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Skye Duncan

Title: Director, Global Designing Cities Initiative
Skye Duncan

Skye Duncan is the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), where she has been leading a multi-year program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop the new Global Street Design Guide and to provide technical assistance to cities around the world on safe and sustainable street design, including São Paulo and Fortaleza in Brazil, Bogotá in Columbia, Mumbai in India, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Skye is an urban designer with over 15 years of experience in architecture, urban design and planning, and spent seven years working as a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning in their Office of the Chief Urban Designer. There, she worked on design projects in all five boroughs involving streets, public spaces, housing, and institutional buildings, while collaborating with multiple agencies and organizations on citywide policies to make New York a more sustainable, resilient, livable, and healthy city.

Skye has worked professionally as an International Urban Design Consultant in Brazil, Colombia, Canada and New Zealand, and was an Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for seven years. She graduated as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia in the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program and has a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.