Theodore Liebman

Theodore Liebman



“When you’re designing a new housing development, ask if there’s a school, a clinic, and open space nearby. Will the buildings integrate into the surrounding community? These are important issues of livability and sustainability, and part of ‘Human by Design.'"

Theodore launched his career by studying affordable housing and urban design on the most intimate scale—as a resident. On a Harvard Wheelwright Fellowship, while working as Chief of Architecture at the New York State Urban Development Corporation, he and his young family spent a year studying and living in 80 housing developments and new towns across 10 European countries. Those first impressions informed the next 50 years of his work designing sustainable urban communities, and he’s become a global expert on issues of housing, lifestyle, and culture in the urban environment. He advocates for housing and neighborhoods that respond to basic human needs, culture, and the environment, and engages with governments, investors, developers, and students to demonstrate the impacts of development on people and the environment to improve existing cities and shape new areas of human settlement in the future.

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Having worked on developments across the United States, Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, Ted is considered a firm-wide ambassador, sharing knowledge on urban housing and sustainable communities. He’s lectured extensively, teaches affordable housing at NYU, and sits on several United Nations’ NGO Major Groups, the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, and many other housing/urban-related advisory boards and committees.


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  • +1 (646) 225 5860
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  • Education

  • American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture
  • Harvard University, M.Arch
  • Pratt Institute, B.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects