Dennis Frenchman, AIA
Dennis Frenchman is Professor of the Practice of Urban Design at MIT, where he is Director of the City Design and Development group and chairs the Masters in City Planning program. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Real Estate.
Dennis Frenchman?s practice and research focuses on the transformation of underutilized areas of cities, including many significant world heritage sites and districts. He has a particular interest in the redevelopment of industrial sites and has prepared plans for the renewal of textile mill towns, canals, rail corridors, steels mills, coal and oil fields, shipyards and ports. Among these, his plans for Lowell National Historical Park and the New York Urban Cultural Park System have become standards for urban cultural development in the US.
He has played a major role in the renewal of downtown commercial centers and neighborhoods. Projects include the West Broadway Comprehensive Renewal Program, a national model for the revitalization of severely distressed public housing. He is an expert on the application of advanced communications and media to city design and has consulted to governments and firms on large-scale technology centered developments including Seoul Digital Media City, in Korea; International Media Avenue, Beijing, China; and Sapiens, Florianopolis, Brazil. His work in these areas has been widely published and has been citied three times as the most outstanding in the United States by the American Planning Association.
He holds a Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies and a Master of City Planning Degree from MIT.