Former SHoP partner, scholar, author and urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti has announced the creation of Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a new practice focused on the “advancement of cities through cosmopolitan architecture and strategically innovative urban planning.” As founder and CEO, Chakrabarti will lead the New York City-based firm with a
mission “to create an ecological network of empowered citizens, generous buildings, discursive public space, strong infrastructure and a thriving urban environment.”
PAU’s first client will be Sidewalk Labs, a new urban innovation company funded by Google that seeks to solve urban issues through the application of technology.
“I turn 50 next month, which is young in this profession,” Chakrabarti told NYMag. “I’m at this threshold moment where I can synthesize an unusually broad background. It’s a very different proposition than starting a firm when you’re 25. I’m not going to be doing kitchens and bathrooms. I can handle large-scale work and complex work.”
Starting off, PAU will focus on markets across North America.
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