Adjunct Associate Professor of Planning
Claire Weisz is a founding principal of Weisz Yoes, an award winning architectural and urban design firm specializing in design solutions for challenging sites. She received her professional degree with Honors from the University of Toronto and her post-professional degree in architecture from Yale University. She is the former co-executive director of The Design Trust for Public Space. Recent awards include the 2006 Chrysler Innovative Designer of the Year Award, Runner up in the international Toronto Central Waterfront Competition and a 2005 AIA New York Chapter, Honor Award for Architecture.
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.
Advanced Urban Physical Design
Building on the skills introduced in Introduction to Urban Design (URPL-GP.1620) this course will concentrate on developing an understanding of how to develop a design methodology that includes the use of digital, analytical and graphic tools to enhance their knowledge of sustainable urban design. The focus will be on urban spaces and communities in the New York City area and region. Work will be split between individual and group work; enabling students to enhance their own knowledge of the design techniques and methods while the group work will allow for development of the iterative design process necessary for sustainable urban design solutions.