaptive reuse of industrial sites, to waterfront and urban park designs.
A registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Meg Walker has a broad range of experience in architectural and urban design, as well as planning, in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Walker is also an experienced facilitator and accomplished public speaker.
Ms. Walker first joined PPS in 1994 after fifteen years of architectural practice with the firms of James Stewart Polshek and Partners, Buttrick White and Burtis Architects, and her own partnership, Ryzinski Walker Architects. After five years as the Planning Director for the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Meg rejoined PPS in 2004.
Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University
Master of Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture
The Land Use Law Center of the Pace University School of Law and the Glynwood Center, Community Leadership Alliance Training Program
Community Leadership Alliance Training Program (1998 – 1993)
The Land Use Law Center of Pace University School of Law and the Glynwood Center. Facilitated six CLA training programs for local leaders in the Hudson Valley.
NYU, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (1996- 1998)
Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning
Taught year-long planning workshop.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (1988)
Adjunct Instructor of Design in the School of Architecture
Guest Critic (1984 – present)
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, City College of New York, City University Graduate Program in Urban Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute
Project for Public Spaces, Inc. TCRP Report 22, The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities, National Academy Press, (1997).
Federal Transit Administration. The Livable Communities Initiative, (1996).
Awards & Honors
Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF): Commendation Award for a Redevelopment Plan for the Hastings-on-Hudson Waterfront (2002)
William Kinne Traveling Fellowship, Columbia University: Preservation of Historic Towns in Poland (1981)
Meg has lived and worked in Paris and Berlin, and is fluent in French and German.