Princeton-Mellon Fellow in Urbanism and the Environment
Zachary Lamb's work bridges the history and theory of planning and design, environmental policy and planning, and the politics of disaster risk. At Princeton, Lamb will extend his research on how property relations shape climate change risk by influencing adaptations in the built environment. During the Spring 2019 term he will teach a course focusing on these issues at the intersection of design, public policy, and critical social science.
Lamb’s dissertation research at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning examined the changing spatial politics of urban flooding in the age of climate adaptation and the evolving role of design tools and representations in urban flood infrastructure projects. The project is centered on case studies in Dhaka and New Orleans, river delta cities whose growth has been substantially shaped by flood risk and protective infrastructure.
He taught at the Tulane School of Architecture, managed post-Hurricane Katrina redevelopment projects, and created written and built work with Crookedworks, a design-build practice that he co-founded. The firm's work has been widely recognized and exhibited including at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Zach has also been a design-build instructor on projects at MIT and the City Center at Tulane. Zach has a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in art and architectural history and environmental studies from Williams College. His writing has been published widely including in the Natural Hazards Observer and the Dhaka Tribune as well as in leading academic journals, including: Habitat International, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Planning Perspectives.