Steven J. Stainbrook
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Planning

Steven is an innovative strategic planner and urban designer with experience in complex development and space utilization projects. As Director of Higher Education, Steven serves as a day-to-day contact with clients and the Francis Cauffman team of consultants. He is adept at leading teams for projects at their earliest stages of conception. Whether projects are strategic or physical in nature, attention is focused on grounding recommendations with thorough due diligence. His sixteen years of experience translating between city, campus, building, and organizational scales has its origins in being trained both as an architect and urban designer. One of his greatest strengths is framing complex issues in straightforward easy to discern presentations and effective stakeholder outreach that has proven to build consensus around controversial endeavors. He strongly believes in empowering leaders in higher education to make the right decision for their institution based on balanced criterion.

He completed joint studies between the Harvard Design School and Kennedy School of Government. This experience provided him with an appreciation for the powers of policy and market forces in concert with exemplary design as powerful forces for strengthening our college and university environs. Having worked directly with public and private sector clients, Steven has an appreciation for their unique objectives, goals, and areas where partnerships will yield productive results.

His planning and design experience has included large scale projects on, off, and in partnership with campuses. Such projects have involved working with the Economic Development Corporation on the Far Rockaway Redevelopment Plan, New York, NY; a Strategic Space Plan for Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; and a new arts center for Texas State University, San Marcos. Other high profile projects include the Midtown West Development Framework Olympic Square Master Plan, Manhattan, NY; Huai Rou Riverfront New Town Master Plan for 60,000, Beijing, China; and work at Washington University in St. Louis.

About Francis Cauffman
Francis Cauffman is a venerable planning and design firm with a sixty year history of serving clients in higher education, health care, science & technology, and corporate interiors. Their staffs of 105 are located in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The firm currently manages $700million in planning, design, and construction. Projects are forward thinking spanning 20 states and 5 counties. As a highly regarded thought leader the firm has served the University of Pennsylvania from 1954 – 2013. Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology typify the firm’s commitment to top performing institutions.

Semester Course
Fall 2013 URPL-GP.1620.002 Introduction to Urban Physical Design

Required for M.U.P. students.

This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation, and analysis of urban spaces in the New York region, United States, and abroad. As inherent in an “introductory” course we will have limited opportunity to delve deeply into each topic, but will center discussion around a single focus – the forces that shape urban form. In the end, each of you will have developed a new awareness for the built environment and the critical elements in successful place making.


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Fall 2012 URPL-GP.1620.002 Introduction to Urban Physical Design

Required for M.U.P. students.

This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation, and analysis of urban spaces in the New York region, United States, and abroad. As inherent in an “introductory” course we will have limited opportunity to delve deeply into each topic, but will center discussion around a single focus – the forces that shape urban form. In the end, each of you will have developed a new awareness for the built environment and the critical elements in successful place making.


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Fall 2011 URPL-GP.1620.002 Introduction to Urban Physical Design

Required for M.U.P. students.

This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation, and analysis of urban spaces in the New York region, United States, and abroad. As inherent in an “introductory” course we will have limited opportunity to delve deeply into each topic, but will center discussion around a single focus – the forces that shape urban form. In the end, each of you will have developed a new awareness for the built environment and the critical elements in successful place making.


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Fall 2010 URPL-GP.1620.002 Introduction to Urban Physical Design

Required for M.U.P. students.

This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation, and analysis of urban spaces in the New York region, United States, and abroad. As inherent in an “introductory” course we will have limited opportunity to delve deeply into each topic, but will center discussion around a single focus – the forces that shape urban form. In the end, each of you will have developed a new awareness for the built environment and the critical elements in successful place making.


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