PITTSBURGH, PA - (April 3, 2014) Mayor William Peduto announced today the hiring of Ray Gastil as Director of the Department of City Planning.
Gastil, 55, was formerly Planning Director for Seattle and Director of the Manhattan office of the New York City Department of City Planning, as well as an educator and consultant. He is the latest hire by the Mayor through the City's partnership with Talent City, the initiative created by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Institute of Politics to bring transparency and rigorous talent searching to City hiring practices.
"Ray Gastil is a great addition to our team, and brings a perfect tool-set to Pittsburgh just as the city is poised to become a global model for cutting-edge economic development and planning,” Mayor Peduto said.
Gastil has experience in city and regional planning, with a focus on urban issues well-suited to Pittsburgh, such as planning and design issues for campuses, arts districts, waterfront redevelopment and public spaces. He is the founding Director of Van Alen Institute, a program of architectural competitions, exhibitions, publications and studios, and Gastilworks, a planning and design consulting practice.
He is a former design and architecture professor at the University of California-Berkeley and Penn State University; Director of Regional Design and Transit-Friendly Communities, Regional Plan Association, New York; and a writer and researcher for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York.
Gastil holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s in Literature from Yale University.
His appointment requires confirmation by City Council and the Planning Commission, and his salary is $100,889.
Gastil and other applicants for Planning Director went through Talent City screenings, interviews and evaluations. He is the sixth Director-level appointee the Mayor has hired with help from Talent City, and the public-private partnership is continuing in searches for other top City positions.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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