Abhimanyu Prakash joined NACTO in early 2015 as a Program Associate for the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program that has developed the Global Street Design Guide and works with cities on street and public space design around the world through Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety.
As an urban designer and architect, Abhimanyu has gained global expertise in these fields through his past engagements in India, Germany and New York City. As an urban designer at Urban Matrix + MUD Workshop he has contributed to shape a finalist proposal for the federal Strong Cities Strong Communities Challenge for the City of Hartford and had also been involved in community engagement driven design work for the new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Easton. Various multi-scalar public and private projects across German and Indian contexts have helped him hone his skills across scales and gain a holistic approach to urban design.
In parallel, Abhimanyu is also involved as a junior board member at Asia Initiatives, New York, and at Dakshini Prayash, Kolkata, India, helping these NGO’s with their community developmental projects in varying capacities. As a passionate photographer and traveler he also enjoys maintaining an urban photo-blog.
He graduated with the Lucille Smyser Prize from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, New Delhi where he was the recipient of various awards including the National Thesis Award awarded by the Indian Council for Architecture.