Vishaan Chakrabarti, is the Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development and the Director of CURE., the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Simultaneously, Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where he advances large-scale projects worldwide.
Prior to joining Columbia and SHoP, Chakrabarti was an Executive Vice President at the Related Companies where he ran the Moynihan Station project and oversaw planning and design. From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, where he directed the City's design response to the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11 and several other major development proposals in Manhattan.
Prior to his work with the City, Chakrabarti was an Associate Partner and Director of Urban Design at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, as well as a transportation planner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual Bachelors’ degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and Enterprise Community Partners, is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission; Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012.