NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The interdisciplinary engineering, consulting, and design services firm Arup today announced the addition of Margaret Newman to its New York office as an Associate Principal. Newman joins the firm's global team of planners, bringing an expertise in urban design and public space programming, as well as experience with multimodal network development. Her diverse skill set and wealth of local industry knowledge will support Arup's continuing work in urban planning and design while also guiding the firm's growing portfolio of integrated planning projects.
"I've had the privilege of working with Margaret on initiatives for the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), the Transportation Research Board, and the Regional Plan Association. I am very excited by the unique design perspective she will bring to integrated planning at Arup", said Principal Trent Lethco. "Working closely with the architectural and planning community to deliver multidisciplinary design services, Margaret will strengthen Arup's offerings in urban planning, streetscape design, and integrated city design."
Prior to joining Arup, Newman held key positions in public and municipal organizations, including Executive Director of the Municipal Arts Society in New York and Chief of Staff to Janette Sadik-Khan at the NYCDOT. An AIA Fellow and a LEED AP BD+C-accredited architect, her career encompasses the visual arts, architecture, and urban planning for civic projects. Her professional experience has focused on how new approaches and policy can drive design decisions and lead to better, more integrated urban environments. Working under Sadik-Khan, Newman was involved from the early stages through construction of the Times Square Public Realm project, a seminal venture not only for the Bloomberg administration but also for New York City, as it succeeded in significantly reframing the future of pedestrian space and public life in New York's urban neighborhoods.
"Integration of great design with the development of cities should be a priority," said Newman. "In designing the public realm, we are better able to integrate planning and transportation into the fabric and context of cities when our designs prioritize people. I'm looking forward to working with Arup's urban planning team and across the many disciplines of engineering and design to shape projects that are strategic, economical, and memorable."
Arup's past work in urban planning includes the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan Program, One New York: The Plan for Just and Strong City, and Vision Zero projects in New York as well as the Houston Theater District Masterplan in Houston, TX, and the Citywide Climate Action Plan in Concord, CA. Currently the firm is engaged in the Jamaica Streetscape project in New York City, as well as the West of White House Rapid Transit corridor design and the SF 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan.
The preeminent provider of engineering, consulting, planning, design and technical specialist services in the built environment, Arup aims to do the best quality work across diverse specialties to deliver value to its clients and achieve a positive impact on our world. The firm opened its first US office over 30 years ago and now employs 1,300 people in the Americas. Since its founding in 1946, members of Arup have developed transformative ways of working with its clients. The firm's unique version of employee-ownership promotes long-term thinking and significant investment in research and innovation for the benefit of its clients. For additional information, visit Arup's website at www.arup.com and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas at doggerel.arup.com.
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