Thom Allen

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  • Associate Director
  • Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs & Administration

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Thom Allen is an innovative academic leader focused on community engagement and design. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, he fosters creativity and effective communication that drives forward-thinking objectives for public space. This is done through tactical urbanism, creative placemaking, planning, and urban design. Allen has worked for the New York City Department, District of Columbia Office of Planning, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Urban Planning Program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. In his role as the associate director of the University Honors Program, he leads faculty engagement to strengthen honors courses, advises students in the honors programming series Common Cause, and teaches an honors first-year seminar, Creative Placemaking.