Damon Rich PP AICP is a designer, urban planner, and partner at HECTOR. He previously served as planning director and chief urban designer for the City of Newark and is the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement. His work has been recognized by the MacArthur Fellowship, American Planning Association National Planning Award, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the MacDowell Colony, and the United States Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
At MacDowell, he worked on the book "Urban Renewal: The City Without a Ghetto," which explores the legacy of the federal program of urban renewal in U.S. cities. An exhibition by the same name was mounted at Princeton University, The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and Mess Hall in Chicago in 2003-2004.