Kairos Shen is a city planner and urban designer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before starting his own private practice in 2015, he was the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s Economic Development and Planning Agency for thirteen years. In his capacity as Boston’s Chief City Planner, Mr. Shen worked closely with the Mayor of Boston to envision, coordinate and administer the city’s planning and economic development policies and regulations.


Mr. Shen was intimately involved in many of Boston’s most important planning and economic development initiatives in the last two decades. They include the development guidelines for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the planning and implementation of the South Boston Waterfront Innovation District, the refurbishment of Fenway Park, and the revitalization of Dudley Square.


In addition to his own private practice, Mr. Shen teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Mr. Shen is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a Master of Architecture from MIT.


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