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Simon Kates

Visiting Assistant Professor


Simon Kates is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, teaching a course in Manual Graphics. Simon has a background in both architecture and urban planning and is currently an Associate at BFJ Planning, where he has developed a specialty in planning for resilience and sustainability, waterfronts, and comprehensive plans. His recent professional work has included post-Hurricane Sandy resilience plans, development of an industrial Business Improvement District in Queens, and land use and zoning consulting services to public-sector clients. Prior to joining BFJ, he worked on the creation and management of energy efficiency incentive programs and conducted research on the impact of waterfront industrial regulations on adjacent residential communities. You can also find Simon exploring the NYC region on his bike or tending to his plot at the Vinegar Hill Community Garden.