Commissioners & Staff

Rebecca Macklis

Rebecca is an urban designer and the Senior Urban Design Manager at the Public Design Commission. Her work is concentrated on design policy and regulatory design review of architecture and urban design projects, with a focus on affordable housing and mixed-use developments. She manages the Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing initiative and also works on the Commission’s special projects such as the Annual Awards for Excellence in Design. Her prior experience spans architecture, urban design, and ethnographic research, where she has explored a continued interest in the intersection of planning, policy, and design of the built environment. Rebecca holds a MArch in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, a BA in Architecture and Anthropology, with a minor in American Culture Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis, and has been a guest lecturer and critic at Syracuse University and Columbia University’s GSAPP.