The D.C. project, completed in 1997, ushered in a new architectural style to the nation’s capital, departing from the dominant classical and brutalist styles, with its expressive and transparent façade.
Having attended MIT’s architectural and planning school, Shumaker returned to Cambridge as an alumni speaker for the conference. He began by sharing his experience working at the City of New Yorkand in Manhattan with a focus on people in the public realm. He then transitioned to KPF’s expertise with smart cities and innovation worldwide. KPFui is a platform that leverages urban data analytics and visualization to build cities responsibly: measuring a “sense of place” using Google Places data to visualize a 24-hour city and using their work with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto to generate a more dynamic, flexible master plan for urban design. KPFui allows the firm to design buildings in collaboration with universities, city planners, and public advocacy groups, creating optimal spaces for the client and the public. Shumaker serves as the Director for Urban Design and Planning for KPFui, and is currently the Director for Urban Design and Planning for Driverless NYC—a
Leveraging technology for smarter urban development, Shumaker is transforming KPF’s urban practice to incorporate livability and resiliency into every urban project. In addition to KPFui, Shumaker’s other projects include Central Station & Tunnels Project in Hong Kong, CRL Hangzhou New Town in Hangzhou, and Lower Montauk Rail in New York. Shumaker’s holistic philosophy entails shaping cities for a smarter, more efficient future that
The MIT City Design and Development Forum occurs twice a year, with a fall and spring forum comprised of five lectures per event. Other presentations this spring included WeWork, City Leaders as Disruptors, UrbanUS, and the Gehl Institute.