Placemaking12: Nupur Chaudhury

Nupur Chaudhury is a bridge builder and translator in the fields of urban planning and public health. Throughout her career, she has developed and implemented strategies to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods challenge power structures to build just, strong, and equitable cities. She has led coalition building efforts after Superstorm Sandy through her work with the Rebuild by Design competition, redeveloped power structures in villages in India through the Indicorps fellowship, and developed a citizen planning institute for public housing residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, CityLab, National Public Radio, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Nupur is also a leader in philanthropy, where she is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities across New York State. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, an Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellow, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, board member of University of Orange, Center for the Living City, and is the past board chair of Made in Brownsville. She is a founding director of the Center for Health Equity, housed at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and holds degrees from Columbia University (Masters in Public Health), New York University (Masters in Urban Planning), and Bryn Mawr College (BA in Growth and Structure of Cities).

She is the host of NupurSpectives, a video series that looks at cities, communities and connections. Find out more at

Nupur has been a part of our UofO community since she came to our very first Jan Term in 2011 where we explored themes of Youth Urbanism.  Since then she has played many roles: student, urbanist-in-residence, thought partner and currently serves on our board. She has hosted us in Brownsville, Brooklyn and traveled with us to many places including Niagara Falls, NY and New Orleans, LA.  We are so proud to be working with her on the production of NUPURspecitves.

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