Project for Public Spaces is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Myrick as our new Chief Executive Officer. Myrick is a visionary leader and public space advocate who brings to the position a wealth of experience in placemaking, community engagement, management, planning, and urban design. Myrick joins us from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG), where he worked as Director of Planning since 2013. Here, he used his knowledge in experience design to help plan walkable communities, destination parks, successful retail districts, and cultural districts.
Myrick’s appointment to lead Project for Public Spaces is something of a homecoming: before his work at MIG, he was a member of PPS’s staff for 18 years, most recently as Senior Vice President. In that capacity, Myrick represented the organization in high-profile presentations and meetings around the world, and helped develop the organization’s profile and practice through the execution of strategic initiatives and major projects. Two of his most recognized projects include Discovery Green in Houston and Hemisfair Park in San Antonio.
“I’m thrilled to be named CEO of PPS, where I began my career,” said Myrick. “I have devoted myself professionally to tapping the wisdom of people to shape their communities to be more healthy and vibrant—to helping communities reinforce their identity, celebrate their diversity, and put social life back at the center stage. It’s a great honor to follow in the footsteps of Fred Kent, and I am excited to develop new partnerships to continue PPS’s great legacy.”
During his career, Myrick has established ties with many leading planning and design firms across the U.S. and abroad. According to Myrick, “These working relationships will be critical to PPS as it moves forward—PPS offers critical resources to support the work being led by municipalities and their local professionals.”
"We extend our warmest wishes in welcoming Phil Myrick, a long-time friend and former employee, back to provide leadership for PPS," said Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces.
It is with excitement and deep gratitude that we enter this next chapter in PPS’s proud history, and we are confident that Myrick’s knowledge, experience, and integrity are a great match for the organization and its work. Together, we will continue to grow the placemaking movement and advance our mission of helping people everywhere to create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities.