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DUSP Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason Schupbach, Master of City Planning (MCP) Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason's 2003 MCP thesis, Artists Downtown: Capitalizing on Art Districts in New England, focused on legitimizing and codifying the practice of professional urban planners working with arts districts to achieve economic and community revitalization through urban regeneration without loosing local culture.

Through the use of four case studies in New England, Jason provides a solid framework, with considerations of local conditions, for analyzing the probability of successful utilization of engineered, arts districts. Learn more by reading Jason's complete thesis, here.

After completing his MCP, Jason established himself as one of the core leaders in the national creative placemaking movement. The movement focuses on positioning arts and culture as the core for comprehensive community planning in development, leveraging arts ability to strengthen social, physical, and economic connections inside a community. To further this goal, Jason served as the director of design and creative placingmaking programs for the National Endowment of the Arts. Learn more about Creative Placemaking, here.

Please join us in congratulating Jason on his new appointment, scheduled to begin on July 3rd, 2017.