Speaker Katharine Burgess: Harvesting the Value of Water
Katharine Burgess is the Vice President of Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global non-profit and membership organization committed to the responsible use of land. At ULI, Katharine leads research, advisory services, convenings and outreach related to urban resilience and was the primary author of Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure and Real Estate. ULI’s urban resilience work addresses how buildings, communities and cities can be more prepared for the impacts of climate change.
An urban planner with fifteen years of experience, she has practiced in the US, UK and Germany, with global project work across the US, Europe and Asia. She began her career managing post-Katrina hurricane recovery charrettes commissioned by the States of Louisiana and Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. Since then, her projects have included a range of large-scale, mixed-use master-planning initiatives designed to encourage pedestrian activity and integrate green infrastructure, including campus plans, downtown revitalization plans, urban extensions and a new town for 10,000 people in Scotland. Her research work has included landscape performance research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as international urban policy research for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program. Katharine holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a BA from Williams College.