We are a group of academics and professionals bringing unusual backgrounds, experiences and insights to bear for the betterment of urban life.
We help people understand urbanization at various scales and across various topics as well as actively engaging with them in the creation of better places.
We deploy analytical techniques that gain power and produce value through their application to geography, spatial planning and urban design.
Carlos Arnaiz is an architect, educator, writer and urban design consultant. He is the CEO & co-founder of SURBA, the founder and principal of CAZA, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Pratt Institute where he teaches a class on the history of ideas about the city and a studio on multi-family housing. His professional experience ranges from the design and construction of large-scale mixed-used complexes to the development of strategic sustainability plans for new cities around the world. Carlos holds a Master’s Degree, with Honors, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Williams College.
ChengHe Guan is a Research Associate at SURBA. He has been a Teaching Fellow in Urban Design Studios and in courses dealing with Modern Architecture and Urbanism in China, as well as Urbanization in the East Asian Region at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has also been a Short-Term Consultant for the World Bank Urban Development Sector and is a registered Architect in California. At Harvard University, he co-founded the Asian Real Estate Association and the East Asian Urban Forum. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at Harvard University, Tsinghua University, and other renowned research institutes. He holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Southeast University, a Master in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University. He is currently a candidate pursuing a Doctor of Design degree at Harvard. His research interests are on rapid urbanization processes that shape the future of cities.
Peter G. Rowe is the Co-Founder and Chairman of SURBA: Studio for Urban Analysis. He is also the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. He served as Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from 1992 to 2004, and was Chairman of the Urban Planning and Design Department there from 1988 until 1992, and Director of the Urban Design Programs from 1985 until 1990. Prior to Harvard, Rowe served as the Director of the School of Architecture at Rice University from 1981 to 1985 and also directed many multi-disciplinary research projects through the Rice Center, where he was Vice President from 1978 onwards, and at the Southwest Center for Urban Research. He has also served several other cultural and academic institutions, including the Center for Canadian Architecture, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics, as well as holding several honorary professorships in China, as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Currently, he is also a High-Level Foreign Expert and Guest Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Rowe’s research and consulting are extensive and international in scope, including subjects dealing with matters of cultural interpretations and design, as well as urban formation in relationship to issues of economic development, housing provision, resource sustainability, and historic conservation. A recognized critic and lecturer in the field of architecture and urban design, in addition to numerous articles, Rowe is the author, co-author, or editor of seventeen books.
Har Ye Kan is a Research Associate at SURBA. She graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) with a Doctor in Design degree. Prior to that, she received a Master’s degree in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge with first class honors. After completing her doctoral degree, she continued as a postdoctoral research associate at the GSD where she co-taught and conducted research on urban growth and formation in the East Asian region, contemporary housing types from around the world, as well as modern.