Brent D. Ryan is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy and Head of the City Design and Development Group. His work examines the aesthetics and practice of contemporary urban design, particularly in postindustrial cities and neighborhoods. He is author of two books: Plural Urbanism, which will be published by MIT Press in 2016, and Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, which was selected by Planetizen as one of its ten best urban planning books of 2012. Ryan has also published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Planning History, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, which awarded his article “Reading Through A Plan” its best article of 2011, as well as in several edited books, including The City After Abandonment and the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. Prior to joining MIT, Ryan taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also Co-Director of the City Design Center. Ryan holds a B.S. in biology from Yale University, a M. Arch. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from MIT.