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    Robert Bracken

    Part-Time Professor
    Senior Designer, Skidmore Owings and Merrill

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    Email: robert.bracken@som.com
    Web: www.som.com


    • Urban Design, City Planning, Architecture and Preservation


    • Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Master of Preservation Studies, Tulane University
    • Master of Architecture, Tulane University

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Current Projects

    • Chicago Lakeside Development: Chicago, IL
    • Arts Block: Chicago, IL (University of Chicago Arts and Public Life, Theater Gates)
    • Wuchang Jiangnan Core Area: Wuhan, China
    • Wuchang International Arts and Culture District: Wuhan, China
    • Xi’an Fengxi New City: Xi’an China
    • Beijing Bohai Innovation City: Beijing, China
    • Jiang’an Riverfront Erqi Parcel: Wuhan, China
    • King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    • Eco-resort and New Village: Changxing, China (with APA Shanghai, Washington)
    • Lakefront Scenic Highway and New Urban Development: Lake Tai, China (with APA Shanghai)
    • Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall: Mandeville, LA (with Friends of the Dew Drop)
    • Visposa C.A. prototype housing study: Caracas, Venezuela (with Fundacion Mendoza)
    • Forks of the Road Interpretive Center: Natchez, MS (with the City of Natchez)
    • St Bernard Parish Recovery Plan: St. Bernard, LA (with Waggonner and Ball)
    • Zhenjiang Nanxu New Town: Zhenjiang, China (with APA Shanghai and Richard Meier and Partners)
    • Mandeville Lake Front Master Plan: Mandeville, LA (with the City of Mandeville)
    • Envirenew: New Orleans, LA (with Poitivent Interests, Salvation Army)
    • 2nd Place in Design Competition for Major Chinese Corporation: Shanghai, China (with Yonatan Cohen, Chen Xi)
    • Cachoeira UNESCO Documentation and Proposal: Cachoeira, Brazil (with Tulane University Preservation)


    • 2011 - 2nd Place, Competition for Major Chinese Corporation, Shanghai
    • 2009 - Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • 2008 - Certificate of Appreciation, Mayor Ben Morris, City of Slidell, Louisiana
    • 2008 - Thesis Commendation, Tulane School of Architecture
    • 2007 - Service Commendation, Eddie Price, Mayor of Mandeville, Louisiana



    Selected Publications

    2012 - Innovative Boulevards, Lisbon’s Segunda Circular: Edited by prof. Joan Busquets, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (research assistant, graphics and layout) 2012 - Waterline Exhibition, Chicago, IL: Bridgehouse Museum

    2011 - Extreme Urbanism, Reimagining Mumbai’s Back Bay, publication

    2011 - Rafi Segal, ‘Site Work’ Exhibition (graphic assistant)

    2006-2009 - TRUDC various events including: MICD, Citizen Forums, University Presentations and Professional Work (exhibition and presentation coordinator)

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    Grants and Fellowships

    • 2009 - National Endowment for the Arts, $40,000 for preservation strategies on Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, Mandeville, LA
    • 2008 - National Endowment for the Arts, $40,000 for design and research at Forks of the Road, Natchez, MS
    • 2008 – Mississippi Development Authority, $500,000 for design development at Forks of the Road, Natchez, MS

    Community Service

    • Mayors’ Institute on City Design: November 2012 - Regional South (Resource Panel Member)
    • Mayors’ Institute on City Design: Spring 2009 - Regional: Southeastern United States (Program Director)
    • Mayors’ Institute on City Design: April 2007 - Special Session: “Gulf Coast Recovery” (Program Assistant)
    • Mayors’ Institute on City Design: April 2006 - Sub-regional: Southeastern Louisiana (Program Assistant)
    • 2013 - City Age Toronto: Speaker
    • 2013 - Colloque Sur l’Innovation, Quebec City, Quebec: Speaker
    • 2012 - City Age Kansas City: Speaker
    • 2009 - Mayors’ Conference: “Mississippi Mayors’ Institute on Historic Preservation” Sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Preserve America
    • 2009 - US/ICOMOSInternational Symposium: “Preservation in Peril”, New Orleans, LA Host Committee; Leader, Parallel Field Sessions; Coordinator, Young Professionals
    • 2009 - Moss Point, Mississippi: Technical Assistance Public Workshop Assessment of the original recovery plan created after hurricane Katrina working with Moss Point Recovery Task Force, a citizen led city initiative
    • 2009 - Built for the Bayou, Environmental Adaptations in Design Workshop: Lafayette, LA
    • 2008 - Speaker, Tulane School of Architecture: Interepretive Urban Design
    • 2008 - American Planning Association Assistance Team: Slidell, LA Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Ben Morris
    • 2007 - Dutch Dialogues: New Orleans, LA, International Design Workshop Sponsored by the American Planning Association, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Dutch Institute for Inland Water management, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, Universities of Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. - water management strategies for New Orleans
    • 2007 - Speaker, Tulane School of Architecture: “Working and Learning in an Emerging Market”
    • American Planning Association Conference 2010: National Conference – New Orleans, LA (local host committee)
    • American Planning Association Conference 2007: China Conference – “Working in China”, Washington DC (presenter)
    • American Planning Association Conference 2007: Louisiana State Conference – “Beyond Recovery”, New Orleans (presenter)
    • 2007 - Preserve America: Natchez, MS, Slidell, LA, Mandeville, LA - Collaborating with office of Field Policy and Management U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - designated three Preserve America Communities
    • 2006 - Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club: Natchez, MS - Organizing preservation of two significant antebellum houses, Stanton Hall and Longwood
    • Louisiana Landmarks Society: Committee member, 2008
    • Louisiana State Museum Foundation: Committee member 2008-2009
    • Save Our Cemeteries: Committee member and junior patron, 2008