Jeffrey Shumaker, former head of urban design for the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), has joined global firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) as director of urban planning and design.
Shumaker comes to the firm’s New York office fresh from his role as the chief urban designer at DCP, a job he held for a decade. In that position, he played a crucial role in planning neighborhoods like Queens’s Hunters Point South, Manhattan’s Midtown East, and Brooklyn’s Coney Island. He holds dual masters in architecture, planning, and urban design from MIT and a bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University.
At KPF, he will extend and deepen the firm’s planning projects through the KPF Urban Interface, a data analytics–driven initiative to design and plan cities, as well as work locally and internationally in the vein of projects like Hudson Yards and Korea’s New Songdo City.
“I am very excited to join KPF to help lead their master planning and urban design efforts globally, applying my experience in New York and other urban centers to their ongoing and upcoming projects around the world,” Shumaker said, in an emailed statement to The Architect’s Newspaper. “I look forward to bolstering the firm’s expertise in shaping and enhancing the public realm, much as I have done over the past ten years working for the City of New York. I’m thrilled to be returning to the private sector and to be working within an architecture practice that is deeply experienced in and well-respected for creating some of the world’s most complex and interesting urban places.”