John Bela is an urbanist and public space designer with Gehl Studio San Francisco. He combines a background in art, science and environmental design to create vibrant, dynamic and resilient urban human habitat. Prior to joining Gehl, as a founder of Rebar Group, John created the Park(ing) Day project and was instrumental in the creation of the first Parklets in San Francisco. John is a senior lecturer at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and a distinguished lecturer at U.C. Berkeley. He holds degrees in landscape architecture and environmental design, biochemistry and sculpture.