Daniel D'Oca

Harvard University | Graduate School of Design

Youth Advisory Committee co-designing the Forest Park Nature Playscape.

Youth Advisory Committee co-designing the Forest Park Nature Playscape

"Participant / Observer"

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
6 - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403

Designers do community engagement for all kinds of reasons. For some, it’s a scope requirement that results in empty evening meetings and obligatory “dotmocracy” activities. Rarely is community engagement what it should be, namely, an open-ended, inclusive, and meaningful (and fun!) dialogue that generates something unique and site-specific. In this talk, Dan will distill lessons from some of Interboro's recent and not-so-recent adventures in participatory design, in which they deployed engagement, close observation, and learning tools to create regional, citywide, and neighborhood plans, parks and open spaces, public art installations, and other co-authored urban environments.


Daniel D'Oca.

Daniel D'Oca, Associate Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Daniel D’Oca is Associate Professor in Practice in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a New York-based architecture, urban design, and planning firm.

At Harvard, Daniel coordinates the second-semester core urban planning studio and leads interdisciplinary, client-based option studios on a range of topics, including reparations, fair housing, refugee resettlement, indigenous land use and land rights, and other equity-based issues.
With Interboro, Daniel has won many awards for Interboro’s participatory, place-based projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, and the New Practices Award from the AIA. Most recently, Interboro’s Campau/Davison/Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan in Detroit won both a Regional and Urban Design Award from the American Institute of Architects and a Gold Achievement Award from the American Planning Association.