UIC Urban Forum

Speakers

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Gia Biagi

Principal, Studio Gang

Gia Biagi is a Principal at Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design collective located in Chicago and New York. Gia is widely regarded as a thought leader around issues related to cities and public space and guides the Studio’s urbanism work. At Studio Gang, she leads design teams, coordinates master plans, facilitates stakeholder engagement, and directs the urban approach for projects such as: Polis Station that proposes how to use design to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons that reimagines how investments in public assets can be more relevant and equitable in cities; Edge Effect that conceptualizes Milwaukee’s port district as an estuarine condition that balances commercial, residential, and recreation uses; and Memphis Riverfront Concept that proposes a vision for more than five miles of parks and trails along the Mississippi River.

Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia spent more than a decade working for the City of Chicago, including as Director of Planning and Development and later Chief of Staff at the Chicago Park District. While there she led multi-year planning, design, and engagement efforts that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, The 606/Bloomingdale Trail, and the Park District’s first Strategic Plan in nearly two decades.

Gia is President of NeighborSpace, a non-profit land trust that provides community-based management and long-term protection to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago, and is a former board member of the City Parks Alliance. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development Infrastructure Council and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the study of land economics.