Gia Biagi is Senior Director for Urbanism + Civic Impact at Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design collective located in Chicago and New York. A strategic thinker who connects ideas with action, Gia is widely regarded as a thought leader in the preservation, enhancement, and expansion of urban public space. At Studio Gang, she leads design teams, coordinates master plans, facilitates stakeholder engagement, and guides the urban approach for projects such as Polis Station, which proposed how to use design to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve and Edge Effect, which reimagined Milwaukee’s industrial harbor as an estuarine condition that balances commercial, residential, and open space development.
Previous to Studio Gang, Gia spent more than a decade working for the City of Chicago, including as Director of Planning and Development and later Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District where she led multi-year planning, design, and engagement activities that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, and The 606/Bloomingdale Trail, as well as the Park District’s first Strategic Plan in nearly twenty years.
Gia serves as President of NeighborSpace, a non-profit land trust that provides long-term protection and community-based management to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago, and is a former board member of the City Parks Alliance. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development Infrastructure Council and Lambda Alpha, an honorary society for the study of land economics. She lives in Chicago with her husband Travis and two sons, Max and Enzo.