Ray Gastil is City Planning Director for Pittsburgh, where he leads initiatives to improve neighborhood planning, resilient communities, comprehensive planning, and complete streets. He co-chairs the Affordable Housing Task Force. The Department has responsibilities for the City Planning Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Review Commission.
He has served as planning director, Seattle; Manhattan planning director, NYC; and founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space and Beyond the Edge: New York’s New Waterfront. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association. Recent publications include Success Looks Different Now: Design and Cultural Vitality in Lower Manhattan. He was 2011-2013 Visiting Professor and Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State, leading seminars, symposia, and studios on campuses, waterfronts, and urban innovation. He holds a Bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University and an M.Arch from Princeton University and has taught at University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, and University of California, Berkeley.