Corey Zehngebot MArch '09

Corey Zehngebot, AIA, AICP, works as the Director of Urban Design at Graffito, a real estate development and urban design firm focused on complex ground floor leasing + activation projects. There, she’s focused on growing an urban design practice that is complementary to the firm’s core belief that urban neighborhoods will be more valuable, sustainable, and useable when ground-floor uses are carefully designed, coordinated and executed. Working at all scales, she provides leadership and expertise during early phase strategic planning and design, while continuing to steward projects during execution, marketing, and leasing.

Prior to joining Graffito, Corey worked as a Senior Urban Designer and Architect for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority). Her responsibilities there included a) conducting design review for large scale projects as part of compliance with Boston’s Zoning code, b) conceptualizing, leading, and managing urban design initiatives and design guidelines throughout the city and c) assistance with the design, substance, and management of planning initiatives and studies throughout Boston. Her work at the BPDA required an understanding of the interdependency of city agencies, public institutions, politics, and private development forces in order to impact the built environment.

Corey has also worked as a senior urban designer, architect, and planner for Utile in Boston, where she worked with a variety of private and public sector clients. In addition, she has taught at Harvard, MIT, and served as a design critic at many area colleges and universities. She received a B.A. with distinction from Yale University and a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.