Uwe S. Brandes is professor of the practice, faculty director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program, faculty director of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative and affiliated faculty in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and adjunct faculty at the Georgetown Law Center.
Brandes is a scholar-practitioner in the field of urban design and sustainable urban development, with more than 25 years of experience in the planning, design, and development of new buildings, the public realm, and community development partnerships. As a practitioner, he has prepared plans in New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Berlin, Buenos Aires, Panama City and in China and the Republic of Korea. As a public official in Washington, D.C., he managed the creation of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI), the award-winning urban partnership to re-imagine and transform the most polluted river in the Chesapeake Bay into a model of socially-inclusive sustainable urban development. The AWI invented a new civic paradigm for 21st Century Washington which embraced participatory planning, innovative partnerships and attracted over $10 billion of public and private investment and produced landmark civic places in the nation's capital including the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Yards Park, Canal Park, Arena Stage, the Wharf and the Nationals ballpark. As senior vice president for global program initiatives at the Urban Land Institute, he created and directed ULI’s climate change program and co-authored research publications celebrating ULI’s 75th anniversary.
Projects and plans directed by Brandes have been recognized with global awards from the World Bank and the Urban Land Institute; and with national awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Environmental Design Research Association. Brandes has testified before Congress and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Wired magazine. He serves as chair of the District of Columbia Commission on Climate Change and Resilience, and on the advisory boards of the Urban Land Institute Center of Sustainability and Economic Performance, the United States Green Building Council LEED for Cities certification and the NoMa Parks Conservancy.
Brandes holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Fulbright Scholarship at the Technical University Dortmund Institute of Spatial Planning, a MIT Paul Sun Fellowship at the Tsinghua University Institute of Urbanism, and A.B. in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering.