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David Vega-Barachowitz

David Vega-Barachowitz

New York City Department of City Planning

David Vega-Barachowitz is a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning. As a city planner and urban designer, David’s work explores the intersection between design and mobility, with a focus on reimagining the future of streets and public spaces. At NYC Planning, David has spearheaded a range of projects and initiatives, including the agency’s research on automated and electric vehicles, studies on the future of urban freight and retail, and the development of neighborhood-based public realm plans.

From 2011-2014, David served as the Director of the Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Working under the tutelage of former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, he spearheaded the production of NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide (Island Press, 2013) and Urban Bikeway Design Guide (Island Press, 2012), which together aimed to change entrenched design standards for American city streets. 

David is co-author of Start-up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun (Island Press, 2015), which he wrote with Gabe Klein. He holds a Master’s of City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies with Architecture from Columbia University. David is a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum and research affiliate of MIT’s Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.