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Nancy Levinson

Nancy Levinson is executive director and editor of Places. 

She brings to the role experience in design and practice, most recently as the founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory and a professor of practice at The Design School at Arizona State University. As both architect and editor, Nancy works to broaden the public constituency for progressive urban and environmental design. At Phoenix Urban Research Lab, she worked with colleagues to develop the interdisciplinary project Post-Petroleum Phoenix: Transforming the Low-Density City for an Eco-Energy Future, a design research initiative focusing on the systems-scale adaptation of postwar suburbia. At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she cofounded Harvard Design Magazine and directed its rise to international prominence, creating issues on diverse topics such as new directions in metropolitan form, urban sprawl and spectacle culture, monuments and memorials, and post-communist Eastern Europe. As acquiring editor at Princeton Architectural Press, she developed books on subjects ranging from visual perception to vernacular photography to landscape urbanism. 

A frequent design juror and lecturer, Nancy writes for both academic and trade periodicals, including Architectural Record, the Journal of Planning LiteratureJournal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta: The Yale Journal on Architecture, The Architect’s Newspaper, I.D., Metropolis, Dwell, Landscape Architecture, GraphisBoston ReviewChristian Science Monitor, and Planning. For two years she wrote the architecture weblog “Pixel Points” for Arts Journal. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Posts by Nancy Levinson

PLACES: Print and Pixel (10.01.13)
PLACES: Beyond the Pritzker: Women, Architecture, and the Politics of Family Leave (07.30.13)
PLACES: An Interview with David Burney: On New York and the 21st-Century City-State (05.28.13)
PLACES: After the Storm: Climate Change and Public Works (01.21.13)
PLACES: Student/Teacher (09.27.12)
OBSERVATORY: Design Indaba 2012 (03.09.12)
OBSERVATORY: A Dream House for Architect Barbie (08.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: Architect Barbie (02.18.11)
PLACES: From the Editor (01.08.11)
OBSERVATORY: Pillow Culture (12.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Art Talks (11.29.10)
OBSERVATORY: News/Print (11.22.10)
OBSERVATORY: Greenaway at the Armory (11.05.10)
PLACES: The Art of Solid Waste (04.22.10)
PLACES: Critical Beats (03.06.10)
PLACES: The Public Works (01.18.10)
PLACES: From the Editor (09.27.09)
PLACES: Re-Inhabited Circle Ks (09.27.09)
PLACES: From the Editor (05.19.09)