Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Steve Davies joined Project for Public Spaces in 1978 and has guided the development of the organization for more than 30 years. Davies is an advocate for livable communities and his work has taken him around the world as a consultant, facilitator and speaker.
With over 500 major projects on his resume, Steve is widely admired for his expertise in downtown urban design, transportation planning, and design of mixed-use development projects and public markets. Steve has directed projects ranging from downtown master plans in major U.S. cities to design improvements for streetscapes, central squares and transit malls.
Steve has been instrumental in creating and shaping key programs at PPS over his tenure including PPS’ public market program, transportation program and PPS’ work in Eastern Europe. These programs have gone on to train thousands of professionals, support community markets and spur public space improvement projects in cities and towns across the Czech Republic.
An inspiring and accessible speaker, Steve has introduced tens of thousands of professionals to the PPS Placemaking process. Audiences have included transportation agencies, public market advocates, and hundreds of professional and community groups across the country. He formerly ran PPS’ transportation program and PPS’ work in Eastern Europe. These programs have gone on to train thousands of professionals, support community markets and spur public space improvement projects in cities and towns across the Czech Republic.
Steve has co-authored and written many books and articles, including Public Markets and Community Revitalization, Managing Downtown Public Spaces and The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities.
Williams College, Bachelor of Art in Art and Environmental Studies
University of California, Berkeley, Masters in Architecture
Awards & Honors
John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship in Architecture
Award Winner, National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recognition Program (West 46th Street Project)
Citation, Urban Design Newsletter Awards (Exxon Mini-Park Project)
Certificate of Merit, Municipal Art Society, New York City (Museum Mile Study)
Award Winner, National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recognition Program (Museum Mile Study)
Award Winner, International Downtown Executives Association Award, 1983 (Hartford Downtown Council/PPS Hartford Management program)
Award Winner, Presidential Design Jury, Federal Design Achievement Award, 1984, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts (H.U.D. project on downtown improvements in seven cities)
“The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities,” Transportation Research Board, 1996
“Public Markets and Community Revitalization,” Urban Land Institute and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., 1995
“The Effects of Environmental Design on the Amount and Type of Bicycling and Walking,” Federal Highway Administration, 1993
“Managing Downtown Public Spaces,” American Planning Association, 1984
“Designing Effective Pedestrian Improvements in Business Districts,” American Planning Association, 1983
“What do People Do Downtown? — How to Look at Mainstreet Activity,” National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1981