Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray is the second guest in the conversation series titled 'We need to talk about Infrastructure' on April 20, 2021, between 17:00 and 18:00 CET. Click here for more information and a Zoom-link.

Stephen Gray is an urban designer and Associate Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and founder of Boston-based design firm Grayscale Collaborative. Operating at the intersection of research and practice, Gray’s interests center on political and cultural justice in cities, socio-ecological urban design approaches to resilience, and the intersectionality of humanitarian aid and design.

His work acknowledges the relationship between race, class, and the production of space, interrogates design’s contribution to and complicity with structural and infrastructural racism, and develops methodologies and interventions that address inequity, exclusion, social justice, and precarity at the scales of infrastructures, communities, metropolitans, and the globe.

Gray is currently co-leading an Equitable Impacts Framework pilot with the Urban Institute and High Line Network aimed at advancing racial equity agendas for industrial (infrastructure) reuse projects across North America. At Harvard he developed the curriculum for Urban Design and the Color Line, a course that centers on infrastructural reuse projects in the United States.

Stephen Gray in downtown Cincinnati, his hometown. Photograph by Aaron Conway/aaconn studio


You can read an interview with Stephen Gray on the website of Harvard Magazine. Find his full biography on the website of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.