Ray Gastil is currently the Director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Melon University and formerly the Director of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh. Mr. Gastil has worked in urban design,  planning, architecture, and non-profit and government leadership. Prior to his work as a city planning director in Seattle and New York City, he led Van Alen Institute, an architecture and planning center, as well as the transit-oriented design program of Regional Plan Association. Engaged in research, education, and practice, he is active as speaker, author, and analyst for professional and public forums on the role of planning and design in shaping the future. Expertise includes interconnected planning and design issues of campus urbanism on connecting knowledge and cities, urban waterfronts, urban design and cultural vibrancy, and city and regional planning.