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Videos of an online symposium I organized in connection with the exhibit Mass Support are now available to watch here

The exhibit Mass Support has some press coverage! Check out reviews in in The Architect’s Newspaper,, and The New York Review of Architecture (in print), and in the podcast, Unfrozen.

In March of 2023, I was delighted to share some work with students at the School of Public Architecture at Kean University during their spring lecture series.

I’m proud to serve as the inaugural Critic-in-residence in architecture for Places, a journal of public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism, where I will publish a quartet of essays on urban design and housing justice.
In June of 2021, I had the great privilege to give a talk at CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, “Storytelling for Citymaking.” 

In April of 2021, I had the honor of delivering a guest lecture, “Narrative Strategy for Urban Design Practice” to the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

In March of 2021, I organized “Narrative Change for the Green New Deal,” the 6th Annual Urban Design Storytelling Symposium at Columbia, for which I convened an interdisciplinary group of change agents — activists, artists, architects, and authors — whose work demonstrates that narrative change is essential to policy change

In February of 2021, I delivered a guest lecture to the seminar “Shaping the Future of New York City” at Maccaulay Honors College, City University of New York 

I wrote an article about Istanbul, my favorite city in the world, for the excellent magazine Stranger’s Guide. This issue dives into the cultures of the Mediterranean. Order your copy or subscribe here

In November of 2020, I presented a guest lecture about “Rural-Urban Connections” to an undergraduate seminar at American University

In October of 2020, I delivered a guest lecture entitled “Storytelling as Citymaking: Narrative Urbanism & Practical Urbanism” at the Kharkiv School of Architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine

After my remote presentation —entitled “Citymaking, Storytelling, and Social Exclusion” — at the About a City symposium in Milan, the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli published some excerpts in their excellent blog (in Italian)

In February of 2020, an artist residency at MacDowell allowed me to spend a few weeks working on the manuscript of “Self-Help Housing” 

In April of 2019, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation supported research and fieldwork for “Self-Help Housing


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September 19th, 2020
Guest lecture, “Citymaking, Storytelling, Social Exclusion” at the About A City symposium, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli | Milan, Italy

February 12th, 2020
Guest lecture, "Storytelling as Citymaking" The Design School Lecture Series at Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ

October 4th, 2019
Narrative Practice: the 5th Annual Urban Design Storytelling Symposium” with Jon Bowermaster, Nellie Hermann and Ayesha Williams in conversation with Cassim Shepard | New York, NY

June 18th, 2019
Guest lecture, “Informal Urbanisms” Inter-American Development Bank | Bogotá, Colombia

May 27th, 2019
“Narrative Strategy for Architects and Designers” Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana | Medellín, Colombia

February 21st, 2018
"Citymakers: a Conversation with Cassim Shepard” hosted by _bcWORKSHOP | Dallas, Texas

February 20th, 2018
"Calling all Citymakers...” organized by AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture, hosted at Mercury Hall | Austin, TX

January 30th, 2018
Lewis Mumford Symposium at the School of Visual Arts "Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism" from SVA MA Design Research on Vimeo | New York, NY

January 23rd, 2018
"Citymakers" at the Skyscraper Museum | New York, NY

December 5th, 2017
LSE Cities at the London School of Economics, with responses from Julia King, Sven Munder, and Holly Lewis | London, UK

November 15th, 2017
"Citymakers" at the Tattered Cover Historic LoDo | Denver, CO

November 2nd, 2017
"Citymakers" at A/D/O | Brooklyn, NY

October 28th, 2017
"Calling All Citymakers..." at the Stony Island Arts Bank, organized with the Chicago Architecture Biennial | Chicago, IL

October 26th, 2017
"Citymakers" organized by the Los Angeles Chapters of the AIA and the APA and hosted by the Los Angeles office of Buro Happold | Los Angeles, CA

October 25th, 2017
"Citymakers and Practical Urbanism" at SPUR, with responses from Liz Ogbu, Robin Abad Ocubillo, and Nataly Gattegno | San Francisco, CA

October 18th, 2017
"Citymakers Book Launch" organized by The Architectural League of New York at Housing Works Bookstore Café, introduced by Rosalie Genevro | New York, NY

December 6th, 2016
Guest lecture, “Strategic Storytelling for Urbanists” École d’Urbanisme de Paris | Paris, France

February 26th, 2016
HU Center for Media & Design Presents "The Craft of Storytelling" w/ Sadia & Cassim Shepard (26th February, 2016) from Habib University on Vimeo | Karachi, Pakistan

May 15th, 2015
"Montage Urbanism: Essence, Fragment, and Increment" at the Structures of Feelings workshop, Royal College of Art, London

March 5th, 2015
"Urban Interpretations" at Tasarim Atolyesi Kadikoy (TAK), Istanbul

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