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Conrad Kickert and his Parisian namesake


In one line: an urbanist with a lifelong fascination for durable cities.

Don't you just wonder how the city around you was built up, how we inhabit and enjoy it, and how we can improve it?

For his entire life, Conrad Kickert has been fascinated by cities, their form, function and meaning. The wide eyes of a young boy engulfed in the city through a Dutch streetcar window and his parents' map collection have evolved into a lifelong inquiry on how cities evolve and help us evolve. Conrad's urban fascination has prompted him to live in cities, design cities, study cities, and teach about cities.


Conrad Kickert is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning. Born and raised in The Netherlands, Conrad received degrees in urbanism and architecture at the TU Delft and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Michigan. He has worked as an urban researcher and designer for various design offices, property developers and non-profit organizations in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Conrad Kickert's research studies the evolving relationship between urban form, urban life and the urban economy. He has authored award-winning articles and books on these topics, including articles for the Journal of Urban Studies and the London School of Economics, an Oxford University bibliography, and several edited and single-authored books with world-leading publishers. Among others, his work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, UBER, the Haile/US Bank Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.


Conrad is a frequent speaker at international conferences and workshops on urban design, urban retail, and urban morphology. You can view his latest CV here.

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