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Stephen Davies

Visiting Assistant Professor


Stephen (Steve) Davies is an advocate for public spaces, placemaking, and public markets and is the Principal of Place Solutions Group in 2018.  Steve joined the then-fledgling Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in 1978 and guided the development of the organization for 40 years as a member of its senior leadership team, helping to build PPS into an organization with remarkable depth and influence.  It was in this capacity that he became one of the world’s experts on public spaces and their contribution to the revitalization of cities and communities. With over 500 major projects on his resume during his long tenure at PPS, Steve has built a broad-based portfolio of transformative placemaking projects which have been catalysts for community revitalization in the U.S. and abroad.  As director of PPS’s market program, he provided technical assistance in market development and renewal in over 100 communities and directed seven international public markets conferences. He is especially noted for his work in public markets and public spaces in distressed cities and communities. Steve currently serves as President of The Placemaking Fund and is a member of the advisory board of PlacemakingX, a global networking organization that is a program of the Fund,  He has been a Visiting Professor at Pratt since 2016,

M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley.

BA, Art and Environmental Studies, Williams College