A registered architect and licensed planner, Meg Walker is a Senior Vice President at Project for Public Spaces, Inc. as well as an Adjunct Professor of City Planning at Pratt Institute, where she teaches in the graduate program of Urban Placemaking and Management. Over her 14 year tenure at PPS, Meg has engaged communities around the country in creating vibrant parks, plazas, and waterfronts, revitalizing downtowns and developing public space master plans. Meg also directs PPS’s work on new town centers and mixed-use development, focusing on the programming, design, and management of public spaces in new communities and infill development. She is an accomplished speaker who has presented at numerous planning and development conferences around the country.
Planning efforts Meg has directed at PPS include:
- The Bass Center for Innovation and Placemaking: A partnership with the Brookings Institutuion involving research, audits, and pilot projects to integrate placemaking into innovation districts
- A public space strategy to revitalize downtown Detroit.
- A program and concept design for the Middletown, Connecticut riverfront.
- A program for the reconstruction of Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- The concept for a new plaza at Pearl Brewery, a mixed-use development in San Antonio, Texas.
- A Design and Development Plan for the Hamlet of Hillsdale, NY.
- An Interpretive and Programming Plan for the new Van der Donck Park (daylighting the Saw Mill River) in Yonkers, NY.
- A waterfront master plan/public space plan for Cleveland, OH.
- A major new civic plaza for downtown Seattle, WA.
- A public space plan for downtown Chappaqua, NY.
- A new 6-acre park for a new town center in Oviedo, FL.
- A new civic square in Orlando, FL.
From 1998-2003, Meg was Planning Consultant for the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, where she managed the community-based planning efforts that focused on the future of the waterfront and led the effort to prepare the Village’s LWRP. She also prepared new zoning for the downtown and promoted community walkability through a new pedestrian plan. Since 2009, she has been a Trustee of the Village, an elected position, where she is heading up the efforts to revitalize the downtown, and to clean-up and plan for development of the 50-acre industrial site on the waterfront.
As a Partner at Ryzinski/Walker Architects from 1986-1994, Meg was the architect of record on dozens of residential and commercial projects in New York City. These included historic brownstone restorations, new and existing multi-family residential buildings, new restaurants, and commercial offices.
Meg Walker has a B.A. in government from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.