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 coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, 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 a number of Canadian cities. He has also served as an urban design consultant for projects in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, China and Saudi Arabia.