Susan Silberberg

Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A city planner, urban designer, architect, author and educator, Susan Silberberg is Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

She is the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, urban design, real estate advisory and strategic placemaking group with experience in serving municipalities, not for profits, corporations, developers, foundations, and community groups. Susan is lead author of "Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities."

Susan is currently advising the placemaking effort in Santurce, Puerto Rico for the Foundation for Puerto Rico and she is working on the Cultural District Plan for the South End of Burlington, Vermont. Her planning, research and academic endeavors at MIT have been supported by national foundations and competitive research grants.

In her planning practice, Susan has led two Boston waterfront planning efforts that identify the unique challenges faced by developers and that propose creative solutions for cultural and public uses along the Harborwalk. She has also created master plans for new arts districts and worked with community development corporations. As Associate Director of the MetLife Innovative Space Awards, she worked with over 150 arts and cultural organizations nationwide to identify best practices for affordable artist space development and community engagement.

Susan has served as the Associate Director of the Northeast Mayors’ Institute on City Design. She is on the Board of Directors of Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit developer of endangered historic properties. Susan has a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.


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    Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology