Damon Rich is a partner at HECTOR, an urban design, planning, and civic arts practice whose recent projects include one of Philadelphia’s most-used parks in one of its most diverse neighborhoods, a housing crisis learning center at the Queens Museum, and Newark’s memorial for eco-feminist Sister Carol Johnston. Damon previously served as planning director and chief urban designer for the City of Newark, Capital Projects Chief of Staff for NYC Parks, 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 Foundation Fellowship, American Planning Association National Planning Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MacDowell Colony, and the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.