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Jeffrey Shumaker Joins KPF as Director of Urban Planning and Design

Previously stationed as Chief Urban Designer for the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), Mr. Shumaker will add a new dimension of leadership to KPF’s urban planning and design portfolio.

Mr. Shumaker brings to KPF his valuable experience in both the public and private sectors.  Serving New York City for ten years, he worked to ensure a high level of design quality on projects and helped shape plans for neighborhoods as diverse as East Midtown in Manhattan, Coney Island in Brooklyn and Hunters Point South in Queens.  Mr. Shumaker also worked extensively on the implementation of many of the city-wide initiatives coming out of PlaNYC and now OneNYC.  Prior to his role in public service, Mr. Shumaker garnered more than 12 years of experience working in the private sector for a variety of architecture and planning firms. Jeffrey holds dual Master’s Degrees in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Syracuse University.  Jeffrey often lectures on design and has received numerous awards for his work from the APA and AIA including the 2016 Public Architect Award from the AIA New York Chapter and DCP’s Michael Weil Award, recognizing excellence in urban design in the public realm.

KPF has built a portfolio of influential urban planning and design projects, powered by the KPF Urban Interface initiative, which uses urban data analytics to inform the design of buildings and cities. Some notable projects include New Songdo City in Korea; Meixi Lake, an environmentally progressive new town in Changsha, China; Covent Garden Masterplan, an adaptive replanning of one of London’s great historic districts; and Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s newest neighborhood.