Commissioners & Staff

Rebecca Macklis

Rebecca is an urban designer and the Design & Special Projects Manager at the Public Design Commission. At the 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 also works on the Commission’s special projects such as site visits, the Annual Awards for the Excellence in Design, and the Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing initiative. Her prior experience spans architecture, urban design, and ethnographic research, where she has explored a continued interest at the intersection of planning, policy, and the 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.