D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Critic
Ifeoma Ebo is an experienced Urban Designer/Planner, Architect and Strategist that has harnessed design and management capabilities to lead projects in architecture, urban revitalization, community / large scale masterplanning, infrastructure upgrading, urban policy and neighborhood development. She has held leadership positions in New York City government and is a highly sought-after consultant on equitable city design and sustainable development strategy for city governments and civic institutions internationally.
The diversity of her career emphasizes a commitment to social justice and design excellence. At the Department of Housing Preservation & Development she leads predevelopment planning and urban design initiatives for the Office of Neighborhood Strategies. As the former Director of Strategic Design Initiatives with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, she led interagency design and built environment initiatives exploring the use of design to address public safety and social justice in marginalized communities across NYC. Ifeoma spent several years in South Africa creating strategies to reverse the impacts of apartheid on the built environment for organizations such as Architecture for Humanity and the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
She serves on Advisory Boards for the Mayor of Helsingborg, Sweden H22 Smart City Initiative, Association for Community Design and the NYC-based collective BlackSpace–a coalition of Black creatives focused on developing design and neighborhood strategies for Black communities. She is a Visiting Critic and Lecturer at Cornell University and Syracuse University. Ifeoma holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master in City Design and Development from MIT.