Steven Jacobs
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Steven Jacobs joined K. Backus & Associates as a Senior Associate in September, 2004, with extensive expertise in managing large-scale development projects in both the commercial life sciences and transportation fields.

Currently, Mr. Jacobs is serving as project manager for KBA's work with The New School on its University Center project, where he is assisting the University and its development partner to manage programming, design, financial analysis and community outreach. Previously, Mr. Jacobs assisted Case Western Reserve University to formulate and implement a development plan for a 14-acre site adjacent to the University's campus, which included oversight of the developer solicitation and selection process and a feasibility study for a local transportation system. Mr. Jacobs has also served as project manager for KBA's assignments with New York University, Columbia University Medical Center, New York Medical College, Harriman Research Technology & Development Corporation, and Amherst College.

Prior to joining K. Backus & Associates, Mr. Jacobs worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he helped to create New York City's policy to attract biotechnology companies and to establish a regional approach to building a commercial life sciences cluster. In his capacity as Vice President in the Business Development division, he worked closely with the leadership of New York University, Columbia University and the State University of New York Downstate Medical College on the development of their respective commercial biotechnology facilities.

As Vice President in the Transportation Division of NYCEDC, Mr. Jacobs was also project manager for a number of real estate and transportation projects, including renewal of the City's lease to the Port Authority for John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports. Prior to NYCEDC, Mr. Jacobs served as Assistant Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Transportation.

Mr. Jacobs received a BA in Political Science and History from George Washington University and a
Masters in Public Administration, concentration in Urban Planning, from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

 

Semester Course
Fall 2012 CAP-GP.3601.001 Capstone: Workshop in Urban Planning
Couples with CAP-GP.3602.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.
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