Faculty Biography

Kathryn Madden - Clark University

Kathryn Madden, AICP

Visiting Lecturer
International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: kmadden@clarku.edu
Phone: 508-793-8846

Education and Academic Experience

Ms. Madden received a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Southern Maine. She previously taught urban planning studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was the lead faculty in urban planning and urban design for Harvard’s Career Discovery program. She has been teaching in the Community Development and Planning program at Clark University since 2013.

Professional Experience

Ms. Madden has been working with cities and institutions to shape their future development for over 25 years. Her research and practice focus on the regeneration of urban districts and the role of the community in defining and implementing change. Her experience has largely been in the struggling "legacy" cities of the United States, working on complex projects in downtowns, industrial districts, institutional campuses, waterfronts, and neighborhoods.

The foundation of this work is to involve all stakeholders, reaching out to include underrepresented populations as well as elected public officials, industry and civic leaders, institutions, special interest groups, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and others. Navigating a wide range of political interests, she works to find shared interests and build partnerships that result in implementation. Her district plans have led to significant new investment, coordinated between public, private, and institutional sectors in cities across the United States. She was a principal at Sasaki Associates, before launching her own practice.

Research Interests

In recent years, her research interests have turned to the challenges of creating a dynamic, sustainable economy in postindustrial cities, addressing the roles of identity and equity in economic development. Ms. Madden also researches and advices on governance structures to build organizations that will sustain community and economic development initiatives over the long term. Recent projects have involved research on immigrant retail districts, manufacturing and other industry clusters, collaborative work spaces, university-city interface, and medical districts.

Publications and Presentations

“Balancing Downtown Development and Neighborhood Investment,” Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference, 2017.

“Neglect, Decline, and Consequence,” Invited Panelist, AIA Build America Summit, 2016.

“Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Healthy Food Network,” Southern New England American Planning Association, 2016.

"Planning for Neighborhood Health," Southern New England American Planning Association, 2014.

“Supporting Diversity and Prosperity,” After the Mobility Revolution: Rethinking the Future of Our American City, Audi Urban Future Initiative, 2014.

"Make No Little Plans," Keynote Speaker, Providence Symposium on Visions for the City, 2011.

Madden, Kathryn and David Gamble (Sep/Oct 2011). "Accommodating Institutional Growth," Urban Land, Urban Land Institute.

"Rising to Meet the Innovation Economy," American Planning Association, 2011.

"Urban Universities: Translating Ideas into Jobs," International Downtown Association, 2009.

"Medical Campuses and their Host Communities," American Planning Association, 2009.

"LEED ND and Beyond," International Downtown Association, 2007.

“City-Building in Providence’s Historic Jewelry District,” Build Bostin, 2006.

"Leading Across Sectors," MIT Leadership Panel, August 2005.

Madden, Kathryn J. and Dennis Pieprz (2004). "Changing the Future of Ports," Port Technology.

"Redefining the University/City Interface," SCUP College and Community in Context, North Atlantic Conference, 2003.

"Universities and Downtowns: A New Opportunity for Partnership," International Downtown Association, 2002.

"Silver Bullet or Tipping Point: Revitalization of Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Cleveland," International Downtown Association, 2001.


Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Preservation and Management, 2008 (with Sasaki).

Excellence Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Providence 2020 Downtown Investment Strategy, 2006 (with Sasaki).

Merit Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects; Providence 2020 Downtown Investment Strategy, 2006 (with Sasaki).

Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism, Providence 2020 Downtown Investment Strategy, 2006 (with Sasaki).

American Institute of Architects, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, Schuylkill River Gateway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003 (with Sasaki).

The Waterfront Center, Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award, Narragansett Landing, Providence, Rhode Island, 2000 (with Sasaki).