B.A., Yale University
M.A., University of Cambridge
M. Arch, Yale University
Jonathan Barnett is an emeritus Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning, and former director of the Urban Design Program, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an architect and planner as well as an educator, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory and practice of city design.
Jonathan Barnett was born on January 6, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. from Yale College in 1958, where he was a Scholar of the House in Architecture; an M.A. from Cambridge University in 1960; and a M. Arch. from Yale in 1963. Following graduation, he worked for the firm of Smith, Haines, Lundberg and Waehler and designed several university buildings.
In 1964 he became associate editor of the Architectural Record magazine. In 1965 he was an advisor to the John Lindsay mayoral campaign and in 1967 helped start the Urban Design Group at the New York City Planning Department, which he directed from 1969 – 1971.
As a consultant in urban design and development, Barnett advises cities throughout the United States; private investors; and government agencies, such as the National Park Service and the New York State Urban Development Corporation. He was professor of architecture and director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York and then professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning and director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently he is interested in projects that involve controlling growth at the suburban fringe and in redeveloping by-passed areas in the older parts of metropolitan regions, and has worked on growth management plans for suburban communities in Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York State, and on the redesign of several former railway yards and military bases.
Barnett is the author of numerous articles and books on city planning and urban design.