Luc Nadal

Technical Director, Urban Developer

Luc has led ITDP’s global urban development program since its inception in 2005. The program’s primary objective is to support governments worldwide in the creation of vibrant, sustainable, equitable cities with walking- and cycling-friendly public spaces and efficient transit.

Luc has contributed to many successful program initiatives: historic urban center revitalization in Brazil and Mexico; public space upgrades along BRT corridors in China; and transit-oriented planning in China, India, Brazil, and Mexico. In Mexico City, Luc’s recommendations led to the construction of a BRT line linking the historic center to the airport. In downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Luc oversaw planning for a pedestrian-transit mall—a car-free street design that integrates walking and cycling facilities and a BRT corridor—which went on to be constructed in 2016 and is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa.

Luc is the lead author of ITDP’s TOD Standard—a tool that supports good practice in transit-oriented development. The standard has had notable success in international policy: new development regulations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the states of Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, India, reflect the standard’s objectives, and the Netherlands’ most populous province, South Holland, references the standard for use in development planning and review.

A former practicing architect, Luc holds a doctorate (with distinction) and a master of philosophy in urban planning, both from Columbia University, as well as an architect diploma from École d’Architecture de Paris La Villette. He has taught at Columbia University, New School University, and Parsons School of Design and has written extensively about urban public space planning, design, history, and meaning.


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