Gary Hack teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is the former dean of the School of Design at Penn, stepping down in 2008 after 12 years. Prior to serving at Penn, he was a Professor of Urban Design at MIT and Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and a partner in the professional firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell in Cambridge.
Earlier in his career, Professor Hack was head of planning for Gruen Associates in New York and directed the Canadian government's housing and urban development research and demonstration programs. He oversaw several large neighborhood demonstration projects and the redevelopment of urban waterfronts in several Canadian cities. In the US, he was the lead planner for the West Side Waterfront in New York and the redevelopment of Prudential Center in Boston, and oversaw the planning of Rockefeller Park at Battery Park City. He was a member of the Studio Libeskind team that planned the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia.
Gary Hack is the co-author of several influential books, including Site Planning, 3rd Edition (with Kevin Lynch), Global Regional Cities (with Roger Simmonds), Urban Design in the Global Context (with Zhongjie Lin), and Local Planning (with Eugenie Birch, Paul Sedway and Mitchell Silver). His new international edition of Site Planning will be published in 2017. He has also written extensively on urban design, creative districts in cities and other subjects.
He is the former chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and has served on many boards and commissions.